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Re: LLC and Wales Questions

27 January 2015 - 9:50pm
I haven't been to Conwy Castle, but often at places like that, it's okay to leave panniers with reception.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

27 January 2015 - 9:15pm
Will take a look at both and see if I can schedule them in.


Now, my next question is a tricky one.

How safe is my bicycle if I chain it up near Conwy castle and go for a walk around? It'll have two Panniers on the back and I'll take the handelbar bag with me (with my camera/valuables) but is it safe/smart to find somewhere public to lock up the bike and go off for an hour or two into the Castle? I am thinking I will do this sort of thing a few times over my trip. But I am a little concerned over coming back to my bike and finding my bags missing.

I am not worried about my front wheel - you need an allen key to take it off (its not a quick release) but more concerned about the bags on the back. I have no idea if there is a bike rack (or something similar) near the Castle.

Any help or insight would be appreciated!

Re: New rail franchises for Scotland

27 January 2015 - 8:54pm
Well, they say there will be new rolling stock in 2018, which may or may not take fish ... or bicycles.

Re: USA Tour

27 January 2015 - 8:38pm
I'd suggest starting late April/early May. To get to the Grand Canyon from San Diego you need to cross either the Sonoran or Mojave desets. Riding east from San Diego in mid March I was hitting temps in the high 90sf. On the other hand if you go earlier then it's too cold further north or higher up - like the Grand Canyon rim..

Desert temps. (top) and Grand Canyon temps (bottom).

https://weatherspark.com/averages/29776 ... ted-States



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https://weatherspark.com/averages/30349 ... ted-States

Re: New rail franchises for Scotland

27 January 2015 - 7:29pm
It will be interesting to see if Serco continue to carry the fresh fish products every night from Inverness hence restricting the bike capacity to 2 bikes.

USA Tour

27 January 2015 - 7:25pm
I am planning a 3 month ride from San Diego to Seattle . My overall plan is to take a route through the best sights , sequoias , Grand Canyon , Crater Lake . . . I will be wild camping most of the time . Any suggestions on the best times to visit , maps , useful sources of info . ,wild life( I'm paranoid about bears), cycling through deserts and any other advice would be most welcome.

Nigel

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

27 January 2015 - 6:11pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Picked up my OS map today. Looking forward to it. Anyone know what the weather's doing on that weekend? [emoji274]

Don't you know that this is the south. It's always sunny and warm.

Re: Marrakech to the High Atlas - December (parts 1 -4)

27 January 2015 - 6:02pm
Episode 4 Highs and lows on the road to Aoulouz
There's a lot of time to think when you're on the bike. There are highs, lows and wash day blues

http://www.farawayvisions.com/cycling-to-aoulouz-morocco/

New rail franchises for Scotland

27 January 2015 - 5:48pm
The Caledonian Sleeper has been taken over by Serco from 1st April 2015. Instead of the usual 3-month booking horizon for rail reservations, they have opened up for 12 months ahead. So if you have a date in your diary to make reservations three months ahead of travel, get in now.

They do not seem to have any of the Bargain Berths of the old service, however they do now give railcard discounts on sleeper fares - I just booked Inverness to London for £54pp. Despite what they say on the website, there is no provision for reserving a bicycle place in the booking system, so I had to phone them.

The main Scotrail franchise is changing to Abellio at the same time, but they have not yet opened up advance bookings and bicycle reservations.

Re: How cycle friendly are Dutch trains?

27 January 2015 - 4:05pm
Hi
Yes there is a charge, I think about 6 Euro. So many people cycle that they discourage cycles on trains. The sprinter trains have cycle places but the NS Intercity might only have a couple of places at each end. Overall passengers and staff are pretty cycle friendly. I've seen bikes piled up at the end of the Intercity trains and no-one batted an eyelid.

There are also restrictions for rush hour trains, esp Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Lastly, last year there is a new system of composting your ticket at the start and finish of your journey and if you switch train companies you stamp your ticket on the platform at each change of trains.

I'm sure a bit of web-research will give more info.

Enjoy it, it is worth the effort

John

North sea Route Holland/Germany

27 January 2015 - 3:43pm
Is there a better direction to travel in terms of prevailing winds? I'm planning on South to North but would happily switch if its easier heading south!

How cycle friendly are Dutch trains?

27 January 2015 - 3:41pm
How cycle friendly are Dutch trains? I ask as its looking increasingly likely that i'll need to use them this summer to get back to Rotterdam (returning from Denmark).

German and Danish railways i've used but Dutch only without a bike. Are there bike areas/carriages? is there a charge? Do you need to book in advance?

Re: New Forest Tour

27 January 2015 - 3:12pm
andrewjoseph wrote:We were disappointed to find some new forest camp sites had no showers.

That's the problem with the FC ones, the planning is so tight that it is tough to erect permanent buildings in the forest proper. Commercial campsites are clustered just at the edge outside the national park boundary.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

27 January 2015 - 2:23pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:gplhl wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Play safe and book or throw caution to the wind and wing it? I imagine this little place isn't going to let wild campers get away with it [emoji102]

There's ALWAYS somewhere to wild camp

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

You're right. Trickiest place I've found is in South West France. 1. The sand causes mayhem in any zipper. I had a sleeping bag that took about 10 years to empty itself of sand. 2. The Gendarme have no tolerance of wild campers. Car parks, beaches, forests, anywhere! Challenging adversaries. Part of the romance and skill I guess...hc

Moroccos and Kenya worst I've found for finding spots. People everywhere. Still not impossible though..

Finding a good place gets easier the more you do it.

Morocco, I was told by a Moroccan "are like Mosquitos, they are everywhere and you can't get away from them".



Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Paris and Bike Security

27 January 2015 - 1:43pm
If you are travelling back to London by Eurostar I understand you can check your bikes in advance and they will keep them in London at the collection counter until you return.

I recall it is cheaper this way as well.

Tim.

Touring Asia

27 January 2015 - 11:46am
My wife and I are planing a cycle tour in Asia. We intend to travel from Bejing to Nanning for onward border crossing into Vietnam and onto Hanoi. From Hanoi we intend to cycle to Chaing Rai then onto Bangkok. We would be grateful to hear from anyone who has experience of routes, travelling, accommodation, sights etc in the area.
Thanks Jimmie

Re: Paris and Bike Security

27 January 2015 - 8:57am
As you can imagine, bike theft is a bit of a problem in Paris. I hosted a couple of WarmShowers cyclists last year who arrived without their bikes - they had left them locked up outside their hotel the night before in the Montmartre area.

If you have good bike locks, you should get away with leaving them in busy areas during the daytime while sightseeing, but definitely not at night. Your best bet for accommodation could be an AirBNB style rental where you can check beforehand if there's room for the bikes inside. Some hotels with secure underground car parks will let you leave the bikes there, but there may not be anything to attach them to.

If you do have somewhere safe to leave the bikes during your stay in Paris, you might like to use the Vélib rental bikes for sightseeing - it's a very good system and only 1.70 euros per day.

Finally, if you do lose a bike then it's a good excuse to visit the Puces de Saint Ouen flea market ( http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com ) to try and buy it back - this is where most stolen bikes end up

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

27 January 2015 - 8:18am
gplhl wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Play safe and book or throw caution to the wind and wing it? I imagine this little place isn't going to let wild campers get away with it [emoji102]

There's ALWAYS somewhere to wild camp

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

You're right. Trickiest place I've found is in South West France. 1. The sand causes mayhem in any zipper. I had a sleeping bag that took about 10 years to empty itself of sand. 2. The Gendarme have no tolerance of wild campers. Car parks, beaches, forests, anywhere! Challenging adversaries. Part of the romance and skill I guess...hc

Paris and Bike Security

26 January 2015 - 11:23pm
Following a successful trip to France (St Malo to Caen) last year with our 3 boys we are considering a trip to Paris this Summer perhaps travelling one way by train. My concern is bike security in a major city both whilst doing touristy things in the city and overnight while staying in accommodation.

There will be 5 of us and am interested in any experiences or recommendations you may have.

Re: Caen - Mont Ventoux !

26 January 2015 - 11:04pm
Thanks MrsHJ that is very helpful since posting I have found a site with a lot more information on.
Yes the Ventoux is a big " hill" but one I have to cycle before I get much older.

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