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Re: LLC and Wales Questions

16 October 2014 - 8:19am
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.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

16 October 2014 - 7:58am
No hurry. We don't go until next spring. I'm trying to improve on the £30 per bike plus per person charge with a tour of the Island on route offered by Resort Hoppa

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

16 October 2014 - 7:10am
Pete Jack wrote:I believe the TGV can be a rigmarole, you have to book in advance or some such.

You do have to book bike spaces on TGVs in advance, it costs 10 euros per bike whatever the route. It used to be difficult to book, but it's now possible online (and even in English!) using this website: https://www.capitainetrain.com

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

16 October 2014 - 6:35am
We may have better luck with trains, we'll have a bike each. I believe the TGV can be a rigmarole, you have to book in advance or some such.

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

16 October 2014 - 5:47am
Pete Jack wrote: 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.

In Germany (and the UK) I've used Hertz for one-way car rental for our tandem to get back to a channel port. Not all car rental companies offer one-way hire across borders, but Hertz were happy for me to hire in Baden Baden and leave in Calais.

I've also used the Bike Express for internal transfers within France.

I've yet to 'brave' train travel in Europe with the tandem - the booking office clerk in Baden Baden laughed (in a nice way) when I enquired about bike travel and showed her a picture of the tandem!

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

16 October 2014 - 2:15am
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.

Re: How to carry a guitar on your bicycle

16 October 2014 - 12:23am
I had my first proper crash on a bike in 1959 while I was carrying a tennis racket in a clamp on my fork. I don't know to this day what happened, but I ended up with severe road rash and a wrecked bike. It put me off sport for life, except for cycling of course BTW I've tried to play like Jimi Hendrix ever since, but I'm sure my apparent lack of talent stems from that incident

Re: tablet for touring

16 October 2014 - 12:03am
Our tablet choice was set by the size of my handle bar bag where we wanted to keep it safe and handy. So we got a Samsung Note 8" which fits nicely (with a robust cover) in to a Ortlieb Ultimate 6. Never missed a beat in 4000 km / 4 months on and off road touring.

Re: How to carry a guitar on your bicycle

16 October 2014 - 12:02am
I guess for short trips is not really worth it. But for a long one, I really like carrying mine

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 11:25pm
ukdodger wrote:What pedals do you use in the summer?
Flats with strapless toe clips.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

15 October 2014 - 10:43pm
If you can wait until tomorrow, Phil has a contact we use, on his phone can then sort it out for you, but options are Resort Hoppa as well, but not sure what they charge for bikes as we don't take ours. When are you going?

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

15 October 2014 - 10:40pm
Hi aileen how are you keeping, why rule out the Polenca Park? Duva is one place, there is also a hotel right on the corner opp 1919 and the bus station but the name* escapes me at the moment... can let you know in 48 hours time and possibly pick up their contact details, they are open 365 days a year, many of the others are now beginning to close down, as are flights etc. Daina and Azul are other options but again may close as the season progresses. ah ha* .. found it Eolo...

https://www.travelrepublic.co.uk/hotels ... AkI-8P8HAQ

Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

15 October 2014 - 9:53pm
Can anyone recommend cycling friendly accomodation in Polenca. Safe cycle storage, good showers & WiFi are essential. Self catering or Hotel. Must be within walking distance of the town. Polence Park has been ruled out.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 9:47pm
Vorpal wrote:ukdodger wrote:Assume you werent using cleats then! I've cycled in wellies before but not far
Nope; don't get on with cleats. I've cycled in wellies a couple of times, too.
Cycling in the winter, I wear hiking boots until it get a few degrees below freezing. Then, my hiking boots don't keep my feet warm anymore, so I wear lined winter boots and two pairs of wool socks). If it's that cold, there's also usually snow on the ground, so I don't go so fast anyway. The extra work of riding in winter boots isn't as much as the extra work for riding in snow & ice.

What pedals do you use in the summer?

Airport transfers in Majorca

15 October 2014 - 9:46pm
Can anyone recommend a reliable company to transfer us & our bikes from Palma to Polenca. The people we used last year charged £30 per person & took 90 minutes each way.

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

15 October 2014 - 9:40pm
I have toured a few times using a Carradice Overlander bag. It weighs about 300g including the straps, I like the square shape. It has padding on the back so sits nicely on a rack. It also doubles as a rucksack and the shoulder straps are removeable to use to tie to the rack. It's better than a sack as it has a big zip around the front and can easily slide your hand in for items. I put items in plastic bags for ease of accessability. It also means you can strap a tent etc to the flat surface. I reckon it's easily about 26litre. More than a Carradice longflap and a lot lighter. I bought a second on on e-bay as a spare. £6.



Downside is that it is only showerproof but a binbag slid over it solves that problem if need be.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 8:47pm
ukdodger wrote:Assume you werent using cleats then! I've cycled in wellies before but not far
Nope; don't get on with cleats. I've cycled in wellies a couple of times, too.
Cycling in the winter, I wear hiking boots until it get a few degrees below freezing. Then, my hiking boots don't keep my feet warm anymore, so I wear lined winter boots and two pairs of wool socks). If it's that cold, there's also usually snow on the ground, so I don't go so fast anyway. The extra work of riding in winter boots isn't as much as the extra work for riding in snow & ice.

Re: Motorhome Support

15 October 2014 - 7:59pm
I would like to say a big thank you for all answers. Are there any itineraries I could try out, distances and camp sites ?
Thanks once again.

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 7:41pm
Hi

I use the Carradice cape and swear by it. The thing that never seems to get mentioned is how warm a cape keeps you in cold rain.
I've had mine 10 years now and would never leave home without it. I don't use it much but when it is needed it is always there and always been waterproof.

Point made about handlebar furniture but in practice you want to be dry. I moved my front light lower to get over this problem.

John

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