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Re: Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 5:24pm
I'd try uk.voyage.sncf.com
and you can ring them too, which makes life easier. 0844 848 5848...apparently there's a change in osnabruk or hannover...
let us know how you get on!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

16 October 2014 - 5:03pm
raybo wrote:I didn't like the diversion after Porthmadog. You won't either.

There is a train that spans the river where the closed vehicle bridge goes. That train is currently running over a completed bridge. I arrived at the station minutes after it left (I wasn't even aware of it until I got to the diversion). I have no idea where it goes or stops, but if it stops on the other side of the river, I'd try to arrange my exit from Porthmadog to meet the train and take it over the river instead of riding the A roads that make up the diversion.

What route did you take? 2 hours is an awful long time to have to wait for a train to continue the journey. Or are there other options for crossing in that area? The route I plotted seemed the most direct route for getting around the close bridge.

I take it that they're still doing construction on the bridge? Might explain why I was unable to plot a course over the bridge on RideWithGPS (and why NCN 8 disappears on that section too on same site).


I'll also revisit my Day 1 route and make recommended adjustments. Seems odd to be that the NCN route would go up such a dastardly climb?

Re: Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 4:34pm
Actually Leer (in germany) has more potential because its the terminus of a cross border line from groningen.

Re: Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 4:05pm
Are you checking using the DB website and selecting the bicycle option? These flashy superfast trains tend to be less bike friendly than the local ones. Perhaps going via Weener? (border town with a train station picked at random.

Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 3:53pm
Can you advise me on how to get from Amsterdam to Hamburg by train with the bike, Ive looked online and seem to be going round in circles.
We need to travel early afternoon near the start of next May.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

16 October 2014 - 1:52pm
It's 40 miles from the airport to Pollenca using the service roads. It's flat virtually all the way. Yes,luggage can be a problem depending on what you are taking. Seatpost rack and stuffsac?. I only take hand luggage and can put all of it in a rucksack if need be. I do a lot of washing though. Unboxing and building my bike in Porto a couple of weeks ago took ten minutes but I did have a hand with it.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

16 October 2014 - 1:49pm
As usual when I hear about any trip to northern France, I am green with envy!
BTW just for info, the last time I went to Brittany via St Malo, I came across a decent little campsite less than half a mile from the ferry, here:
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Some how I had managed to be unaware of said site for about 20 years, so include it here in case others are like me!

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

16 October 2014 - 1:31pm
Do you want to stay in Pollensa or Port De Pollensa?

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

16 October 2014 - 1:05pm
Alpkit are now selling a shaped dry bag that would fit the seat post really well. A cheaper alternative to their Koala seat pack. You can of course fix a bag to the bars either with straps directly, or using a soft frame such as the one Alpkit sell.
There are several companies that sell these kind of "frame bags", try a search for Revelate, porcelain rocket and wildcat to name just a few.
As for their suitability, well personal preference plays a large part, however I really only use this kind of bag having given my set of Ortliebs away to a friend. I haven't really had any problems with having enough gear, opposite in fact, I find I am more focussed on what I actually need. YMMV of course.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

16 October 2014 - 1:00pm
It's been discussed on here extensively, but your day 1 route from Chester to Prestatyn climbs the hill out of Bagillt which is horrible. Can I suggest that after Connah's Quay, you leave the coast road at Oakenholt and head up to Connah's Quay Road and then into Northop. Just after the crossroads in Northop, there are a number of lanes which head up to Rhosesmor and although there is one very steep bit, it is short and you'll have the benefit of great views along the Halkyn Mountain. (And the Bluebell pub in Halkyn is worth a visit for the ales and ciders.)

After Halkyn, turn left to Windmill and go straight across the crossroads to regain NCN5 and go past my house

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

16 October 2014 - 11:40am
We've always stayed at the Puerto Azul. Around 30 euros pppn for half board. It's up the eastern end of the resort but within easy walking distance of the shops/bars and seafront. It's not open during the winter but opens around mid-March. Plenty of bike storage underneath the hotel. Has showers and Wifi too.

Lots of cyclists stay there, mainly German and Danish but plenty of English too. We'll be there around mid-April next year - there were 35 in our party last year.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

16 October 2014 - 11:40am
Pete Jack wrote:Congratulations Dave. The Mrs and I are planning on doing something very similar next September; St Malo to Nice or as far as we can get (after a mere 30 years). We'll be flying in from the US. Any tips on getting to St Malo from the Paris airports? I haven't booked flights yet so I'm not sure where we'll be flying into. Many years ago I spent a week in Agen. Glorious time. (I wonder if Monique is still around. She's a granny now I suppose.) The car hiring is an interesting idea I hadn't thought of. We were thinking trains for getting back because we'd like to spend a couple of days in Paris.
There is a train station at St Malo, its on the route from Rennes. I think there is a connection to Paris from there. You can take bikes on trains, but not every train. So, look online and book your trains to get to St Malo. Cycling in Britany is very nice, or, you can head East to cycle along the invasion beaches to Caen and Honfleur. Lots to see - Omaha Beach, the Bayeux tapestry, the museum at Aromanches, the Mulberry Harbour, Pegasus Bridge all acompanied by Camembert, Liverot, Pont L'Eveque and Normandy Cider!

Enjoy..

Al

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

16 October 2014 - 11:13am
glynnisrowley@hotmail.com or +34677775 English taxi driver with Spanish hubby and staff, has bike carrying facilities. How much of a tour of the island did you get? 30e isn't bad considering at one stage we were going to be charged 40e to get from airport to Playa de Palma (end of the runway almost), on that occasion we used ordinary taxi to hotel ... 14e and since that first time, if at that resort use the bus 3e each.

It is possible to ride, but bear in mind all bikes usually arrive bagged up in bike boxes, and are not necessarily designed to carry lots of kit, tis a good ride over from the airport.

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

16 October 2014 - 10:51am
I've got a £10 cape from Wilkinsons. Kept me perfectly warm and dry in Germany in torrential rain. A very useful item. Use as a groundsheet under tent and somewhere to sit for a brew on wet grass, bike cover etc.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

16 October 2014 - 10:44am
Is it not possible to ride them if you have an early flight? It's not a tough ride.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

16 October 2014 - 10:30am
Vorpal wrote:ukdodger wrote:What pedals do you use in the summer?
Flats with strapless toe clips.

What flats?

I ask because I ride with Rubber block flats but not the MK type. You cant get to the bearings on those and those old Phillips I have are worn out. A suitable modern replacement would be great. Shimano used to make a metal flat that stayed flat side up when you took your foot off. But wouldnt you know it. Not any more.

Re: How to carry a guitar on your bicycle

16 October 2014 - 9:32am
Dunno if it's from the bike or simply crabbed age, but my fingers are too stiff to play now. Nice idea, though. Never tried carrying one in/on anything but a car.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

16 October 2014 - 9:23am
raybo wrote:I didn't like the diversion after Porthmadog. You won't either.

There is a train that spans the river where the closed vehicle bridge goes. That train is currently running over a completed bridge. I arrived at the station minutes after it left (I wasn't even aware of it until I got to the diversion). I have no idea where it goes or stops, but if it stops on the other side of the river, I'd try to arrange my exit from Porthmadog to meet the train and take it over the river instead of riding the A roads that make up the diversion.

It runs every 2 hours and is something like £1.20 across the bridge to the station on the other side.

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

16 October 2014 - 8:48am
You might have more luck finding stuff if you spell it right. Pollença. The c-cedilla is probably optional in the internet world, but a double l is necessary. It's pronounced po-yen-suh.

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