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Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 8:50am
We've ridden parts of the route and found the sign posting very good so it's quite possible to do the route without a guide book.

Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 12:38am
I'm cycling from Bordeaux to Roscoff in May, following the Velodyssee route. I've discovered that I can get specific guide books to the route in French from a French supplier (Cartovelo), but wonder if there are other guides available in the UK (and therefore possibly in English)? If not I may try to manage without a guide book, but wonder if this is inadvisable. Has anyone ridden this route without a guide book? Cheers.

Re: Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

7 March 2015 - 9:46pm
Have used OSM maps in the US with my 800 without any problems. Just download the maps you need on a second MicroSD card and you're good to go.

NCN Routes 62 and 67 on a tandem?

7 March 2015 - 9:08pm
As part of our mad 5-week tour "In Search of Beeston" in late April and May, we plan to pedal from Lincoln to Beeston (Leeds). Cycle.travel (Bless you, Richard!) has been a great help in routing, but from Conisbrough to Stanley I'm a bit sceptical of the recommendation for off-road sections of NCN 62 (Conisbrough to Wombwell) and NCN 67 (Wombwell to Stanley). (Cyclestreets.net suggests the same routing.) Past experience with long stairways and various forms of tandem-impassable barriers has imbued us with a deep distrust of anything connected with SUSTRANS/NCN , and I wonder if I'd be better to sort out my own on-road route for this section of our trip.

The tandem will be laden with four panniers. On 2" Scwalbe Tandem Dureme tyres we face tarmac, potholes, gravel, and crushed rock with aplomb, but we are less cavalier when it comes to mud.

Is anyone familiar with these stretches? Any suggestions? If the route can be managed when it's dry, how is it in/after the rain?


Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

7 March 2015 - 9:06pm
I went from Larne to Donegal in July a couple of years ago and used the A2 for a lot of the way. I found it ok. I don't like using cycle paths but after Limavaddy there are wide pavements that take cyclists off the road. I was easier to use these than to stay on the road. I was a bit apprehensive about finding my way through Derry but it was quite straight forward.
The worst thing was thick fog between Cushendal and Ballycastle. Make sure you have lights

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

7 March 2015 - 8:04pm
No probs with passport Mat, have only ever used my first and last name despite a middle name on my passport. May be different however with visa forms in the Stans! Have a great trip. Am looking forward to your crazy guy log. Fairly likely we will meet as I am going clockwise from Osh. Possibly around Khorog, we will see.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

7 March 2015 - 8:04pm
I did it in four days, stopping at Erwood (near Glasbury, between Brecon and Builth Wells), Machynlleth, and Criccieth. But if I did it again I'd be tempted to take five days over it or even more - it's such a lovely route that it's a shame to rush it.

Re: Flying with German Wings

7 March 2015 - 6:50pm
Does this require thenbike to still be boxed \ bagged it can you just ride up and get on?

Greece 'eyes tourists as amateur tax inspectors'

7 March 2015 - 4:59pm
Want a free holiday in Greece paid for by the Govt, looking around the local sights with a chance of having an accident?

Going cycling in Greece this summer and wonder why the locals eye you with suspicion? here is why


Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

7 March 2015 - 4:16pm
Ha, what Colin said, it's certainly hilly. I don't think you'll have a problem getting onto campsites in May, why not make it up as you go along? Depending on where your train is back to, maybe you could book for the five day and ride part of the train journey if you do it in four. I rode Cardiff to Bristol on day 5, if it had taken an extra day to get to Cardiff, a walk on train ticket wouldn't have been to expensive.
Two not very fit cyclists managed it quite easily in four days, the first day included getting there and we stopped in Bangor after 25 miles. On the other days we set off quite early, didn't rush and had set up camp by early evening. If you're used to 70 mile days I doubt you'll struggle doing it in four.

Re: Weight distribution.

7 March 2015 - 3:33pm
foxyrider wrote:Why is the bike swaying? Had a good opportunity the other night to observe my shadow from behind - no swaying even honking up hill. Am i to believe that not all bikes go in straight lines? Yes, you should believe it.

I, just like you, am a steady solid rider. No swaying from me.
However, just watch other cyclists. Not all (by any means) are like you and me.

One thing I have noticed about towing a trailer, it makes you pedal smoothly. The "pulsing" you get from pedaling produces a tug-tug-tug from the weight at the back. We had someone on here a couple of years ago complaining that his trailer tugged him rhythmically, and I pointed out to him what the problem was.

Yes, not everyone has a smooth action.

German Postbus

7 March 2015 - 3:23pm
The German Postbus system has just announced a swathe of new stuff, more destinations, international routes to Holland, Switzerland, Poland, Austria and express night services. Why mention this? well they all carry bikes and could be used to get you somewhere cheaply in Germany - the fares are much lower than rail travel.

Re: Flying with German Wings

7 March 2015 - 3:18pm
jamesxyz wrote:For future reference, German wings eventually replied to an email I sent them confirming they do accept the CTC bike bag.

Foxy rider, how is the bus to Bonn 'bike friendly?'

just turn up and get on, something you can do on most German public transport although there are certain times when this might be restricted in some areas.

Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

7 March 2015 - 10:40am
Thanks very much Mick, sounds like sensible advice, will probably do something like that then.

Re: Chromebook for touring?

7 March 2015 - 10:37am
Still loving the Chromebook..
I started shopping in Aldi in 2008 and since then Aldi and Lidl have started a supermarket revolution. These so called discounters are stripped down businesses that provide practically everything the ordinary family really needs with a great sense of simplicity and real value for money. I get the same feeling about Chromebooks which do everything the ordinary person needs in an incredibly simple and straightforward way at a rockbottom price. I think we may be on the brink of a PC revolution as people begin to realise what Chromebooks and the simplicity of'the cloud' concept offer. Google presently dont offer a Chrome PC version supporting a very high res large monitor but I guess they might at some point.


Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

7 March 2015 - 10:14am
Just some general advice/ideas.
The areas worth considering in my opinion:
In the North the Antrim coast between Coleraine and ballycastle
In the west the Lough Erne area around Enniskillen and the Sperrins
In the East, Strangford Lough and the Mournes

If it was my tour for a week I would get the train from Belfast to Derry/Londonderry, do the North Antrim coast for 2 days then go west and south through the Sperrins to Enniskillen then return to belfast on the Ballyshannon route.
Leave Strangford for next time.

Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

7 March 2015 - 9:56am
Sunrise wrote:Would I be right in thinking that the Belfast to Bally castle might be the busiest part and rest of the North cosst a bit quieter.
Thinking of Micks suggestion , eg going west from Belfast then North up to Londonderry and just do the Derry - Portrush ending somewhere near Rathlin Island

All of the Antrim coast is popular in the summer. The problem is with the Larne to Cushendall coast road as it's the only route so carries all the tourist traffic. Once you are up on the North Coast anywhere west of Cushendall there are plenty of quieter roads so you don't need to stay on the A2.

Re: Bikes on Belgian trains

7 March 2015 - 9:52am
We managed to get off at Brussels central and the guard didn't say anything although there were quite a lot of steps to carry them up which is maybe why theres restrictions. Defo weren't allowed to get on there though, but midi is only a short ride away.

Re: Flying with German Wings

7 March 2015 - 9:45am
For future reference, German wings eventually replied to an email I sent them confirming they do accept the CTC bike bag.

Foxy rider, how is the bus to Bonn 'bike friendly?'


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