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Re: Cycling from Suffolk to Paris

10 April 2015 - 8:23am
You could get the ferry from Harwich to the hook then head south - I think the Breskins ferry into Belgium is still running for cyclists and foot passengers.
Personally I would take the Gravesend ferry route - and cycle to Dover. There are some relatively quiet routes North of the A2 - although you would have to navigate the Medway towns.
The Dover ferry crossing is much shorter than from Harwich - and probably cheaper. OTOH a cabin on a night crossing from Harwich would leave you in a good position for the start of a tour - and you have some good cycle paths to start with.
Have a nice trip.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

10 April 2015 - 8:16am
I'm sure you can check your luggage all the way through. Just buy your ticket to France not UK.

Not sure about immigration. You may have to clear in UK or wait till France. As France is Schengen and UK not, there must be provision for in transit transfer. This sort of thing is nothing unusual. I fly through Dubai regularly and just stay in transit.

Also recently flew internationallly into Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur with connecting internal flights.. Cleared immi inside airport in transit and luggage was booked through. It was identified at my final (internal) airport where there was a Customs Officer to clear it.

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 8:10am
I've found Tortec fine. I generally do light touring but I have done camping tours - with a light tent and not with cooking equipment.
Obviously there are stronger racks but they would be over engineered for my purposes.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

10 April 2015 - 7:15am
Pete Jack wrote:Can I get a flight to CDG from LHR?

Yes, regular BA flights leave from the same terminal.

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 12:35am
Plus one for the Surly. Bomproof and offers a variety of heights as well as a solid over wheel platform for over wheel rack bag or case of budweisser . Looks cool as well. Never seen such a well engineered rack. I'll bet the used re sale values are high too.
Buy crap, buy twice.

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

10 April 2015 - 12:31am
I too world take mudguards if there was a good chance of wet weather.

However, I’d splurge on a pair of properly supple 23 mm tyres. Perhaps something like the Vittoria Open Corsa. Supple tyres make a big difference in comfort compared to tyres designed for puncture resistance or low cost. The 23 mm Durano Plus weighs 340 g. A lightweight tyre may feel radically smoother on coarse tarmac. You would be more likely to get a puncture, but I’d gladly run that risk.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

10 April 2015 - 12:19am
Can I get a flight to CDG from LHR? (For those who want to appear knowledgeable about airport codes etc here's a link https://www.world-airport-codes.com/) I'll have to talk to BA I suppose about booking through. I had that chore of getting my bags, including bike, going through customs and rechecking them when I went to SEA via SFO. A bit of a pain but not the end of the earth. I like the idea of saving $600, got much better uses for it. And thanks yet again.

Re: cycling video collection of ascents:Alps, Pyrenées,Canar

9 April 2015 - 11:43pm
Hello !
Bielerhöhe (2032 m) is situated at the border of the austrian Tirol and Vorarlberg; this is the highest point of the Silvretta high alpine road. Its eastern side is a long, easy climb: totally 42 kms, but ca. 35 kms of it are not too steep. This alpine road is mainly known / famous about it western side with a lot of serpentine bends - that's why motorbikers love that. That's why cyclist has to accept the several motorbikers and their noise there.
The Vorarlberg side offers a long section of bicycleroad in the valley. In the year 2006 I climbed the eastern side and than in 2013 I visited the western side with a full HD videocamra with me.
THis video was recorded that time. The video contains a 2 minutes long part about a girl who climbed a hard training rockwall ("more than vertical") along the bicycle path.
Have pleasure with the video


Gabor

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

9 April 2015 - 10:52pm
Vorpal wrote:I add my recommendation to fly BA. I've flown them several times with my bike, and they've been absolutely brilliant. One time when I was packing up my bike, I even had a desk agent, completely unasked, go out of her way to bring me tape (tape gun!) and scissors, and ask if I needed any assistance.

They also don't require you to go through the pointless exercise of letting your tyres down with the associate faff of having to pump them back up again at the other end.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

9 April 2015 - 9:12pm
I add my recommendation to fly BA. I've flown them several times with my bike, and they've been absolutely brilliant. One time when I was packing up my bike, I even had a desk agent, completely unasked, go out of her way to bring me tape (tape gun!) and scissors, and ask if I needed any assistance.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

9 April 2015 - 9:12pm
Vorpal wrote:DarkNewt wrote:
So far I am working on:

a midge hat & jacket combo
Deet
avoiding watery/wet places to camp (difficult on the coast I reckon)
a whole tent cover mosquito net treated.

I am also going to see my doctor for advice about anti hystamines as a preventative measure in case I get bitten.

I also agree with the following if bitten:

topical cream of choice + heat up a warm spoon and massage the area, this helps break down the toxins and provides some relief.

Your doctor may be willing ot rpescribe a cortisone cream for just in case, which may be rather more helpful than most things available without prescription.

cheers vorpal!

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

9 April 2015 - 9:08pm
DarkNewt wrote:
So far I am working on:

a midge hat & jacket combo
Deet
avoiding watery/wet places to camp (difficult on the coast I reckon)
a whole tent cover mosquito net treated.

I am also going to see my doctor for advice about anti hystamines as a preventative measure in case I get bitten.

I also agree with the following if bitten:

topical cream of choice + heat up a warm spoon and massage the area, this helps break down the toxins and provides some relief.

Your doctor may be willing ot prescribe a cortisone cream for just in case, which may be rather more helpful than most things available without prescription.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

9 April 2015 - 8:56pm
I really would recommend going BA. Its no problem. Arrive Heathrow Terminal 5 and transfer to the Paris flight leaving from Terminal 5. The only hassle is clearing immigration, collecting your luggage, clearing customs and checking it back in at the transfer desk. But you're going to need to do that anyway in either Heathrow or Paris. Much better airline and save you $600 on bike charges.

Re: Front rack Advice

9 April 2015 - 8:26pm
RobinS wrote:Thanks for responses, the Tortec looks like the sort of thing we are after. The Surly looks more like a "cycling round the world" rack rather than two weeks in France!

Nah. The Surly's just for show while cruising the hood [emoji6]

Re: Front rack Advice

9 April 2015 - 8:25pm
I've always put my faith in Tubus racks and Rose bikes are selling them at very good prices at the moment.

£37 for a front rack....it's black though.....but I think they sell silver ones from time to time.
Tubus certainly make them. You can pay £68 for a silver one at Evans

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

9 April 2015 - 8:17pm
If you go on to Bushcraftuk web site, one of the members makes repellent from natural ingredients. It smells quite strong but I've used it for 2 years in Scotland and it's been brilliant.

It's called something like stupidly simple

Andy

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

9 April 2015 - 8:14pm
Norman H wrote:Crud Roadracers http://www.crudproducts.com/roadracer-mk2/

They reckon if you've got 4mm of clearance above the tyre, they will fit.

I used the original Crudracers on my road bike with 23mm tyres for my LEJOG.

I've got a set of crud catcher II's, which are good when set up right. Consensus seems to be guards over 25mm - thanks

Re: Cycling from Suffolk to Paris

9 April 2015 - 7:52pm
If you intend crossing the channel from Kent or from one of the south coast ports such as Newhaven, it's worth considering crossing the Thames at Tilbury via the passenger ferry to Gravesend. Unless you particulalrly wanted to visit London as part of your trip.

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

9 April 2015 - 7:51pm
Crud Roadracers http://www.crudproducts.com/roadracer-mk2/

They reckon if you've got 4mm of clearance above the tyre, they will fit.

I used the original Crudracers on my road bike with 23mm tyres for my LEJOG.

Re: Front rack Advice

9 April 2015 - 6:52pm
Thanks for responses, the Tortec looks like the sort of thing we are after. The Surly looks more like a "cycling round the world" rack rather than two weeks in France!

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