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Re: Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersber

3 March 2015 - 5:41pm
mjr wrote:I'm not much help but doesn't R1 = Eurovelo 2, rather than EuroveloR1? Might help to retitle the thread.

I dont think so the full title is: Boulogne-sur-Mer - St. Petersburg R1. I thought that was Eurovelo R1. The names are confusing elsewhere that route is called EurorouteR13. EV2 apparently goes to Moscow.

Re: Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersber

3 March 2015 - 5:21pm
I'm not much help but doesn't R1 = Eurovelo 2, rather than EuroveloR1? Might help to retitle the thread.

Re: Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 3:55pm
If you can get to Ijmuiden/Amsterdam it's quite a nice ride along the coast to Denmark (North Sea Cycle Route). I found it quite easy to find hostels/B&B's, etc in Denmark.


Re: Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 3:19pm
Thanks for that. I had no idea the Regina service was in difficulty. Back to the drawing board!

Re: Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 3:15pm
You do realise that there is not currently any ferry to Esbjerg? Wish there was as i wanted to use it this summer but DGDS stopped running last autumn and the 'new' Regina service has so far failed to materialise

Touring in Denmark

3 March 2015 - 2:44pm
Having already arranged my tours for 2015, I'm already looking forward to 2016 and am planning a leisurely ride across Denmark, from Esbjerg to Copenhagen, taking in the sights. I shall take a lightweight tent, but if it's pouring with rain, I would prefer to stay overnight in a B&B and avoid having to put the tent up. What I would like to know, is whether it's fairly easy to find a B&B in Denmark without booking in advance? I am planning to go in late June, which should be ahead of the school holidays.

Thanks in anticipation.


Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersberg

3 March 2015 - 2:11pm
I've organised myself a tour following the R1 to Berlin and intended cycling back. But all the way to St Petersberg keeps calling. It's not the distance as I've already done more than that. It's actually cycling outside of western Europe - Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia that's scary. Anyone had first hand experience. Happy to hear opinions too.

Re: Zeebrugge to 'south of Brussels'

3 March 2015 - 1:07pm
You can cycle from Ghent to Brussels mosttly on canal path, too.

Old Schelde to Melle, and Schelde to Wintam, both, partly on road and partly on river/canalside path, then Willebroek Canal to Brussels.

You can, then take the Charleroi canal south from Brussels.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 8,4.938354 has camping places in Belgium

and http://www.fietsroute.org/Long-Distanceroutes-LF.php or http://www.gamber.net/cyclebel/index.htm for waterways routes.

Have fun

Zeebrugge to 'south of Brussels'

3 March 2015 - 12:22pm
Hi, I'm planning on a coast to coast from Zeebrugge to Narbonne. I am planning on following this...
http://www.cyclingeurope.nl/cycling/rou ... /index.php
...which I am hoping to connect with somewhere south of Brussels.

Zeebrugge to Ghent seems OK - there's a canal path I think. But does anyone have experience of the best way to cycle from Ghent around the south of Brussels to link up, maybe around Namur? I'll need a campsite in the Ghent area too.



Re: Garmin eTrex help needed

3 March 2015 - 10:51am
Have a look at the Aukadia website - it has lots of useful pages with tips for using older Garmins as well as current ones.

You could start here, with Three ways to beat the Waypoint limit. It's worth exploring the site thoroughly, even though it is quite demanding on the old grey cells!

Re: Chromebook for touring?

3 March 2015 - 10:27am
Its a bit of thread drift but... I think cycle.travel works out the most direct traffic free route, thus it only offers one. You can drag any node on its route to do a 'via' if you wanted to for instance pass through a particular town village or place. It then recalculates making the best of that. I find it quite flexible.

And PC World have knocked 20 quid off the Chromebook making it £170!


Re: Weight distribution.

3 March 2015 - 10:18am
I think it depends hugely on the geometry of your bike's steering and how wide (and what type) your handlebars are. In my experience 90's MTB frames seem quite happy with rears only even with a full 13kg camping load. It also depends on how much stuff you take! I wouldn't want 20kg on the rear only, regardless of steering, simply to reduce the load on the rear wheel.

Load your bike up with the heavy stuff, get it to balance then give the light remainder to your wife. She might need front panniers for bulky things like sleeping bags.

Re: Weight distribution.

3 March 2015 - 9:49am
I've not checked the weight distribution between front and rear panniers but I ride with a single rear Ortleib roller classic and a tent at the rear and a bar bag and two small Carradice panniers on the front. Mrs Whoof rides with a single Ortleib roller classic on the rear rack and a bar bag. When we get to a mountain I take her rear pannier. Last year riding up the Ventoux this made things pretty even.

Re: Belgian bike security

3 March 2015 - 9:27am
There are some, but they aren't as common in Belgium as the Netherlands.

http://www.fietsenwerk.be/nl/welkom-18.htm has some information about bicycle facilities in French or Flemish. I haven't tried google translate on it, but if it doesn't work, you can select that text, and translate that directly.

This page has general parking information http://www.fietsenwerk.be/nl/diensten-8 ... service=61

Unfortunately it doesn't always say what type of parking is available. This site http://www.mobielbrussel.irisnet.be/art ... modaliteit also has some information.

Two or maybe 3 of Brussels' train stations have guarded cycle parking. Information about them is available from the Belgian Rail site (in English) http://www.belgianrail.be/en/stations-a ... ation.aspx I'm not sure abotu Antwerp, but I would expect at least hte central station to to have it.

The phrase to google is 'bewaakte fietsenstalling' plus your location of interest. Maybe Dutch speakers on here can make other suggestions.

Re: Garmin eTrex help needed

3 March 2015 - 9:06am
There are several ways to do what you want but they are a little complicated.

1. Find versions of software that run on linux then install linux (e.g. mint or ubuntu) onto a usb memory stick. Depends on the internet cafe allowing you to reboot into your usb os.

2. Load a windows virtual machine on a USB stick. This again can be done with a linux implementation or you can depend on an internet cafe allowing virtual machines to run.

Less complicated is

3. Borrow a second etrex or an alternative device.

I gave up all this hassle when I moved to using smartphones for navigation. Just copy your gpx to a directory and no 'waypoints limitations. In your situation I'd be using an external battery pack for the phone but I do have sufficient spare batteries to have the capability to run for around 4 days touring cycling I accept that if you will never be near a charging point then my solution doesn't work. But then I don't have the opportunity to tour so haven't had to solve that problem yet.

Re: Chromebook for touring?

3 March 2015 - 9:02am
Yes it is. Doesn't seem to present you with a choice of routes but the pdf generation is very handy.

Thanks al

Re: Chromebook for touring?

3 March 2015 - 7:29am
al_yrpal wrote:For route planning I use Richard Fairhursts excellent cycle.travel (just type that in your browser).
Coo, that's good Why had I not found that before - thanks

Re: Garmin eTrex help needed

3 March 2015 - 1:49am
In the past, I've created a custom map with the route embedded into the map, to do this, it's a technical process, but it's an option if the gps reads custom maps.
You can navigate to Waypoints using the bearing line on the Garmin, maybe you can create your own routes on the Etrex using the waypoints.
I put all my route information onto my iPhone and often navigate with that.

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

3 March 2015 - 1:44am
I asked about fitting a front rack on the Surly DT a couple of months ago. I got some helpful answers and I done a fair bit of research myself to find a rack that was top quality and easy to fit with minimum fuss. I looked at many but eventually went for the latest Surly Nice front rack which is totally compatible with the Disc trucker with no faffing about at all. Straight out the box and straight onto the bike in a few minutes with no hassle what so ever! I am very impressed at the quality and functionality of the rack. It is a superb bit of kit. Best front rack I've seen by a long way.
Honestly, if it 's within your budget, I'd suggest selling your Blackburn on here or wherever and buying the Surly job. It really is excellent in every way and so simple to fit.

Re: Chromebook for touring?

2 March 2015 - 11:30pm
I find their curries a bit small and slighty bland.

Though doubtless "fill a spot" as a yankee friend of mine used to say.

I can recomend the tuesday steak night, particularly if you pay the extra for the aberdeen angus.

This post comes to you by the way from my local spoons with typing lubed by a few pints of monkey wrench.


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