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Re: Oh eck...its another one of those "What bike" questions.

28 June 2015 - 9:20am
and for those of you who get updates from your replies or posts...........

Took delivery of a Surly Disc Trucker yesterday. Excellent!!

Thanks for all your replies,


Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

28 June 2015 - 8:49am
From Padstow you have to camel trail which will take you all the way to Bodmin moor traffic free as well.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

28 June 2015 - 7:55am
Great reply horizon.

This word "leave" seems to be bandied around a lot on cycling forums. Sometimes it even seems that husbands are bandying it around as a badgebof honour. I find it very odd. I imagine most modern women would laugh in the face of any partner suggesting that they were subject to "leave" restrictions, however lightly presented.

If the wife is just "concerned", then address them as per horizon's post. If it's a ban, direct or veiled (ie with grudging consent but with a price to be paid later) then it's time for a good look at the relationship. And for your pal to get out on his bike more to clear his head/escape the suffocation and control.

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

27 June 2015 - 10:59pm
I think £143 one way with a pick up near me in the Midlands all tho way to Roses in Spain including ferry crossing is pretty good
I can do E/Jet, Ryanair, Jet 2 etc return for that and I'm there in a couple of hours.

Re: Cycling Canal de Midi accomodation

27 June 2015 - 10:51pm
I hope you are using Mountain Bikes. The surface is terrible on the stretch from there to Beziers. There is a lot of B&B accomodation in the area. We used a booking.com app on the phone last time but I've also just turned up at places and got a room. The good thing in France is they display room prices outside the premises.

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

27 June 2015 - 10:42pm
They tried this nonsense with me at Biarritz airport. The very nasty E/Jet check-in girl shouted that we would not be able to fly if we did not buy a box. I argued that we had flown in with E/jet using the CTC bags. She called over her supervisor who waddled over clutching and waving her very important walki-talkie in her very important hand. She reiterated what her humbler colleague said and added it was the last flight out so we had better buy a box each! My touring partner, a no nonsense army colonel, disappeared as I dropped out of line to unpack the bikes. He reappeared ten minutes later with the airport manager. He had been up to her office and insisted that she should look at E/jets website. We were then escorted though security by the boss, with the bikes as they were and then to the gate. No argument. The two young useless con artists were plainly in the wrong.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

27 June 2015 - 10:32pm
There's certainly no guarantee that he won't be killed. The lanes are obviously less dangerous than many other roads as their size presents a natural traffic calming measure. OTOH, a tractor could come out from a field at the wrong moment.

So what does she want him to do? I would have thought that this is a question for a marriage counselling website, not a cycling one. It's an impossible question to answer (there have been other similar threads on here).

We cannot guarantee our own safety or anyone else's. But I would also ask, why isn't she out there cycling? That fear of the unknown (if she really knew what it was like to cycle here I don't think she would be worrying) and how it restricts life is of far greater concern.

That said, no-one knows apart from God and there are only two or three people at the most on this forum who could claim that title for themselves (and I am not one of them).

Re: Skye to Oban Route

27 June 2015 - 9:07pm
There is a roughstuff route from Corran to Kinlochourn as an alt to Mam Ratagan Pass and the A87 Glen Cluanie Rd. Only 7.5 miles of off road. How hard can it be!! Looks to have a far amount of rideable stuff in this crazyguy account.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 29614&v=37

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

27 June 2015 - 9:03pm
Caravanned at Harlyn and ridden that area in the lanes with no problem (except for the hills )
Also good cycleway out to Wadebridge from Padstow so keeping you off the road for a while.
The coastal roads are very hilly and testing.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

27 June 2015 - 8:57pm
The Glenelg ferry is wonderful, and worth all the sweat of the huge climbs to reach it. It is possibly the only manually operated turntable ferry in the world, certainly in this country. As the boat crosses the operators nonchantly wander around the outside of the small car deck and wind it round so that the vehicles can drive off without reversing.

Kyle Rhea is the narrowest point between the mainland and Skye, and the tidal conditions caused by the narrowing bring hordes of fish and consequently seals and otters here. It is worth staying in Glenelg and taking the dead end lane to Corran, ten miles of wonderful cycling below 3,000 foot scree slopes, and spend some time wandering in this wilderness.

If I had a choice, I would cycle from Skye to the mainland using this route rather than the other way. Mam Ratagan is hideously steep if heading towards Skye, while coming the other direction the gradient is a bit easier. The same is probably true on the Skye side, though the difference isn't so notable.

Go and enjoy. There aren't many places that surpass this for cycling in this country.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

27 June 2015 - 8:22pm
I find the lanes a pleasure to ride on. The more open & faster A roads are where I get most close passes.

Re: Touring in Norway

27 June 2015 - 8:12pm
I doubt that it will be closed much longer. We had a cold spring, and even a couple of weeks ago, there were still day time temperatures barely above freezing, but it has been relatively warm for several days, now, and Rallarvegen is open at least far as Hallingsheid (according to Finse 1222). I would expect it to be fully open by the time you are here. They're taking bike hire booking from Finse for the 5th July, so they are expecting it to be fully open, as well.

Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

27 June 2015 - 7:59pm
An opportunity has arisen to grab two or three days' cycling in Cornwall in a couple of weeks. Myself and a pal have use of a caravan near Padstow for a few days and thought about basing ourselves there and going on some circular day rides. The trouble is his wife is reluctant to give him 'leave' on the basis that the narrow lanes and high hedges in that neck of the woods are too dangerous! So we might be scuppered. Is she right to be concerned? Does anyone have experience of road cycling in that area at this time of year? Are there any good/'safe' day ride routes (50 - 80 milers) around there? Should we take mountain bikes instead and head off road to placate his good lady wife?

Any advice that might salvage our plans gratefully received!

Re: Touring in Norway

27 June 2015 - 5:34pm
That ski lift idea sounds really fun.

According to this website http://rallarvegen.com/index.php?m=abou ... en&lang=en it looks like the rallarvegen is still closed due to snow. I'll be leaving on the 6th of July so it might not be clear in time so i might have to go the other route that i suggested and go further south although it would be a shame.

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

27 June 2015 - 1:18pm
What a variety of views on the interest, or otherwise, of the trip and the scenery!!

Whilst I'm prepared to not find wonderful hire bikes, this site suggests a number of types of bike are available:


...there are othes when you Google.

Given how many tour companies are operating in mainland Europe these days, I cannot believe only heavy Dutch type bikes are the only option!

Many thanks for all the helpful responses.

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

27 June 2015 - 11:35am
Therealsouthstander wrote:Hi Rob

What was the surface like? I'm running 28 tyres on my Hewitt touring bike, hope they will be fine..

Are there any hills of note? Was kinda hoping for some.The route I'm planning doesn't follow the Mosel from Trier to Luxembourg City then on to Metz,hopefully I'll find a few hills to get the heart pumping for a wee while at least..

Surfaces were OK for all of it - I was on 28mm Marathons as were most of the group - one guy on 25mm Gatorskins. A lot of it is interlocked concrete block paving.

Hills - getting from the Moselle to Lux city and back had some hills ... but nothing ridiculous - if you want to PM me with an email address I'll send you the .gpx files (and if it's not too big a file to email we have a pdf map too)


Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

27 June 2015 - 10:43am
I flew home from Nice to Liverpool yesterday. I've done this 3 times before using the CTC poly bag with no problems.

This time an Easyjet rep came up to me in the check in queue and told me that I wouldn't be allowed to check my bike in as it was (padded with a cheap foam mat & CTC bag) and would have to use a box. He was polite, but insistent that they wouldn't take the bike.

I had to sprint down to the next level where a very helpful chap charged me €14 for a used box. I had to rip the poly bag apart & remove my frony wheel to make it fit. He taped the box up for me, but it looked very flimsy.

They then demanded to know the weight of the bike (never been asked that before!) They didn't have a problem with taking 2 rear panniers lashed together as luggage. I'd payed £10 for a seat with extra legroom and this let me take the stuffsac with my tent & some other kit as cabin baggage along with my bar bag. (I was a bit worried about the tent poles being allowed on).

I was still in lycra & the cleats on my shimano sandals beeped the metal detector and earned me a pat down.

By the time I got onto the plane I was a dirty, sweaty mess and in a foul mood.

I saw the luggage waiting to be loaded , the bike box was on its own trailer.

At Liverpool the box came through on the conveyor, I removed the bike, no obvious damage (front mudguard wrecked, but that was my fault). Removed the foam padding , pumped up the tyres & rode home.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

27 June 2015 - 9:03am
andrew_s wrote:What I did was Barra to Tarbert, ferry to Uig (Skye) , ride to the south end of Skye, ferry to Mallaig, ride round to Ardnamurchan, ferry to Tobermory, explore Mull, then ferry back to Oban. Hopscotch 23 and 21.
The trouble with both the Skye bridge and the Kylerhea ferry is that it commits you to a long main road ride via Invergarry and Fort William.
I'd like to do that. I've done the Oban to BroadFord section as part of Dover to Cape Wrath, but then went back across the Skye bridge.

Re: Cycling Canal de Midi accomodation

27 June 2015 - 8:53am
We camped. One night was on a site, which happened to be on the Midi itself. The rest was wild camping. I think we were on the canal for 3 days, riding from Bezier to west of Toulouse.

Re: Touring in Norway

27 June 2015 - 8:40am
jakobpoffley wrote:Vorpal wrote:jakobpoffley wrote:I'll cycle to Drammen and Konsberg and then follow the nummedal route.

A stop at http://www.drammen-skisenter.no/ to take the ski lift up to the forest is worth while, if only for the view. But if you are camping, you can camp up there, too.
Is it possible to take a bike up then? What's at the top?
You can take a bike up. The ski lift is used by cyclists in the summer to take mountain bikes up, so they can ride down the ski run. The view is good from the ski lift, back down the river valley. The top is only interesting for the view over http://www.visitnorway.com/uk/product/?pid=76907 Their description is a bit over the top, but it is cool. Also, there a nice lake and reasonable camping spots up there. But there can be quite few people up there on weekends, so if that's when you go, you may need to go into the forest a bit to find camping away from people.


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