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Re: accommodation

20 January 2015 - 11:56am
whoof wrote:The main problem I have is what to do with my bike. In France I I turn up at a hotel and ask if they have somewhere safe to park my bike the answer is always 'of course the garage, cellar, office, your room....'
In the UK it's as if I just asked where I can keep my ox for the night. 'There might be some racks in the street around the corner, perhaps in the garden or could I not put it in my car?'. I know there are lists of cycle friendly B and Bs but the point is in France I don't need a list as they are all cycle friendly.
Guess what, this summer another two weeks cycle touring in France.

Have to say that in my experience most accomodation have been helpful in providing secure bike parking, i think only once have i had to park the bike on the street and that was in Celle in northern Germany. Otherwise its lived in cleaning cupboards, cellars, garages, my room, conference rooms, back corridors.............Guess its always worth asking if there are facilities when you book.

Re: It makes me want to tour there again .....

20 January 2015 - 11:48am
mercalia wrote: No more charabangs ( wow thats the first time in probably 50 years or so I have used that term, I had to confirm its spelling ).

and you still got it wrong, its actually charabanc as any bus enthusiast will tell you!

Re: 2nd pair of shoes

20 January 2015 - 11:45am
Lightweight sandals or deck shoes, they take hardly any space in the bag. The moulded foam type are great - light, waterproof and cheap!

After a day riding i'm glad to have an alternative to my cycling shoes for the off bike activities although i might go shoeless on nice grassy/sandy campsites!

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

20 January 2015 - 10:25am
If your Tricross survives baggage handlers it will probably survive Iceland! There are plenty of forestry "roads" in the UK for you to experience gravelly tracks and test the suitability of tyres. But good strong wheels will be essential for a loaded bike on rough surfaces.

Re: Touring in Norway

20 January 2015 - 10:21am
beardy wrote:Asking from the viewpoint of somebody who has never flown with a bike, do the luggage weight limits allow you to carry enough kit (including the bike) for four weeks of wild camping?
It depends... Some airlines will allow either allow teo pieces of baggage, and accept a bicycle as one of them. Others do not include bicycles as part of the luggage allowance, but allow them to be carried for no additional charge, with some limitations. Others make passengers pay for everything.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=67410 is a couple of years old, now, but has some good information.

Excluding the bicycle itself, between carry-on and a checked bag, it's usually possible, even if the checked bag is just panniers all strapped together.

Re: Touring in Norway

20 January 2015 - 10:16am
One more thing to add... trains, and many buses take bicycles in Norway. To take a bike on a train is half the price of an adult ticket. Prebooking is required on some routes. Oslo to Bergen (including Rallarvegen) is one of them. On most routes, however, it's easy to take a bike, and no booking required.

Bikes are free on buses, but on the long distance & regional ones, they need to go into the luggage compartment. That's not usually a problem, although some of the drivers aren't accustomed to handling them. Often, only one luggage compartment is in use for luggage, but the drivers can be convinced to let a cyclist put the bike in the other on the basis that people donæt want dirty tyres and bike chain grease on their luggage, when the truth of the matter is I don't want someone's 50 kilo bag sliding into my bike

On local buses, bikes can go in the wheelchair / buggy spaces. bendy buses have two of these, and the back one is usually available for bikes. Cyclists do have to give priority to disabled passengers, and parents with buggies. In the middle of the day, it's not usually a problem. At peak times, it can be.

It's quite easy to combine trains and buses with cycle touring in Norway, and it can be a good way to see a bit more.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

20 January 2015 - 10:09am
When the Royal Welsh Show is on, much of Mid Wales gets gridlocked with traffic and unless you are going, it's best to keep clear of the area. Yes, late July/early August is summer holiday time, but for much of Wales, the roads are pretty quiet if you are away from tourist hot spots.

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

20 January 2015 - 10:01am
Here's the world heritage site for the cilentan coast - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/842

if you have time it's worth spending a bit in Genoa. its a working port, which adds a patina of grime and modern life to it, but the centre is pretty great

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

20 January 2015 - 9:59am
Got it !!!
Thanks

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

20 January 2015 - 9:54am
ianrichards121 wrote:Can't find this place

Cilenten

Any pointers much appreciated





honesty wrote:In my view Siena is the city to see in Tuscany and well visiting (even over Florence). If you are going to Siena it's definitely worth going to San Gimignano as well.

From Genoa as you follow the coast south you'll go through the Parco di Portofino and Cinque Terre both beautiful.

Much further south, the Cilenten coast is amazing. Like the Amalfi but left tourists.

The Cilenten coast is the stretch of coast running south from Salerno and surrounding Palinuro. Its all lovely but I think there are a few world heritage sites in the area as well (Paestum I think plus another). When we went down there (which was to be honest over 20 years ago) my aunty had a flat in Palinuro and we went and stayed a few years on the trot. The beaches are amazing and empty, the sea is blue and warm, and the grotte have to be seen to be believed.

Re: Touring in Norway

20 January 2015 - 12:14am
Thank you cycletourer for your reply,

I'd actually already found your website and it has been very helpful. The lofoten isles do look amazing but i'm not sure how i would combine them into the trip. I'd like to think that i'm good at reading maps and i prefer to stick to proper roads than tracks and cycle routes because they always take so much longer. I'm glad the touring can be quite tough becuase i want it to be challenging. Thanks for showing me your tunnel map. I'm sure it will be extremely useful in choosing a more specific route when the time comes. What i'm thinking of maybe doing is starting in oslo then cycling west to Bergen maybe go a bit south. Then cycle up to Tronheim which when looking at flights it seems you can get direct flights to england to get home. Please let me know what you think. Also is it worth trying to visit pulpit rock?

Thanks once again

Re: Touring in Norway

19 January 2015 - 11:31pm
Hi There,

You will certainly enjoy Norway it is a great place to tour with some amazing scenery. As far as routes there are so many possibilities, a good place to start is http://www.cyclingnorway.no/en/ you will find there several way-marked routes which a mainly traffic free routes. We can certainly recommend the Lofoten isles and the Rallarvegen routes. Due to the mountainous terrain the touring can be quite tough and one thing you will need to consider is the tunnels in Norway. Quite a few of them are banned to cyclists and you will need to take alternative routes. There is a map to all the tunnels on our website here and you will also find more information on cycling in Norway on our site here. You might might find that food prices are a bit more expensive than the UK. As far as airports there are some direct flights to Bergen and Stavanger but if you wish to fly to places like Tronheim, Bodø, Tromso etc. you may have to fly to Oslo and then take an internal flight.

Hope you have good weather .

Jon

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

19 January 2015 - 11:09pm
In my view Siena is the city to see in Tuscany and well visiting (even over Florence). If you are going to Siena it's definitely worth going to San Gimignano as well.

From Genoa as you follow the coast south you'll go through the Parco di Portofino and Cinque Terre both beautiful.

Much further south, the Cilenten coast is amazing. Like the Amalfi but left tourists.

Re: Touring in Norway

19 January 2015 - 11:06pm
Welcome to the forum.

You might want to look over a few of these threads whilst waiting for replies.

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

19 January 2015 - 11:04pm
When I was cycling there in 2012 I met a guy who was WWOOFing near Perugia. He said it was a great life, giving him plenty of cycling time, but that the Italians were incredibly conservative, especially when it came to which sauces went with which shapes of pasta. Just letting you know in case you foolishly dare to make a bolognese with macaroni or something. Have a great trip!

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

19 January 2015 - 10:50pm
Thanks for that.
We are planning our route sort of from Warmshowers host to host.
There's 2 we've fixed up on the way to Siena and we'll wing it from there.
Certainly intend to go down the shin.
In Sicily we are WWOOFing at Noto.
All in all ... a good trip I think.
TTFN
Ian

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

19 January 2015 - 10:45pm
I don't know your route but don't miss out the cities, most of which were very easy to cycle in and out of, like Florence (nice, affordable campsite overlooking the city), Rome (OK, depends which way you go) and Naples (lots of cobbles on the way out), and the smaller ones like Perugia, Bologna, Arezzo and Parma. I've also heard nice things about Siena. The shin of Italy is lovely too. If you're cycling down the east of Sicily and decide to camp in Catania, stay at the place not far from the entrance into town. Don't stay at Campeggio Europa. It's the biggest hole in the world.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

19 January 2015 - 10:40pm
I'd be arriving on the 23rd (overnight flight) and would be in Chester. Possibly 2 days in Chester, but would be hitting the road into Wales on the 24th or 25th, so wouldn't hit the 'hot spot' around the Welsh Fair until nearly a week after it finishes.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

19 January 2015 - 10:34pm
The Royal Welsh Show is 20-23 July, which is also the start of kids summer holidays in the UK.

Busier and more expensive.

Dave

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

19 January 2015 - 10:19pm
July 22 puts you in school holiday time.

There are always advantages and disadvantages for any dates.

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