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Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

2 August 2014 - 7:42pm
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-Foldable-Bicycle-Bike-Cycle-Transport-One-wheel-Cargo-Trailer-w-Bag-/281306921386?hash=item417f32f9aa&pt=UK_SportGoods_CyclAcces_RL&quantity=1&autorefresh=true

what about a bit of fun? i see they are open to offers? maybe make a silly one of eg £0.99 to fill the sellers inbox with lots of offers that need to be answered? lol

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

2 August 2014 - 7:12pm
Wild camping is easy on Mull, plenty of superb locations and finding water is not difficult.
On Iona the western coast has a great beach where you can wild camp between the golf course and the beach, water a bit trickier to find but there are a couple of small burns nearby if you can find them, or you can carry water over from the toilets at the ferry terminal.

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

2 August 2014 - 6:35pm
You can wild camp on Calgary beach. Lovely spot and there are publuc loos, no showers. There's also a campsite right by Craignure ferry, quite busy though.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

2 August 2014 - 6:23pm
quilkin wrote:A timely thread; I am thinking of something very similar and live in Cornwall.
The Eurostar option sounds very complex (and costly); Ryanair to Hahn sounded good but it is only from Stansted (a long way from Cornwall) and then £50 extra for a bike each way.
My best option seems to be fly Bristol to Amsterdam (Easyjet, only £35 extra for bikes) and then investigate trains from there.
But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

I've flown exeter to Amsterdam before with flybe, they don't guarantee the bike though but we were fine despite a fair number of golfer with golfing bags who appeared to have priority. Tiny plane, could see our bikes in the hold as we got on by the rear door.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

2 August 2014 - 6:01pm
Re But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

If you are taking train to London then best to take train to Harwich and boat to Hook of Holand and then train on to Amsterdam and then Germany.

see http://www.seat61.com/index.html for advise.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

2 August 2014 - 5:15pm
A timely thread; I am thinking of something very similar and live in Cornwall.
The Eurostar option sounds very complex (and costly); Ryanair to Hahn sounded good but it is only from Stansted (a long way from Cornwall) and then £50 extra for a bike each way.
My best option seems to be fly Bristol to Amsterdam (Easyjet, only £35 extra for bikes) and then investigate trains from there.
But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

2 August 2014 - 4:49pm
The hostel on Iona is very good. It's best to get a late afternoon ferry over, that way you avoid the coachloads that swamp the place during the day and you can appreciate the true tranquility of the island.

Touring the Isle of Mull

2 August 2014 - 4:29pm
The wife and I are going to Mull in a couple of weeks. We only plan to do approximately 30 miles per day and plan to camp alternating between camp sites and wild camping. Anyone got any hints, tips, advice?

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

2 August 2014 - 1:25pm
graymee wrote:I bought a cheapo Bob Yak lookalike several years ago from Edinburgh Bike Coop. I think it was £125 reduced to £99. Good value for money but they discontinued them a couple of years ago. The two shown in the links to Ebay look very similar with the exception of the addition of the red suspension units(?) near the rear wheel. The £250 one is expensive but £901 for the other is really taking the mickey!

even £99 was £40 too much. Until recently they were going for £50+. Mine like the suspension jobby should have cost me £55 incl postage, but I got it for free as the company werent going to get any more, the special QR skewer broke ( could have been very dangerous ), got a complete refund and it wasnt worth their while reclaiming it. The quality of welding on these is totally rubbish - functional but not pretty, I probably could do better, & the paint is very poor? I suspect they are shipped over here as ballast......

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

2 August 2014 - 12:10pm
I bought a cheapo Bob Yak lookalike several years ago from Edinburgh Bike Coop. I think it was £125 reduced to £99. Good value for money but they discontinued them a couple of years ago. The two shown in the links to Ebay look very similar with the exception of the addition of the red suspension units(?) near the rear wheel. The £250 one is expensive but £901 for the other is really taking the mickey!

Re: Round Ireland tour

2 August 2014 - 10:54am
A word about the campsites. I have usually been blessed with traditional weather when touring in Ireland and the usual presence of a small kitchen or rest area in the campsites is a blessing. Hole up in there for the evening with endless brews (goan,goan, goan, goan.......) and a good book for a dry and restorative experience. Beats being stuck in a wee tent listening to the rain.

There are some very good campsites there.

Re: New European Cycling Website

2 August 2014 - 9:01am
Thanks to the person who anonymously corrected me about Portuguese campsites.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

2 August 2014 - 8:33am
burroc wrote:Unless I missed it, there is another alternative that has not been mentioned: hire bikes in Germany.... And the cost? 39 Euros for 7 days. At that price, I'm glad I did not go to the effort of taking our own bikes.

That sounds a very good deal. Where in Austria did you hire them?

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

2 August 2014 - 7:58am
I've cycled the Mosel about 5 times. It's great.

Fly with Ryanair to Hahn (Frankfurt Hahn they call it but it's 60m from Frankfurt).
You can cycle from Hahn to the Mosel but do NOT cycle the main road as it's a truck nightmare.
If you Google using Google Maps, selecting the cycling option it'll outline a quiet route to about Trittenheim. Cycle from there to Trier and back on the other side. For a finish you can cycle the Nahe Radweg from Bingen to near the airport. That's excellent.

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