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Re: european bike express

17 August 2015 - 10:49am
Used it a few times, no complaints. They do their utmost to keep on time. One return journey we got snarled up in traffic around London and the drivers were running out of 'driver hours' so relief drivers were brought further south from the point where they were due to meet us to a more southern motorway services. I think one of the buses had had an issue once but the staff worked very hard to catch back up on schedule.
They do not just operate as a solo operative but they clearly have links and resources to sort out problems.

Food; remember they have limited resources, storage and cooking facilities on the coach so it tends to be microwaveable stuff such jacket tatties with beans, cheese, chilli etc., but if they still do it their Apricot flapjack is to die for......
We always went and got a proper meal on the ferry and just relied on the coach for snacks....
Hint, keep a small wash bag amongst personal affects on the coach, you will feel much better for a wash n brush up and teeth clean after the overnight on the coach...

Re: Wales: Lost Tour details

17 August 2015 - 9:57am
martin113 wrote:I have been put off the Lon Las Cymru by tales of impossibly rough tracks, gates which you have to lift your bike over and general unsuitability of some of it for road touring bikes. I tour on a light tourer with 28 mm tires and light amounts of baggage and stories that the trail is only suitable for mountain bikes or hybrids have really put me off. Anyone who has done it have any thoughts?
Lon Las means Green Lanes and the route does include some, as shown in the picture on Sustrans' page for the route. http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... ymru-north You can always read a map and find a pleasant alternative with tarmac if you want it, keeping the broad outline of the route.

Whether you can ride such routes on 28mm is a matter of state of mind. Some people think it is impossible, but other people do it. I did such things and much worse on a light tourer in my youth: I chose 32mm rather than 28mm, though I knew people who would ride practically anything on 28mm. Perhaps a more rational appraisal is that it is possible but probably a bit uncomfortable for most of us, and maybe requiring a bit more riding skill than many of us would choose to be required to employ.

Re: Help to plan a route : Inverness to Didcot

17 August 2015 - 9:42am
I'm doing Inverness Aberdeen next Sunday/ Monday.

I live in Aberdeen so up by bus Sunday
Youth hostel over night.
Then ride home Monday.

Any use.

Matthew

Re: european bike express

17 August 2015 - 8:56am
I've used the service - convenient, sort of comfortable, very efficient (dead on time at the pick up at Montpellier) - I would imagine that they have a contingency plan (possibly insurance based?) should there be a breakdown that stops the bus.

Rob

Re: european bike express

17 August 2015 - 5:37am
Thanks all

Re: Wales: Lost Tour details

17 August 2015 - 5:20am
I have been put off the Lon Las Cymru by tales of impossibly rough tracks, gates which you have to lift your bike over and general unsuitability of some of it for road touring bikes. I tour on a light tourer with 28 mm tires and light amounts of baggage and stories that the trail is only suitable for mountain bikes or hybrids have really put me off. Anyone who has done it have any thoughts?

Re: european bike express

16 August 2015 - 10:55pm
I've used them 4 times now and have found them very convenient and reliable. And very good value considering they pick up at various points in the UK and includes the ferry. I don't know if they've had many delays since all the problems at Calais. Don't think much of the on board and cuisine though.

Re: european bike express

16 August 2015 - 10:02pm
Used them twice now, the second time being last month. On the way back they had an alternator problem which resulted in not enough power to run the air conditioner properly but they were able to keep going and even managed to improve things slightly by getting the pliers out during a scheduled stop. Expect its fixed properly by now - they do seem to be committed to delivering the service they promise.
External factors can have more impact. We travelled out on a Saturday - and the French strike was only lifted Thursday evening.
We returned on a Monday - later that week migrant activity started to cause severe problems...
Lucky this time!

Re: european bike express

16 August 2015 - 9:48pm
I've used it 13 or 14 times and have never had a significant problem. There have one or two minor delays but they were outside the control of the company.

Re: Help to plan a route : Inverness to Didcot

16 August 2015 - 9:47pm
If you actually bother to look at cycle.travel it shows you hotels and b&bs along the route too…

Al

Re: european bike express

16 August 2015 - 8:49pm
I think both of their buses are a few years old but they seemed to be maintained okay. Obviously there are many reasons for delays some totally unforeseen but the drivers and couriers do their upmost to keep the service running to near schedule. While not being the most comfortable way to travel I find them very convenient and hassle free when travelling with a bike.

Re: Wales: Lost Tour details

16 August 2015 - 6:32pm
Thanks to this forum and some lovely pictures from Colin, and other contributors, I've decided to ride the Lon Las Cymru at the end of September, from home to Chepstow, The Lon Las Cymru route and then back home again to the SW, either by the same route or on some slightly faster roads to save a day or so, yet to be decided. Not my normal cycle tour, but those photos from Colin showing not one vehicle sharing the route gave me some new ideas and impetus. I've even bought a new camera and had a bike fit session in preparation!

Re: New Route Planner

16 August 2015 - 6:29pm
mjr wrote:Are you sure it's not a footpath with permission to cycle? There's a few of them about. It's not as open and shut as a footway (alongside a carriageway).

Well perhaps. I'm referring to the loop of path to the south of the Priory Country Park east of Bedford, on the north bank of the Great Ouse and south of NCN 51. Marked as an fp (part of the Ouse Valley Way) by the OS, as a cycle path by OSM.

european bike express

16 August 2015 - 6:29pm
How reliable is this service? Sound like a great idea but a friend told me that they recently ended up with a really old bus to get home on as the other one had broken down. Are the buses quite new- as I can't afford to be stuck on the continent. Sound like a great service which we may use next summer. Is it?

Re: Help to plan a route : Inverness to Didcot

16 August 2015 - 5:58pm
Hi

Will be staying in b&b' on route, and will have a Garmin along with a support car that will follow me. Yes the route needs to be adjusted to be between 680 and 700 miles and that's where I am struggling. Also I'm finding that using strava is at times taking me along cycle paths which I want to avoid. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you

Re: Wales: Lost Tour details

16 August 2015 - 5:16pm
That route is almost identical to mine, with many familiar pictures. I will post mine relatively soon, but it looks like you were wise and avoided the two biggest hills on either side of Machynlleth. Those were real leg burners. You also had much better weather than me - overcast, windy, wet was my typical day.

Re: New Route Planner

16 August 2015 - 5:01pm
Are you sure it's not a footpath with permission to cycle? There's a few of them about. It's not as open and shut as a footway (alongside a carriageway).

Re: Help to plan a route : Inverness to Didcot

16 August 2015 - 4:35pm
Cycle.travel is the best route planner for cyclists. It gives you routes gps tracks for garmins and osm and turn by turn navigation.

Al

Re: Help to plan a route : Inverness to Didcot

16 August 2015 - 4:33pm
Seanyb1512 wrote:Hi.

I'm looking for some help. Next month I am riding from Inverness back to Didcot. Trying to make a 700 mile route to complete in 7 days. However I am struggling to plan a route. I'm using strava to help but it's using cycle paths as I plan and I'm wanting to avoid those. I'm hoping someone here may be able to help me plan the trip. It's a charity ride, so with luck anyone willing to help will do so free of charge.

Thank you

Are you camping or B&B-ing? Supported or self-supported? Are you using a Garmin or hard copy maps? do you want to go direct or pan it out a bit to get closer to 700 miles?

I can probably help as I've cycled to, from or past Inverness on numerous occasions from the South of UK and I have an idea of which roads I would choose and even which campsites I would choose!

Re: Help to plan a route

16 August 2015 - 12:39pm
Buy a road map from The Works - draw a straight line (or you may need several lines to avoid the sea!) on the "key map" page and then transcribe that on to each page that you will ride across - from there just draw your route along suitable roads that follow the broad direction of the straight line. Just avoid the blue and green roads and you should be OK!

That's the way I do it except that I have the Memory Map PC system with the 1-50,000 OS maps - concept is the same as the map book.

Rob

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