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Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

30 September 2014 - 4:39pm
The Amsterdam to Warsaw night train was not bad at all. We had use of the quiet lounge in Amsterdam with free beer etc. Two beds in our cabin with our own wc + shower. First time I've had a shower on a train! We had a picnic with bottle of wine etc as we knew there would not be any food available. "Breakfast" consisted of tea/coffee and a croissant. Thankfully we had brought breakfast with us too.
Total was 400 euros, OK for the length of the journey, boarded at 7pm and got into warsaw at 12.15pm yesterday afternoon.

Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

30 September 2014 - 2:44pm
Yes, alright, I'm a lightweight, no backbone etc. etc....

I'm planning a long weekend in North Norfolk and would like the convenience of riding between locations without carrying much more than my waterproofs, drinks and the necessary tools/spares in case of puncture/breakdown.

I would like the luxury of having a couple of changes of clothing and my washing gear transported between overnight stopovers. I'm sure I could pay a taxi company to move my bits around, but taxis can be a bit expensive. I've found a few baggage couriers that cover parts of the country, but nothing in North Norfolk. This cannot be a unique requirement; has anyone here experience of this type of service - and can anyone recommend a courier in those parts?


Re: Pennine Cycleway

30 September 2014 - 2:34pm
A little mapping website that shall remain nameless tells me it's 1300m, so 4200-ish feet. That's assuming you stick on the A road for a short way past the Woodhead summit, which you'll want to unless you have a full-sus MTB.

It's a superb route: I did it all in six days a few years back and would love to do it again.


30 September 2014 - 1:44pm
Can anyone advise on cycling in Romania? Specifically, I intend approaching from the Danube Cycleway south of Budapest, heading east to along the Mures river to a village south of Sibiu. This is part of a sponsored ride next spring (2015) from Dieppe to raise money for a children's home. Anyone interested in joining me?

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

30 September 2014 - 10:16am
I have a 26 inch wheel DT in green, built up from frame and forks. I've got a Brooks Imperial saddle and dynamo lighting. I love riding it on tours and have just done my first Audax on it

Re: Pennine Cycleway

30 September 2014 - 9:59am
I was thinking of Derby to New Mills then day 2 New Mills to Hebden Bridge.

Does anybody know the aproximate climbing involved on day 2 to the nearest 1000 feet.


Dream about this..

30 September 2014 - 9:29am
A dynamo on your front wheel and your smartphone being trickle charged as you cycle along. http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/ ... -like-wifi


Re: new to touring

30 September 2014 - 9:01am
Thanks Andrew,
they are higher up that's why couldn't figure out what the where for,as the one I had on my trek was held on with straps.

Re: new to touring

30 September 2014 - 8:17am
neil ry wrote:Thanks for the responce's.
my bike has eyelets for all including the forks for panniers(it was the postion, of the one's on the downtube which threw me,but don't think I need the extra bottle)
If the eyelets are near the bottom bracket, they will be for a bottle cage, if they are higher up, they will be for a crudcatcher type mudguards

Re: new to touring

30 September 2014 - 7:34am
It will be fine. Ps I've cycled camped quite a few thousand miles (summer) with a hybrid and never needed front panniers.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

30 September 2014 - 7:22am
I attempted to do the North Sea Cycle Route (if that's the right name) by flying to Amsterdam then to Bergen and riding south after finding out the Bergen Orkney ferry was no more. It was misery; cold, wet, expensive, howling headwinds all the way. I skipped a big chunk by getting the ferry from Kristiansand to Denmark. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. For much of the NSCR in Norway you need a mountain bike, it's single track. In England those howling headwinds were howling tailwinds (nice). If you can get the maps which are like rare first editions the NSCR in England is delightful.

Touring Costa Rica on 6 USD per day

30 September 2014 - 2:45am
Hey guys!

Many people used to tell me how expensive touring in Costa Rica was, that I should cross the country fast if I didn't want to break the bank cycling around this country. While I agree with that Costa Rica is probably one of the most expensive destinations to travel on a bicycle in the Americas, I also think it's very possible to do it on the cheap. My girlfriend and I just spent about 3 weeks in the country and our expenses were 6 USD per day, per person.

Find out how we did it and what we spent on here:


Safe travels!

Re: new to touring

29 September 2014 - 11:16pm
just dont over do it dont get too ambitious. allow lots of time and assume you will ride slowly.

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

29 September 2014 - 11:12pm
The first thing I said when I got the bike was that I'm chucking out the saddle. A year later, turns out it's probably the best saddle I've ever owned.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

29 September 2014 - 10:18pm
Vorpal wrote:http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86403&p=781581#p781581

But there's still the one from Immingham.
Although you may have difficulty getting on it - see this PDF (linked from the main Asbjerg-Immingham page)

DSDS Ferries letter wrote:Unfortunately it will not be possible to accept passengers or any private related bookings with a driver on our route between Esbjerg and Immingham as from 29th September 2014.

The route is served by two freight vessels which each have limited passenger capacity of 12 persons.
You might be able to book your bike on but not travel with it!


Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

29 September 2014 - 9:35pm
There isn't, I'm afraid. A note on the DFDS website says that they are no longer taking non-HGV passengers on Immingham-Esbjerg.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

29 September 2014 - 9:02pm

But there's still the one from Immingham.

Getting to Scandinavia 2

29 September 2014 - 8:49pm
BBC TV for eastern counties reported this evening (6.30pm 29 Sept) that a ferry company proposes to start a service Harwich-Esbjerg at Easter 2015. I did a quick search but couldn't find confirmation.
Let's hope that this does happen.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

29 September 2014 - 5:06pm
Aushiker wrote:slogfester wrote:Not sure yet. A bit late, but just starting to plan for 6 week trip mid-Dec to end of Jan. Gut feeling says just stick to the South Island at that time of year. We like to get off the beaten track and off-road as long as its not too tough.

You might want to touch base with RonK at the Australian Cycling Forums. His blog can be found at http://wheelswhisper.blogspot.com.au/ I believe he has or has in mind a similar style of tour of the South Island.


Thanks Andrew. Yes, I'll be contacting Ron.

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

29 September 2014 - 4:46pm
I have a Disc Trucker (green)..Lovely bike..one of the first things i did was to change the saddle to a Brooks B17. I also added SKS mudguards, Schwalbe marathon tyres 1.75 and front and rear Tubus racks...I've owned and sold a few bikes over the years, This one i'm Keeping..I do like to have a couple of bikes on the go and at the minute i have a Surly C/C frame waiting to be turned into a bike..Good luck with the Truck...


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