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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


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.

Re: Caen - Mont Ventoux !

26 January 2015 - 10:58pm
1. Yes,sort of, we finished at St Malo.
2. Ten days depending on daily distance.
3. It depends, not very hilly til you hit the Massif Central etc depending on route. Mont Ventoux is quite a bit hill.
4. Roads not busy at all, assuming you are avoiding the N roads and autoroutes.
5. Yes, camping never an issue for us in rural France.

Re: Touring in Sweden

26 January 2015 - 10:28pm
The warmest weather in the coldest parts of Norway and Sweden is usually in July and August. Last year in May, the average temperature at Nordkapp was only 3.5 C.

Weather statistics are available for most weather data collection points in Norway from yr.no http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Finnmark/ ... stics.html

Re: Touring in Sweden

26 January 2015 - 9:31pm
I hadn't even really thought that it may still be quite cold in the north in May and June fortunately the route I was looking at taking through Sweden never goes particularly high but through Norway it goes much higher but in July so hopefully everything will be open and most of the snow gone by then. I need to have a look for what roads are closed in Sweden in the winter and when they open.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

26 January 2015 - 8:55pm
Don't miss Hay on Wye and the nearby Gospel Pass, a mainly single track road that is said to be the highest pass in Wales and is a great favourite with cyclists. From there down to the camp site near LLanthony Priory (pub food nearby).

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

26 January 2015 - 8:27pm
I will be certainly be playing it by ear. Depending how I am feeling etc I may end up doing a 30 odd mile loop out onto Anglesey and not go all the way to Holyhead. I am hoping I'll be in fine shape and will be able to take my time - looks like lots of little hills along the way.

Caen - Mont Ventoux !

26 January 2015 - 4:48pm
Have you ridden this and if you have could you give me an indication of how long it took , whether it was very hilly and whether the roads were very busy. Am I also correct in thinking that camp sites would be in abundance along the route. Thanks.

Re: Holland cycle route info

26 January 2015 - 4:39pm
Sorry, double-posting.

Re: Holland cycle route info

26 January 2015 - 4:39pm
I don't know how it works.
But here is a map with chargingpoints.

But you will need an adapter for the European system, I think. (In some way the UK is a non-European country )
On the map there are mostly restaurants etc. but i think that almost every campsite has the possibility for charging nowadays.

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

26 January 2015 - 4:27pm

Have you got any maps of your routes in Andulacia? I will be heading that way in early summer fully loaded. So may be interested in checking out or avoiding them as the case may be!

Accommodation on Camel Trail near Bodmin

26 January 2015 - 4:20pm
Bit of a plug for my friends who run a B&B with shepherds' huts and small camping field.
http://www.berrylanecottage.co.uk Do let me know if this isn't allowed!

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

26 January 2015 - 3:47pm
Even if you are with some other supplier Threes 321 deal is the way to go for the countries it serves. You can simply take your SIMM out if your phone is unlocked, get a 321 simm for £1 , top it up with a fiver, then get a £10 add on and you are set to go with a handset in all these countries http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Phones/ ... set=1#dest with 1000mb of data at your fingertips.

Its a no brainer. I hear the billionaire owner is a Mr Li Ker Ching - most appropriate


Re: New Forest Tour

26 January 2015 - 2:38pm
We were disappointed to find some new forest camp sites had no showers.

Re: New Forest Tour

26 January 2015 - 11:52am
All the FC campsites are fairly basic with Portakabins for the washrooms etc. If you are arrving by car then it helps can run to taking a chemical loo and tent then there are some nicer sites like Setthorns. Avoid Holmsley as it is in the landing flightpath of Bournemouth Airport with Ryanair flights arriving as late as midnight.

The private sites have nicer facilities but are more crowded: Red Shoot is good, and has a decent pub next door. There is a nice but small site at Acres Down which is a bit of a secret. IOW is well worth a visit and has excellent riding, both road and MTB.

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

26 January 2015 - 11:43am
MrsHJ wrote:
I'm wondering if this will be the solution quite soon though:


They have been talking and talking for years about reductions and it is slowly getting cheaper.

Foreign sims normally cost no more than a pound. You can cut them with scissors or a knife to fit and then PAYG and data bundles will in most cases be much cheaper using a local network.

Take for instance Vodafone, they wanted £3 per MB, yes MB as soon as I arrived in Morocco. My Vodafone sim was quickly ripped out of the phone and replaced with a local one which cost about £1 and a GB of data was £4!

It's inly since Zambia that datas got more expensive but it's still significantly cheaper than roaming. South Africa worked out £13 for 2GB.


Re: Thailand 2015

26 January 2015 - 10:49am
Off topic but interesting all the same.

I've just come back from Myanmar (Burma) where an expat told me that a while back bicycles or anything on two wheels (scooters,mopeds,etc) had been banned in the country.
Apparently there was an attempt on a General's life by some characters on a motorbike so he banned anything on two wheels from the country. There are quite a few trike bike taxis (three wheels, thats all right).
There are a few 'daring' people on bikes in Yangon and quite a few out into the rural areas.
Needless to say Yangon is one big traffic jam!


Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

26 January 2015 - 10:21am
Good to read that account, especially as I was going the opposite way at the same time. We probably passed near Mimizan.
Funny though, the wind seemed to be in my face too, even though I was 180 degrees different!
Coldest and wettest I've ever been in France.


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