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Re: Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

30 July 2015 - 10:11pm
Not long ago forestry roads were being surfaced with crushed scallop shells from a local scallop processing plant. To be on the safe side I would make sure you have a good puncture repair kit and a spare tube.

Re: Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

30 July 2015 - 8:32pm
Should be ok, some bits might be a bit bumpy on 25mm tyres but pick your line to avoid the worst, assuming they haven't had it resurfaced for logging trucks with the large sharp stones they use for that, two years since I've been on it.

Re: Land's End to Stonehenge

30 July 2015 - 8:29pm
Dunno what sort of route you want, but if were doing it, I'd follow my recommended LEJOG route as far as Taunton, then peel off through Othery and Somerton and back roads to Warminster. Maybe Street, Shepton Mallet and Frome instead up the A361, and thence to Chittern and Shrewton to Stonehenge.
Done most of those roads over the years.

LE to Taunton:
A30 to Penzance and Hayle.
Old A30 through Hayle, Connor Downs, Camborne and Redruth to Blackwater, then a mixture of A3075 and/or the A30 and minor roads to St Newlyn East, then St Columb.
A39 through Wadebridge to Camelford and Davidstow and turn off east onto the A395 (I was there only today)
Peel off through Egloskerry to Launceston (there today too) and then onto the Old A30 for Okehampton.
From there, head out through Copplestone and Crediton to Tiverton.
Via Samford Peverell to the A38 and head north through Wellington to Taunton.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

30 July 2015 - 8:09pm
maxglide wrote:hounds.

I thought it was just me. Believe it or not, dogs are one of the biggest considerations, giving me qualms regarding a possible E to W trip across Turkey.


Well given this pleasant looking beast, the Kangal dog, is common in rural Turkey it's very wise to have some qualms. They can run at 30 mph and have much stamina.


Land's End to Stonehenge

30 July 2015 - 8:08pm
Does anyone have a good cycling route from Land's End to Stonehenge?

Thank you in advance

Cycling to Skye from Troon

30 July 2015 - 7:35pm
Hi All,

I am meeting friends for a hiking trip on the isle of Skye and have decided to cycle. I live in dublin so will probably get a ferry from belfast or larne.

I am looking for general advice on the route, whether I should get a train part of the way and if any of the other western islands are with visiting en route.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

30 July 2015 - 7:19pm
Being hit from behind or the side on a busy road.

Owt else i could cope with.

Re: car hire v train prices

30 July 2015 - 6:15pm
When trains were invented, life got easier, better and richer for most people. For the holdouts who saw it as self-evident that anyone travelling faster than 20mph would die, and so insisted on still travelling by stage coach, life got a lot more difficult. Similarly, the internet has made life – and especially travel – much simpler and more flexible for most of us. We give out our bank details online, and our bank balances don’t suddenly vanish. It’s not hard or unduly complex. But if you refuse to engage with today’s world, your life is going to become increasingly difficult…

Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

30 July 2015 - 6:04pm
Hi all,

Im planning a flying visit up there next weekend for a 2 day touring trip and plan to ride this route on the way back.

Im doing it on narrow tyres, 25 mm Conti Gatorskins with not a lot of weight. Single pannier and tent.

Ive seen on photos and read up that is not asphalt.

Has anybody rode this, would i get through ok if i took my time.

Thanks in advance for any input.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

30 July 2015 - 4:57pm
james01 wrote:Regarding the weather, you have my sympathies! We're used to mixed conditions even in summertime, but the wind and rain at the moment is unusual (honest ).
Edit: just read some of your blog. You're buying bottled water? Tap water is safe in the UK, and it's free. Ask for it in restaurants and they usually don't charge, but don't let them add ice or lemon etc as this gives them a reason to charge.
I always seem to get unseasonable weather when I do my cylce-touring. In Ireland, it was the wind and rain - so bad that they couldnt let the cows out to pasture etc because the grass wasn't growing, just getting burned away by the wind. Of course, the weather shifted when I shifted, so I had a lovely headind the whole time.

I am in Brecon now, after a 30 mile ride from Rhayader involving another big hill and the 2nd 25% gradient sign I have seen - the other was outside my lodging in Harlech though I did not have to ride up it!

Glad to finally see the sun, though it takes its time deciding to come out - not until 1AM and I only went on for another hour before reaching Brecon. Did do a little walkaround town but sore legs require rest, especially with my longest mileage day tomorrow - 60 miles including crossing the Beacons! I am honestly a little worried I won't be able to make it the whole way, given how the legs are starting to feel (sore back especially) but will see how the day fares out. Will be a PITA to sort out the lodging situation if I break early.

But - all explained in my blog! Not really sure how many people are even reading but I won't have photos up for another week at the earliest - probably not until next weekend when I am back in the US.

Re: car hire v train prices

30 July 2015 - 4:04pm
My JOGLE experience: arrive Thurso. I haven't booked the train,I don't cycle in two days of very wet weather,I shelter(not training for SAS). I think there were 5 other cyclists at the station. Oh dear,me thinks,this could be trouble. First come,first served,I thought the first two cyclists would get on,myself and my wife...? Train arrives,stops. It's not crowded,empty seats. First two cyclists gain access,myself and wife get on...following lady cyclist(from Bungle Bungles?)...'Hold it there,please 'Guard tells her no more room on the train. That's the rules. Wot am I to do? pleads the Aussie. 'Well...' The train leaves without her. It's the last train that day. I think I can still recall her bemused/disconcerted face as the train left the station!!

The guard wasn't rude. Just follwin' those rules...and watching her butt. I never want to blame the more-than-my-jobsworth men and women. They/we are the underclass. Only the Toffs are above it all.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

30 July 2015 - 4:04pm
mjr wrote:Forbid this site from running JavaScript and it should cure it for you. There's an earlier discussion of this problem in "about the forum" forum which explains why admin keeps it.
There's a different discussion that suggests another method to disable it: viewtopic.php?p=652897#p652897

Re: car hire v train prices

30 July 2015 - 3:20pm
Guards vans, remember them? I spent many happy childhood days exploring the Kent countryside, turn up wheel the bike in and sit on the floor( unless grumpy guard threw you out) so easy and alas no chance of them returning.....unless re nationalise the railways....now there an idea.
On my recent jogle I looked at the trains but the cost and lack of certain bike space led me to the same route as mickf. I boxed the Dummy and all my gear and flew taking only my bar bag, easy and cheaper than the train, my bike arrived by courier an hour after I arrived in wick.
I do wish it was like the old days, if was easier there would be some great day rides after an hour on the train.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

30 July 2015 - 2:56pm
Forgot to say thanks for the links - I look forward to reading them.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

30 July 2015 - 2:53pm
Completely agree with all the comments about how much nicer an e-in screen is for reading. Completely readable in bright sunshine, and much pleasanter with its backlight for reading in dim light - very different to phones and tablets. Also a battery charge can last weeks.

One thing I'm surprised nobody's mentioned is that Kindle isn't the only game in town, and in choosing Kindle you risk locking yourself into the Amazon world. This is particularly true if you regard your books as a part of a library which you may want to revisit in the future. If and when your Kindle dies, if you want to have continued access to the books you've bought, the only easy options are another Kindle or Kindle software on a tablet. This may or may not bother you, but you should be aware of it. And the e-ink screens don't last for ever - we've had 3 e-readers in our house, and with 2 of them (1 kindle, 1 nook) the screens died after 18 months, which apparently is not unusual. The kindle was just junk, the nook had been bought from John Lewis with their 2 year warranty; the model was discontinued, so we got a full refund without quibbles.

The other e-readers I know of are Kobo and Nook. I know little about the Kobo, other than it sees to be linked to WHSmith. The Nook is linked to the American bookstore Barnes & Noble. In principle the same arguments about being locked into a book store apply, it's a question of choosing who you are looked in to. I believe the Nook supports more formats than the Kindle so may be a better choice if you want to import material from different sources.

If you have a techy streak, and don't mind putting a bit of effort in, there is a further potential option. I have a Nook Simple Touch which is essentially a stripped down Android tablet. With relatively little effort and pretty much no risk, it's possible to unlock it so that it can run other Android apps. I've done this to mine, and have found the result fantastic for cycle touring.

The Nook e-book software is unaffected by the process, so it works as an e-reader as it always did. I have the Kindle Android app which works equally well and gives me access to the books we bought when we had a Kindle. When buying new books I look in both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble shops - one can often be cheaper than the other by £5 or more.

On top of that I have various apps that are nice to have:

when WiFi is available, Guardian and BBC news apps grab a download of UK/world news; in the same vein, a weather app;

an app called Pocket keeps an offline archive of web pages - for our last tour, any web page I thought would be useful I put into Pocket from my laptop (1 click in a browser), a single refresh on the Nook to get them all downloaded then they were stored offline on the Nook and available throughout the tour; only works well for pages that are articles rather than 'busy' web pages, but it worked perfectly for wikipedia pages for all the towns we were visiting;

and last but not least, OSMAND with offline Open Street Map maps - data for a whole country can easily be stored before departure on the SD card; it's usable for general navigation but it's a bit of an art reading colour maps on a mono display; where it really excels is with zooming in for street maps of towns; and the search works well, so you can show all the campsites or cash machines, or branches of Lidl or whatever; (no GPS, so you still have to be able to map read).

Everything beyond the basic e-reader is a bit clunky to use - the Nook only has a slow processor and the refresh characteristics of an e-ink screen are strange; but it works and for me the benefits of readability in bright sunlight and long battery life outweigh the disadvantages.

I think the Nook Simple touch is discontinued - not sure if you can do the same with newer Nooks, though I believe you can. I know you can't do this with the Kindle - they can be rooted, but are Linux rather than Android, so it doesn't get you very far.

VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

30 July 2015 - 1:02pm
I was just looking through eBay for Rohloff hubs and came across this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VSF-Fahrradma ... 58c6b7cc1d

Has anyone had any experience with this brand? It seems too good to be true, a steel tourer with a £800 Rohloff and a SON 28 for £1500???

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

30 July 2015 - 12:00pm
Cunobelin wrote:Has rendered this site unusable

I did not get on at all

However I have anything between 20 - 30 invites to use Tapatalk per post

Yes I hate it with passion, I too have given up on some forums due to repeated bugging.

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

30 July 2015 - 11:49am
I suggest Puglia in southern Italy. We toured there in April, flying in and out of Bari. Did a circular route and found it to be very interesting. It is cheap and the people are unbelievably friendly, food isn't bad either!

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

30 July 2015 - 10:05am
Andalucia is nice then: how about a leisurely Granada-Cordoba-Seville?

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

30 July 2015 - 9:57am
Smith873 wrote:Tom,

Thank you for clarifying that you are offering only the promos versions for free and not the full editions.

They aren't the full versions (have to make a living!) but the free versions are still a good length. The round the world one is a cycle ride across Europe from UK to Istanbul. In the first post it does say Part 1 of both books are available but sorry if you thought it was misleading, wasn't supposed to be.

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