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Re: Weight distribution.

6 March 2015 - 6:17pm
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?

Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

6 March 2015 - 6:04pm
Hi mick
It's a 2 lane A road with no cycle path or hard shoulder. August is busiest time with lots of tourist traffic and day trippers concentrating on the scenery. Sunday is particular busy. Not saying it's unsafe but not a ride to relax and enjoy the scenery. Problem is it's the only road so all traffic is funnelled onto it.

The North Antrim coast between Ballycastle and Portrush is more scenic in my opinion (Giants Causeway etc) and there is a choice of quieter roads in that area. Alternative suggestion is to head west from Belfast, maybe the Belfast - Ballyshannon route and then turn North round lough Neagh or through the Sperrins to the North coast. Have a look at http://www.cycleni.com for routes and info.

Mick

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 6:04pm
Paulatic wrote:I stand corrected, Hawick is only 100m when I look at the map. The Internet told me 180 but that is Hawick Mill obviously on the surrounding hills.
Have you any recommended cafes in Kelso, Alexander?

I don't know the cafe situation in Kelso, not been that far east very often,.

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 4:32pm
I stand corrected, Hawick is only 100m when I look at the map. The Internet told me 180 but that is Hawick Mill obviously on the surrounding hills.
Have you any recommended cafes in Kelso, Alexander?

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 4:26pm
Harestanes cafe might not be open for the season when you are going though.
But the one along the road at Woodside should be

If you go via St Boswells, there is another nice cafe at Lilliesleaf

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 4:11pm
Thanks very much rualexander.... great to have a cafe tip-off too!

Re: Weight distribution.

6 March 2015 - 4:10pm
Yes, a trailer is heavier than racks. I wouldn't argue with that at all.
The thing is, weight isn't the issue.

With a trailer, the weight is on the trailer wheels and all you do is trundle it behind. Yes, it's slower up the hills, but on the flat you wouldn't know it was there, and downhill it gives you a push. You lose accelleration, and you have to give time and distance to your braking, but that would be the same no matter how you carried the weight.

Also, there's some science involved. When you ride a bike, there is a little swaying to and fro involved. If you carry the weight in panniers, that weight has to be swung to and fro too. This consumes energy. With a trailer, the bike still sways to and fro, but the weight is on the trailer, so less energy is consumed.

Read this:
http://www.carryfreedom.com/wp-content/ ... cience.pdf

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 3:49pm
Paulatic wrote:How long it takes depends on how fast you cycle of course. It's not a hilly route but it is of course uphill from sea level to ~180m above.
My last time up that road it was a very strong headwind with very little shelter. It was March though so everything bare.

Not sure where the 180m altitude comes from? Hawick is around 100m and nowhere between Hawick and Berwick is any higher really.

Best route might be the B6461 from Berwick to Kelso, fairly straight and relatively gentle rolling road. From Kelso head for Roxburgh, then minor road to Nisbet, on to Ancrum, then minor road that follows the north side of the River Teviot all the way to Hawick, very nice roads.
Couple of cafes between Nisbet and Ancrum, one at Harestanes visitor centre and another just along the road at a garden centre.

Good chance of a headwind of some sort going between Berwick and Hawick though.

North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

6 March 2015 - 3:43pm
Hi all

Thinking of a week or so touring from Belfast up round the North Coast (think its sustrans rote 93).

I have some concerns that the route seems to be the A2 main road, has anyone any experience of how busy/safe it would be in terms of traffic.

Unforunately we need to go first week August, so potentially a busy week ?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated including places to visit/accomodation etc or route reccomendations.

Many thanks

Mick

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 3:13pm
Good point beardy. I don't really know. I tend to think to myself i average at 15mph but then usually surprise myself - I guess a bit of a game where I think that's how quick I'll be and then am pleasantly surprised, rather than aiming higher and being disappointed! But I think yes, you're probably right, depending on how hilly it is, somewhere between 10 and 15 mph is probably realistic. So maths-wise my journey would work... just whether it would legs-wise...

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 2:33pm
badams wrote:Hm, ok, thanks. It'll be April so not much better. I'm not a roadie by any means; will be loaded too, so probably ~15 mph av. Will think about it more. thanks very much!

Do you mean that you do 15mph average in Norfolk?

It varies with all the specific conditions but on the same rig I can average 15mph on the plains and that can often convert to an average of 10mph in the hills.

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 2:19pm
Hm, ok, thanks. It'll be April so not much better. I'm not a roadie by any means; will be loaded too, so probably ~15 mph av. Will think about it more. thanks very much!

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 2:09pm
How long it takes depends on how fast you cycle of course. It's not a hilly route but it is of course uphill from sea level to ~180m above.
My last time up that road it was a very strong headwind with very little shelter. It was March though so everything bare.

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 1:40pm
Thank you Paulatic and thirdcrank. I take your point about the bordersishness of the Borders... hm.
Thanks Paulatic for the tip about the A road too... I did wonder if it might be ok. Seems less demanding incline-wise too. But do you think allowing 5 hours, it'd be doable? It'd mean leaving at 5am, admittedly.

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 12:06pm
I've done it a couple of times albeit on Sundays. Roads are quiet, even that A road as I recall it. Coming up the B road through Swinton is an easy road, if it's not windy. To Kelso, then towards St Boswells and up to Hawick has been my route in the past.

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 11:51am
For part of the way, you might consider the Tweed Cycle Route

http://www.cyclescottishborders.com/rou ... cle-route/

There is a reason why the Borders form the border and it's not because the terrain is easy.

Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

6 March 2015 - 11:41am
I asked at the Tourist Office in central Stavanger about ferries and was directed to norled.no. It doesn't seem to be the easiest site to navigate but this map appears to indicate that there is still a route from Merjarvik to Skudeneshamn via the island of Kvitsoy. There doesn't appear to be a timetable for it though. Maybe an email to post@norled.no will give a definitive answer.

The road (E39) from Merjarvik to the island of Rennesoy for the Mortavika - Arsvagen ferry is actually a tunnel most of the way so doesn't sound like too much fun.

I have to say that the lady in the tourist office didn't seem to know much; but she did give me a small booklet/cycling map dated 2011 which you're welcome to have if you'd care to PM an address to me.

cycles on trains in Republic of Ireland

6 March 2015 - 11:03am
I have been told that on intercity trains in Ireland (eg Dublin - Galway) there is a limit of 2 bikes/train. This is somewhat limiting for our group of 3!
Does anyone have experience of this? Is it worth taking a chance or would it be wise for one of us to book on a the next train?

Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

6 March 2015 - 10:46am
I'm doing something for work in Berwick-upon-Tweed soon, and have been invited to take part in something in Hawick the next day. They've suggested I hire a car but it got me thinking.... perhaps I could just take my bike and cycle it. So on the off-chance that anyone has cycled between Berwick and Hawick before, or a nearby route, I'd really appreciate your thoughts about the best route and whether it is realistic to do it in a few hours. It is perhaps a bit daft as I'd have to be in Hawick by 11am, but in terms of distance the route I've found (a 'balanced' route from cyclestreets.net which largely avoids the A698) would suggest that it is possible (45miles ish) and it doesn't seem to be too crazily hilly but that of course only tells half the story, so if anyone has any knowledge of the roads round there, it'd be great to hear what they're like (on first inspection the A698 didn't seem too bad to me, on paper, but it sounds as though it has a nasty reputation so it's that kind of thing which would be useful too). Plus, I'm from Norfolk so, er, not exactly well-acquainted with massive hills.

Hope someone might be able to help!
thanks, adam

Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

6 March 2015 - 8:16am
There are a number of sites that offer free OS maps. I have a Garmin 810 edge and loaded maps from the following site, fully navigable.
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/05/down ... 00810.html

Step by step instructions are also on the site.

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