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Re: North Germany to Berlin

25 February 2015 - 5:44pm
If you get the chance, the brewery in Wismar is very good for food and of course brewed in the building beer!

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

25 February 2015 - 4:50pm
Thanks Whoof, I'll take a look at that over the weekend. I went along the edge of the spectacular Verdon Gorge many years ago, so I may try to build that in. I suppose I'll build a list of attractive places then find attractive roads to link them.

faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there fro

25 February 2015 - 3:59pm
Hi,
I've been toying with a visit to the Faroe Islands, but getting there with a fully loaded touring bike looks like it might be a bit of an adventure in itself! Has anyone made this trip from the UK recently? What route did you go? How was it? Don't really fancy flying with a bike so would rather avoid planes if possible!

Thanks

Andy

Re: Bikes on Belgian trains

25 February 2015 - 3:57pm
mjr is quite right (and my memory was faulty: apologies). No time restrictions -- but there is a permanent restriction on bikes at Brussels Central, Brussels Chapelle and Brussels Congrès (Brussels Midi and Nord are fine).

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

25 February 2015 - 3:46pm
What he ^ said.

I got totally lost one time (or exploring by random happenstance?) & ended up cycling off road past a castle on a sea-cliff. Was rocky as all hell but my 700x28's were fine, apart from when I had to get off & hump the bike over a boulder field. But 26" tires wouldn't have made a difference in that case.

Re: Bikes on Belgian trains

25 February 2015 - 3:08pm
There is no mention of any time restriction on http://www.belgianrail.be/en/travel-tic ... e-day.aspx but the website precautions page does encourage you to travel off-peak.

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

25 February 2015 - 2:01pm
There's also some great stuff to see to the West of Orange. We did a circular tour from Avignon a few years back that went through Orange and over the Ventoux. We then headed for Vaison La Romaine and West to Pont D'Arc and Pont du Gard. Guarde

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

25 February 2015 - 11:38am
Tangled Metal wrote:Last year saw us ride PD bridleways with trailer and child seat options for our lad. White Dales area near high peak trail. Used mtb style hybrid and she had a mtb. Rocky trail, would the rb Expedition be needed or would you get by with a 700c tourer? Are thin mtb tyres that much stronger on these small wheel tourers?
I've ridden a road bike with 700 X 28 tyres on rocky off road trails. It just requires a little more care than with a mountain bike, tourer, or hybrid. I can't imagine any place that one could ride with a child where a tourer with at least 32 mm tyres wouldn't be appropriate.

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

25 February 2015 - 9:08am
Oh, and I don't want to include the high alpine passes, eg Cayolle, Bonnette. I've done them before and much though I love them I am conscious that my daughter will not see the funny side.

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

25 February 2015 - 8:00am
Last year saw us ride PD bridleways with trailer and child seat options for our lad. White Dales area near high peak trail. Used mtb style hybrid and she had a mtb. Rocky trail, would the rb Expedition be needed or would you get by with a 700c tourer? Are thin mtb tyres that much stronger on these small wheel tourers?

Re: Bikes on Belgian trains

25 February 2015 - 7:48am
Does anyone know what time specifically the rush hour restrictions apply to?

Re: Flying with German Wings

25 February 2015 - 12:27am
When they say box, they almost certainly mean a bespoke cardboard box for carrying a bike. The sort you get for free at your LBS or occasionally supplied by the airline.

Bag is more open to interpretation. You could argue the CTC poly thing is a bag they may agree or disagree.

I always use a box to save any arguments.

One airline included bag wrap as an option, I used domestic clingfilm and got away with it. Not recommended, but very portable!!

Re: Flying with German Wings

24 February 2015 - 10:59pm
Regarding cycle paths from the airport, have a look at http://www.ridewithgps.com. Select the "plan" tab and choose the OSM Cycle map (top right corner of the map) and I think you'll find what you need.

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

24 February 2015 - 9:55pm
I have just bought a Dawes Galaxy Classic from Winstanley's..superb value for money..almost half price.The saving has allowed me to purchase some top of the range rear panniers (ARKEL)and a Brooks B17 Select saddle..also Brooks leather handlebar tape.If you contact Winstanleys and tell them which models you are interested in they will offer you a chance to try them out.They have a number of cycles on display but not their complete range.I notice you live in the Lake District so it would be a short sprint down the M6 to visit them....Best wishes.

Re: North Germany to Berlin

24 February 2015 - 9:55pm
Keep off the main road to Rostock - heavy traffic (lots of lorries) and a scary lip from tbe road surface to the dirt on the side.

Flying with German Wings

24 February 2015 - 8:59pm
I've got a flight booked to Cologne with germanwings.com. Their policy states that the bike must be in a cycle bag or box. Will the CTC poly bike bag or a cardboard box from the lbs be enough or are they expecting the more 'formal' (expensive & bulky) ones? Has anyone had any experience of this airline?

As an additional point, has anyone cycled from the airport to the centre of Cologne? Are there suitabele bike paths?
Cheers

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

24 February 2015 - 8:52pm
shane wrote:http://www.shanecycles.com/packing-list-3-weeks-bikepacking-in-spain/ thanks

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

24 February 2015 - 8:37pm
Tangled Metal - this Jamis Bosa Nova is a great looking bike:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/jamis/bosa-nova-2015-touring-bike-ec072111

Mechanical disk brakes, decent frame but no pannier racks. £765.

You might even be able to find it cheaper elsewhere. Just thought I'd post it for you (not wanting to add to your confusion!).

Re: Marathon Dureme tyres

24 February 2015 - 7:55pm
I wasn't really questioning the qualities of the Dureme, just wondering if the one in that link which seems like a good deal, is the genuine version, or some lesser version, because I know Schwalbe's naming system for tyres is quite complex.

I'd be looking at the 26x2.00 ideally folding, but not really sure if I want it for more than the Iceland trip yet..

Turkey april2015

24 February 2015 - 7:19pm
We are biking APRIL/ AUGUST from ANCHORA TO CAPPADOCIA THEN EAST TO KONYA ISPARTA PAMUKKALE EPHESUS AND THEN ACROSS TO GREECE / ALBANIA / ITALY /fRANCE . WE SEEK FACTUAL ADVICE ABOUT THE ROAD FROM ANCHORA OUT TO GORMEME PLEASE are there placeses to access water and food as I am told its a total wilderness this particular route? any other advice is appreciated we cant access decent topographical map of turkey! BREIGE

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