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Re: Myanmar

11 May 2015 - 9:37am
I did this but nearly 20 years ago now, when the place was still very dictatorial/police-military state and it was a bit of a wonder you could get away with cycling around the country at all, though you were very limited where you could go. Things have lightened up there since. Indeed in principle the whole country is open, and also some border crossings. But in practice some remoter areas remain insecure and some people trying to travel into some more remote things have met persuasive people with guns. But they are still very fussy about no camping and only staying in accom registered to take foreigners, but there is a lot more of it now, and you can also sometimes stay in monasteries too. But it has also become very popular with tourists in general and there is considerable pressure on accom in main tourist spots and prices in these areas are now very high by SE Asian standards.

There's a number of threads on https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/ ... -your-bike which are worth reading, and probably also worth looking at their Myanmar branch too.

In the time I went there, scenery was not the primary interest of most of the places you could go, it was rather more about people and places, though the scenery was not tedious. Taking advantage of the greater freedoms of today, I think there is more scenic interest available. You are wise to go there in winter.

Re: cyclocross for touring

11 May 2015 - 9:30am
i had a look at the spa tourer ,the 48 is 600 wheels rather have 700 to be honest but the top tibe on the 51 seems very long to me 54.5 if im reading is correct .i suffer with back problems so i reckon i would be way over stretched on that bike
im 5.6inx inside leg 29ins am i loking at the wrong size frame .
i was hoping to get a frame obviously one thats fits perfect, but enough room to fit a thudbuster st seatpost .
going by my size and inside leg measurements what do u guys reckon i should go for..
my Terry Dolan is 48 but a sloping top tube.besides the the angles would be completly different to the SPA frame so couldnt really compair the too.

chers
jags.

Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 9:08am
Hi , we will be doing our first 'proper' tour sometime in June and need a little advice. My son is11 and is quite a stong cyclist however has only done the Berwick to newcastle part of the coast and castles route. He was 9 at the time and managed 96 miles in 3 days fully loaded with gear (sweets ) . I need a starter for this tour in that which way is best to do it ie oban . Start or harris/North to start. Also if we left the car at say Oban what are the logistics like for getting back to Oban from the finish ie is There some sort of bus etc which would take us and the bikes back to Oban . We are planning on doing the whole trip by wild camping and doing over 5 to 7 days . I don't want to put him off as he really enjoyed the coast and castles but expect this would be more hilly/windy . And advice in particular route and wild camping would be appreciated ! 

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 12:40am
I use Routeyou.com This uses google maps and I find it loads up faster than the main google site and doesn't freeze.

Re: cycling video collection of ascents:Alps, Pyrenées,Canar

10 May 2015 - 11:02pm
Hello !
I'm happy to to present another compilation / best of video about another great bicycletour in the French Alps with several legendary climbs, ascents. The tour happaned in the year 2011.
After the first 2 days (in Italy ) I cycled in France and visited famous, Tour de France cols, climbs, like Bonette (2802 m), Col d'Izoard (2360 m), Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier (2645 m), Col de l'Iseran (2770 m), but few hardly known ones, like Parking du Laus, Le Saut, Plan de Lac (2360 m) - one of my favourite. On the climb of Col de la Lombarde I saw chamois, unfortunately only for few seconds, but in the year 2014 on a hardly known italian ascent (will be presented in few weeks time ) offered me the opportunity to record 2 chamoises for video for ca. 1 min long. At La Bonette (2802 m) I got the best amazing weather that I could: sunshine with very small clouds, cumuluses.

Have pleasure with the video and thanks for watching
Gabor

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

10 May 2015 - 10:03pm
here a discussion on QR skewers and if it is possible to adapter the solid axle nuts for 10mm axles to 5 mm QR rods

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=96644

Myanmar

10 May 2015 - 9:23pm
I am thinking of touring in Myanmar next winter, probably in January; has anyone else done this and have you any advice?
Thanks

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

10 May 2015 - 8:44pm
I can't imagine the train being too full at 9:30 AM leaving Cardiff on a monday?

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 8:35pm
my Mares is running a 50/34 compact with (currently) an 11-32 cassette. I live in Sheffield and to get my shopping home is a 2 mile climb that in places gets close to 15% the shopping can easily see a load of 20kg making its way uphill. My full on camping gear is 12kg so I can't see any issue unless it gets to 20% or steeper (which doesn't mean I won't fit something different if I take it to the Alps) but for terrain up to and including the Peak District it offers gearing to spare for a reasonably fit rider.

A full on CX bike will generally run 46/36 with 11-28 or tighter cassette.

Re: Touring in Sweden

10 May 2015 - 8:20pm
Hiya, I'm currently pedalling from Nordkapp to Tarifa. Flew to Honningsvag with my bike, stayed at a good hostel there (Vandrerhjem), pedalled up to Nordkapp and now going South. Tonight I'm at a campsite in Kautokeino. Stunning scenery, if a little chilly but fine if you have the right kit, will be warmer in June. Cross into Finland tomorrow, then down into Sweden. Intend to wild camp a bit to save some cash (Scandinavia is expensive), however did rent cabin in Karasjok last night which was toasty. Using a Whisperlite stove - can get fuel at petrol stations. I'm blogging my trip here: www.selfpropelled.life

As usual watch out for the headwinds, can be pretty harsh up here. Cheers, James

Hook of Holland - Europort ferry

10 May 2015 - 7:51pm
Has anyone got experience of arriving at Rotterdam Europort and using the fast ferry to reach Hook of Holland? Is it easy to get to? which stop did you use?

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

10 May 2015 - 6:59pm
Only a pleasure! Credit where credit is due. It's a great book...b

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 6:11pm
I have a Croix de Fer 2014 (between CX and general purpose ?) which I day ride round flatlandia. And I think about going touring on it (probably for an entire spring/summer round Europe). And I think I would need different gearing. And I then wonder about the costs for changes vs the cost of a decent touring bike and whilst there is a difference, I wonder about how worthwhile changing it into a tourer (for me) would be. It's great around the rural lanes for my current use and have no regrets buying it. But I wonder if I'd take it touring without some significant expenditure. I am not experienced and have not taken it touring, so I am basing my thoughts on my own touring needs on the fact that even here in East Anglia with a single 5Kg load single pannier I do sometimes use the lowest gear and I think that given more luggage with hillier terrain the bike's lowest gear might not be enough (and it would be a get off and push ...)

ps. I's size 9 footwear and with a standard Tubus rack and Ortileb back roller panniers I have no issues with clearance.

But I'm not experienced enough to provide advice on this, just my limited thoughts/limited experiences.

Ian

Re: North Sea Cycle Route

10 May 2015 - 5:48pm
I'm doing Rotterdam to Esbjerg this summer - I've got maps and guides that take me to the top of Denmark and can't imagine why anyone would need GPS, its well signposted and pretty obvious. GPS can be useful but in this case its pretty pointless! Bikeline actually do the Danish book in English so there's really no excuse to get lost.

Re: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)

10 May 2015 - 5:44pm
I did this last year. After exiting the airport I cycled 10km along the SS14 and exited at Portegrandi to take the smaller road to Jesolo. It was ok. It may be just me but I've found some italian SS roads very civilised, and even pleasant, compared to the UK. It would have probably been nicer to take the water bus to Punta Sabbioni and start from there, but I've no idea whether they take bikes. The roads from Jesolo onwards are pretty quiet country lanes. I had to take the SS14 again between Latisana and Cervignano del Friuli - I don't think there is another way. The best bit of that coastal road is the last 20km or so into Trieste, which again is the SS14, popular with cyclists. Though the SP1 road that goes parallel to it higher up is also nice and possibly quieter - it passes the village of Prosecco (I took this road on the way back).

Re: What panniers are you using?

10 May 2015 - 5:39pm
SastusBulbas wrote:I never updated this, but ended up with Ortlieb Back Roller Plus QL2 and front Roller Plus.

They have been fine, not as stiff and secure feeling as the old Vaude clip felt, but the lower hook is fine and nothing has fell off, they look better and seem a bit lighter, pockets inside too. Though I am sure my Vaude was larger.
Must be your imagination! The Vaude bags actually are smaller (rear 20l), not having as much 'extra' as the Ortliebs (rear 20l + 5l extra) at the top due to their closure method.

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 5:35pm
I bought a Focus Mares AX as a touring bike (Its their aluminium CX frame) - it came with discs, mudguards and a dyno hub so I'm guessing the good ole Germans intended it as a tourer/commuter rather than a CX specific bike.

As an aside, Tricross and Crossrip bikes are intended as touring steeds and are definitely not CX machines, both Trek and Specialized have other models for that use.

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 1:24pm
cheers Lads ,yeah the spa tourer looks great i might look a bit deeper into this as long as i can just buy the frameset i probably have enough spares to build it up.
yeah gonna pop over to the spa site now have a gander.
cheers lads.

jags

Re: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)

10 May 2015 - 12:07pm
Hi

Does anyone have any further tips on this topic? I am landing in Marco Polo airport, and rather than heading North, would like to get to a good point to start cycling round the coastline towards Slovenia. I would ideally like to start at Punta Sabbioni to cycle to Jesolo along the sea front to Jesolo and on from there and so wondered if anyone know if it is ok to put bikes on the waterbus from the airport going down to Punta Sabbioni.

Failing that, I am looking for a nice cycle out from the airport to get started on the Adriatic route without too much time on the SS14 (unless this isn't too bad? as looks like wouldnt have to be on it for long).

Any advice would be much appreciated,

Thanks

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 10:26am
pwa wrote:Jags, I have a Thorn Club Tour (now about 10 years old) and it was a good buy. A proper tourer. But if I were buying now I might save some dosh and buy a Spa steel tourer, with similar spec at a lower cost. Thorns just cost a bit too much.

I recently bought a Tour de Fer (touring-specific variant of a Croix d F apparently). First proper tourer I've had in 20 years. Fully equipped with low gears, bar ends, disc brakes, and very comfortable, but a lot heavier than the Tricross.

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