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Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 8:55pm
There are NCR routes on both sides of the Tyne, I've enjoyed both but IMO the south shore offers better river views, plus you get to cross over to South Shields on the ferry

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

24 March 2015 - 7:32pm
The handlebar bag is the most important in a bike tour. The handlebar bag is the most important in a bike tour. I tried it on my bike's skin!!!
I can suggest these:

http://www.karstadtsports.de/Ortlieb-Lenkertasche-Ultimate-4M-blau-schwarz/4292842.html#start=10,
https://www.globetrotter.de/shop/ortlieb-ultimate4-orange-line-119245

they have a good price because are branded by the stores.

Re: From Verona to Munich round trip

24 March 2015 - 6:56pm
I forgot, this is my website: http://cyclingovereurope.blogspot.com

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 6:23pm
Just follow the Hadrians as everyone says, signage is good as are the surfaces. One thing I couldn't do when we were there was do the Tyne cycle tunnels as they had closed for refurb - so if you wouldn't mind popping under the river and letting me know if they're worth doing that would be fab

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

24 March 2015 - 6:00pm
I'm sorry if I misunderstood, I am grateful of rthe advice.

Geoff

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

24 March 2015 - 5:58pm
Well of course in an ideal world they would pay me for the honour of using their maps.......

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

24 March 2015 - 4:26pm
Psamathe wrote:Trick_Cyclist wrote:Thank you for a helpful discussion. It seems the app I had hoped for doesn't exist. I have a sat-nav app for the car which allows me to upload a country in advance & gives me turn by turn guidance, but of course I can't pre-plan a cycle route on it - although it did rescue us in France as it showed us where we were [not where we thought] when we had no 3G signal. Cheaper maps for Garmin would ease the discomfort o potential purchase.

Geoff

I really don't know why I bothered writing a response outlining two apps that do what you were asking for !!|There are loads of options, but I'll be spending my time answering people who read what people spend their time writing for them.

Ian
Never mind, there will be plenty of folk stumbling across this thread who will find your post helpful. I for one! MapOut is a new one for me, look forward to trying it, Thanks!

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 3:59pm
Mark1978 wrote:Vorpal wrote:Mark1978 wrote:Yeah that's one part of the C2C route and it goes right to the ferry port. By UK standards some of the best we have (so still terrible, but usable) and tarmac too.
Actually, although some of it is barely adequate pavement type shared use, some is also rather nice, dedicated cycleway, and as good as you are likely to find outside of the Netherlands.

Yup, although can be rather frustrating to ride on as you're constantly having to stop at junctions, cross the road, etc, it's never more than 5 minutes between having to negotiate something.

But that happens in cities everywhere; even in the Netherlands. It's the nature of cities.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 3:54pm
Vorpal wrote:Mark1978 wrote:Yeah that's one part of the C2C route and it goes right to the ferry port. By UK standards some of the best we have (so still terrible, but usable) and tarmac too.
Actually, although some of it is barely adequate pavement type shared use, some is also rather nice, dedicated cycleway, and as good as you are likely to find outside of the Netherlands.

Yup, although can be rather frustrating to ride on as you're constantly having to stop at junctions, cross the road, etc, it's never more than 5 minutes between having to negotiate something.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

24 March 2015 - 3:13pm
I used to carry a 7dayshop separate charger and transformer. The charger was light but the transformer heavy. Last tour I got one of these - about the smallest I could find. Not fast but good enough overnight for two gps and camera batteries. Can also charge a single AA/AAA cell. The front below the display pulls down and the batteries extend below the unit on spring loaded contacts. Small and light, has built in US prongs and adapters for UK continental.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

24 March 2015 - 2:09pm
My weekly shopping trip has me hauling more weight than my full tour camping set up!

As Horizon says, 3/4 full bags are the ideal, balance the weight side to side and you'll be well away

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 2:08pm
Mark1978 wrote:Yeah that's one part of the C2C route and it goes right to the ferry port. By UK standards some of the best we have (so still terrible, but usable) and tarmac too.
Actually, although some of it is barely adequate pavement type shared use, some is also rather nice, dedicated cycleway, and as good as you are likely to find outside of the Netherlands.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 2:05pm
Yeah that's one part of the C2C route and it goes right to the ferry port. By UK standards some of the best we have (so still terrible, but usable) and tarmac too.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 2:03pm
Vorpal wrote:Maybe you can use the Hadrian's Wall route? http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... 5173490241

The goes from the port to quite near the station.

About 200m from the station in fact and if memory serves me its mostly a dedicated bike/foot path until the city centre.

Re: maps for the west of USA

24 March 2015 - 2:03pm
Most state tourist boards have free maps but they are often quite small given the area they cover. In my experience, the AAA (American Automobile Association) maps are about the best for general use. They also, if memory serves, highlight scenic routes in the same way as the Michelin European maps.

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 1:56pm
The Sustrans C2C route from Tynemouth into the city centre would work ... it's well signposted - going past the blinking eye bridge etc. - when you get to the Tyne bridge make a right up the slope towards the station

Rob

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 1:20pm
Maybe you can use the Hadrian's Wall route? http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... 5173490241

The goes from the port to quite near the station.

Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

24 March 2015 - 11:49am
HI, slightly off topic but I spotted someone mentioning experience of cycling from port in Newcastle (North Shields) from their home in Newcastle. Would you be able to advise me on a good route to cycle from the port to central station. We're not under any time pressures - arrive 9am and need to be on a train before 5pm. Will have fully laden panniers so would prefer something quiet. Thanks

Re: EuroVelo 6

24 March 2015 - 11:45am
Also planning to start from St Nazaire later in the year and aiming for Basel. There's a book by an Australian author, Steve Herrick Baguettes and Bicycles that appears useful - who knows if it will prove to be so but we've enjoyed reading it. Our plan is ferry to Caen, train to St N and then sleeper from Basel to Amsterdam and then ferry to Newcastle which is not the most direct route home but it avoids planes.

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

24 March 2015 - 9:27am
Trick_Cyclist wrote:Thank you for a helpful discussion. It seems the app I had hoped for doesn't exist. I have a sat-nav app for the car which allows me to upload a country in advance & gives me turn by turn guidance, but of course I can't pre-plan a cycle route on it - although it did rescue us in France as it showed us where we were [not where we thought] when we had no 3G signal. Cheaper maps for Garmin would ease the discomfort o potential purchase.

Geoff

I really don't know why I bothered writing a response outlining two apps that do what you were asking for !!|There are loads of options, but I'll be spending my time answering people who read what people spend their time writing for them.

Ian

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