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New Zealand Tour

19 October 2015 - 11:59am
As the nights draw in I'm finding that I'm pining for long days on the bike and don't think I can wait 'till next spring and summer in France to experience the satisfaction of a long tour, so I'm looking at the "swallow option" of flying south.

Singapore airlines will take me from Heathrow to Christchurch for about £1,1000 at the end of January, so I'm thinking of 15 days (probably 10 or 11 cycling when you take off the travelling and jet-lag) around South Island. Does anybody have any suggestions for a route of around 800 miles? I'll be on a road bike so need to avoid gravel roads and tracks. I don't mind a few hills, but would prefer a few days on the flat to get my legs in first and I'm looking to camp wherever possible to keep the cost down and the freedom up.

Anybody with any ideas, suggestions or experience of a similar trip. ?

Re: Old A30

19 October 2015 - 10:19am
I often see Mick F and others refer to the Old A30. Funnily enough I can't find a road marked Old A30 on any map, even though some mark General Wade's military roads.

I still have dreams of doing LeJog and would love to follow the recommendations but am stymied when I try.

So Mick, when you have a moment please put me out of my misery and post a real, actual route that I can trace out on a map!

Which C2C in winter

19 October 2015 - 9:38am
Hi everybody
Having just returned to the UK having been deployed for the last 5 months I intend to ride one of the Coast-to-Coast routes with my Daughter at the end of next week.
We have three days available for the ride and intend to camp, my daughter is 14 and is no stranger to loaded touring or to long days on the bike though this will be her first winter tour.
What I’m unsure of is which route to use, Reivers, Hadrian’s, or C2C.
I’m thinking that Hadrian’s might be the best route for winter trip, starting at Workington and finishing in Newcastle (home). I’m also wondering which bike would suit the route best, my daughter wants to us to ride the recumbents, her on an ICE trike me on my Challenge Seiran. What’s the route like for barriers, obstacles an off road sections? Would we be better off on uprights?

Re: Old A30

19 October 2015 - 7:52am
quilkin wrote:Mick, do you know some roads near to me that I don't know? I'd be interested in your route between Tregadillet and Bodmin without going on very busy bits of the A30. Also between Zelah and Blackwater.Sorry, maybe I wasn't being clear.

The Old A30 exists, but not completely. My list of towns and villages are of the places by-passed by the New A30. You can go through each of them on the Old A30, but not necessarily get between them on it.

Tregadillet is almost an island, and so is Five Lanes, and Bodmin is a pig to get in and out of by bike. Mitchell is an island too.
Zelah/Blackwater you need to use the A30 - and yes of course it's not dualled yet - my mistake!
However, it's not very busy there IME.

As it happens, my ride on Friday saw me coming along the B3285 through Goonhavern to the A30. I peeled off only a mile later BEFORE Carland Cross. Awful roundabout!
I took the minor road which turned out to be a bit of old main road (Old A30?). I came out on the New A39, crossed it, then onto the Old 39 Truro/Carland Cross road - now a bridal way. You can follow the back lanes into Mitchell from there.

After lunch, I went along the back lanes and bits of Old A30 through Sumercourt but had to go back on minor roads through St Enoder before getting back on it at Penhale/Fraddon.Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 08.50.17.png

Re: Cycle touring insurance

19 October 2015 - 7:15am
It is worth mentioning that unless cycle touring is specifically mentioned in a policy it probably isn't covered. It may mention cycling but in the fine print there may be a low limit on the number of days or some other restriction. I've been caught out by this when I discovered my insurer classed cycle touring as a dangerous sport!

Re: Weight when touring - how much is too much?

18 October 2015 - 10:11pm
ukpacker wrote:But anyone trying this should test the bottle with boiling water at home first, with some the seals can't cope.
ukpacker

Yes, thought about it after reading your first post and wondered about the reliability of my two usual bottles with pull/push tops. But my other bottle - the Camelbak one - has a lever to lock the spout closed and also has a reliable seal. I can imagine if it were wrapped in a towel or tee shirt, it would make a really good warmer.After losing my melamine mug, I brewed tea in this bottle for a few days and it coped with the hot water very well!

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 9:48pm
Mick F wrote:I think I've cycled the whole of the Old A30 (where it still exists) all the way from Exeter to LE, and I have a great fondness for this road.

Most of it is now B roads or even Unclassified, and much of it is a delight to cycle on. The old villages and towns now by-passed are quiet and peaceful and no doubt a better place to live. Between Exeter and Penzance bypassed in order are:
[.....]
Tregadillet
[.....]
Bodmin


[Zelah]
.....
[Blackwater]


Mick, do you know some roads near to me that I don't know? I'd be interested in your route between Tregadillet and Bodmin without going on very busy bits of the A30. Also between Zelah and Blackwater.
After the dualling of the Bodmin Moor section, there's still non-dual-carriageway between Mitchell and Blackwater, although this is due to be dualled later (and the council have asked local cycle groups for their input to the design; there's a special meeting next month. Hurrah

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 8:58pm
Only Mick's picture is an A30. The green one is an A35- larger rear window. My first car was the estate/van version.

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 7:07pm
Was this your mum?
She was quite a looker!
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Re: Easy inflation of the Exped Synmat UL (not integrated pu

18 October 2015 - 7:04pm
manybikes wrote:Brilliant idea. I too thought the official product too expensive and difficult to get.
When I first tried breathing to inflate on an alps tour I soon became dizzy.
Thanks
The trick with blowing a mat up by mouth is to breathe at your normal rate, just breathing out into the mat rather than the atmosphere. No dizziness at all, though it does take longer. You could try doing something like blowing the mat up while doing squats to increase your natural breathing rate, if you wanted.
The big bag is better though, to keep the inside of the mat from getting damp.

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 6:45pm
My dad had an old A30 when I was at primary school. It was green just like this one.

Re: Easy inflation of the Exped Synmat UL (not integrated pu

18 October 2015 - 6:26pm
andrew_s wrote:A Synmat 7 M has a volume of about 3 x 20 x 72 = 4320 cubic inches.
Farawayvisions' mini-pump has a stroke volume of about 5 cubic inches, so that's about 850 strokes of the pump, or the same as about 3 or 4 bike tyres to full pressure.
I'm in favour of my first idea, the one in my blog post. 3 squeezes and the mat is full.

Re: TI3IT-Thru Italy's 3 Islands Trail

18 October 2015 - 4:46pm
… well, the trip seems to be finally over !! All the details HERE



ps:
nirakaro wrote:... converted from a temple of Athena in the 5th century ...
... yes, 5th century ... B.C., really magnificent !!

Re: Weight when touring - how much is too much?

18 October 2015 - 4:40pm
I'ts a technique that was born of necessity after I got caught out by the early onset of winter one year, a barely adequate summer bag with frosts of -10 at the end of September. But anyone trying this should test the bottle with boiling water at home first, with some the seals can't cope. I have found the ally Sigg bottles are reliable but the hole is a bit narrow to fill from a pan without some kind of spout, the wide mouth Sigg with the fancy 2 part top is no good because one of the seals will leak, i have found lifeventure wide mouth alloy bottles work as do polycarbonate Nalgene type bottles, but i would still put them in a waterproof stuffsack with a few clothes to regulate the heat output.
ukpacker

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 4:22pm
PS:
This is West Cornwall done so far:West Cornwall.pngI really need to get down to Penzance a couple of times and bag all the roads down there. Maybe me and Mrs Mick F could drive there for a weekend away and she can go shopping, and I can go cycling!

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 4:17pm
fossala wrote:I was on goss moor between Victoria and Indian Queens yesterday I was there Friday!

Mrs Mick F does a course from time-to-time down at Roche and I drive us down there with Bike in the back.
I can get 50odd miles in, plus have a lunch, then be back at the car for when she finishes.

I'm still trying to ride all the roads in Cornwall, and Friday saw me get up through Winnards Perch and Tredinnick, out towards St Merryn and turn south near Porthcothan Bay and back through St Columb Major, St Columb Road, Quintrell Downs, Goonhavern, Mitchell (for lunch at the Plume of Feathers) and St Enoder, Summercourt, Fraddon, Indian Queens, Goss Moor and back to Roche.

Complicated, I know, but needs must when I'm trying to get "new roads". Quite a bit of that ride was over old ground, but in order to bag the new roads, some backtracking in inevitable.

Re: Old A30

18 October 2015 - 3:32pm
I was on goss moor between Victoria and Indian Queens yesterday

Living in Cornwall I love the old a30 and use it all the time.

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