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Re: LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

25 July 2014 - 10:23pm
Enjoyed reading that, thanks. No luminous orange and yellow panniers! What's the world coming to?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 10:12pm
Thanks for the link Galloper. Will get reading.

Re: France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

25 July 2014 - 7:37pm
Claud wrote:Hi,

A more couple of quick questions I’m hoping some here can advise on before we head off next week along the Breton coast ..........

1) Is cycling on the coast path allowed?
Mostly we’ll stick to the official Tour de Manche route, but a couple of short off-road detours right along the sea would be great, and from the pics I’ve seen some of the coastpath looks to have a good surface for riding, eg. around Perros Guirec.

2) What are the rules on wild camping in France? I’m particularly thinking of the grassy bits on headlands or above beaches.

(So far googling says nothing about #1, and nothing definitive about #2, but maybe it’s OK-ish??)

Thanks!

I'm currently on the TdM route. Day one from Cherbourg to carentan was mainly on an old railway. Surface was rough and v dusty. Chain, bike and me covered in link dust. Today was mainly on a path along the Vire, a much better surface. Heading to mont st michel tomorrow, will let you know!

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:53pm
I did consider one of these, but the connector would still keep falling out and I suspect the micro USB socket in the device eventually fail.

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:42pm
A pre-emptive measure for others might be a USB cable with a right angle mini/micro connector (such as this)



So there isn't so much cable sticking out to lever on the connector.

Rick.

Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:00pm
I have a Tablet, Smartphone and AA batteries from my Garmin Etrex Vista Hcx, which are charged when not cycling during a trip with a couple of Anker 10000mAh Cache batteries.

Each Anker cache battery is charged whilst cycling with a conventional Son28 dynamo and B&M E-Werk Regulator set up.

Unfortunately I managed to break the extremely fragile micro USB charging connector on one of the Ankers. It wasn't unexpected as these USB connectors are far too fragile for the rough and tumble of the touring environment.

Rather than throwing the Anker away I cut away the case and soldered one end of a short cable to the Anker circuit board, with an audio 3 pin XLR connector on the other. This mates to another XLR connector soldered onto one of the bare end coaxial leads that come with the E-Werk.batt_lead1.jpg

The whole charging lead path is now far more robust, with no danger of ultra fragile micro USB connectors falling out en route / breaking etc.
bike_fit1.jpg
If you're interested, the handlebar bag in the photo above is an old canvas military RAF tool bag sewn onto a Kraus and Rixen handlebar frame. Works fine and is waterproof too.

!WARNING! Anker and other similar batteries contain Li-Ion batteries which will ignite if damaged or cut!

France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

25 July 2014 - 5:52pm
Hi,

A more couple of quick questions I’m hoping some here can advise on before we head off next week along the Breton coast ..........

1) Is cycling on the coast path allowed?
Mostly we’ll stick to the official Tour de Manche route, but a couple of short off-road detours right along the sea would be great, and from the pics I’ve seen some of the coastpath looks to have a good surface for riding, eg. around Perros Guirec.

2) What are the rules on wild camping in France? I’m particularly thinking of the grassy bits on headlands or above beaches.

(So far googling says nothing about #1, and nothing definitive about #2, but maybe it’s OK-ish??)

Thanks!

Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

25 July 2014 - 4:15pm
But wouldn't you change at Newport rather than Cardiff? Why go from Newport to Cardiff and back again?

LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

25 July 2014 - 2:59pm
Flying with bikes from London Gatwick to Schiphol, the a ride to rural and coastal Holland. I was surprised by many things and one thing I can definitely say is that the Netherlands really does know how to treat its cyclists.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/bikepacking-in-holland-part-1/

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 2:12pm
Ambler wrote:Nigel
Any chance of explaining how you travelled to Donaueschingen?

Thanks

I flew to Stuttgart, there were 5 of us and trains were going to be a nightmare to get us all on board (this was 1999 so things may have changed). We hired a car one-way to Villingen-Schwenningen and rode from there to Donaueschingen.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

25 July 2014 - 2:02pm
A couple of slightly different bikes for you to consider.

Dawes Karakum £700 and comes complete with front and rear racks. I've had mine for about 6 years and find it very good for touring and general work. It copes well with poor road surfaces and I find the butterfly bars comfortable.

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op Revolution tourers. Three bikes in the range from £500 - £800 with the top two having disc brakes. I have one of their earlier cx bikes which, I believe, uses the same frame as the base model tourer, although that may have changed with later models. It's a very useful all rounder and one of those rare bikes that is better than the sum of its parts.

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 1:49pm
The following link will take you to a pdf for the Germany by bike guide. This is an excellent starting point and one I have used for several years.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/16f ... 16f8a1ad/1

A few suggestions. You can link one of the prettiest bits of the Rhine Cycle Route to the Moselle Route. They join at Koblenz. The northen part of the Rhine Route is indeed fairly industrial but the Rhine Gorge from Koblenz to Mainz is lovely. The Moselle route is just gorgeous!

The Elbe route in it's southern reaches, around Dessau, is quite pretty and easy riding.

The Main, Tauber, Altmuhl route is another delight but can be a bit hilly in parts. It intersects the Romantische Srasse which is also very pretty and which, eventually, links to the Danube route.

Prost!

Re: SNCF RER trains, has anyone ever been kicked off?

25 July 2014 - 12:27pm
You should be okay. I can't work out exactly which combination of trains you are planning on using, but the conductors would hopefully be understanding, especially as you are travelling with children. It could also be worth arriving half an hour early and having a chat with the SNCF person on the platform.

It's worth noting that not all TER trains accept bikes (http://www.velo.sncf.com/voyager-avec-s ... lo-en-ter/) but as far as I know there aren't any restrictions in Brittany. On TER's where bikes are allowed, there are no reservations, no charge for the bikes and no "bike tickets", you just turn up.

One minor point: would it be possible to change the typo in the thread title, as RER trains aren't the same thing...

Re: SNCF RER trains, has anyone ever been kicked off?

25 July 2014 - 10:06am
I think you are in much the same position as you would be here in a train with limited bike spaces. It depends if the train conductor (when did they stop being guards?) is prepared to be accommodating.
Last month I got on a Ter from Lille to Calais and found that some British student types had parked their BSO's against the walls in the bike space so that they intruded into the walkway ( they are supposed to be hung from the hooks). My touring bike added to the obstruction (I wasn't in the mood for an argument and I assumed the conductor would ask for the bikes to be stored properly) - as it happens the conductor squeezed past the bikes and said nothing.
I'm not sure about SNCF booking procedures. I travelled to Lille via Paris from Perpignan on an overnight couchette service. I booked a bike space but mine was the only bike.
I was told the only couchette space available was a middle one as all the others were taken - as it transpired I had a carriage with six couchettes to myself.
I wonder if travel agents book spaces ahead and then cancel later when the number of clients is fewer than anticipated.
Like you I used the Piccadilly office - I've booked direct with SNCF on the internet before but booking a bike space isn't possible - in fact now I find I'm redirected to Rail-Europe
( I suspect so that they can charge me pounds for euros )
The only alternative is dismantling the bike and putting it in a light bike bag with pipe lagging and bubble wrap to protect it. You would have to visit a "bricolage" to obtain the materials for the return. This is a bit of a hassle - especially if you have several bikes - but I've found it works for me (and my girlfriend if she is with me) and you don't need to book a bike on to train - or to find the bike spaces are all taken.
I hope things work out for you.

Re: Child/multi purpose trailer for a Brompton

24 July 2014 - 10:30pm
Thank you very much. Will check it out, appreciate your help.

Re: Child/multi purpose trailer for a Brompton

24 July 2014 - 10:13pm
sophiejemima wrote:Sorry to latch onto this thread, but I am also looking for a trailer to fit to a brompton for my daughter. I am totally new to cycling and visited a local cycle store for him to say that there are no trailers that will fit the chain stay or would have clearance between that and the spokes. I am not very d.i.y orientated and don't want to mess to much with the bike, need it to be safe and not too expensive. Any makes of trailers that will definitely fit a brompton? Thanks so much
The Henshaw family, owners and authors, of AtoB Magazine have been living with Bromptons and trailers for years.
Here is a start-point for you.
http://www.atob.org.uk/bicycle-trailers ... -trailers/

Have a look around the website and ask them directly if you can't find the info.

EDIT - found in the section "Which Bike ?" at the bottom of that page . . .
AtoB wrote:You can tow almost any sort of trailer with almost any sort of bike, but some combinations can be hard work.When we had nothing more suitable, we pulled our big heavy home-made trailer with an old (and poorly braked) Brompton L3, using a hitch right under the saddle. No one ever fell off, but hills were hard work.

Re: Child/multi purpose trailer for a Brompton

24 July 2014 - 10:00pm
Sorry to latch onto this thread, but I am also looking for a trailer to fit to a brompton for my daughter. I am totally new to cycling and visited a local cycle store for him to say that there are no trailers that will fit the chain stay or would have clearance between that and the spokes. I am not very d.i.y orientated and don't want to mess to much with the bike, need it to be safe and not too expensive. Any makes of trailers that will definitely fit a brompton? Thanks so much

Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

24 July 2014 - 6:45pm
Excellent! I hope you have a great trip.

Re: South from Paris centre

24 July 2014 - 6:02pm
That's one to look into, thanks Graham!

Re: South from Paris centre

24 July 2014 - 5:30pm

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