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Re: Tour of Switzerland

27 May 2015 - 3:29pm
cyclingovereurope wrote:JJF wrote:Switzerland has a network of cycle routes. I have used a few of them and found the signing very reliable.
Look at
I looked at it but i don't understand if those are all cycling route, only for cycles, or some of them are along the main roads

Where they follow main roads there is usually a cycle path/lane but most of the 'main' roads have very little traffic - most transit routes have motorways taking the bulk of motor traffic but even the passes have, for the most part, got wide carriageways so its rare to come into too much traffic conflict outside of the cities. Even there I've found navigation in the cities very easy (I've ridden through Basel, Bern, Zurich, Lucerne etc), signposting excellent and they easily take you in and out of the towns. One thing I have noticed is that there isn't a lot of bike parking anywhere, they don't seem to be bothered where you park in general.

Re: Shetland

27 May 2015 - 3:12pm
hopefully one day

Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

27 May 2015 - 3:10pm
ferdinand wrote:
One point is that it is all hillier round here than people think; if I go to Chesterfield net descent is 500ft.


its nearly that much for me and I'm only five miles away!

Re: What do you do with your luggage if sightseeing?

27 May 2015 - 3:08pm
Ron wrote:I think there is a lot of unjustified concern regarding fear of theft while touring


Re: London to Paris - Dieppe camping

27 May 2015 - 2:46pm
The ferry has seats which can be used for snoozing too. There's a time difference but its still not a particularly long crossing.
If you arrive at 4am you could reckon to finish cycling earlier to catch up on sleep.
Don't forget bike lights as the voie verte is unlit.

If you arrive at 10.30pm I'd be inclined to book a motel / chambre in Dieppe and start fresh the next day.

There is a campsite at Les Deux Riviere 8km beyond Dieppe but its a small low key affair. Their are other campsites closer to Dieppe (eg La Source ) but you'd need to contact them to arrange a late arrival.

London to Paris - Dieppe camping

27 May 2015 - 1:53pm
Hello. A group of us are looking to ride from London to Paris over 3 days. After reading a lot of the advice on here we have decided to take the Newhaven -> Dieppe route.

The issue we are having is that the ferries are already booked up and the only options left either get in to Dieppe at 4:00am or 10:30pm! This doesn't give us much time for sleeping.

I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem? Has anyone found a campsite that will let us pitch up at 11-11:30pm? If anyone has taken the 11pm-4am ferry, was there much opportunity to get sleep on journey (no cabins available)?

Any advice would be much appreciated as I'm new to touring.

Re: A long shot - Genesis Longitude

27 May 2015 - 1:04pm
The width of the rims is 35mm. You simply aren't going to fit a 35-38mm tyre on there

Re: travel insurance?

27 May 2015 - 1:00pm
I'm also looking for insurance.

Check out these guys


Able to insure 6 month cycle trip to Europe for £115. I think that's very reasonable. Include personal accident and liability.

Activity equipment is only up to £400, so may not be worth it for a valuable bike. But for all other things like valuables and baggage it seems alright.

Re: A long shot - Genesis Longitude

27 May 2015 - 12:39pm
I have the putty gray frameset running 47 x 622 landcruisers but that's on 19mm rims. I'm not sure that you could put narrow tyres on the wide rims that come with the complete bike, maybe someone more technically expert can answer that for you. Just out of interest, why do you want to, there are loads of bikes that take tyres that size, the longitude is clearly made for lovely big soft rubber. I got mine so that I can fit the biggest Big Apples with full mud guards, I just haven't got round to buying any yet.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

27 May 2015 - 12:34pm
thirdcrank wrote:If you do make it to TKmaxx, keep your mind firmly on what you went in for. You may otherwise come out with all sorts you didn't know you needed till you saw it in there at a bargain price. (I have a pair of Ventile trousers original price £300, to me £10.)
If it's anything like the branches I've seen, you'll need to keep mind firmly on what you went in for because it's like a jumble sale as a shop... They do occasionally have interesting bike tools and clothing but I rarely suggest them because you can't count on any particular item being in stock or in the same part of the shop from day to day.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 12:24pm
I used it to come the other way last July. Seemed fine to me.Tide was a long way out, but the sloping slipway still allowed us to load and unload without removing panniers. Just wheeled the bikes on,don't remember any lifting. Nice road out to Dinan and although I didn't get much of a look round Dinard, it looked really impressive with some wonderful Victorian? architecture.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 11:31am
Thanks Simon, I see what you mean. I didn't realise there had been quite so many previous posts!!!

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

27 May 2015 - 11:24am
Decathlon Forclas 900.

Very much hiking orientated trousers but very light and good trousers. Can also be worn on the bike as they are quite stretchy and don't interfere with riding.

Highly recommended by me.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 11:11am
The ferry has got to be more fun, though - there are limited opportunities for pretending to be a a pirate or salty sea dog while on the road over the barage!
I do recall various posts on that topic though, Brian and some have been less complimentary about the ferry than others... pop 'ferry' and 'Dinard' into the search feature to see what I mean.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 11:09am
Thanks for the responses. I'm going west and south for Stage 8 of the TdF so the D366 crossing adds several miles. I agree it is a better crossing however as I used it a couple of years back when heading for Dinan. I might try the ferry on the way back this time as I shall probably be coming along the coast and if it is not convenient I will brave the D168 again!!

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 10:46am
Actually the D168 isn't too bad. There is a broad shoulder and drivers gave me plenty of room.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 10:44am
I have had friends take the boat crossing with touring bikes without issue in the past. Great idea if you are travelling West.

If your plan is to head South, then you might want to consider crossing the Rance using the D366. The bridge is much smaller and quieter traffic wise. I used this 2 years ago, coming out of St Malo on the D117, crossing the river on the D366 and heading south on the D12 to Dinan.

Hope this helps

Re: touring around france

27 May 2015 - 9:40am
Sounds good, 100km or thereabouts is fine with me. Obviously I only have the 2 weeks, so I would not be able to go all the way to Mont Ventoux, but could accompany you on a fair bit.

Had any thoughts on a route yet? Might be best to continue this convo by email - stuart8reid@gmail.com


Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 9:03am
Does anyone know if it is possible to take a fully loaded bike on the river crossing from St Malo to Dinard in July by any chance? I'm not keen on the D168 road crossing as it is a bit of a race track so thought starting from Dinard after crossing the mouth of the estuary might be nice. If it means removing panniers etc then I might just take a deep breath and cross the bridge as fast as I can!! Thanks.

Re: What do you do with your luggage if sightseeing?

27 May 2015 - 8:52am
A recent thread covering just this topic.


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