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Re: Touring and Camping - Campsite POI's

21 December 2014 - 9:53am
A new update of Archie's Camping is available - http://www.archiescampings.eu/eng1/ - and there is a complete new look to this version, as well as the usual updated information and POI's for 30,000 plus campsites throughout Britain and Europe.

Those who have Archie's saved as a 'favourite' will want to change this to go to the new website. Downloads can now be done directly from the home page, and POI's are available for all the Camping Cheque sites and Best Deal sites, for those who have access to the Best Deal App, but unfortunately not yet for the ACSI Card sites.

For those who have a smartphone Archie's is now also available as a App from Google Play.

An earlier post mentions the POI's for Lidl, and supermarkets in Europe - this is also available through Archie's Camping website, and as a PDF version which can be printed off using the link to Parafoeter's page, down in the bottom right hand corner.

Please feel free to post this on any other forums where you think the information may be appreciated.

Re: Default tourer?

21 December 2014 - 9:43am
RonK wrote:reohn2 wrote:So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?
Yes, I had an LHT which was replaced after one tour. Apart from the appalling finish which had rust appearing after only a few months, I found it a dull, unresponsive, unrewarding ride - a real slug.

What did you replace it with?

Re: Default tourer?

21 December 2014 - 4:55am
reohn2 wrote:So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?
Yes, I had an LHT which was replaced after one tour. Apart from the appalling finish which had rust appearing after only a few months, I found it a dull, unresponsive, unrewarding ride - a real slug.

Re: Default tourer?

21 December 2014 - 12:50am
So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?

Geneva to Nice July / Aug 2015

20 December 2014 - 9:28pm
Wanted – companions – July / August : Fly Geneva, visit Cern, lakes, mountains, gorges and Cols in the Alps and onto to the Monaco, return from Nice. Approximate route https://goo.gl/maps/JPfuz

Camping, 50 to 60 miles per day. Approx 2 weeks and 3 days – late July to early August, approx 800 miles. Covering parts of the Route Napoléon and the Route Des Grandes Alpes
Two to three nights in Geneva, Chamonix Annecy, La Grave, Castellane, Nice.

Geneva, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva
Chamonix http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiguille_du_Midi
Morzine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morzine
Annecy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annecy
Vizelle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vizille
Alpe D’Huez http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpe_d%27Huez
Col Du Galibier http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_du_Galibier
Braincon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian%C3%A7on
Castellane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castellane
Gordes Du Verdon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdon_Gorge
Gorges Du Duluis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorges_de_Daluis
Èze http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eze
Monaco http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monaco

Cern https://openlab-mu-internal.web.cern.ch ... RN_Access/

Route Napoléon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_Napol%C3%A9on
Route Des Grandes Alpes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_des_Grandes_Alpes


PM or e-mail Hillspecial @ rocketmail.com

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

20 December 2014 - 8:21pm
I heard about the chocolate path long before Strava started in 2009. Knowing Bristolian humour, I suspect it got that name soon after it was built in the early 1900s, what with Dairy Milk first going on sale around the same time.

Bristol City Council call it by that name AFAIK

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 8:16pm
reohn2 wrote:PH wrote: You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike.
Yes you do see a few for sale,and no doubt there's different reasons for that.But it doesn't mean the bike's a bad one.
There's a lot of people with touring stars in their eyes that are never reached for due to real life realisations.
There are a lot of Galaxy's up for sale too,and whilst the Gal' is an old 'un,you see quite a few newish ones for sale.
I think the innocent explanation is that they are popular. More bought new means more later sold second hand. Same thing with the Galaxies. In fact I'd challenge the earlier statement that Galaxies are no longer the default tourer. Whilst I hardly see lots of tourers I bet I still see more Dawes tourers out and about than LHTs. They may no longer be the enthusiasts' choice but the name still seems to count for something (or maybe there's just enough old ones still hanging around).

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 7:16pm
mrjemm wrote:I do think if I had no bikes already and wanted something for a prolonged bike trip, a 26" trucker would be likely my 1st investigation. As it stands my Vaya is No1 bike, while my Orange P7 (not much P7 left, but...) is my 26" toy, and very close in nature to a 26" LHT/DT (has both brake mounts, ).
I can fully understand that reasoning and also understand the reasoning that the 26" DT in anything but small sizes just don't look right,nooo not at all


R2... Wax on my tache? Not a hope! Cheeky feller.
Apparently it's a mark of a true hipster HIPSTER ALERT :-
http://www.firehousemoustachewax.com/Wa ... od__KS.jpg

And I don't think a backwards Tara would work- nothing to stop the panniers flapping about. If you look further into the photobucket you linked to, he shows going between the 2 directions, so perhaps realised his mistake, or was experimenting.
Yes I did see that.

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 7:05pm
PH wrote:Am I still in the right thread?
Thread drift happens from time to time
You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike.
Yes you do see a few for sale,and no doubt there's different reasons for that.But it doesn't mean the bike's a bad one.
There's a lot of people with touring stars in their eyes that are never reached for due to real life realisations.
There are a lot of Galaxy's up for sale too,and whilst the Gal' is an old 'un,you see quite a few newish ones for sale.

If I was in the market for a full on tourer, the LHT would definitely be on the short list, but it wouldn't be there on it's own, I can think of a few other bikes that equally deserve a place.
Care to name a few?

OK... back to the Salsas now...
Well if you must

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 6:59pm
mrjemm wrote:
As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.


cycle away into the sunset until they see the storm clouds in the distance...

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 6:52pm
I do think if I had no bikes already and wanted something for a prolonged bike trip, a 26" trucker would be likely my 1st investigation. As it stands my Vaya is No1 bike, while my Orange P7 (not much P7 left, but...) is my 26" toy, and very close in nature to a 26" LHT/DT (has both brake mounts, ).

As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.

R2... Wax on my tache? Not a hope! Cheeky feller.

And I don't think a backwards Tara would work- nothing to stop the panniers flapping about. If you look further into the photobucket you linked to, he shows going between the 2 directions, so perhaps realised his mistake, or was experimenting.

Re: TOURING 2015

20 December 2014 - 5:55pm
Wow, some exotic routes and loads of ideas.
That's the problem; plenty of time after Easter next year to travel and loads of possibilities to look at.
Mrs Dodger wants a long trip in the camper, so maybe there's scope for a bit of cycling in between campsites.
I think Northumberland is on the list after Iron Bridge and Skipton, so good scenery.
Back to planning.

Re: Pennsylvania

20 December 2014 - 3:03pm
Dont miss Lancaster County. Intercourse is the name of the main town. No booze at all there… . Stayed in an Amish B and B once, charming people. Pretty flat around there.

Al

Re: Pennsylvania

20 December 2014 - 2:44pm
Saw this today and thought of you.

http://www.trailsfromrails.com/pennsylvania.htm

I was reading a CGOAB blog about a couple who cycled with their 6 year old on triplet ( or whatever you call a tandem for 3) from Their old home in Florida to their new home near Seattle and they did a few of the rail to ride routes and put this link up. Someone here also kindly mentioned the Allagheny route and the C&O canal route in that area.mim looking forward to,riding in the US one day but haven't done anything yet except ride to the shops when on holiday there.

Re: Circuit of the Luberon

20 December 2014 - 2:19pm
Very nice. I've done bits of Provence a couple of times. Really liked the Var (a little South of your target area), gorges de verdon are nice ( but they are a bit busy for cycling in tourist season) . The Ventoux and the Col de la Lure are worth doing just to tick the experience. Not saying you have to do em but they aren't that tough (assuming you're not planning on doing Tour de France pace) and are good experiences if it's not super hot. The col de la Lure is shaded going up whereas Ventoux is shadeless after Chalet Reynard if I remember correctly.i think we camped happily in somewhat stony ground for a few days at Forqualquier but it's too long ago to be a reliable camping reference.

Re: Poole(UK) to Santander(Spain) Blog update

20 December 2014 - 1:14pm
Thanks for sharing. Years ago I worked for 4 months near Pyla/Arcachon/Mimizan. Memories. I'd like to cycle that way.........hc

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 12:56pm
Am I still in the right thread?
reohn2 wrote:Takes some beating,when you never hear or read a bad word about them.....

You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike. Including my own, I sold because I had the chance to upgrade and the compromises with running it with Rohloff led me to a custom frame that isn't a lot different to the LHT.
If I was in the market for a full on tourer, the LHT would definitely be on the short list, but it wouldn't be there on it's own, I can think of a few other bikes that equally deserve a place.

OK... back to the Salsas now...

Re: Circuit of the Luberon

20 December 2014 - 12:11pm
Hi Les - We did exactly this, and had a wonderful time. I wrote it all up, and if you are interested the link is:-

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=S ... 10844&v=8U

Have fun.

Brian & Annie

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 11:50am
mrjemm wrote:Just had a silly thought...

As I usually take small panniers for my junk and some shopping (usually one actually, shame on me...), perhaps I should experiment with the super hip way of doing things (hahahahahahaha) , a lá AWOL, and just put my load on the front for a while to test my new rack set up.

But then again maybe not.

1) I may trash another set of Ortliebs.
2) I may have a beard and a super cycle, but ain't no hipster.
3) I'd only want to use 1 pannier, and is probably even worse on front than back.
4) Don't want my Vaya mistaken for an AWOL.

1)nooo don't want to do that too costly
2)Having met you,you could pass for one with a bit of wax on the mousetache maybe.Though i'm not sure if that's a complement or not
3)No,one pannier on the front is decidedly unZen or uncool and unHipsterish.
4)Oh Noooooo,that's not allowed,you could never again lift your head among the Vaya community again,we have our standards to uphold and AWOLalike isn't included therein!

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 11:40am
Yep,I'm familiar with your detachment issues(or should that be casting off,you being a mariner an all )
Would the rearward facing hooks have helped any,or could it have been just unsuitable pannier fitting or user error?

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