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Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 10:33am
ANTONISH wrote:I would stick to your original plan.
I started doing long touring rides in France in my fifties after hardly cycling for many years.
I'm still doing them at 73 (I'm sure there are others older than me doing the same).
The Loire valley is very nice for cycling.
Setting off can be daunting but I'm sure you will find that your fears are unfounded.
Edward Enfield (the comedian Harry Enfield's father) took a couple of similar trips to that you had planned. He wrote a book about his experiences (Downhill all the way) which is amusing and informative. It's a worthwhile read for someone planning a first tour.

I had never heard of this, but I just went over to Amazon to check it out, and for info it's 99p at the moment for Kindle.

Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 9:46am
I would stick to your original plan.
I started doing long touring rides in France in my fifties after hardly cycling for many years.
I'm still doing them at 73 (I'm sure there are others older than me doing the same).
The Loire valley is very nice for cycling.
Setting off can be daunting but I'm sure you will find that your fears are unfounded.
Edward Enfield (the comedian Harry Enfield's father) took a couple of similar trips to that you had planned. He wrote a book about his experiences (Downhill all the way) which is amusing and informative. It's a worthwhile read for someone planning a first tour.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

30 July 2014 - 9:25am
theDaveB wrote:Well think I have ordered one of everything mentioned on this thread, so have spares and more spares.

How is everyone finding the little springy screws that lock the trailer to the skewer ?

My trailer has never fallen off but they don't feel great.

Dave

if u mean this

trailer 003.jpg

I used locktite to to stop it unwinding from its holder. The spring not convincing

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

30 July 2014 - 9:23am
A quick recce of the routes online show that the Peddlars Way is good for cycling. The Ridgeway is mostly Bridleway. the Icknield Way has an official route for cyclists and horses, called the Ickield Way trail. The Wessex Ridgeway has a really detailed guide here which is showing a full cycling route as well. So the full route should be cycle-able, with the majority off road.

Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

30 July 2014 - 9:01am
I don't know route 82 (inland)
However, we had an absolutely stunning day between Machynlleth and Porthmadog....its just a few miles of main road to get round the bridge that's down, and when we were there we had traffic lights that made the narrow bit of road one way at a time.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/52358536@N06/collections/72157645498977067/...our day 3

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

30 July 2014 - 8:43am
the first one that jumps to my mind is the national trail- the Pennine Bridleway (NOT the Pennine cycleway). Its only 200 miles long though (and I dont think the top bit is fully sign posted yet)

Other than that you may want to look at something like the Greater Ridgeway - 360ish miles from Lime Regis to Hunstanton. It's made up of 4 signposted walking paths - The Wessex Ridgeway, The Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Peddars Way National Trail. At least some of these paths allow mountain biking (being bridleways), some are footpaths and I don't know the specifics of each.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

30 July 2014 - 8:12am
There is an off road version of LEJOG. It used bridle paths and similar rights of way and I'm sure it was ridden and published by 2 girls a few years ago.

I will do some digging around in my route library and see if I can find a copy but I think it was published in the CTC route library.

If you then venture further afield there is a Spanish route which takes in some 7 southern areas and is 2000 km long. Also published online with very good route planning help, GPS points, accommodation etc. it's called the TransAndalusia.org or similar.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

30 July 2014 - 6:29am
notlobgp14 wrote:We have a problem. I own a Thorn Discovery Tandem with a 160mm rear drop out. Due to a friend having his Cannondale Tandem stolen last week we now have to use both of my Tandems for our Atlantic to Med tour in August. Both bikes were going to tow Adventure C1 Trailers but the standard 'long' quick release is not long enough for the Thorn 160mm OLN.

Does anyone know if this item could be stripped down to provide a donor Skewer to fit the Adventure 'Cam End'?

http://www.extrawheel.co.uk/spares-and- ... kewer.html

I hadn't seen this... I would just call SJS and get a longer QR. They aren't very expensive.

Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 12:14am
shane wrote:JonFountain wrote: However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country..

Though I hate to give a certain sport company the credit for words I live by "Just do it", you already have a plan, just go for it.

Have fun, a solo adventure is also awesome, and you have another year to plan the next adventure together.....

In the mean time be sure to have a blog to make your brother sick with envy


Another vote for sticking to the plan. It will probably be warmer than the uk,the food is nice, the roads are quieter, the density of camp sites is high, it will feel more like being in holiday and in case of crisis you have a credit card and a phone. I cycle camped a fair bit in Spain and France by myself in my twenties and thirties and it was a very good experience. The Loire is also very nice, gentle cycling country compared to places like Cornwall or devon!

Good luck whatever you decide on.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

29 July 2014 - 11:36pm
When we went last feb
So I guess this in a not a new service then?

Could the CTC lobby them to accept cyclists?
Good idea, it frustrates me when they don't take bikes.

It's a lovely area to cycle though as I'm sure you know. I've done several trips using the Santander ferry.
Good to hear, I'm quite excited.

I'll give them a call and see what the latest news is.

Re: Hello & Help!

29 July 2014 - 11:27pm
JonFountain wrote: However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country..

Though I hate to give a certain sport company the credit for words I live by "Just do it", you already have a plan, just go for it.

Have fun, a solo adventure is also awesome, and you have another year to plan the next adventure together.....

In the mean time be sure to have a blog to make your brother sick with envy

Re: Hello & Help!

29 July 2014 - 11:21pm
We can do flattish and gently hilly here in the east. http://keepPushingThosePedals.blogspot.co.UK has some examples that could probably be strung together fairly easily.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

29 July 2014 - 11:08pm
Well think I have ordered one of everything mentioned on this thread, so have spares and more spares.

How is everyone finding the little springy screws that lock the trailer to the skewer ?

My trailer has never fallen off but they don't feel great.

Dave

Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

29 July 2014 - 10:55pm
Hi,

Though very early in the dreaming and maybe planning stage, it would make sense to try something closer to home first.

Anyone got tips for long distance mountain bike routes in the UK, say 500km/up to 3 weeks challenging/singletrack though not too technical. Thinking bikepacking style with 3-4 days between food resupply. I have zero bike-packing experience but have done a couple of adventurous tours travelling heavy (very heavy) on bad roads.

Ooh and preferably not snowed in oct-nov..... I assume these routes exist, though the first page of google wasn't really doing it.

Thanks...

Hello & Help!

29 July 2014 - 10:23pm
Hi All,

Sorry to introduce myself with a plea for some advice in my first post but then I wasn't expecting my brother to snap his Achilles tendon the week before we're due to set off for two weeks cycling up Eurovelo 6 in the Loire

Therein lies my dilema. Neither of us have cycled much for years and as a pair of very middle aged men thought it would be a great way to get into it, see some of France and no doubt sample a few wines on the way. Frankly the idea of heading off alone after all our planning doesn't seem as attractive. However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country. Afterall it may not be a bad idea to put it off a year and in the meantime to do some trips in the more familiar environs of the UK, where at least I speak the language.... he was the linguist, and get a feel for cycle touring.

So can anyone help with a few ideas for a week or twos riding here? Preferably a circular route to keep transport costs down a bit. I'll be camping and being new to it all and laden up would hope for either a flattish route or one that at least builds in intensity. Any thoughts on that or general advice would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks for reading.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

29 July 2014 - 9:53pm
Could the CTC lobby them to accept cyclists?

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

29 July 2014 - 9:39pm
When we went last feb they didn't take foot passengers or bikes they may have changed

MUMBAI to GOA

29 July 2014 - 9:37pm
HI! We are 2 cyclists from Germany, and as a part of our Indian Journey staring October we like to cycle from Mumbai to Goa (and then further on down south all the way to Kanyakumari).
Can anybody recommend some cyclable backroads on this part to avoid the mainroad 17?
There are a lot of small roads, but most of them end on a river or a bay. Can we expect a ferry ?
Will we find accomodation in reasonable distances, cause we don't want to carry a tent?
Any more info?

THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR HELP!!

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

29 July 2014 - 9:29pm
Slightly prejudiced here, since France is always my favorite place to ride! We (4 of us, unsagged, staying in hotels) did a loop trip in 2002 in Burgundy, beginning and ending in Dijon. It was fabulous! I got much of the routing from Lonely Planet Cycling France (2001 edition) and a book called Cycling in France.

Our overnights were Dijon, Ste Sabine, Montbard, Tonnerre, Cours, Vezelay, Les Settons, Chateau Chinon (2 nights with a loop day), Autun, Beaune, Nuit St. George, Dijon. Thirteen riding days and 671 kilometers, with lots of great sites to see. Castles, Abbeys, wineries, vineyards, Roman ruins. Stumbling on the huge collection of airplanes, bicycles etc in Sauvigny-les-Beaune housed at a gorgeous chateau was a real treat.

Good luck choosing your touring location! If you are interested, I have a Word document with the routes we took - no gps then!

LindaB (June 2014 LEJOG blog at crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2014LEJOG )

Re: Tajikistan write-up

29 July 2014 - 9:19pm
Hi "PM".
"If you want to do the route, pm me and I'll tell you more".
Yes, thats what I want.
Pls. tell me more, we wanna do this road in Oct.

Peter

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