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Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

27 December 2014 - 1:34am
The ride from Axbridge to Weston is approx 10 miles and fairly flat until you hit Bleadon, though you can stay on the flatter bits through Bleadon but this is on the main road IIRC. If you do go up the steep bits have a look for the field with llamas in.

Re: Front racks

27 December 2014 - 1:11am
It may be in your best interests to keep all the weight on the back rack until you can spend serious money on a good front rack. As was pointed out to me earlier this year after I bought and rated highly a cheap rack on Amazon, the bracing plate across the top prevents any of the common modern fixing mechanisms on panniers engaging properly and safely. Do you really want your panniers to jump off the rack at speed and potentially fall under your wheels? The thin tubing on these racks allows the whole thing to flop about under weight even with a wheel hoop. You'll not want the rack bending into your front wheel at even slow speeds.
These at the mid section of the forks http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s79p2031 and these at the bottom http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s79p2032 should cover most racks on the market safely.

Re: Front racks

27 December 2014 - 12:28am
Look on the Tubus website - you'll find several mounting options for fitting racks to bikes with no fixing points.

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

26 December 2014 - 11:51pm
The Strawberry doesn't go to Weston. You can ride there from it pretty easily though, or from Loxton it's a short ride via Bleadon (A370 or cow infested track into Uphill) or Locking (cycle way alongside the A371 for part of it but not brilliant)

Re: Front racks

26 December 2014 - 10:40pm
Tubus Smarti might work, only a bit higher than a low rider, fits on the brake bosses. I've been trying to fit one on mine for a while but haven't got round to it yet, as the holes in the rack are slightly too narrow for my bosses. So I can't vouch for it, but it looks like a nice idea.

Re: Front racks

26 December 2014 - 8:28pm
You could look at the thule pack and pedal. Or old man moutain racks. If you can find a deal they will be worth a look

Re: Front racks

26 December 2014 - 7:44pm
yep that might work!

Re: Front racks

26 December 2014 - 7:39pm
How about this - it's a bit cheaper:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vavert-Low-Ri ... 1c37c5342f

I got this for my touring bike and it's great. I do have front fork mounts but they supply brackets if you don't.

Re: Front racks

26 December 2014 - 7:21pm
yeah just like that! not entirely sure i have £80 for it though haha

Re: Front racks

26 December 2014 - 5:45pm

Re: North to south of france ?

26 December 2014 - 5:44pm
Hang on till the summer?

Or try NZ or OZ at this time of year?

Front racks

26 December 2014 - 5:20pm
Hello I am looking for a front rack for my bike, trying to get some of the weight off the rear and spread it better.
however, i do not have any mounts on my forks. does anyone know of a rack i might be able to fit using the wheel axle or something?

Re: North to south of france ?

26 December 2014 - 4:20pm
andygriff wrote:If you're determined to go check out the ACSI website. This is a Dutch firm that details off season campsites so you may be able to link up a few. I agree that weather and lack of daylight will be a problem though and the coast is bordering the Bay of Biscay.

or

http://www.camping-municipal.org/campings-ouverts-toute-l-annee.htm

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

26 December 2014 - 2:53pm
I have my planned route sorted.

Tomorrow is Bristol to Axbridge as discussed, then after the weekend I'll follow the Strawberry Line done to Weston-Super-Mare, catch a train to Chippenham, then follow the Avon and The Kennet and Avon canal via Bath down to Pill, then back to Bristol to get my train the next afternoon.

Lots of time to potter.

Thanks for all the help.

Ferdinand

Re: North to south of france ?

26 December 2014 - 1:39pm
If you're determined to go check out the ACSI website. This is a Dutch firm that details off season campsites so you may be able to link up a few. I agree that weather and lack of daylight will be a problem though and the coast is bordering the Bay of Biscay.

Re: St Malo to Narbonne

26 December 2014 - 1:13pm
We cycle-camped from Somerset to Narbonne last June, via Caen (port of Ouisterham). We had a great time, despite the weather, which was pretty wet and chilly at times.

I kept a journal, and the link is here, if you are interested:-

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=S ... 13782&v=Jc

Good luck, and enjoy your adventure.

Brian & Annie

Re: Jan to May Riding?

26 December 2014 - 12:33pm
Hi,

Having delayed booking my flights and subsequently seen them shoot up over the last few days, I've now had to change my plans to another destination (limited budget). I've today booked cheap flights into Lanzarote and out of Fuerteventura, with the intention of catching the ferry a few days in and island hopping, before flying out of Fuerteventura.

I am hoping to camp the entire route, so would love to hear if anyone has been successful in doing this trip before and if anyone has recommended routes throughout?

Thank you

Re: Cycle Touring in Japan

25 December 2014 - 10:52pm
Great write up, thanks for taking the time. It's a country I'd love to tour.

Re: TOURING 2015

25 December 2014 - 2:46pm
I'm toying with the idea of a camping tour of the north of England with my wife and 16 year old daughter in August. A few years ago we did "the Way of the Roses" and liked it, so I'm thinking of a sort of double sea to sea circular tour taking in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, etc. Obviously lots of hills, but I would want to build in flatter sections for variety. Any recommendations?

Re: Favourite country?

25 December 2014 - 10:26am
And the winner is the UK with 3 votes, followed by France Germany and Cuba all with 2 votes. We are cycling through Laos at the moment, but despite the beautiful scenery warm temperatures and the sunshine we are missing the UK.
http://www.cycling-nomads.com/

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