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C2C routes by tandem advice....

26 May 2014 - 6:49pm
Hi there,

Me and my partner are planning a C2C trip in July on our tandem. I have had a quick look at some of the routes and liked the sound of "Reivers" as it dips into Scotland and as I was truly blown away by the scottish scenery when I did my End 2 End it sounded a good option. Im not sure however how ideal the route will be for a touring tandem (Dawes Super Galaxy). We also plan to camp so will be loaded and although we are experienced cyclsits we dont have the knowledge of the terrain on this route.

Can anyone tell us what the condition of the Reivers route is? i.e. surfaces / obstacles etc as the manoueverability of the tandem is a bit of a challenge! We have read quite a few reports but the information varies greatly.

If Reivers is not at all suitable Id love to hear of any alternative routes that would suit.

Thanks in advance

Re: Good multi-tool model

26 May 2014 - 6:46pm
foxyrider wrote:i wouldn't even attempt to cut a cable that i needed in good order whilst on tour - just coil any excess!
Further advice: If you coil the excess, remember to cut it properly when you get home. The weight of a foot of coiled cable bouncing up and down will eventually snap off the cable where it comes out of the clamp bolt (DAMHIKT)

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

26 May 2014 - 6:43pm
Weimarunner wrote:Well done James, keep it up. I've just followed you on twitter so I'll look out for your updates.
How are you getting on with the bike, are you finding it comfortable, is there any changes you'd consider?

Hey Weimarunnner. Thanks for following @jamesvsworld.

So far the bike (Dora) is doing really well. I've ah a few problems with gears slipping and will probably need to replace the cassettes before I leave Europe but right now it's manageable. The Brooks saddle is amazing. I was riding my brother's bike and it was very painful and a friend who was cycling with us said his was awful too. I rarely even think about the saddle, even after a full days riding. I've also had no problems with the wheels or tires. I'm very happy but I might reward her with a service soon, either in a shop or by someone on the road who knows bikes better than I do.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

26 May 2014 - 6:18pm
Well done James, keep it up. I've just followed you on twitter so I'll look out for your updates.
How are you getting on with the bike, are you finding it comfortable, is there any changes you'd consider?

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

26 May 2014 - 5:59pm
Really enjoying this thread, thanks OP!
Tatanab - that campsite looks ideal, thanks for the link.

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

26 May 2014 - 3:52pm
Just look for two star hotels. Basic, cheap and friendly in my experience. And very welcoming towards les cyclistes. Will cut your cost considerably and act as an introduction to les Francais. Took my son [aged 23] on his first tour in 2012, from St Malo to Calais over a week, and he couldn't believe how much nicer it was to cycle there, rather than here. Definitely better, IMHO, to do a tour, no matter how short, than a fixed base trip. You get a real sense of achievement at having travelled somewhere other than back to where you started!

Centre 2 centre

26 May 2014 - 2:35pm
Hi. Been away from proper cycling [and this forum] for a while, but decided to do another 'targeted tour' this year. I've previously done JOGLE in 7 days and Leicester/Montpellier in the same time, but have gained a stone or so in the three years since then. And for the past year have really only used the bike for going into town. To wake myself up I've hit on a 'centre to centre' ride - from Meriden [geographic centre of England] to Bruère-Allichamps, its French counterpart. And yes I know there's never any certainty or agreement about where the centre of a country is, but both Meriden and Bruere have really nice [and very similar] monuments, so they gets my vote!

I'll be doing this at the end of July, this time allowing myself up to 10 days for the 600 miles or so. Travelling with just a rack pack and staying in hotels/B&Bs rather than camping. It will be interesting to see if 'muscle memory' can make up for a severe lack of fitness! Have to admit that it's the English part that I'm looking forward to least. From Meriden to Dover the most logical way would seem to be to go straight through London - if anyone knows of a bike-friendly, easily navigable north/south route through I'd be pleased to hear of it.

Re: Travel Insurance

26 May 2014 - 12:38pm
Barrenfluffit wrote:The answer was... Moneysupermarket now have an online process for people with pre-existing conditions. It then gives a shortlist of policies. Many of them have quite modest trip lengths (30 days being common) on annual policies. You then have to read the policies and see which cover cycling. [...]
I'm ill and Moneysupermarket's lowest price last week (for an annual policy with other drawbacks) was over five times the price of the policy I took out from a UK broker of a German insurer, with online medical screening. Actually, I think Moneysupermarket's lowest price for a single-trip policy was higher than what I paid for annual, so I have little confidence in their search.

I believe that ill people are almost always better contacting charities concerned with your condition and seeing who they suggest asking. I agree that most medically-loaded policies seem not to bother with cycling caveats but trip length may be a concern.

Re: Travel Insurance

26 May 2014 - 12:10pm
The answer was... Moneysupermarket now have an online process for people with pre-existing conditions. It then gives a shortlist of policies. Many of them have quite modest trip lengths (30 days being common) on annual policies. You then have to read the policies and see which cover cycling. However the medical side seems to have distracted them from adding caveats affecting cycle touring so the cover side is quite good. Watch out for geographical definitions for Europe; their not consistent.

I'm not going to say which one I used because there were other specific factors in my choice.

Initially looking cover for pre existing conditions made the search much less painful than say looking for travel insurance then trying to find pre-existing and cycle cover.

Re: Fort William to Inverness, wild camping - thoughts?

26 May 2014 - 11:58am
General Wade's Military Road between Fort Augustus and Inverness runs south of Loch Ness. It's much quieter and more pleasant than the A82 on the North side. There's a steady climb for a few miles to start with but the effort is worth it, and the scenery is beautiful. A nice long, rolling descent takes you back to the side of the loch, and there's no shortage of places to camp. (btw ... I second all the advice given by other posters regarding midges - guard against them at all costs; without protection, that way lies madness)

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

26 May 2014 - 11:33am
Hey!

One week down, 51 to go. Getting to Paris today. The weather is horrible but the road is treating us well and we managed 90km yesterday.

Also, the first blog of the trip is up. Check it out at www.
http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/05/24/i-may-be-some-time/

Bike-Rich wrote:Well done,

What kind of device are you using for web/blog use?

Hey Rich. I'm using an iPhone and a notebook laptop.

Re: New Route Planner

26 May 2014 - 9:09am
OK thanks for the reply good route planner though quick way to find obscure places.

Re: Fort William to Inverness, wild camping - thoughts?

26 May 2014 - 9:01am
DaleFTW wrote:elioelio wrote:(P.S I know there will be midges. I don't care. As I sit here now I'm covered in 200+ bed bug bites and 50+ mosquito bites from a visit to Taiwan last week. So thanks, but it really doesn't bother me.)



Spoken like someone who hasn't met Scottish midge...

Indeed. I generally don't suffer from the bites (I don't feel the nip and I just get a small red disc that doesn't itch for a day and the goes away), but they're still a work of total evil. The point isn't the bites but that the beasties come in concentrations up to clouds (and that isn't an exaggeration) and are constantly annoying the whole time you are exposed to them. Very thoroughly worth avoiding. And if you do react to the bites you'll have a lot more than you're used to.

Have a midge hood, long sleeves and long trousers. One blessing is they're too wee to bite through most clothes. And aim to camp in the least wind-protected spots you can find unless it's going to be a real blow.

Pete.

Re: Fort William to Inverness, wild camping - thoughts?

26 May 2014 - 7:40am
There is a description of a route from FW to Aberdeen, with camping, here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/13830
Just an alternative, but it is mainly off road so you would need a suitable bike. Read the guestbook of this journal for some good advice on midges.

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