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Re: Tour to the Continent during Aug Bank Hols wknd- thought

20 August 2014 - 1:50pm
Your route pretty much follows the North Sea Coast route which is generally quite well signposted although it can be a bit hit or miss in places. The distance/time scale looks OK but day 2, Bruges to Hook is fairly long and includes, if I remember correctly, a couple of ferry crossings which will soak up a bit of time.

Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

20 August 2014 - 1:32pm
Impressive scenery.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

20 August 2014 - 1:13pm
I'm currently two months into a global tour with the same trailer, and am perfectly happy with it so far, at least after some modifications made with mercalia on this very board. I much prefer not having to worry about weight and bulk as much as one might with a pannier set up. I'm happy to trade going up hills a mile or two an hour slower for the comfort benefits more gear confers.

Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

20 August 2014 - 12:58pm
I think if you keep the skewers nice and tight you don't have to worry about them bending. I flattened both sides of the skewer barrels with an angle grinder so they'd receive a spanner, and check them every morning before setting off. Have had zero problems with the trailer so far. The cheapo tyre doesn't seem to be wearing as fast as the one I used through Scotland, probably because I'm carrying a little less weight, but I've got a spare ready to go in any case.

Just going to read your thread now, Dave.

Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

20 August 2014 - 12:15pm
That looks cracking, I was in North Wales earlier in the week with my trailer (same one).

Dave

Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

20 August 2014 - 11:01am
Those are some nice pictures and places you have visited. Wish I was there. I havent been able to get away this summer yet. Its good to know that those cheapo trailers can do the works and that the home made skewer is doing its job. I was fearful that the rod may break as it is not as strong as the originals. I was able to bend the ones I bought even though they were suposed to be hi tensile steel. They are also of course not as thick as original skewers as they are threaded all the way along. Any way good luck with the rest of your journey and I hope u get your BB fixed.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

20 August 2014 - 10:55am
Sounds like a promising suggestion! Will try it this afternoon! I have often used ice to try and cool them as the bite often feels very hot to the touch but never thought to try heat before!

Re: Thames path

20 August 2014 - 10:50am
You didnt by chance take any pictures of the source? I wouds like to see them if u did. I agree from central london to dartford a nice ride. I have done it many times. from yuppy riverside rich dwellings to industiral heritage & the last bit before u get to dartford, grass sided track

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

20 August 2014 - 10:16am
Am thinking of doing it again Sunday the 31st but sticking to the coast road.

I had a look at maps online and can stay off the main road in parts and cycle along side on a B road and as you say there are some paths as well.

Dave

Tour to the Continent during Aug Bank Hols wknd- thoughts?

20 August 2014 - 9:48am
Hi All,

Thinking about doing a mini tour during bank holiday weekend. Going to go with a simple Carradice saddle bag and stay in Airbnbs along the way. Thinking of:

Friday after 5p – cycle/train to Dover to Dunkerque overnight ferry
Saturday – Dunkerque to Bruges – overnight in Bruges
Sunday – Bruges to Rotterdam – overnight ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich
Monday – Morning ride back down to London? Or Train?

If it’s possible to take these overnight ferries I’ll only have to book 1 night accommodation in Bruges. Wondering if anyone’s done these cities before, route suggestions, etc… hopefully it won’t be too cold… assume it may be windy as near the coast?!

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

20 August 2014 - 9:22am
With regards the NCN5 from Connah's Quay to Talacre, there are a few quiet road stretches and a half mile of cycle track, but the rest is on the main road. It's busy, but close overtakes are a rarity. Land ownership issues are causing a lot of problems putting in a cycle way all the way.

I've never understood why the route goes up through Bagillt, (one of the steepest ways up the Halkyn mountain), when there are easier and quieter routes available.

Looking at the route profile, I live at the highest point on it and work is at sea level. I would not like to do it fully laden.

Re: Thames path

20 August 2014 - 8:41am
I just cycled the from the source of the Thames (near Kemble) to Southend, around 200 miles in 3 days. Basically, not to be recomended as there are many narrow tracks and muddy fields along the way. Google and Bryton maps can be very misleading as sometimes the route was impassable. I found the Source Stone in a field full of cows but after that didn't see the river at all for ages. The official "Thames Path" is really for walkers. If I were to do it again I would stick to roads or National Cycle Network routes. Having said all that, there were also many enjoyable towpaths and thorough London to Dartford is very interesting. Taking the free ride through the Dartford tunnel was also fun!

Re: NCN Route 1: Dover to John o'Groats

20 August 2014 - 8:26am
dakari-mane wrote:Am planning on doing the whole of NCN4 in September. Starting at Fishguard & finishing back in London. Just wish you didn't have to buy so many ruddy maps to cover the whole route (too expensive for an incomplete route so I'm not going to buy any, I'll just will wing it).
Who needs maps? I have a Bryton Rider cycle GPS and plan the whole thing at home.....

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

19 August 2014 - 7:41pm
axel_knutt wrote:You wouldn't catch me using a bar bag even, for the same reason........................................................

A fair point - one of our club members, whilst cycling in India, had their bar-bag literally ripped off the handlebars by the pillion rider on a moped! That was her passport, phone, ipod and other essentials gone - it makes you think?

A bit off topic but out of interest, where/how would you recommend carrying said valuables?

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

19 August 2014 - 6:46pm
Vantage wrote:theDaveB wrote:I don't live in the best of areas, so just presume every where isn't safe. No idea how I would cope with having to stop mid route and going into a shop to buy something, I would want to take my bike and trailer in with me!

Dave

This^^^
I'm same. My right rear pannier was apart from cooking gear, choc full of food so I wouldn't have to stop anywhere It all adds up!
We only take a few bits n bobs for emergencies such as packet soups and other dry stuff which you can't buy in daily amounts, such as porridge oats and tea bags. Everything else bought on the day.

Re: Cycling around Japan

19 August 2014 - 6:14pm
Look forward to hearing about your journey and by the way, whereabouts will you be going?

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

19 August 2014 - 5:41pm
elioelio wrote:Oh and Lollycat - I went From Fort William to Beauly via loch Quoich and a bit of the great glen way. Was amazing! Especially Quoich.
Thanks - it's on my "to-do" list .

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

19 August 2014 - 5:34pm
Si wrote:Trailers are just adding weight for no benefit IMO.

You are only saying that because MickF is away (towing his trailer) on tour

Having said that though, if I used his bikes I'd go for a trailer too.
He's away is he? I was wondering what was going on, I was expecting him to come roaring in after my comment.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

19 August 2014 - 5:09pm
theDaveB wrote:I don't live in the best of areas, so just presume every where isn't safe. No idea how I would cope with having to stop mid route and going into a shop to buy something, I would want to take my bike and trailer in with me!

Dave

This^^^
I'm same. My right rear pannier was apart from cooking gear, choc full of food so I wouldn't have to stop anywhere

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

19 August 2014 - 4:48pm
Trailers are just adding weight for no benefit IMO.

You are only saying that because MickF is away (towing his trailer) on tour

Having said that though, if I used his bikes I'd go for a trailer too.

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