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Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 9:35pm
Mick F wrote:Just be careful.
This is a sad story from only recently.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-27206659

This is a sad story but I'm sure it also applies to the uk so don't let it out you off.

Isle of Man - where's good to ride and stay?

22 July 2014 - 9:03pm
I'm going to the Isle of Man for about 3-4 days on 3rd Aug - I'd be really grateful if anyone has recommendations for good rides there. Prob gonna camp or b+b (anybody stayed in some good ones?) in one place so circular routes would be good. Hoping to miss the motorbikes as the Grand Prix doesn't start until the 16th.

Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

22 July 2014 - 8:41pm
I'd like to take my trike to Germany and do a tour of approx 10 days.

Main requirements are;

Pretty countryside.

Flattish, my trike is quite heavy and is harder work than a normal bike uphill.



Ideally a circular route but if not then ends somewhere I can get a train back to the beginning. I'm assuming I can get my trike on a train. Its a folding recumbent Ice Trike. So should be doable but likely to be a pita as I'd have to shove trike, the seat, panniers onto a train.

Re: IRON CURTAIN ROUTE

22 July 2014 - 8:31pm
I love the Eurovelo scheme and have been dreaming about the Iron Curtain Trail for a few years. It looks like there has been some progress lately, but does anyone know how well all the sections meet up or how much is signed? I guess I should buy the guides if I really want to know.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

22 July 2014 - 7:13pm
Yeah, I'm a tight git too and the decent second hand bike is always my first choice.

I pulled a '94 Univega hybrid style bike from a skip the other day and that will make a perfectly nice 'tourer' for the reasons you point out above (I posted pics in the mtb section if interested)

However, most of these cheap bikes I find have 'issues' and need a little bit spent on them etc.

I really do hope one day to have some money and I would definitely go for a new bike (albeit, the previous years model or whatever to get the best price etc)
I think the luxury of a new one that doesn't need tinkering with too much, and maybe even has a warranty would be such a glorious option.

Sorry, not much help with your question, but I do get where your question is coming from, and see both sides of the dilemma.

Touring bike alternatives?

22 July 2014 - 6:32pm
Looking to undertake a long ride next year over 10/12 days - won't mention it by name as I know there's a section just for that particular end to end trip

I'm selling my current ride to purchase something more suitable, I could go new as its a few years since I have used the works scheme to get a new bike, but it needs to be something that can then be used for a daily commuter and weekend trails for a few years to justify that sort of expenditure

Looking at all the current off the peg tourers there appears to be very little between them - long stable wheelbase, steel or heavy gauge aluminium, most 700c, with disk brakes just pushing the price up over tried and tested canti/V brakes

As an alternative I've been looking at mid 90's mountain bikes - similar geometry, nearly all have rack mounts, bottle mounts, guard mounts, QR wheels, wide range gearing

Am I just being tight? For £150-200 I can probably find a well specced, clean Raleigh/Specialized/Peugot, service it, new tyres, tubes, racks etc and until you got close it would look like a new Thorn/Kona Sutra/Surly Long Haul/etc etc....

Any suggestions for a new off the peg that might win my heart? Or should I stick to my first instinct and go cheap?

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 6:08pm
If you want a fairly up to date, current trip report etc, inc lots of great pictures and some route info go take a look at http://www.whileoutriding.com/blog
Cass is happy to answer questions too, a lot of comments to posts are enquiries of one kind or another.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

22 July 2014 - 4:48pm
serbring wrote:Regarding food I'd prefer to not bring with me the cooking equipment. Can I get something just prepared on the road, like sandwiches, piece of cakes, and so on? Are this kind of meals expensive?
You can live on bread and cheese etc without breaking the bank, but if it's cold you might miss the warm drink you can cook up on a stove. Food and drinks in cafes etc is very expensive.

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 4:34pm
Just be careful.
This is a sad story from only recently.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-27206659

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

22 July 2014 - 3:46pm
I will whinge to anyone who will listen about Northern rail and their antiquated junk but I have to agree that the conductors are quite amenable to cyclists on the cumbrian coast line. In some ways their flexibility is preferable to a mandatory reservation system.

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

22 July 2014 - 3:38pm
I would imagine there wouldn't be too many heading to Whitehaven on a Saturday evening?

Re: Harwich-Esbjerg ferry to close

22 July 2014 - 2:41pm
Hi all,

I'm looking to use it in August, around 15th-20th August, one way and I'm looking to split the cabin fare (ooh err) as it's all a bit pricey pricey.

4 people sharing gets it down to around £65PP.

Any interest?

Re: Cherbourg - Poitiers - Route Suggestions

22 July 2014 - 2:14pm
http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Routes, put in the start aand finish points and click on the cycle icon and you will get a very thorough route guidance using back roads and voies verte where applicable. have a good trip.

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 1:51pm
http://familyonbikes.org/blog/journal/journal-entries/
this family did alaska to argentina, i am reading their book 'changing gears' at the moment

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 10:35am
A good source for research is the website crazyguyonabike. Read lots of accounts of the trip which has been done many times, in many ways for many reasons. I too had ideas of a similar trip but decided that for me it was better to 'chunk it up' into 4 separate trips and in that way you can hit the seasons right and plan to see more. It suits me but for others the desire to achieve the north to south of the planet / point to point is the aim. 1 year? I wouldn't because you would miss so much and the seasons would be unkind. You have to answer one important question first; why are you doing it? And take it from there.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

22 July 2014 - 9:47am
I cycled to Nordcapp in 2009 from Uk heading across north Germany, Poland, Baltics across to Helsinki and due north through Finland and into Norway. I wrote an account which you can find on www.martinphilpot.co.uk.
Good luck,

Patagonia, Carretera Austral, south to Ushuaia

22 July 2014 - 9:33am
I completed my first South American venture earlier this year and it was a truly awesome experience. South along the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt and then south to Ushuaia. Taking time out for treks through stunning National Parks / Glaciers the 3 month venture was amazing. An account can be found on my blog www.martinphilpot.co.uk. Any questions /advice - happy to offer.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

22 July 2014 - 6:14am
serbring wrote:Vorpal wrote:Lots of food advice on viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86142

Thanks Vorpal, you're the wikipedia of this forum
You only think that because you're looking for information about Norway.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

21 July 2014 - 10:44pm
Vorpal wrote:Lots of food advice on viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86142

Thanks Vorpal, you're the wikipedia of this forum

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