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constant tyre lubrication system

16 October 2014 - 7:55pm
Well OK, I wasn't going to start another 'what tyre?' thread

But........ now I've experimented with pressure I'm happy with Marathon Plus 26*1.5 for ride, but these past few wet days have made me realise just how slowly they roll, and short of always riding in the rain or rigging up a watering can I think I may have to use a tyre that isn't Marathon Plus (for the first time in years!)

Theres the new version http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/schw ... 559-159207 or, Schwalbe are now doing the Big Apple in a Plus variety http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/big- ... ired-65895 - these have always been billed as easy rolling, but has anyone got any touring experience using them?

Or... any other tried and tested tyre choices in 26" with puncture protection and fast rolling a priority, 80% tarmac and the rest sealed/loose paths and trails

Re: London to Cardiff

16 October 2014 - 7:53pm
Enjoyed your video. Very well put together. Glad you enjoyed your visit to here in the UK.

Berlin Bike Hire

16 October 2014 - 7:42pm
Hello everyone

Could anyone share their experiences of bike hire in Berlin?

I want to hire for about a week. If you have any advice or experiences I would like to hear about them. I've done a search via Mr Google's technology but the search results seem to push bike tours.

If you have any recommendations, please let me know


Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

16 October 2014 - 7:03pm
This charging for bikes is a new thing with Resorthopper. They never used to charge. Just a way of extracting more money from you and putting up the cost and hassle of taking your own bike. I admitted defeat a while ago and just hire one. It is so much easier.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

16 October 2014 - 6:25pm
Tomorrow we are using 'Speedy Shuffle' 79e for the return journey for 3 without bikes, to put your 30e with bikes into perspective, Aileen.

London to Cardiff

16 October 2014 - 5:58pm
Last month I did my first bicycle tour of a foreign country (I'm from the USA and traveled to the UK). In preparation for this trip I used this message board to seek out advice and got a lot of very helpful suggestions regarding places to see, handling train transport, etc. I just wanted to thank everyone for chiming in and helping me to feel more confident before I did this trip solo. I wanted to share a video of my bike tour from London to Cardiff (mainly following Sustrans route 4). I was amazed by the incredible bicycle infrastructure and extensive routes that is offered in the UK!


Re: LLC and Wales Questions

16 October 2014 - 5:53pm
mcallaghan wrote:raybo wrote: Seems odd to be that the NCN route would go up such a dastardly climb?

I think that part of the route was put in by a non cyclist. The route along the coast is slowing going ahead, but access issues are slowing it down. However, the route over the Halkyn mountain has great views over to the Pennines, Lake District, Isle of Man and Snowdonia, so it's not all bad.

Re: Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 5:24pm
I'd try uk.voyage.sncf.com
and you can ring them too, which makes life easier. 0844 848 5848...apparently there's a change in osnabruk or hannover...
let us know how you get on!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

16 October 2014 - 5:03pm
raybo wrote:I didn't like the diversion after Porthmadog. You won't either.

There is a train that spans the river where the closed vehicle bridge goes. That train is currently running over a completed bridge. I arrived at the station minutes after it left (I wasn't even aware of it until I got to the diversion). I have no idea where it goes or stops, but if it stops on the other side of the river, I'd try to arrange my exit from Porthmadog to meet the train and take it over the river instead of riding the A roads that make up the diversion.

What route did you take? 2 hours is an awful long time to have to wait for a train to continue the journey. Or are there other options for crossing in that area? The route I plotted seemed the most direct route for getting around the close bridge.

I take it that they're still doing construction on the bridge? Might explain why I was unable to plot a course over the bridge on RideWithGPS (and why NCN 8 disappears on that section too on same site).

I'll also revisit my Day 1 route and make recommended adjustments. Seems odd to be that the NCN route would go up such a dastardly climb?

Re: Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 4:34pm
Actually Leer (in germany) has more potential because its the terminus of a cross border line from groningen.

Re: Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 4:05pm
Are you checking using the DB website and selecting the bicycle option? These flashy superfast trains tend to be less bike friendly than the local ones. Perhaps going via Weener? (border town with a train station picked at random.

Trains in Europe

16 October 2014 - 3:53pm
Can you advise me on how to get from Amsterdam to Hamburg by train with the bike, Ive looked online and seem to be going round in circles.
We need to travel early afternoon near the start of next May.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

16 October 2014 - 1:52pm
It's 40 miles from the airport to Pollenca using the service roads. It's flat virtually all the way. Yes,luggage can be a problem depending on what you are taking. Seatpost rack and stuffsac?. I only take hand luggage and can put all of it in a rucksack if need be. I do a lot of washing though. Unboxing and building my bike in Porto a couple of weeks ago took ten minutes but I did have a hand with it.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

16 October 2014 - 1:49pm
As usual when I hear about any trip to northern France, I am green with envy!
BTW just for info, the last time I went to Brittany via St Malo, I came across a decent little campsite less than half a mile from the ferry, here:
Some how I had managed to be unaware of said site for about 20 years, so include it here in case others are like me!

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

16 October 2014 - 1:31pm
Do you want to stay in Pollensa or Port De Pollensa?

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

16 October 2014 - 1:05pm
Alpkit are now selling a shaped dry bag that would fit the seat post really well. A cheaper alternative to their Koala seat pack. You can of course fix a bag to the bars either with straps directly, or using a soft frame such as the one Alpkit sell.
There are several companies that sell these kind of "frame bags", try a search for Revelate, porcelain rocket and wildcat to name just a few.
As for their suitability, well personal preference plays a large part, however I really only use this kind of bag having given my set of Ortliebs away to a friend. I haven't really had any problems with having enough gear, opposite in fact, I find I am more focussed on what I actually need. YMMV of course.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

16 October 2014 - 1:00pm
It's been discussed on here extensively, but your day 1 route from Chester to Prestatyn climbs the hill out of Bagillt which is horrible. Can I suggest that after Connah's Quay, you leave the coast road at Oakenholt and head up to Connah's Quay Road and then into Northop. Just after the crossroads in Northop, there are a number of lanes which head up to Rhosesmor and although there is one very steep bit, it is short and you'll have the benefit of great views along the Halkyn Mountain. (And the Bluebell pub in Halkyn is worth a visit for the ales and ciders.)

After Halkyn, turn left to Windmill and go straight across the crossroads to regain NCN5 and go past my house

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

16 October 2014 - 11:40am
We've always stayed at the Puerto Azul. Around 30 euros pppn for half board. It's up the eastern end of the resort but within easy walking distance of the shops/bars and seafront. It's not open during the winter but opens around mid-March. Plenty of bike storage underneath the hotel. Has showers and Wifi too.

Lots of cyclists stay there, mainly German and Danish but plenty of English too. We'll be there around mid-April next year - there were 35 in our party last year.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

16 October 2014 - 11:40am
Pete Jack wrote:Congratulations Dave. The Mrs and I are planning on doing something very similar next September; St Malo to Nice or as far as we can get (after a mere 30 years). We'll be flying in from the US. Any tips on getting to St Malo from the Paris airports? I haven't booked flights yet so I'm not sure where we'll be flying into. Many years ago I spent a week in Agen. Glorious time. (I wonder if Monique is still around. She's a granny now I suppose.) The car hiring is an interesting idea I hadn't thought of. We were thinking trains for getting back because we'd like to spend a couple of days in Paris.
There is a train station at St Malo, its on the route from Rennes. I think there is a connection to Paris from there. You can take bikes on trains, but not every train. So, look online and book your trains to get to St Malo. Cycling in Britany is very nice, or, you can head East to cycle along the invasion beaches to Caen and Honfleur. Lots to see - Omaha Beach, the Bayeux tapestry, the museum at Aromanches, the Mulberry Harbour, Pegasus Bridge all acompanied by Camembert, Liverot, Pont L'Eveque and Normandy Cider!




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