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Re: Round the Coast

15 April 2015 - 3:40pm
Warm showers.

Many of us are coastal and are members.

https://www.warmshowers.org

Round the Coast

15 April 2015 - 3:34pm
I'll be setting off on Saturday 25th April to ride around the coast of Great Britain, starting from Worcester, going down to the Seven Estuary then round in an anti clockwise direction to arrive back in Worcester around three months later. I appreciate this is not unique but it's the first and probably only time for me!

I will be raising money for Alzheimer's Disease along the way so contributions to my fund would be most welcome and can be made here: https://www.justgiving.com/Round-the-Coast/

To help keep costs down I would be grateful for any offers of accommodation, somewhere to pitch my tent, or just a cup of tea and a piece of cake, also anybody who would ride with me for part of the route will be welcome.

A few more details and updates will appear here: http://www.round-the-coast.com/

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

15 April 2015 - 11:07am
geocycle wrote: I really liked his round the world trip which was inspiring and focussed on the journey as much as the record. Since then he has become increasingly professional as travel has become his occupation, his activities have become more contrived and focussed on the end point, and as a result less accessible. When reading these accounts I like to be able to suspend belief and imagine I could be doing the journey whereas these record attempts with fixers and military guards just leave me cold.

Yes I agree with this (though I think on his original trip he had to have a police escort all the way through Pakistan). These TV-series trips are not a genuine reflection of an individual or two-up effort. I think (hazy memory) that on Ewan MacGregor'/Charlie Boorman's motorcycle trip down Africa they bumped into a solo touring cyclist somewhere in central Africa doing the same thing. And I thought that the story of his trip would be more interesting than two blokes on high powered motorbikes, a support vehicle, probably a spare bike if they needed it, camera crew, local fixers etc, etc...

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

15 April 2015 - 9:56am
chris_suffolk wrote:Thanks for the replies.

To claify my journey, it will be

Ipswich to Stratford, then Stratford to Dover. I know I will need to switch stations at Stratford. Not sure if this means it will be an intercity type or a local train from Ipswich to Stratford.

Seems the Stratford to Dover leg will have a good cycle space, with reasonable fastening, but not so sure about the Ipswich to Stratford part.
Chris don't worry about the Ipswich to Straford part of the journey. If you can, avoid the morning rush hour. All the trains Ipswich to Straford have space one way or another. If you have to be on a specific train they are very helpful with bikes in the booking office at Ipswich. I usually ride up there, a week or so before, just check your cheapest fares first onthe net , but I've never had a problem with them.

The other thing to watch for is weekends they keep closing large part of the line for track upgrades and maintenance , putting on replacement bus services which you will not be allowed on with a bicycle.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

15 April 2015 - 9:21am
I think because, looking at my own area, it is so general covering such a large area it becomes useless. As I write this it is raining where I am. It is dry and cloudy 30mls away and what it's like 90mls to the east I haven't a clue. But wouldn't surprise me it was dry and sunny.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

15 April 2015 - 8:18am
He comes across as a nice guy with a really positive attitude to life. I really liked his round the world trip which was inspiring and focussed on the journey as much as the record. Since then he has become increasingly professional as travel has become his occupation, his activities have become more contrived and focussed on the end point, and as a result less accessible. When reading these accounts I like to be able to suspend belief and imagine I could be doing the journey whereas these record attempts with fixers and military guards just leave me cold.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

15 April 2015 - 8:16am
Excellent - thanks!
+ 1 for wind / direction.
Have popped that in my Faves, next to cycle.travel

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

15 April 2015 - 7:48am
I think I am more interested in this sort of thing when it is something that, in my wildest dreams, I would like to have done myself. This does not fall into that category. I could imagine wanting to take on all the natural obstacles such as the heat, the distance, the mud and the wildlife, but for much of Africa the main worry is human. And that sort of challenge is not, for me, worthwhile. I hope he comes out the other end safe and well, but I'm not feeling inspired by his choice of challenge.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

15 April 2015 - 7:08am
Thanks for posting, I'll look forward to following his progress!

@BeeKeeper, I agree but I'm not sure that's really possible on this kind of route - he mentions on one of the videos from Egypt that he's had a police escort for most of the way! Maybe some of the other countries will be a bit more relaxed.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

14 April 2015 - 10:27pm
Hats off to him but I would be more interested in someone doing 24 km a day and writing about the places they were travelling through. Which is not to detract from his task and hopefully the result. Awesome.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

14 April 2015 - 10:22pm
Well done - but why are you effectively restricting yourself to touring bikes? 'tis a very small audience in the Big World. A site called say "text forecast" might attract a much wider audience.
As other have said things like wind and direction would really add to the value of the site.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

14 April 2015 - 10:17pm
iviehoff wrote:Did you find this detailed write up of a Pamirs tour?
http://www.masterlyinactivity.com/pamirs/intro.html

Thanks iviehoff, lots of useful information there and an interesting alternative route.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 9:08pm
Landisfarne was my favourite bit and Warkworth castle was a great visit. I wheeled my bike inside. Best novelty tea shop was at chain bridge bee farm near Berwick where the cafe was in an old double decker bus. I took the inland route through the moorfoot hills which were spectacular.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

14 April 2015 - 8:44pm
iviehoff wrote:LondonBikeCommuter wrote:..... of shock when I noticed that the 2015 Dawes Super Galaxy had an RRP of £2000.

It's probably one of those no-one-sells-it-at-this-price kind of RRP, so that genuine dealers can quote large discounts.

Spa Cycles, who specialise in selling slightly out-of-date Super Galaxies at large discounts, will currently sell you a Super Galaxy 2012 model for £890.


but only in 48cm

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 8:27pm
Cake Cafe in North Berwick (High St) is good, and has wifi. Cafes in the villages along the coast road to Edinburgh, there's also placards on the coastal path which are worth a stop for a read (local history, etc).

Peters Yard in the Meadows would be a good place to head to in Edinburgh. It's in a pedestrian area (with cycle path) and has plenty of visible space for bikes.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 8:08pm
Excellent thread as I'm doing Newcastle to Aberdeen in about 3 weeks time !!!!!

Andy

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 6:55pm
The best place on most trains from Ipswich will be the wheel chair seats. If you can, get on an intercity from Norwich, as the provision is likely to be better. Enjoy your trip!

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

14 April 2015 - 6:48pm
I did it a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Highlights were;
Ride out along the Tyne to the start
Fish and Chips in Seahouses (There's plenty to choose from)
Time for a good look round Lindifarne
A bit of a detour out to St Abbs head - well worth the few extra miles
And of course all the coast and castles.
I didn't go into Edinburgh as I turned at Musselburgh and rode back to Berwick on R1
have fun
EDIT - I assumed you were going as far as Edinburgh, then I remembered the route has been extended to Aberdeen, how far are you going?

Four Counties Ring

14 April 2015 - 6:46pm
Hi

Has anyone ever cycled the "Four Counties Ring?"

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 6:28pm
Thanks for the replies.

To claify my journey, it will be

Ipswich to Stratford, then Stratford to Dover. I know I will need to switch stations at Stratford. Not sure if this means it will be an intercity type or a local train from Ipswich to Stratford.

Seems the Stratford to Dover leg will have a good cycle space, with reasonable fastening, but not so sure about the Ipswich to Stratford part.

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