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Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

15 April 2015 - 8:18am
He comes across as a nice guy with a really positive attitude to life. I really liked his round the world trip which was inspiring and focussed on the journey as much as the record. Since then he has become increasingly professional as travel has become his occupation, his activities have become more contrived and focussed on the end point, and as a result less accessible. When reading these accounts I like to be able to suspend belief and imagine I could be doing the journey whereas these record attempts with fixers and military guards just leave me cold.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

15 April 2015 - 8:16am
Excellent - thanks!
+ 1 for wind / direction.
Have popped that in my Faves, next to cycle.travel

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

15 April 2015 - 7:48am
I think I am more interested in this sort of thing when it is something that, in my wildest dreams, I would like to have done myself. This does not fall into that category. I could imagine wanting to take on all the natural obstacles such as the heat, the distance, the mud and the wildlife, but for much of Africa the main worry is human. And that sort of challenge is not, for me, worthwhile. I hope he comes out the other end safe and well, but I'm not feeling inspired by his choice of challenge.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

15 April 2015 - 7:08am
Thanks for posting, I'll look forward to following his progress!

@BeeKeeper, I agree but I'm not sure that's really possible on this kind of route - he mentions on one of the videos from Egypt that he's had a police escort for most of the way! Maybe some of the other countries will be a bit more relaxed.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

14 April 2015 - 10:27pm
Hats off to him but I would be more interested in someone doing 24 km a day and writing about the places they were travelling through. Which is not to detract from his task and hopefully the result. Awesome.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

14 April 2015 - 10:22pm
Well done - but why are you effectively restricting yourself to touring bikes? 'tis a very small audience in the Big World. A site called say "text forecast" might attract a much wider audience.
As other have said things like wind and direction would really add to the value of the site.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

14 April 2015 - 10:17pm
iviehoff wrote:Did you find this detailed write up of a Pamirs tour?

Thanks iviehoff, lots of useful information there and an interesting alternative route.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 9:08pm
Landisfarne was my favourite bit and Warkworth castle was a great visit. I wheeled my bike inside. Best novelty tea shop was at chain bridge bee farm near Berwick where the cafe was in an old double decker bus. I took the inland route through the moorfoot hills which were spectacular.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

14 April 2015 - 8:44pm
iviehoff wrote:LondonBikeCommuter wrote:..... of shock when I noticed that the 2015 Dawes Super Galaxy had an RRP of £2000.

It's probably one of those no-one-sells-it-at-this-price kind of RRP, so that genuine dealers can quote large discounts.

Spa Cycles, who specialise in selling slightly out-of-date Super Galaxies at large discounts, will currently sell you a Super Galaxy 2012 model for £890.

but only in 48cm

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 8:27pm
Cake Cafe in North Berwick (High St) is good, and has wifi. Cafes in the villages along the coast road to Edinburgh, there's also placards on the coastal path which are worth a stop for a read (local history, etc).

Peters Yard in the Meadows would be a good place to head to in Edinburgh. It's in a pedestrian area (with cycle path) and has plenty of visible space for bikes.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 8:08pm
Excellent thread as I'm doing Newcastle to Aberdeen in about 3 weeks time !!!!!


Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 6:55pm
The best place on most trains from Ipswich will be the wheel chair seats. If you can, get on an intercity from Norwich, as the provision is likely to be better. Enjoy your trip!

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 6:48pm
I did it a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Highlights were;
Ride out along the Tyne to the start
Fish and Chips in Seahouses (There's plenty to choose from)
Time for a good look round Lindifarne
A bit of a detour out to St Abbs head - well worth the few extra miles
And of course all the coast and castles.
I didn't go into Edinburgh as I turned at Musselburgh and rode back to Berwick on R1
have fun
EDIT - I assumed you were going as far as Edinburgh, then I remembered the route has been extended to Aberdeen, how far are you going?

Four Counties Ring

14 April 2015 - 6:46pm

Has anyone ever cycled the "Four Counties Ring?"

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 6:28pm
Thanks for the replies.

To claify my journey, it will be

Ipswich to Stratford, then Stratford to Dover. I know I will need to switch stations at Stratford. Not sure if this means it will be an intercity type or a local train from Ipswich to Stratford.

Seems the Stratford to Dover leg will have a good cycle space, with reasonable fastening, but not so sure about the Ipswich to Stratford part.

Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 6:24pm

I'll be doing the Coast and Castles (coast route all the way) at the end of April. I expect that the scenery will be lovely, and fingers crossed for the weather.

I'd really appreciate any recommendations from forum members who have previously done this ride in terms of (a) nice places to visit en route, (b) tea shops and cafes.

Thank you.


Re: Travel Insurance North America

14 April 2015 - 3:41pm
I always use Snowcard for bike touring in the US although I didn't use them when I did the Divide as I didn't know about them.

Have a look at their website and work out how many days, what level of activity, how much excess and kit you want to insure and it works it out for you. It won't be cheap but worth every penny.

I got knocked off in Florida and was scooped off the road by the Paramedics who looked after my bike for me, saline drips, cat scan, private doctor and all I did was give them my plastic Snowcard card and my passport. The insurers did the rest and even contacted me on my return to make sure I was ok and was there anything I needed. The following year I re insured with them and there was no increase in premium.

I will be using them this year for my extended Southern Tier trip.

Enjoy the GD it is a fantastic trip but do take heed of bear and wild animal warnings.

Re: European Tour Advice?

14 April 2015 - 1:35pm
The main long-distance cycling routes in Germany are on this website: http://www.radnetz-deutschland.de/en/ra ... hland.html But there are lots (and lots) of regional routes, to the point where the signposts can get very confusing. The ADFC maps are generally very useful. I haven't been to that part of Germany, but campsites are fairly cheap - just search for "campingplatz" on google maps.

If you're looking to reduce costs then definitely think about joining WarmShowers. Travelling in a group of 3 can make it a bit harder to find places to stay, but it's still possible. If you have time to host some people before leaving, the positive feedback may increase your chances of finding places.

One country where you should probably try to avoid campsites is Slovenia; maybe I was unlucky but all the campsites I saw were extremely expensive. In rural areas I think wild camping would be quite easy, although it's not officially allowed, and it's best to avoid wild camping in the national parks. Czech campsites can be very basic (and very cheap), but also good fun - lots of people with open campfires drinking beer all night. I helped a neighbour chop some wood and we got invited for hot dogs, beer and cake later in the evening!

Re: Travel Insurance North America

14 April 2015 - 1:22pm
Thanks all. It turns out that Citybond won't cover the Great Divide if there are only two of you travelling!

It certainly pays to check but I was very disappointed by this.



Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

14 April 2015 - 1:13pm
It works with sofas.
£899 now down to 123 including the cost of the tv advert.
What is the real cost/worth of anything ?


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