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Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

19 January 2015 - 8:45pm
Agreed BUT if say you wanted to start a tour from Cape Wrath with a recumbent and intended to ride back to the South it may be possible but almost impossible using normal train methods. They have at least agreed to look at it.

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

19 January 2015 - 8:39pm
From my reading of it I believe that you can't specify any sort of time for delivery. thus if you are using it to get your bike to the start of your tour you may well need up losing a day of the tour waiting around. Ditto when you are ending the tour and wanting to send it back.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

19 January 2015 - 6:42pm
Many thanks for the replies.

My direct mail seemed to get through as well.

Looks like a great event.

And the perfect location of course

All the best.

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

19 January 2015 - 6:38pm
Mods, can this be moved to Touring etc please?

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

19 January 2015 - 6:36pm
Had a reply already. They don't know and hadn't considered anything other than a bicycle. Will discuss it at next planning meeting (both the insurance aspect and non standard cycles). At least they admitted they hadn't considered it. I might have expected CTC to have asked as they advertised it to us.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

19 January 2015 - 6:23pm
End of May and the beginning of June are IMHO the loviest time of year. The last two years they have, broadly speaking, produced fine weather too .
The midges are not really in gear and the new fresh green of the woods plus all the flowers lifts the spirit.The sea is still rather cold though.
August is often unsettled and quite wet and the roads are at their holiday traffic busiest.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

19 January 2015 - 6:17pm
Certainly in North Wales, June can be a bit hit and miss. 50/50 chance of good weather or cool and damp. July is when the weather settles, but last August was cool, verging on cold some days. Traditionally June is a good month, but in recent years, the summer has shifted to be more July - September.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

19 January 2015 - 5:57pm
Alrighty. Looking at two different dates to do this trip. Either End of June/First week of July =/= OR =/= End of July/First Week of August.

Is there much difference in weather? I suppose it probably doesn't make that much difference to me - I did spend a few weeks in May cycling in Ireland, where it rained all day virtually everyday I was there, and was about 55'F too. So I can certainly deal with that sort of weather - but, having never been to Wales, is it just as wet and cold? Or worse?

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

19 January 2015 - 5:51pm
sorry just saw your other question Sweep - email me at laura@thenextchallenge.org (contact form through the website gets sent to that address too so you could have used that). I'm logged in to my husband's account as was having problems logging in to my own.

people are welcome to bring kids to the festival.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

19 January 2015 - 5:47pm
Sweep - just an anomaly. We're organising this event as volunteers around normal work so anomalies like that do occasionally slip through and your patience would be appreciated (if it matters, the logo is in the process of being updated so they match).

In any event, the comment above is correct - most things will happen on 2/3 but your ticket includes camping on Friday 1 May and Saturday 2 May - there will be a couple of talks on the Friday night but most stuff will be on Sat/Sun. And yes, there will be an option to stay on the Sunday too.


Re: 2nd pair of shoes

19 January 2015 - 4:18pm
Deck shoes, or if I need something really light, the gruppy sandal type shoes used when sailing laser yachts or surfing.


Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

19 January 2015 - 3:27pm
New wheel set is an excellent suggestion, many thanks. Knew there was a trick I'd missed

So something like a hand built wheel set from Spa like with Deore hubs and Rigida Sputnik 36h rims, and wide tyres (1.75 inch?) and the rest of the bike would be good enough? I have only really used the tricross on asphalt, I know it's marketed as a versatile bike that can be used on gravel, but I'm not really sure.

Nice pictures and blog, elduderino12, looks like you got lucky with the weather. I was thinking of staying on the ring road for most of the trip, after this interior diversion, second half of August.. may need to reconsider.. it would be in the East and South though so perhaps a bit less busy than the western sections you experienced..

I looked up Horace Dall, he could only ride the Sprengisandur 5-10% of the way.. I think they've improved the road a bit since his days..

Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs on the Web

19 January 2015 - 2:48pm
Hey guys,

I wanted to share with you the new edition (January 2015) of the Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs on the Web.

This ranking is made only with objective indicators that measure the traffic a blog receives and its authority on the web.

This time, the top 10 were:
1. Travelling Two
2. Family on Bikes
3. Rodadas
4. Going Slowly
5. The Path Less Pedaled
6. Toms Bike Trip
7. Bicycle Touring Pro
8. Life in Travel
9. Cycling The 6
10. While Out Riding

Full Ranking: http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/top- ... ing-blogs/

If you know about any blogs that meets the criteria to be included on the list, please get in touch and I will add it for the next update.

Safe travels!

Re: 2nd pair of shoes

19 January 2015 - 2:11pm
Flip flops; light, airy and cheap. But I tend to camp in southern europe in summer.

2nd pair of shoes

19 January 2015 - 2:10pm
Cool/cold season: boots of some description. Love my boots. Summer: Crocs or rafters (slop/sandal)...hc

Re: 2nd pair of shoes

19 January 2015 - 2:09pm
The same Shimano sandals that I wear while riding the bike.

2nd pair of shoes

19 January 2015 - 2:05pm
What do you take as your campsite shoe?

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

19 January 2015 - 2:03pm
We had a few days in Northumberland in September and visited lots of the places shown in the film. I'm hoping to do the Coast and castles by bike this coming year.

Re: accommodation

19 January 2015 - 1:42pm
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.

Re: accommodation

19 January 2015 - 1:25pm
tyreon wrote:For example,I arrive in X city(in the UK) to book into a chain hotel complex and they seem to charge top-dollar,whereas if I had pre-booked it even a day earlier I would have paid £40pn instead of the £70 they want to charge me. Have I got this wrong,or what?

It doesn't have to be a day earlier. You can stand outside a hotel and use a smartphone to book a room and it can (but not always) be cheaper than walking into the foyer and asking. A couple of years ago (in Belgium) and by booking online 500 yards from the hotel the price of the room was 30% of what the tariff board listed.


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