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Re: Touring Iceland

2 September 2014 - 2:22pm
Tigerbiten clearly did not cycle in the NW fijords - we spent best part of the day going up and down over the hill in some grim conditions .. would not have missed it for the world!

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 1:54pm
Just read a whole pile of responses telling you this isn't a mid-life crisis, by a whole pile of fully rohlhoffed-mid-life-crisised guys. It's not the bike ... it's where you go on it.

Re: New European Cycling Website

2 September 2014 - 1:32pm
Hi Steven,
I noticed on your site that you were not too enamoured about Poland.
I tried to reply on your website but I'm not sure if it actually posted. In a nutshell though ...
Me and my wife toured in Poland (NE from Lithuania to SW into Czech Rep) in 2012. We've toured pretty extensively in Europe and would put Poland 'right up there' with Hungary, Serbia and Turkey, for a variety of reasons. We stuck to back roads in the main (using Michelin 1:300,000 maps) without any real problems; the scenery (especially in Biebrza National Park) was lovely, the terrain generally flat and easy to make good progress, Poland has a rich history, culture and a simple, but very tasty cuisine; but the most memorable aspect of Poland was it's people. We were welcomed with genuine warmth, and shown wonderful hospitality. If we couldn't find a campsite (often), I would ask (we can't speak a word of Polish) at a house or village shop if there was 'somewhere nearby to put our tent for one night' ... and always we were shown somewhere. On several occasions this was an invitation to camp in the person's garden, share a meal, or even to stay in their house. Language barriers apart, we had some wonderful evenings!
Personally I think this is the entire basis of touring.
Cheers John

Re: Thank you to the forum

2 September 2014 - 1:05pm
It's the Somme canal running from Abbeville to St Valery sur Somme- just fantastic riding

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 12:59pm
Have done well in excess of 20,000 miles on my Thorn Raven with Rohloff and have been well pleased with it.
For those who are reluctant to invest in the Rohloff, the Edinburgh Bike Coop have some excellent and reasonably priced cycles.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 12:54pm
If your looking for a new Disc Trucker you will struggle to find a green one (2013 colour) i could be wrong on that one..I managed to hunt one down after a long search..great bike though and i'm happy with it...

Re: Thank you to the forum

2 September 2014 - 12:35pm
that photo looks great Col, where in France was it taken?

Re: New Route Planner

2 September 2014 - 12:34pm
Thanks ... looks like a really good site.

Two Together Rail Card

2 September 2014 - 12:21pm
just got my Two Together Rail Card as my wife and I are fed up with driving everywhere with bikes in the car


According to the site:

'Get a new Two Together Railcard for you and the person you travel with most, and you'll both enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you get away together.......

It's not just a card for couples either - you can get one with a best friend, or one of the family. Together you can save on practical everyday journeys, fun day trips or exciting weekend breaks - as many times as you like. Here's what you need to know:

•The Railcard costs just £30 - that’s £15 each. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself.

•Your Two Together Railcard will save you both 1/3 off a wide range of tickets. '

Just booked a couple of journeys

Nottingham-York Saturday-Based on 2 Adults -single journey
Outward Journey: 6th September 2014 at 08:48

Ticket Price without a Railcard


Railcard Saving

- £12.40

Ticket Price with a Railcard


Based on 2 Adults
Oxford-Birmingham Friday-single journey

Outward Journey: 5th September 2014 at 12:07

Ticket Price without a Railcard


Railcard Saving

- £11.60

Ticket Price with a Railcard


Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 September 2014 - 12:20pm
Why? If the hybrid's comfy and it hasn't any obvious defects ... unless you're planning a massive trip through somewhere really remote, use the money you would spend to finance a really good tour.

Re: channel hopping

2 September 2014 - 11:57am
Just back from Calais to Dieppe long weekend- heading south from Calais is very hilly and I had a fierce headwind which really slowed me down on the first day.. I'd recommend Witesse as a good place to stop, and the other St Valery (sur Somme) was spectacular- great campsites and the town is incredibly pretty. Le Touquet is worth a visit. You're in for a treat!

Thank you to the forum

2 September 2014 - 11:36am
Hi guys, I have been lurking on the forum for a few months and I just wanted to say thank you to you all for giving me the inspiration to get of my [rude word removed] and go on a little self-supported jaunt to Northern France. I'm pretty much a complete novice to any form of cycle touring but you all made it seem so straightforward that I realised I was over-researching and should just get going... 4 days and 200 miles later I'm back with a huge grin on my face. This could get very addictive. Thanks again.

Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

2 September 2014 - 10:49am
A short adventure along the South Downs Way with a tent, mud and a biryani.

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

2 September 2014 - 10:22am
I've booked train tickets using the website, but I've not yet needed to book a bike space.

It's becoming quite popular in France simply because the SNCF website is a bit of a nightmare to use and tries to make you buy travel insurance and book hotels and rental cars.

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

2 September 2014 - 8:50am
A cautious thumbs-up - they sure go fast!

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

2 September 2014 - 8:33am
Have you actually made a booking using this site ?
At first glance it certainly seems o.k - certainly a site like this would be useful for cyclists if it works.

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

1 September 2014 - 11:24pm
Regards Cardiff, if you haven't been before it really would be a shame to see it in the state it's in this month. Hopefully it will be dismantled quickly enough afterwards.
Also I believe a few people have had police interest in their rucksacks so not sure what reaction a few panniers might get, I'll find out when I go shopping Thursday.

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

1 September 2014 - 11:23pm
james01 wrote:MarkusDeBute wrote:

Oh and James01, where was the good curry in Llanidloes? Ours was rubbish....

The Spice Club, 30 Great Oak Street. On reflection we were starving and had already had a few aperitif beers so anything would have tasted pretty good

Good advice from Meic ref avoiding the NATO Conference in Cardiff this weekend, although I reckon you're better off on a bike than in a car if the expected gridlock happens.

Interesting, that was where we went and service was shocking, food was alright at best. Thinking back, the quote from Ruby, who runs the Crown and Anchor, was that the "Immigration Van had been round the week before" and they were subsequently a bit short of staff. The Crown and Anchor is worth visit if only to meet Ruby who's been running it for 49 years.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

1 September 2014 - 9:19pm
El Prat is v.busy and loaded with security guys, I would not bank on a few hours uninterrupted kip with a bicycle.

I'd sleep at an airport, say Hull, but not at BCN, it is a fantastic city, you could be in the centre super quick via the airport train before the fun has kicked off, with a great night out to look forward to. I use a clean pension that takes bikes, bang central, for only 25 euros.


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