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Re: Motorhome Support

11 October 2014 - 9:04pm
Thanks for that, that is not the problem. I was looking for experience of distances and camping for MH. I think most support vehicles/ sag wagons use B&B's as opposed to Campsites en-route.

Re: Motorhome Support

11 October 2014 - 8:49pm
Why not, if OH is happy to drive between stop points while you cycle, is it any different to any other motorised support vehicle / sag wagon etc. Providing there is scope for the driver to enjoy their interests during the day; shopping, sight seeing, walking, bird watching or whatever...

Re: Getting AROUND the Pyranees

11 October 2014 - 8:25pm
superflychris wrote:II initially thought that a route from Biarritz to Pamploma then accross might work until I looked at this cool site (http://www.doogal.co.uk/RouteElevation.php) that suggested a 2,905 metre ascent... YIKES.
An altitude like that wold put you at risk of altitude sickness. Varies for different people but if not acclimatised then many think you should start being careful above 2400m (and from memory you can acclimatise at 300m per day. But, assuming you would not be going up to 2900m and staying there you should be ok (using the "climb high, sleep low" idea).

But, it's the Pyrenees so I suspect the 2900m is a bit of an overestimate.


Re: Getting AROUND the Pyranees

11 October 2014 - 8:11pm
If you're fit enough to do that ride, you're fit enough to cross the Pyrenees wherever takes your fancy. In fact it would be a highlight of the trip. Don't underestimate your abilities or overestimate how difficult it is to ride slowly up a big pass. Give yourself a day to do each pass, (you won't need to do more than 2), and you'll be amazed what you're capable of.

Re: Touring Iceland

11 October 2014 - 8:05pm
My Iceland trip, a few years back, is written up here:http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Northatlanticdrift

Not sure much of what I did would be suitable with very young kids, in fact I'd say with the unpredictable weather, long distances between supplies and the taffic volumes on the ring road, you'd be better off going elsewhere.

Re: Chepstow to Portsmouth cycle route.

11 October 2014 - 7:13pm
Thank you both for your imput I will be looking at the map later. Are your suggestions on A roads and are these roads fairly good for traffic?

Re: Venice to Lecce - and how to get there (and back)

11 October 2014 - 6:46pm
We have just returned from Italy having ridden down from the UK to near Rome. We returned to London by a variety of trains, including the Venice-Paris Thello sleeper, which we boarded at it's Milan stop.

Italian railways are generally pretty good with bikes and they can be carried on their Fleccia Rossa high speed lines provided they are in a bike bags*. These trains have space at the end of the carriage that easily accommodated both our bike bags (wheels removed). However, if you use Trenitalia's slower speed "Regionale" trains (they have an R prefix before the train number on the then than the bikes can usually travel whole in a special compartment at the front/rear of the train. However bikes are not permitted on all regionale trains, but a glance at the time table in the station or on line will quickly tell you those that do permit bikes.

Personally I found Deutsche Bahn's website (http://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/) easier to use than Trenitalia's website to find the Regionale trains (just untick "Prefer fast connections" and tick "Local transport" on the serach screen). Returning to Venice from Lecce would take about 24 hours using the Regionale trains and involve several chains, but it may be possible to break the journey over several days, perhaps riding some of it. However it will be worth it, I have previously toured in Puglia and it is great and has some of the best food in Italy.... which is really saying something!

* we bought ours at a Decathlon store at the end of the ride near Rome.

Re: Motorhome Support

11 October 2014 - 6:23pm
A friend of mine used his MH to support two guys on a LeJog last year. If that's of interest, pm me your email address and I'll put you in touch.


Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

11 October 2014 - 4:02pm
foxyrider wrote:Sooper8 wrote:daddig wrote:I'm considering using items from the likes of Alpkit to make the bags more stable and make the fitting and removal easier !

I'd be interested in this idea. I am going down this route too and any pointers would be appreciated.

By the way - You know on Alpkit site at moment, in clearance, they have a few dry bags with slight faults at discount price?

The fault being they leak?

There is a thread on here about the drybag panniers i made - viewtopic.php?f=42&t=83886

Thanks for that link. That is a very neat way of doing it. I was just thinking of ways of preventing it swinging too much when strapped under the saddle- but short of using a Carradice bag support, I can't really think of another way
BTW The 'fault' on those Alpkit seconds is that the buckles are Chinese copies and not up to standard.

Motorhome Support

11 October 2014 - 3:45pm
Has any one ever used MH as a support vehicle on Tour, in 'enviable' position of having a non-cycling wife, who can drive MH.
Interested in Routes/Campsites.

Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

11 October 2014 - 3:12pm
That's a good idea! There is one reason not to go with a rear disc when coupled with a Rohloff. Rohloff's weep oil, if you get any on your disc you need to degrease them. Has happened once to me. Although I didn't degrease, descending a big hill it's possible to burn it off if you put the brakes on hard.


Re: 24 spoke wheels

11 October 2014 - 3:07pm
The old rules of thumb about how many spokes you need simply don't apply to factory built wheels using non-traditional components. They often use beefier spokes with stronger attachment to the hub which means lower spoke counts are possible without sacrificing wheel strength. Rims tend to be stronger too.

There is a disadvantage in that the wheel will be much more affected by a broken spoke, but that's unlikely and you can always carry a spare.

So whether your wheels are strong enough for what you want to do depends on the wheel as a whole, not just the spoke count. I'm not familiar with your particular wheelset, but I'd expect them to be fine.

Re: Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

11 October 2014 - 2:57pm
If I was buying a remote region tourer now, I'd use BB7s and take a V brake as a spare. In the event of failure, you can simply shorten the cable and attach the V brake. V brakes are cheap, compact and weigh very little.

As it is, my tourer is way too old to have disc brakes and retro-fitting would be insanely expensive. There are arguments to be had about V vs disc brakes on remote tours, but really it just doesn't matter that much if you've figured out what you'll do in the event of problems.

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

11 October 2014 - 2:49pm
It is a great shame more isn't made of night trains. The quickest way of getting from anywhere near London to where I live in SW France is Eurostar to Paris followed by a night train to our local station. It means you can do full day of work in London, have dinner in Paris, and be here in time for breakfast the next morning. No other mode of transport gets anywhere close to that, and if you take CO2 into account, it is of course even better. For cyclists, there's no need to bag/dismantle your bike, and the journey can end somewhere you'd want to ride, not some god forsaken airport.

Unfortunately it's more expensive than flying and almost no-one seems to know about it.

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

11 October 2014 - 2:37pm
"Deutsche Bahn has postponed plans to operate through-trains to London, in a move that must be considered a set-back for international rail travel.
DB had been planning to operate high-speed ICE trains from Amsterdam and Frankfurt via Brussels and the Channel Tunnel into London St Pancras.
Indeed, after a delay of several years, DB finally secured permission last summer from the Tunnel authorities. Services were set to start after 2016."
Business Traveller 19/2/14

Re: Majorca Road Cycling

11 October 2014 - 2:26pm
Mark1978 wrote:Have to disagree with the general notion that drivers in Mallorca are the best behaved. Indeed I had about the same amount or perhaps more close passes than I would on an equivalent ride in the UK. Including one guy who sounded his horn and gesticulated at me when I was doing nothing more interesting than riding along in a straight line.

It may be that in the mountains and coast it's better but stray inland and it's like being back home.

Brits in a hire car methinks - latest one probably thought you were on wrong side of road...

Re: Chepstow to Portsmouth cycle route.

11 October 2014 - 1:56pm
Looking at the map, I'd have headed east out of Bristol to Chippenham, then SE to Devizes and Upavon, Ludgershall and Andover. Then Stockbridge, Winchester, Hambledon and Waterlooville to come into Pompey through Cosham and North End.

I've ridden many of those roads, but not for twenty odd years or so.

Re: Not just the trains

11 October 2014 - 1:53pm
mjr wrote:foxyrider wrote:Next Monday sees the last sailing of the DFDS Harwich-Esjberg ferry route, how are we supposed to get to Scandinavia now?
Daytime train, changing Brussels, Cologne and Hamburg. Once DB start running through the channel tunnel, you'll have the option of skipping the Brussels change.
When might this be? have you any more info about this?

Re: Chepstow to Portsmouth cycle route.

11 October 2014 - 1:42pm
I'd probably go roughly Bristol, south towards Shepton Mallet, east to Shaftesbury, across Cranborne Chase or a bit south of it, through the New Forest to Lymington, ferry to Isle of Wight, the ferry to Portsmouth.


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