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Re: Weight when touring - how much is too much?

18 October 2015 - 4:40pm
I'ts a technique that was born of necessity after I got caught out by the early onset of winter one year, a barely adequate summer bag with frosts of -10 at the end of September. But anyone trying this should test the bottle with boiling water at home first, with some the seals can't cope. I have found the ally Sigg bottles are reliable but the hole is a bit narrow to fill from a pan without some kind of spout, the wide mouth Sigg with the fancy 2 part top is no good because one of the seals will leak, i have found lifeventure wide mouth alloy bottles work as do polycarbonate Nalgene type bottles, but i would still put them in a waterproof stuffsack with a few clothes to regulate the heat output.
ukpacker

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 4:22pm
PS:
This is West Cornwall done so far:West Cornwall.pngI really need to get down to Penzance a couple of times and bag all the roads down there. Maybe me and Mrs Mick F could drive there for a weekend away and she can go shopping, and I can go cycling!

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 4:17pm
fossala wrote:I was on goss moor between Victoria and Indian Queens yesterday I was there Friday!

Mrs Mick F does a course from time-to-time down at Roche and I drive us down there with Bike in the back.
I can get 50odd miles in, plus have a lunch, then be back at the car for when she finishes.

I'm still trying to ride all the roads in Cornwall, and Friday saw me get up through Winnards Perch and Tredinnick, out towards St Merryn and turn south near Porthcothan Bay and back through St Columb Major, St Columb Road, Quintrell Downs, Goonhavern, Mitchell (for lunch at the Plume of Feathers) and St Enoder, Summercourt, Fraddon, Indian Queens, Goss Moor and back to Roche.

Complicated, I know, but needs must when I'm trying to get "new roads". Quite a bit of that ride was over old ground, but in order to bag the new roads, some backtracking in inevitable.

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 3:32pm
I was on goss moor between Victoria and Indian Queens yesterday

Living in Cornwall I love the old a30 and use it all the time.

Old A30

18 October 2015 - 3:24pm
I think I've cycled the whole of the Old A30 (where it still exists) all the way from Exeter to LE, and I have a great fondness for this road.

Most of it is now B roads or even Unclassified, and much of it is a delight to cycle on. The old villages and towns now by-passed are quiet and peaceful and no doubt a better place to live. Between Exeter and Penzance bypassed in order are:
Tedburn St Mary
Cheriton Bishop
Crockernwell
Whiddon Down
South Zeal
Sticklepath
Okehamptom
Sourton
Bridestowe
Lewdown
Portgate
Tinhay
Lifton
Launceston
Tregadillet
Fivelanes
Trewint
Bolventor
Temple
Bodmin
Lanivet
Victoria
Indian Queens
Fraddon
St Enoder
Mitchell
Zelah
Blackwater
Chacewater
Scorrier
Redruth
Camborne
Connor Downs
Hayle
Penzance

And this has all happened in the last 30odd years.

The A30 was originally the main route from LE/Penzance to London, and it's only comparatively recently that the A303 has come into its own. There isn't a direct motorway link down to Cornwall but the modern A30 dual carriageway fulfills the need somewhat. Even as I type, the last section of single carriageway over Bodmin Moor is being dualled, and that will make it dual carriageway all the way to Penzance.

The other day, I was on the Old A30 beyond Indian Queens and Victoria on Goss Moor. The old road at that point is a cycle track and traffic free pedestrian way. There's a plaque on a stone plinth that sums it up quite well.Old A30 1.jpegZoom in to read.Old A30 2.jpeg

Re: Weight when touring - how much is too much?

18 October 2015 - 1:50pm
ukpacker wrote:Next time you could save the weight of the hot water bottle by using your water bottle to fill this function. Or use the hot water bottle as a drinks bottle?
ukpacker

Now that's an excellent suggestion - the first one I mean! (I seem to remember an episode of Mr. Bean when he brewed tea by putting everything in a hot water bottle and shaking it, but the rubbery taste would have spoiled it me thinks! ).

Re: Trip report - Faro to Porto

18 October 2015 - 12:38pm
I can fly to Faro from Exeter with FlyBe but Porto is a deadend for me. Then I found there is a train linking Porto to Faro.

Re: Weight when touring - how much is too much?

18 October 2015 - 11:42am
Next time you could save the weight of the hot water bottle by using your water bottle to fill this function. Or use the hot water bottle as a drinks bottle?
ukpacker

Re: National Cycle Route 7.

18 October 2015 - 10:12am
MiniMalts wrote:khain wrote:The headwinds will probably be worse north to south. I would go the other way for that reason. Possibly less hilly south to north too - the climb out of Inverness is a bit of a pain. I cycled some parts recently and don't remember any major difficulties but I'm sure there will be a few. The Drumochter pass section along the A9 was in decent condition but getting into winter it may become impassible. Even in October there might be snow and ice.

My reasoning for going from north to south is to then head across to Edinburgh then on to NCR 1? to head down to visit family in Yorkshire. I was also thinking of Spring time.

Has anyone done any of the route from Glasgow going south?
Prevailing winds in Scotland are from the south-west and Scotland is a windy place at any time of year. You may get lucky though, or not. There could be snow and ice on the Drumochter pass in spring but probably not.

I wouldn't worry too much about taking NCR routes. They're fairly dreadful usually. I often go out of my way to avoid them.

Re: Somme tour

17 October 2015 - 10:27pm
Thanks again. Ill mail the tourist office in Albert and see if any of the hotels hire. Im well impressed with the help!!

Re: National Cycle Route 7.

17 October 2015 - 9:18pm
From Glasgow it's a long way round to get to Gretna [emoji3]
There are some bits out on the West I've been on we're a bit rough and the usual unnecessary detour.

Coming home from the Birthday Rides this year I followed it from Penrith to Carlisle for the first time. Took me down some lovely lanes I've never used before and only added a few miles to my normal route.

Re: Somme tour

17 October 2015 - 8:25pm
david20807 wrote:Hi all... Not sure how to reply to each post but thanks to you all. We have decided ( being from N Ireland) that hiring bikes might be the best option actually flights are booked so its now the only option. Ive been looking for a shop which will hire decent hybrids or such likes in the Albert area without success. Again, any help is much appreciated. Ill sure post a review of the whole thing when we come back

I stayed at a hotel which hired out bikes (fairly generic uprights, but would easily do the job), Tourist Info should be able to tell you which ones do. For example the Ibis hotel offer free use of bikes (you have to stay there). Hotels and B&Bs are the only places in the smaller towns I've seen hiring out bikes.

Re: Somme tour

17 October 2015 - 7:42pm
david20807 wrote: Ive been looking for a shop which will hire decent hybrids or such likes in the Albert area without success.
A quick search using google.fr for "location velo albert" gets me to this page :
http://www.somme-tourisme.com/cdt80/nat ... on_de_velo

. . . of which there a single specific entry for Albert : The Office de Tourisme Tél. : 03.22.75.16.42
To determine whether they actually hire bikes themselves - you will have to ask.

Clicking on the link for the O de T takes me to :
http://www.paysducoquelicot.com/

. . . .which reveals nothing more about hiring a bike BUT does reveal an email address :
officedetourisme@paysducoquelicot.com

AND that the O de T is open all year.
This may save you one of those painful/entertaining phone calls in fringish.
EDIT [ It is very probable that someone in the Office de Tourisme will speak good english. This area is of very special interest to tourists from english-speaking nations due to it's extraordinary part in our history. ]

The one bike shop I find sells bikes - no mention of hiring.

The SNCF used to hire bikes, but that may now be of historic interest.
I've just checked. At Albert that does not seem to be possible.
The O de T will advise you [if] otherwise.

Good Luck

Re: Bikes on Megabus Europe

17 October 2015 - 7:29pm
whoof wrote:Perhaps you could give an update when you return as to how it went?

No worries, will do.

Re: National Cycle Route 7.

17 October 2015 - 7:08pm
khain wrote:The headwinds will probably be worse north to south. I would go the other way for that reason. Possibly less hilly south to north too - the climb out of Inverness is a bit of a pain. I cycled some parts recently and don't remember any major difficulties but I'm sure there will be a few. The Drumochter pass section along the A9 was in decent condition but getting into winter it may become impassible. Even in October there might be snow and ice.

My reasoning for going from north to south is to then head across to Edinburgh then on to NCR 1? to head down to visit family in Yorkshire. I was also thinking of Spring time.

Has anyone done any of the route from Glasgow going south?

Re: Somme tour

17 October 2015 - 5:38pm
Hi all... Not sure how to reply to each post but thanks to you all. We have decided ( being from N Ireland) that hiring bikes might be the best option actually flights are booked so its now the only option. Ive been looking for a shop which will hire decent hybrids or such likes in the Albert area without success. Again, any help is much appreciated. Ill sure post a review of the whole thing when we come back

Re: New Eurostar Bike Policy

17 October 2015 - 1:30pm
So why can't we have both? People (Like bikes) don't all fit in the same boxes, some may want to take a bike as a piece of luggage and have it treated the same as any other large box/bag. Others will want to make a journey where only a fully assembled bike is a practical option.

Re: New Eurostar Bike Policy

17 October 2015 - 1:25pm
What nobody's mentioned (unless I've missed it) is that it was only about 3 years ago that there was a previous policy change in the reverse direction, when bagged/boxed bikes, which had previously been allowed in the passenger compartment, were banned, and you could only take an assembled bike. There were many protests then, not least from those who wished to transfer from a Eurostar (assembled only) to a TGV etc train (bagged only). The new change is not an exact reversal, but close enough for Eurostar to be tempted to dismiss the new complaints from the CTC etc as somewhat inconsistent.

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