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Re: Italy cycle resources?

6 August 2014 - 9:24pm
Hi, I cycled end to end of Italy last year and across the roof of Italy this year - starting in Venice up to to Switzerland and down to San Remo and along to Nice.

I used the maps on ridewithgps.com, my garmin and osmand on my android phone. My friend took pages ripped out of a road atlas. They were all fine

I had excellent route planning advice on the CTC forum which was invaluable, including from Andy Miller

We didn't plan to use cycle paths but found them frequently. IMHO there are far more than in the UK

I also felt the reputation that Italian drivers have is undeserved. I've never had a problem in four cycling trips even in the big cities like Rome, Naples and Milan.

Its a fantastic and beautiful country....enjoy

Re: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?

6 August 2014 - 8:14pm
realcycling wrote:Ah - I forgot to say the article's about UK accommodation!
In which case please discount my input. I have not toured in this country in probably 40 years.

Re: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?

6 August 2014 - 7:48pm
Ah - I forgot to say the article's about UK accommodation! Apologies...


Rob Ainsley

Re: Canada

6 August 2014 - 7:31pm
Given that we are discussing weather, nothing is certain but change. The prevailing winds in Canada — notably on the broad, flat prairies where shelter is rarer than hills — are westerlies.

It's sunny here in Saskatchewan right now, with a mild southerly breeze and temperatures in the mid-20's . (But you 'd better hurry: there are thunderstorms predicted for later this afternoon .)

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

6 August 2014 - 7:28pm
theDaveB wrote:Don't know anyone that can grind them off but if I was searching on the internet or asking people, what am I actually looking for ?

Am I just asking "I need a bicycle nut grinding down" ?

Machining & engineering firms? A business that does small custom parts or tool sharpening should be able to do it.

Re: Danube cycle path

6 August 2014 - 7:20pm
I'm off on Saturday to do Passau to Vienna. Flying to Munich then train to Passau.

bohrsatom wrote: You could easily skip out a section by taking a detour away from the river, but I recommend you do the Melk-Krems stretch as it is gorgeous!

Other option is to take the short boat trip from Melk to Spitze then carry on along the left bank to Krems (don't miss Durnstein). Boat is nice as you get to enjoy the scenery as you enter the Wachau and get a useful commentary on the history of the area.


6 August 2014 - 6:35pm
I cycled this last week and really enjoyed it. I was riding a loaded touring bike with four panniers bar bag and 4.5L of water. I didn't know what it was going to be like as I was following a route I had planned out on line. I rode it scarborough to whitby direction. I also had a chat to a couple who were ridinh from robin hood's bay up to ravenscar on a couple of bromptons.

Re: Danube cycle path

6 August 2014 - 6:33pm
We did the Danube route from Passau to Vienna a couple of weeks ago - there is some info on the route, photos and GPX traces on our blog (Days 55 to 60) https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=14010.

In general it is flat but the stretch from Melk to Krems has some rolling hills but nothing I would say was tough. If you need more of a challenge, the non-river side of the path is often extremely steep so wherever you go away from the route will involve some climbing. You could easily skip out a section by taking a detour away from the river, but I recommend you do the Melk-Krems stretch as it is gorgeous!

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

6 August 2014 - 5:48pm
Thanks to all of you who have chimed in on advice for my upcoming bike tour in the UK. I've attached a map that roughly highlights my route. Sustrans has been a huge help in planning this and I ordered a few of their paper maps of the areas I'll be traveling. Basically the plan is to bike West from Heatrow Airport once I land. The places I want to visit are Stonehenge, Bath, possibly Chepstow?, and Cardiff. I'll then take a train back to London where I will visit for 2 days before flying home again.

If anyone has a advice for me about this route please share (good places to camp, cheap hostels, unique sights, etc..). Also if anyone is around and wants to join me for part of this ride send me a message. I'll be staring from Heathrow on Saturday August 30th and will be training it back from Cardiff on Friday Sept. 7th. Then plan to hang out in London that weekend!

Thanks again! Matt

Re: Windermere to pick up way of roses

6 August 2014 - 5:40pm
Guys, you have all been a fantastic help, can't thank you enough. If your ever in the harrogate or dales area give me a shout I owe you a pint!!

Re: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?

6 August 2014 - 5:34pm
Honestly it varies but with family limitations let's say 1 week per year on average with 50:50 b&bs to camping. It depends on the time of year I go, where I am and who I'm with*. For instance this year we will spend 10 nights away cycling with the kids in the summer with 8 nights of that camping. If the weather is cruddy there will be some hotels. Hostels I seem to have grown out of in preference for b&bs but it depends where you are and price etc. I've just joined warm showers which may add another dimensions.

*A couple of years ago we did a girls trip to Ireland in September, 40 something year old mums and wet weather so we used b&bs ( great breakfasts) . I notice that on the girls trips we tend not to camp mostly because we go outside of the summer months. I missed several years of girls trips due to the age of my kids but I think when they did Norway and Sweden in May they used hostels. In Central Portugal in May we mostly used little hotels as that was what was easily available, and, ahem he odd pousada as well, it is a holiday! I could see the costs really mounting up on a serious trip though even without pousada a but generally doing what the locals do when they travel helps keep costs down.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

6 August 2014 - 5:24pm
maybe some one here can? open a new post in the Does Any One Know section?

dont know where you live but SJS seem to have the thing listed but is out of stock, maybe put in stock request-


UK Ebay were selling them - I got one but they were like the rubbish originals, I only wanted it for the screw end so I could make my own.

You have found the achilles heal with these trailers. spare skewers

Re: Canada

6 August 2014 - 5:21pm
A mate cycled it W to E a few years ago. He said it was the wrong way on the prairies. He cycled against the wind day after day and also reckoned it was uphill. Not sure about the uphill bit, but you should definitely check prevailing winds.

Re: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?

6 August 2014 - 5:18pm
about ten days a year. Camping where possible, but if we need to catch an early ferry or train will go for a cheap hotel to save faff time in the morning. Likewise if spending a night in a city will choose a hostel or hotel based on price and capacity to safely store bikes....

Re: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?

6 August 2014 - 5:15pm
For the last 15 years, my main touring has been 2 long haul trips each year, mainly in Asia. That is about 150 days a year in cheap hotels.

If going to Oz or NZ then it would be hostels for 70 ish nights, but I haven't been there for a few years.

In the summer in the UK I often go away in my campervan with my bike. These aren't exclusively cycle touring, but I am camping with my bike, so another 30 days there.

Each year I try to do a short (4ish days) with a small tent, just to remind me how much hard work camping is.

Sometimes I wonder why I have a house!!

Re: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?

6 August 2014 - 4:12pm
realcycling wrote:Roughly how many nights would you say you spend away per year on cycle tours?

realcycling wrote:And roughly what proportion of those nights are camping, in hostels, hotels, at friends or relatives, or other places?

80% camping - wild.. whenever available
20% spread over the other options..

Re: Canada

6 August 2014 - 4:08pm
great place for good info http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/


6 August 2014 - 4:06pm
Goldie wrote:Has anyone ridden this recently? I would say the section from Scalby up the hill to Ravenscar is / was the worst bit, and there were signs up saying that the path was going to be resurfaced.

It was a diamond in the rough the last time I rode it. The view over Robin Hoods Bay from Ravenscar is the equal of anything else I have seen on my bike, and the surprisingly stiff climbs up to Ravenscar make it a bit more challenging than many ex-rail lines. The last time I did it, me and my brother in law hired a couple of old-ish Dawes ATB's from Trailways with rigid forks, 26 inch wheels and chubby tyres - these were fine on most of the trail but care was needed on the Scalby - Ravenscar section. I've also ridden it on a mid range Specialized MTB with a suspension fork, and that made the rough bits pretty enjoyable. It is potentially very family friendly though, and the surface should be maintained with the aim of ensuring that it is family friendly in practice. As some other posters have said, the main road between Whitby and Scarborough is no fun when the traffic's bad and it would be nice for visitors to be able to treat the Cinder Path as a traffic free alternative, whatever bike they're on.

I am always amazed that it isn't busier - it is fairly easy to find yourself alone on the Cinder Trail. The first time I ever rode it, I and a deer managed to surprise each other, and it ran along the path with these enormous , gravity defying leaps for a hundred yards or so, every bit as fast as I was riding, until it cleared the fence without any trouble and bounded off across a field.

If you're in the neighbourhood, you should give it a go. And if you don't have your bike with you, I would recommend getting in touch with Pete or Ann at Let's Bike Scarborough http://www.letsbike.net/ - they'll deliver your bike to wherever you are staying and collect it when you're finished.

that is one of my fav bike routes not been there for a while (don't drive anymore) but used to take friends from work they loved it


6 August 2014 - 4:01pm
I had been thinking of a trans USA tour next year but with all the visa hassle, I am now thinking of Canada.
As a UK passport holder I think I can get in for 6 months with minimal/no problems.

Anyone ever been across, coast to coast?
Or advice on info source?


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