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Re: Cycling Caen to Nice

21 November 2014 - 8:24pm
Thanks for all your help. It gives us a few leads to look into. Looks like a one way hire may be the best and cheaper option, if we can get a van that will take our tandem. When we sort out the return journey we will put any information on the blog.

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

21 November 2014 - 8:15pm
I will be planning and downloading my routes in advance onto a garmin 800. I'll keep my phone on...so that I can take quick snaps, but power hungry functions like GPS, wifi and Bluetooth will be switched off when not in use so should last a day, maybe longer in airplane mode.

My friend will also have a garmin so we could keep one switched off rather than having both switched on, maybe same with the phone.

So backup battery maybe enough?

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

21 November 2014 - 8:01pm
mercalia wrote:Good to know your mods work well.

AdyJapp " 10 hours on the bike and 90 miles"
I was wondering where you had got to as one of the people with these things who had done some mods
wow.90 miles all in one go? with a trailer? surely not? The very thought is a nightmare.

Given that it was a challenge that I set myself, I was quite pleased with the journey overall. Yes, I pushed myself, and yes, under other circumstances I may have made a shorter day journey. Definitely good with a trailer though, and comparing to being fully loaded with panniers, I 'think' that I prefer this option.
mercalia wrote:Unlike you I didnt have any trouble going fast downhill with my copy, but then I didnt have much choice as the hill in question caught me unawares.

I think you have given us the product name for these tailers - "Yakkalike" ?


I think the main issue is that of the steering obviously being very, very light with everything hanging off the back, and the shear momentum of the weight shoving you downhill, made me keep dabbing the brakes on anything too steep!!

Re: Cycling Caen to Nice

21 November 2014 - 7:23pm
tyreon wrote:This method now interests me,and on a recent trip about,I went into a Budget/Avis rent-a-car office to ask the cost of hiring a car for a one way trip. The cost I was given was £30 a day!That does not include the one way premium of about £100. Use the Avis website and select "return to different location" http://www.avis.co.uk/?cid=GBPPUD000000 ... t/0127584F Europcar offer one way as well, and I have used them in the UK.

Re: Cycling Caen to Nice

21 November 2014 - 7:16pm
Your planned journey could be relatively easy,difficult,or a mix between the two. Sorry to state the obvious.

Given you give the French staff at the rail station 24 hrs notice, I think you wont have too many difficulties booking spaces on the French network system. It goes without saying that the more notice you can give staff the better your chances of securing that reservation,and lowering the fare you pay.

Having said all this,having had the stress of navigating French trains with 'no notice'(just turning up and hoping for the best),wotsabout investigating hiring some car/van that you may drive up thru France then leave at your final destination? I see someone else having done this on this site recently...then someone else asking for details,but getting no reply.
This method now interests me,and on a recent trip about,I went into a Budget/Avis rent-a-car office to ask the cost of hiring a car for a one way trip. The cost I was given was £30 a day! Sure,it wasn't a van,and I wasn't asking in France,and it wasn't summer!! But add on a few quid,get on this thing(computer),and operate it better than I can,and you may be able to hire that van in France,drive it up to the channel to leave it,and all with less hassle(and price?) than going by train. Wotyathink?

If you do manage to get a price,please let me and others know. Though I have managed to get thru France by bike by travelling by train,I have always felt stressed: expectations of finding cycling storage place full? Loading complications? Train changing times too close!

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 7:05pm
Deevoy88 wrote:... did you bend the metal yourself or did you find brackets like that?
... some aluminium junk, a minimum of manual skill and the job is done !

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 6:05pm
ConRAD wrote:Actually I had the same problem and solved it like here below ... is it of any help ?






That is perfect. Did you bend the metal yourself or did you find brackets like that?

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 5:20pm
Actually I had the same problem and solved it like here below ... is it of any help ?




Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 4:57pm
CJ wrote:
A possibly better idea is to lengthen the strap on your head-torch (that you'll want anyway in case of a puncture in the dark, certainly if this is a camping tour) and make your bar-bag wear it - on those hopefully rare occasions when you're still riding after dark. It won't be an 'approved' bike lamp, but since very few battery bike lamps are approved anyway, that's no odds.
That's a good idea Chris I hadn't thought of that.

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 2:25pm
Neil C wrote:Welcome to the forum.

This subject was discussed earlier this year here.
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=85672

Brilliant.i couldnt find this one.has been a great help.if not then i think i may attach a plastic bar under the bag and use that.
Thanks alot for all the help.

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 1:22pm
Not a lot of help for your Topeak, but Carradice do a bar bag which has a little plastic bar on the base, onto which you can clip your front light: http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pa ... duct_id=18

Re: Cycling Caen to Nice

21 November 2014 - 1:20pm
ANTONISH wrote:TGV to Lille, local train to Calais- both the latter having hanging bike spaces (a tandem rear wheel could possibly have reached to the floor).
A trick that may help with that is to remove the tandem front wheel and hang by rear wheel instead.

Re: Touring Cassette

21 November 2014 - 1:16pm
Hi,
I have cycled most of dartmoor's ridable paths and the fords and unridable heather on a non compact 13 -34 x 26 36 46 and it was only two minutes before my missus phoned me on the Tour update to say Schleck had droped his chain that I unshipped with a double shift, the very first time that bike owned since 96 and the first time since the early eightes on any bike.
Last problem was a broken KMC cheapy recycled from a skip bike.

On my current skip trainer I recently took two links out of the chain as compact needs less range and even when it was longer on my fith recycled chain which I take off when I hit 1 % stretch on a broken chain (above) and no chain loss.

Like motorcycles the chain is probably the item that receives less attention but needs just so maintainance..............

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 1:16pm
Welcome to the forum.

This subject was discussed earlier this year here.
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=85672

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 1:14pm
If you were to get a dynamo you'd probably find this problem easier to solve, since dynamo lamps are small, lightweight and solid with no removable parts (so less likely to be damaged by the severe vibration subjected to anything mounted on the un-sprung brace of a suspension fork) and mount via a 6mm nut and bolt, for which it's possible to buy diverse ready-made brackets and relatively easy to make your own adaptations.

Battery lights on the other hand, are all made to mount on a handlebar, and assume you are some kind of sport cyclist who has nothing else on his bike, so you can't easily buy alternative fittings and those that you may nevertheless find in shops look like a kludge, with ugly bits of tube mounted on stalks - that may or may not be high enough to let your lamp shine over the top of a bar bag and if they are that high they'll catch on things whilst impeding access to said bag.

A possibly better idea is to lengthen the strap on your head-torch (that you'll want anyway in case of a puncture in the dark, certainly if this is a camping tour) and make your bar-bag wear it - on those hopefully rare occasions when you're still riding after dark. It won't be an 'approved' bike lamp, but since very few battery bike lamps are approved anyway, that's no odds.

Re: Touring Cassette

21 November 2014 - 12:52pm
foxyrider wrote:Another advantage of not going too big at the rear is that you can keep the chain shorter which helps prevent loosing it on rough surfaces!
Sounds like an old roadie myth to me. I've always employed the biggest sprockets available and been no stranger to rough-stuff, but so far this worker has yet to lose his chains!

Re: Touring Cassette

21 November 2014 - 12:48pm
If, as you say, you already have a MTB rear mech, a cassette that only goes to 25 teeth is borderline too small and will not shift as precisely as one with bigger big sprockets that thus come closer to the mech's guide pulley.

Ten or even nine sprockets between 11 and only 25 teeth must also necessarily be closer in size to one another, providing finer tuning than anyone needs unless they are racing at their physical limit and at a speed dictated by other riders, rather than their own preferred cadence. For normal riding, such close-ratio cassettes a bit of a nuisance, since they oblige one to shift more often than is convenient, or two gears at a time, when accelerating from the lights and adjusting speed to a changing gradient.

Now we have so many sprockets in back, as a given, simply because more gears sells bikes so that's how it must be if you want decent quality equipment, I don't know why any practical cyclist, who uses their bike as vehicle rather than a toy, bothers with anything less than the biggest cassette that'll work on their bike.

Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 12:38pm
I hope someone can help. i have a topeak barbag that i am going to be using on a tour. It takes up all the room though where my lights used to be and i can not use both at the same time. Has anyone had this problem and how did they get round it? I thought maybe find a light bracket mount that can fit one the front suspension forks?? But can not find any.
If anyone can help that is much appreciated.
Thanks
Deevoy88

South from Rome over Xmas.

21 November 2014 - 5:35am
I have 2 weeks available to cycle tour at Xmas. We love riding in Italy so thinking the weather will be ok enough heading south. Can anyone recommend at route or partial route?? Traveling light , staying in hotels, 80-120k's a day is about the balance we like.

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