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Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

27 May 2015 - 8:48am
I think there's potential west of the M1, which could be Erewash Valley Trail to Langley Mill or NCN67 to Heanor then backroads to Alfreton.

But I haven't tried it yet.

One point is that it is all hillier round here than people think; if I go to Chesterfield net descent is 500ft.


Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

27 May 2015 - 8:31am
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.)

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

27 May 2015 - 8:16am
PH wrote:You haven't said what sort of touring or what you intend to do in the evenings.

I'm doing a tour from Canada to Mexico through California, mostly National Parks and Deserts. Accommodation is surprisingly scarce so we are staying in whatever we can find mostly motels, cabins and a couple of nice hotels where nothing else is available, but no camping. I'm going for a month so they need to be crease proof, stain resistant and fairly smart. I'm not too bothered about the legs zipping off - I haven't got the legs for it! I'm only taking two small panniers so space (and weight) is at a premium).

There have been lots of good tips on here and I have been clicking on the links. Next step will be a trip to the local outlet village

It's good to know that you don't need to spend a fortune.

Re: Edinburgh airport

27 May 2015 - 7:52am
Cycle to South Gyle, take a train to Inverkeithing, and then change onto a train to Aberdeen.


Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

27 May 2015 - 7:46am
I'm afraid I can't improve on the route on cycle paths past Hucknall or NCN6 then side roads through Sutton, Kirkby etc. Not an area I head for often, for that reason!

Re: St.Malo to Nice

27 May 2015 - 1:18am
Anyone know if there is a train from Nice to Rennes? Seems more direct but I understand that is not how the railways were built.

Re: St.Malo to Nice

26 May 2015 - 10:36pm
When I did the ride I took overnight train back to Paris from Nice, this took bikes assembled in a bike space. It is a good ride. My ride was losely similar to the Saddle Skedale holiday company trip.

Re: Edinburgh airport

26 May 2015 - 10:11pm
I knoow nothing about Edinburgh or Scotlandshire trains

but I was curious and have too much time on my hands

according to openstreetmap and the friendly google map you could cycle the 3.2 miles from the airport to South Gyle Station where I assume you could board a train (I assume that Scotrail do take bikes by your ambition get to a train station) to wherever it is in Edinburgh that you can catch a train to Aberdeen

Edit - it is confirmed that I know nothing about Scotlandshire - as I said being curious - I checked the trains - going to Edinburgh is the wrong way - looks lie there are regular stoppers (which I assume you wouldnt need a reservation) to Dundee from Sooth Gyle - and a pleasant service to Aberdeen from Dundee - feel free to smack me with a freshly smoked kipper if this is all bull

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

26 May 2015 - 9:51pm
Nice. I will have my GPS with me as well. I also have the Sustrans LLC North and South map but will take a look at that link you posted.

Those are the two areas where the steepness looks about right. I have my proposed route posted in my own thread on here but it pretty much sticks to the NCN 8 as best as one can while using RideWithGPS. Some sections the route goes a little bonky but I blame that on the mapping software.

I am hoping for some drier weather (rained every day on my Ireland trip) when I am there as well, in order to better see said scenery.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

26 May 2015 - 9:07pm
No write-up I'm afraid, only the video.

NCN 8 is fairly well sign-posted the whole length of the route. There are some instances where signs are missing or obscured by vegetation, but overall easy to follow. Still, I had my gps which made things a lot easier when navigating. Also, as backup I had a printed copy of the route from http://cycle.travel/route/lon_las_cymru (recommended).

There are lots of gates! Best addition to my bike before leaving for the ride (apart from the GPS) was the fitting of a kick-stand. Used this a lot when going through gates, as well as for taking pics when there wasn't anything to lean the bike against.

There are some steep sections. The two memorable ones are the the climb up to the hills at the back of Harlech (I reckon around 22% near the beginning) and the long winding climb between Machynlleth and Llanidloes.

The scenery is amazing and so varied. Lush green valleys when following the Wye, to the barren hills around Snowdonia when your only company will be the sheep. Like I did, I'm sure you'll have the most fantastic and memorable journey.

Re: St.Malo to Nice

26 May 2015 - 8:27pm
Thanks Aquilo! I'll check it out.

Re: Edinburgh airport

26 May 2015 - 7:57pm
If you are weary and it's pouring rain, you can put bike in a taxi at airport. Waverley, £25ish, Edinburgh Park probably £10ish.

MTB Ride round coast of Spain

26 May 2015 - 7:44pm
Any one interested in joining me on a bike ride round the coast of Spain and & Portugal now postponed till I can find some one to go with me as I was let down by my friend I'm willing to postpone to a date that's good for you so long as it's not too late in the season as it would be too hot and ferry from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander Spain what ever suits you and returning same route all you will need is a good hard tail mountain bike with panniers and racks sleeping bag and your personal equipment and funds to pay your way. I have two man tent and all the camping equipment or you can use your own I can help with any bike repairs and servicing before we go and on route any questions please call me ASAP

PS check my videos on YouTube ( 25 stone rider ) of my last ride I did in Spain from Blanes to Valencia last November.

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

26 May 2015 - 7:18pm
Put your valuables and important papers in a bar bag and take it with you while you sightsee, leaving the bike locked up.
Rely on gut feeling in campsites, if the place looks rough then don't stay there in the first place, but if you must then take the valuables with you.
People have horror stories regarding hearing of someone being robbed in a campsite, but I've never heard a first hand report, I think it is a rare occurrence.
I don't carry much of any value that will not fit in my bar bag apart from tent, sleeping bag and air mattress.
When sightseeing in towns I find it more convenient to walk and leave the bike locked up at the campsite/hotel/hostel, perhaps taking a bus into city centres if it's too far to walk.
I think there is a lot of unjustified concern regarding fear of theft while touring

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 7:11pm
You haven't said what sort of touring or what you intend to do in the evenings. There's been some excellent advice on the sort of trousers I'd want for lounging around the campsite and going down the pub, but this might not be what you want.
Plain black golfing trousers from the likes of Sports Direct, pack smaller, dry quicker and are more crease resistant than my Rohan trousers, not bad for around £8. They are nothing like as robust, but then you might not be looking for that. I set of without any evening trousers once and bought some cheap polyester ones from Primark, they were fine.

Re: St.Malo to Nice

26 May 2015 - 7:02pm
Rode St Malo Nice last summer. Can't comment on bike hire, but can help with trains as I had to get back to St Malo.

In short you can return up the East side of France to St Malo via Paris, but you have to put bike in a bag as far as Paris if using TGV. Plus you may have to change stations in Paris with your bike in a box.

I couldn't be bothered with that and got a local train to Narbonne then TGV via Bordeaux, Paris, St Malo with bike in one piece. No need to change in Paris, just platforms at Montparnasse. Don't forget to book your bike on the TGV as soon as you can up to 3 months before you travel.

I didn't follow the route you mentioned, but it's a great ride across France and the Alps just top off the ride at the end.
Have fun

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

26 May 2015 - 6:43pm
Try doing an advanced search (top right of page) on security. There have been a number of recent posts on security of panniers when sightseeing, security of money, security of barbags, etc.

Many people have a strategy for panniers, but it often boils down to what suits at the time. Generally most would say that it is not a major problem, especially if there are two of you (watcher and shopper).

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

26 May 2015 - 6:24pm
I like to think I have good instincts too but more likely I've just been lucky and even if I do have better instincts, thinking like that would make me complacent . Extra precautions, such as bag choice, even if they just reduce the risk by 1%, can do no harm.

To be specific, let's say valuables = money+passport. I'll have a cheap phone and an inexpensive camera that I won't mind losing too much. The safest place for the valuables is next to your body, hidden from obvious view (neck pouches or money belts) or at least in front pockets not rear. Is it comfortable to cycle like that? I doubt it, though maybe it's fine, sometimes. They might get wet. It's tempting to put them all in the bar bag. The other alternative is panniers but then you'd have to take them out every time you leave the bike for a few minutes. So you keep them in your bar bag and every time you stop you move them to your body (assume you've got lots of pockets). What a hassle. And every time you shift them around you increase the chance of losing them and also advertising them to onlookers - sorry if I sound ultra-paranoid here I am actually quite trusting . So they stay in the bar bag. Of course you have emergency cash and perhaps a card and copies of documents in other places on the bike, so it's not that bad, and then there's the decoy wallet trick.

Ok, fine, say I accept the bar bag is indispensable. Still wouldn't it be better to have one that looks as regular as possible off the bike, that blends in more, and I don't think, say a bright yellow or red Ortlieb bar bag is very inconspicuous on the streets of, say, New Delhi. I know with a bicycle you will stand out anyway but there'll be many occasions when you'll be away from the bike. Of course, when in a city you check into a hotel, you have the space to reorganise your stuff and can walk with the valuables in pockets and perhaps a rucksack. But there'll be many other times when you'll stop in a city or large town when you won't have the chance to reshuffle things and will be walking around with your bar bag with all the valuables in it.

I'm probably not making any sense, am I?

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 6:08pm
You can get Craghoppers for £15-£20 a pair in TKMax. The RRP is £40. Other places like Yeomans do them for £20-£25 and sometimes cheaper if you buy 2 pairs.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 5:58pm
Craghoppers trousers are good, IMO and as well as being quite reasonably priced to begin with, they are further discounted in their outlet shops.

Taking a different approach, TKmaxx can be excellent if you are lucky enough to find what you want.

Rohan stuff is OK but the price you pay seems to include a lot of expensive marketing and a target clientele with bags ( ) of money. I've had all sorts of Rohan stuff over the years BTW, and I'd probably have bought more if they didn't have such a patronising approach to what they consider shorter inside leg measurements. New Rohan lines start out at a silly price and then they have various sales and special offers to get those customers in who are not desperate to have the very latest catalogue release.


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