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Re: My second tour (I made it)

29 September 2014 - 11:41am
neil ry wrote:well done.
how was the tour overall? I thinking of doin something similar for my 1st tour. I'm on the wirral
so wales virtually on my door step

Really enjoyed it, I wanted to go somewhere not to far from home and somewhere I was fairly familiar with.

From our house to the Power Station in Flint is around 30 miles and most of that is cycle path. Then after Flint the coast road bit starts but again check maps as loads of times (esp when it runs to dual carriageway) you can hop onto a road that runs by the side through a village. Once you get to Prestatyn you hop onto the cycle path, near the entrance to Presthaven Sands. The route from here to Rhos on Sea is fantastic, from their it is hilly.

Dave

Re: December in Alicante

29 September 2014 - 10:38am
mnichols wrote:I'm thinking of getting a cheap flight to Alicante at the beginning of December for a long weekend of cycling. I've never been there before.
Is it a good base for cycling? What weather should I expect?
You wouldn't want to stay in Alicante itself, all big roads, too far to the nice countryside. In general, the coastal strip is very densely populated and heavily trafficked and you need to get a short distance inland. Excellent cycling is a short distance north in the Costa Blanca mountains. As well as hilly roads, if you like tracks, there are lots and they are well mapped. Although you are already there at Xixona, the best is a bit further NE of there. For a fixed base, Cocentaina is apparently popular with both mountain bikers and professional racing teams. But there are also small places nearer the coast like Tárbena and Parcent and Sella which give direct access to a good network of roads and tracks, and more immediate access to the mountains, and should hopefully be a little warmer than on the western side of the mountains. A moving on tour, or multi-centre with 2-3 days each in various centres, would be very straightforward to route, try to be as serpentine as possible to see all the best bits, but probably wise to phone ahead as small inns might close down for the winter, and be a long way to the next one. There is a train from Alicante to Benidorm and also to Alcoy and Concentaina.

By the coast, you can expect an av max of 16C in Dec (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benidorm), which means some days will be into the low 20s but some other days it will struggle to get much above 10, because they do have weather, it isn't just a British phenomenon. Inland it will be a several degrees cooler, (eg http://en.climate-data.org/location/56855/ Alcoy is a short distance from Cocentaina) not least because it is mostly rather higher. A bit of snow on the passes (which go up to around 1000m) and in inland towns is possible in a cold snap, but snow is very uncommon by the coast. Overnight frosts are also possible.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

29 September 2014 - 8:45am
well done.
how was the tour overall? I thinking of doin something similar for my 1st tour. I'm on the wirral
so wales virtually on my door step

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

29 September 2014 - 8:41am
Awesome.

Might be an idea to wait for father Christmas before chucking the seat, otherwise it might be an uncomfortable autumn!!

I currently have the non disc trucker an am looking for the excuse to upgrade. If they did the disc trucker with as couplings that would be even better.

Re: new to touring

29 September 2014 - 7:58am
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)
starting on short uk and European tours,on 700c wheels,i using the one's that came with the bike before upgrading to handbuilt ones .

Re: December in Alicante

28 September 2014 - 11:31pm
Hi. My Mrs and I went from faro to alicante in about 11 days over Xmas in 2007. Weather poor at start. The nearer to Alicante we got the better the weather. Ace cycling near there. Our usual mantra is buy Michelin maps, head for smallest roads with the green borders ( they are the scenic ones) - rarely fails to ensure great touring.
Enjoy.
I

Re: Poncho

28 September 2014 - 9:41pm
Sweep wrote:Thanks for the post al but isn't that one if those cheap plastic ones that you can push your fingers through?
£ shop ones are like that, I think this may be a bit better. It sounds like the one I have with the poppers. I am happy with that. I will have look at one tomorrow.

Al

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

28 September 2014 - 9:27pm
Cycling Cat wrote:So Ian, why did you choose the roundabout instead of the Fen St cycle path? Did you know of its existence?
No real reason. If I'd thought I guess there are points in favour of both. Most traffic is going straight-on so on the roundabout you only have to worry about traffic from your right. And once on the roundabout you have right of way (rather than having to wait for a gap in the other lane.

I suspect that were I doing the same route I would probably do the same again, but not for any justifiable reason. Just that, despite not being used to traffic, the roundabout did not "phase" me atall whereas some B roads do. That is not to say I'd recommend it or dissuade others from it.

Ian

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

28 September 2014 - 9:23pm
It's a real shame, I was gutted when the Newcastle-Bergen went.
I'm wholly motivated to use trains, I hate flying, but the time and expense rules out large chunks of Europe

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

28 September 2014 - 9:02pm
So Ian, why did you choose the roundabout instead of the Fen St cycle path? Did you know of its existence?

Re: Poncho

28 September 2014 - 8:48pm
Thanks for the post al but isn't that one if those cheap plastic ones that you can push your fingers through?

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

28 September 2014 - 8:31pm
TrevA wrote:Another vote for Bourg D'Oisans here. The place is a mecca for cyclists with iconic Tour de France climbs all around. We went 2 years ago and camped near Allemond, just down the valley from Bourg. We did Lauteret/Galibier, Alpe d'Huez, Col d'Ornon, Croix de Fer/ Glandon. There's plenty of others too.
I did this very thing this summer - superb.

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

28 September 2014 - 8:29pm
Cycling Cat wrote:Richard Fairhurst wrote:cycle.travel takes its data from OpenStreetMap which has the Fen Street crossing marked - so if it's no longer in existence, deleting it from OSM will remove it from cycle.travel in a week or two.

That said... are you 100% sure it isn't there any more? Google's Street View car last went along the A11 in July 2014 and clearly photographed a crossing then. But I'm not a local so won't claim any knowledge of it myself!

I stand corrected! Where I thought the fen St crossing should be all I could see was a wooden fence so clearly I was looking in the wrong place. I'll most probably use that though the bridge over the A11 just before Attleborough is a contender.
I did the London Rd Roundabout a few weeks ago, on a Sun late afternoon, after a glorious sunny day. It was busy and I had to wait some time. Got across, found the "road" the other-side was not what I thought (the SW one) so went back across. Not too bad if you wait for the right time. But maybe everybody was behaving better (on the way back anyway) as there was a Police car sitting on the NW side!!

Ian

Re: Poncho

28 September 2014 - 8:08pm

Surly Disc Trucker

28 September 2014 - 8:06pm
I've had this bike for about 24 hours and I could write reams on my initial thoughts.

I've got a 50cm "Wolf's Blood Red" Disc Trucker that I got expertly fitted by the guys at Cadence Bikes in Bath. Well worth sitting on a jig and getting the right size. From previous bikes I would have chosen the next size up, but the specific geometry and Cadence's clever fitting sent me one size lower. Surprising, but 100% correct after today's spin.

I took my new rig from where I live in Somerset up the Radstock Greenway through the Bath 2 Tunnels, into town and home again. A decent 30 miler with some small but steep climbs. I loaded the rear panniers unnecessarily to test it out and even on the steepest I didn't get out of the saddle once. Gear ratio perfect. Incidentally I have a front and rear Surly rack which are probably my favourite bits of the bike so far. What's not to like about practical truck accessories? I've also got a decent set of SKS mudguards. Practical.

I'm going to hurt a little as you would expect from a new bike, but I had that genuine, "How did I get here?" experience when I got into Bath. It wasn't particularly speedy but it just seemed relatively effortless. Very comfy and the work:result ratio was brilliant. I'm having a front wheel with a Shimano XT dyno-hub built when it's back in stock and that's going to power B&M lights and a USB port. Handy. For the time being I'm using my Fenix flashlights mounted with some old rifle scope fittings. Temporary but a really good bodge. The rear flashlight has a red filter which I used for ratting, tucking the chickens in at night and owl spotting. Never thought I would use it on my bike but there you go. I'm really glad I had lights: The Bath 2 Tunnels is very dark and today there were thousands (or so someone said) of fun-runners and marathon runners coming the other way. I was pleased not to impale someone on my new Surly. I've got to say everyone was very tolerant of each other today. See: We can share.

I'm going to chuck the seat the bike came with and see what Father Xmas brings. I'm also keen on front panniers when I need to load up or when I'm on the school run. But that's for another day while I sort out a spate of skintness. I'm going to get some black irrigation pipe to protect the racks as it looks like the powder-coating will wear through on the pannier "hot spots" and where my daughter's child seat rubs. I saw a review on YouTube where a guy had developed minimal rust and suggested insulation tape or touching up with paint. I'm a gardener so I like to use gardening kit. Heh heh.

I'm in the traffic all next week on the school run so I'm sure to carry on with the bonding process with this iconic bike. I feel like the only "weak link" in the whole set-up. Am I worthy? I sure hope so because I think I'm going to have this bike a long time..................hc

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

28 September 2014 - 7:44pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:cycle.travel takes its data from OpenStreetMap which has the Fen Street crossing marked - so if it's no longer in existence, deleting it from OSM will remove it from cycle.travel in a week or two.

That said... are you 100% sure it isn't there any more? Google's Street View car last went along the A11 in July 2014 and clearly photographed a crossing then. But I'm not a local so won't claim any knowledge of it myself!

I stand corrected! Where I thought the fen St crossing should be all I could see was a wooden fence so clearly I was looking in the wrong place. I'll most probably use that though the bridge over the A11 just before Attleborough is a contender.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

28 September 2014 - 6:28pm
I flew to Copenhagen when I went due to ferry issues at the time of the year I was planning to tour.

Getting to Scandinavia

28 September 2014 - 6:10pm
With the demise of the Harwich - Esjberg ferry route from today, DFDS are no longer taking non freight bookings on the Immingham freight route so where there were two options now there are none! This effectively means there are no direct surface routes for anything but freight between the UK and Scandinavia - anyone fancy doing the full North Sea Route? better start learning to swim!

December in Alicante

28 September 2014 - 5:13pm
I'm thinking of getting a cheap flight to Alicante at the beginning of December for a long weekend of cycling. I've never been there before.

Is it a good base for cycling? What weather should I expect?

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

28 September 2014 - 10:04am
One crossing on the edge of Wisbech was closed a year or two ago, leaving a three mile diversion. The line to Wisbech closed to passengers in 1968, to freight in 2000 and was tarmacked in 2005! There is a dogmatic programme of crossing closures by Network Rail because people won't accept that those who walk out in front of trains will always find a way to do so.

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