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Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 12:24pm
I used it to come the other way last July. Seemed fine to me.Tide was a long way out, but the sloping slipway still allowed us to load and unload without removing panniers. Just wheeled the bikes on,don't remember any lifting. Nice road out to Dinan and although I didn't get much of a look round Dinard, it looked really impressive with some wonderful Victorian? architecture.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 11:31am
Thanks Simon, I see what you mean. I didn't realise there had been quite so many previous posts!!!

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

27 May 2015 - 11:24am
Decathlon Forclas 900.

Very much hiking orientated trousers but very light and good trousers. Can also be worn on the bike as they are quite stretchy and don't interfere with riding.

Highly recommended by me.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 11:11am
The ferry has got to be more fun, though - there are limited opportunities for pretending to be a a pirate or salty sea dog while on the road over the barage!
I do recall various posts on that topic though, Brian and some have been less complimentary about the ferry than others... pop 'ferry' and 'Dinard' into the search feature to see what I mean.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 11:09am
Thanks for the responses. I'm going west and south for Stage 8 of the TdF so the D366 crossing adds several miles. I agree it is a better crossing however as I used it a couple of years back when heading for Dinan. I might try the ferry on the way back this time as I shall probably be coming along the coast and if it is not convenient I will brave the D168 again!!

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 10:46am
Actually the D168 isn't too bad. There is a broad shoulder and drivers gave me plenty of room.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 10:44am
I have had friends take the boat crossing with touring bikes without issue in the past. Great idea if you are travelling West.

If your plan is to head South, then you might want to consider crossing the Rance using the D366. The bridge is much smaller and quieter traffic wise. I used this 2 years ago, coming out of St Malo on the D117, crossing the river on the D366 and heading south on the D12 to Dinan.

Hope this helps

Re: touring around france

27 May 2015 - 9:40am
Sounds good, 100km or thereabouts is fine with me. Obviously I only have the 2 weeks, so I would not be able to go all the way to Mont Ventoux, but could accompany you on a fair bit.

Had any thoughts on a route yet? Might be best to continue this convo by email - stuart8reid@gmail.com


Crossing the river Rance St Malo

27 May 2015 - 9:03am
Does anyone know if it is possible to take a fully loaded bike on the river crossing from St Malo to Dinard in July by any chance? I'm not keen on the D168 road crossing as it is a bit of a race track so thought starting from Dinard after crossing the mouth of the estuary might be nice. If it means removing panniers etc then I might just take a deep breath and cross the bridge as fast as I can!! Thanks.

Re: What do you do with your luggage if sightseeing?

27 May 2015 - 8:52am
A recent thread covering just this topic.

Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

27 May 2015 - 8:48am
I think there's potential west of the M1, which could be Erewash Valley Trail to Langley Mill or NCN67 to Heanor then backroads to Alfreton.

But I haven't tried it yet.

One point is that it is all hillier round here than people think; if I go to Chesterfield net descent is 500ft.


Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

27 May 2015 - 8:31am
If you do make it to TKmaxx, keep your mind firmly on what you went in for. You may otherwise come out with all sorts you didn't know you needed till you saw it in there at a bargain price. (I have a pair of Ventile trousers original price £300, to me £10.)

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

27 May 2015 - 8:16am
PH wrote:You haven't said what sort of touring or what you intend to do in the evenings.

I'm doing a tour from Canada to Mexico through California, mostly National Parks and Deserts. Accommodation is surprisingly scarce so we are staying in whatever we can find mostly motels, cabins and a couple of nice hotels where nothing else is available, but no camping. I'm going for a month so they need to be crease proof, stain resistant and fairly smart. I'm not too bothered about the legs zipping off - I haven't got the legs for it! I'm only taking two small panniers so space (and weight) is at a premium).

There have been lots of good tips on here and I have been clicking on the links. Next step will be a trip to the local outlet village

It's good to know that you don't need to spend a fortune.

Re: Edinburgh airport

27 May 2015 - 7:52am
Cycle to South Gyle, take a train to Inverkeithing, and then change onto a train to Aberdeen.


Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

27 May 2015 - 7:46am
I'm afraid I can't improve on the route on cycle paths past Hucknall or NCN6 then side roads through Sutton, Kirkby etc. Not an area I head for often, for that reason!

Re: St.Malo to Nice

27 May 2015 - 1:18am
Anyone know if there is a train from Nice to Rennes? Seems more direct but I understand that is not how the railways were built.

Re: St.Malo to Nice

26 May 2015 - 10:36pm
When I did the ride I took overnight train back to Paris from Nice, this took bikes assembled in a bike space. It is a good ride. My ride was losely similar to the Saddle Skedale holiday company trip.

Re: Edinburgh airport

26 May 2015 - 10:11pm
I knoow nothing about Edinburgh or Scotlandshire trains

but I was curious and have too much time on my hands

according to openstreetmap and the friendly google map you could cycle the 3.2 miles from the airport to South Gyle Station where I assume you could board a train (I assume that Scotrail do take bikes by your ambition get to a train station) to wherever it is in Edinburgh that you can catch a train to Aberdeen

Edit - it is confirmed that I know nothing about Scotlandshire - as I said being curious - I checked the trains - going to Edinburgh is the wrong way - looks lie there are regular stoppers (which I assume you wouldnt need a reservation) to Dundee from Sooth Gyle - and a pleasant service to Aberdeen from Dundee - feel free to smack me with a freshly smoked kipper if this is all bull

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

26 May 2015 - 9:51pm
Nice. I will have my GPS with me as well. I also have the Sustrans LLC North and South map but will take a look at that link you posted.

Those are the two areas where the steepness looks about right. I have my proposed route posted in my own thread on here but it pretty much sticks to the NCN 8 as best as one can while using RideWithGPS. Some sections the route goes a little bonky but I blame that on the mapping software.

I am hoping for some drier weather (rained every day on my Ireland trip) when I am there as well, in order to better see said scenery.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

26 May 2015 - 9:07pm
No write-up I'm afraid, only the video.

NCN 8 is fairly well sign-posted the whole length of the route. There are some instances where signs are missing or obscured by vegetation, but overall easy to follow. Still, I had my gps which made things a lot easier when navigating. Also, as backup I had a printed copy of the route from http://cycle.travel/route/lon_las_cymru (recommended).

There are lots of gates! Best addition to my bike before leaving for the ride (apart from the GPS) was the fitting of a kick-stand. Used this a lot when going through gates, as well as for taking pics when there wasn't anything to lean the bike against.

There are some steep sections. The two memorable ones are the the climb up to the hills at the back of Harlech (I reckon around 22% near the beginning) and the long winding climb between Machynlleth and Llanidloes.

The scenery is amazing and so varied. Lush green valleys when following the Wye, to the barren hills around Snowdonia when your only company will be the sheep. Like I did, I'm sure you'll have the most fantastic and memorable journey.


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