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Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

18 August 2015 - 9:24pm
I agree it's annoying buying a map which 2/3rds is sea, but I look at it that the cost of buying a few maps is tiny in comparison to the overall cost of the holiday. If it helps with the overall experience, and when I tour I'm a slow down and smell the roses sort of guy, then having detailed OS maps allows me to get more from the tour.

However if all your concern is how can I do the whole of the Hebrides in three days, the rip the pages out of a 1:250,000 road atlas and it'll tell you all you need.

Re: european bike express

18 August 2015 - 8:52pm
Anyone take a young child on it? FAQs say you need your own child car seat. Just wondered what are you expected to do with it at your destination and how to get it back for your return journey assuming you're doing a linear trip.

Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

18 August 2015 - 8:04pm
The Cicerone book is very good (though I found the vertical axis on its route profiles a bit alarmingly exaggerated! But I suppose better to find a hill is less steep in reality than the other way round...). I also used the Nicholson 1:250,000 map ('West Scotland and the Western Isles'), which gets (almost) everywhere on one sheet (it doesn't go as far south as Arran or the bottom half of the Kintyre peninsula); they do some 1:100,000 sheets of individual islands/groups of islands too: http://www.nicolsonmaps.com/acatalog/Nicolson-Maps.html

Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

18 August 2015 - 7:54pm
https://wordery.com/cycling-in-the-hebr ... GwodnOkIJQ

I've just recently toured the islands and found more than enough info in this book.....the author is on this forum too and lives on Harris (I believe). There are so few roads that the wee maps in the book are all you really need for navigation purposes.

Re: european bike express

18 August 2015 - 7:52pm
We've been using the EBE each year since 2009 and found the service excellent. There's even vegetarian options on the menu.

Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

18 August 2015 - 7:48pm
There are not that many roads (unless you are doing off road routes), so I just visited a few pound shops and cheap book shops looking for a large scale road atlas and used pages taken from that. I think the one I ended up with was the Phillips Big Road Atlas of Britain. Check the scale of the maps for the Hebrides as a lot of them seemed to use a smaller scale for the islands! I've used this same map to tour the Outer Hebrides, Mull, Skye, Islay, Orkney and a few others now, just taking the bits I need! I do tend to have some higher res maps on my kindle but don't use them much.

Maps for Hebrides tour

18 August 2015 - 6:48pm
I am at phase 1 of planning a tour of the Western Isles and have struggled to find a sensible map of the islands. The local bookshop has the OS maps but I would need to buy quite a few of these to cover the whole area. I think I would be getting maps with a lot of sea on them!
Ive searched for other maps but cannot find a touring map.
Does anybody have suggestions?
I have GPS and computer access to maps but want a map or two that I can take with me.
Thanks
Dave

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

18 August 2015 - 4:24pm
captain offensive wrote:Crawleyside bank sounds fun! Is that the climb out of Stanhope? Certainly looks like it could be nasty but I think once up there it's a pretty easy ride down into Sunderland? (please say yes)

You'll enjoy Crawleyside... I prefer the alternative rough offroad route over the grouse moor from Rookhope, however it will probably be shut for the cyclist shooting season.

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

18 August 2015 - 4:00pm
captain offensive wrote:I had read that and combined with looking like there was basically nothing to do and nowhere took eat in Garigill
Has the George and Dragon closed? I love Alston though. Cracking beers at the Cumberland Hotel (if real ale's your thing)

Re: Wales: Lost Tour details

18 August 2015 - 12:46pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:Take care on the descent (heading north, or the ascent if heading south) between Corris and Dolgellau.
Yeah there were a couple of brutal fully loaded touring bike pushes up these hills. Particularly as it was getting to the end of the day as I came down to corris. The Braich Goch Bunkhouse and Inn was an absolutely wonderful stopping/falling over point.

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

18 August 2015 - 11:34am
captain offensive wrote:Crawleyside bank sounds fun! Is that the climb out of Stanhope? Certainly looks like it could be nasty but I think once up there it's a pretty easy ride down into Sunderland? (please say yes)

Yes it is - along the Waskerly way it's almost all flat or slightly downhill. Decent café at Parkhead station at start of the Waskerley.

Re: Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

18 August 2015 - 10:43am
andrew_s wrote:honesty wrote:I didn't really llike the bit through the Cotswold's water park but you cant really get around it without a large detour.
Yes, the Spine Road can have fast traffic on it at times. It would have been better to be a bit further south, through Upper Minety, Minety, Ashton Keynes, and Cerney Wick, for not very much extra distance

Having a look at the map now I cant understand why the ride organisers took us along the main road, your suggested route looks much nicer here.

Re: Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

18 August 2015 - 10:33am
honesty wrote:I didn't really llike the bit through the Cotswold's water park but you cant really get around it without a large detour.
Yes, the Spine Road can have fast traffic on it at times. It would have been better to be a bit further south, through Upper Minety, Minety, Ashton Keynes, and Cerney Wick, for not very much extra distance

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

18 August 2015 - 10:05am
pete75 wrote:S1h wrote:pete75 wrote:Will soon find out what they're like. Thought I'd have a go at trying out a Rohloff hub so, mainly on a whim, bought a Fahrradmanufaktur TX400 on Friday. It's coming from Osnabruck so should arrive sometime this week. Seems well equipped with Tubus carriers front and rear ,Magura brakes, SON 28 dynamo and B&M lights amongst other supposedly quality kit. Most of the parts seem to be made in Germany. At not much over £1400 delivered it seems very reasonably priced for the level of kit.

The poster above is correct , the tubing used is called 4130 by the Septics.

Hi Pete I'll be interested to see what you think of these, as the reviews I've read all sound good. Am looking for a bike to do some long distance next year and my preference is rohloff so along with that and the tunes racks it seems a no brainer.

Where did you purchase it from at that price, as I've seen some on eBay but they were around £1600.

Thanks

Got it from here http://stores.ebay.co.uk/bikepark-disse ... 7675.l2563 . It was on at 2,099 euros or offers with 59 euros for postage to England. I made an offer below that and they accepted. The frame has a small scratch so it was reduced. There are more on their website than Ebay http://bikepark-dissen.de/products/trek ... order=DESC

Pete thanks for the info I'll take a look

Re: Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

18 August 2015 - 9:59am
He's a route I cycled from Bristol to Oxford a few years ago. You'd be able to pick this up by just taking the Fosse way out of Bath. It was a really nice ride and only really got busy just on the edge of Oxford. I didn't really llike the bit through the Cotswold's water park but you cant really get around it without a large detour.

https://connect.garmin.com/course/10535250

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

18 August 2015 - 9:51am
Crawleyside bank sounds fun! Is that the climb out of Stanhope? Certainly looks like it could be nasty but I think once up there it's a pretty easy ride down into Sunderland? (please say yes)

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

18 August 2015 - 8:59am
pete75 wrote:Alston is a good choice - by staying there you'll be avoiding Flinty Fell, the climb from Garigill towards Nenthead. IME it's the toughest climb on the C2C with Crawleyside Bank in second place.
I'd find it hard-pushed to choose between the two, but yes, I'd definitely agree they're the two toughest. Mind you, my opinion of Crawleyside Bank is somewhat coloured by the fact it was lashing down when I rode it, so much so that I was in full head-down mode and almost ploughed into another rider in front of me...

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

18 August 2015 - 8:50am
I had read that and combined with looking like there was basically nothing to do and nowhere took eat in Garigill chose the Alston, stuff in a pub with a flatter start the next day, option!

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

18 August 2015 - 8:47am
captain offensive wrote:Thanks. Fingers xed for the weather indeed! I'm actually quite looking forward to trying Hartside. I've done done steeper climbs (been picking out some of the best that the South downs and the weald can offer the last couple of months) but nothing that long. Keswick and Alston were chosen to make that day with Hartside a bit shorter!

Alston is a good choice - by staying there you'll be avoiding Flinty Fell, the climb from Garigill towards Nenthead. IME it's the toughest climb on the C2C with Crawleyside Bank in second place.

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