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Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

7 October 2014 - 3:56pm
Re Davetb's posting and just to reiterate there was no problem at Portsmouth. Like everyone else I just used the ramp with the cars. In fact I don't recall seeing a separate pathway anywhere but at Ouistreham.

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

7 October 2014 - 3:49pm
Interested to hear all of your comments. Can I assume that you all rode or walked off the ferry at Ouistreham using the same ramp as the cars?
The passageway I am referring to actually runs alongside (i.e.parallel to) and to the left of the car ramp and is separated by a barrier. This finishes after, I would guess, 75 metres when you reach terra firma (and the drop!) and you rejoin the normal road with the cars. In 2009 I was directed by the crew to use this separate pathway and on my recent trip I recall a gate opening automatically (presumably controlled by the crew) as I left the ship to give me access to the pathway so I assumed that again I should use it. I can't remember if there was any signs. As well as the drop there is also a vertical rib sticking up so forming two holes before the actual drop to the ground. It's as if the last floor panel of the pathway is missing exposing the framework underneath. Pity I didn't take a picture but I was anxious to get to my chambre d'hôte without delay.
I've used many other ferries to France and also to Ireland and Denmark and normally would use (often walking if told to) the normal exit ramp with the cars. I'm sure in this case I could have ignored the crew and used the car ramp as usual. Boarding the ferry for the return trip I used the normal car ramp so no problem.

Re: Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

7 October 2014 - 3:13pm
Dudley Manlove wrote:............ ,but it's scary that out the blue you're suddenly looking at having no brakes.
Try having your brakes fail when trying to get out of the center of Belgrade on Eurovelo 6, when it's the afternoon rush hour and you cannot really see where you're going due to monsoon type rain.
EV6 goes across a dual carriageway bridge that has no footpaths on it.
That was interesting .......
Luckily I was able to find a cheap hotel where I could hide the trike while I sat and waited for the new set of brakes from England.

The reason for the failure was loss of oil due to the brake lever piston seal having fine grit washed into it and wearing out.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

7 October 2014 - 2:27pm
Eurobike odds and ends by james*o, on Flickr

A recent home to Lake Constance trip set-up. 4kg of kit plus water and 300ml stove fuel, basic camping gear and dynamo powering the GPS, phone and lights.

First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

7 October 2014 - 1:52pm
Chris and I just returned from a month in France St. Malo to Agen on the Garonne by a zig zaggy route (700 miles). The only thing booked was the ferry out and car parking in Portsmouth (Park at my Place). Used tent, Gites, Chambre de Hote, small hotels & mobile homes. Used cycle paths, canal paths (some good some bad), minor roads and a few mainer ones. Met loads of fantastic people. Hired a Ford Ka to drive back to Caen and then back along the great canal path to the Ferry. A very good trip. Very pleased with the bikes Specialized Tricross Sports. Only one puncture and had to clean and regrease both had sets, still creaking a bit. As you can tell from the distance this was not meant as a fast big distance trip, but some thing suitable for us both, and it worked well. There are some photos on my Facebook page but I don't now had to share them here, if its allowed. )

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

7 October 2014 - 1:42pm
Just returned on the Caen Portsmouth Ferry. We were allowed to ride up the ramp, no problems. Had to get off for going into the boat. At Portsmouth had to walk out as normal, but that was OK as well. Very friendly crew and reception as we hadn't booked.

Re: 1st Proper Euro Tour Santander-Granada plus tecchy Q's

7 October 2014 - 1:20pm
Hi all. Sorry to reopen such an old post, but....

Dan Te - did this trip ever happen, and what did you decide to do?

I'm on the verge of buying a Fratello, and would be walking in to Condor with exactly the same set of requirements that you originally laid out - commuting, with some weekend / holiday touring when I can.

From a lot of googling, I still can't find much advice from anyone who has actually gone touring on a Fratello - would be great to hear some more from you.


Which bike Galaxy Cross 2014 or Reynolds 525 double butted

7 October 2014 - 1:11pm
Hi all

Would like to buy a touring bike and like these.............. but wonder given the choice of these 2 bikes which one would people go for ???

http://www.fishfacecycles.com/ourshop/p ... -Bike.html

http://www.oxfordbikeworks.co.uk/Oxford ... del_1.html

Really would appreaciate any comments...

Thanks you for your time



Re: 24 spoke wheels

7 October 2014 - 12:16pm
I'm new to touring,
but through advice on here and other site's , I just ordered hand built wheels from local wheel builder,
32 hole front & 36 on the back both mavic rim's coupled with deore hubs and aci spoke's(was going for dt's but the builder advised to use the aci spoke),
total build £150

Berlin to Copenhagen

7 October 2014 - 10:32am
Has anyone cycled the Berlin to Copenhagen route recently, either independently or as a guided trip?

Re: Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

7 October 2014 - 9:52am
gplhl wrote:Avid BB7's are well tested and mechanical. I'm carrying 4 sets of pads to replace to ne able to replace both front and back twice. I've now done over 7,000 miles on the bike and only needed to change the rear pads in Mali!


I would certainly recommend spare pads! - apart from my mention of pads falling out earlier in the thread (which I found, but might not have). I lost some pads after getting caked in clay on a bridlepath - clay got everywhere, including on the disc rotors and calipers, and after a few hundred yards of extremely hard going it had completely scoured out the pads. Tyres were so heavy with crud that rim brakes probably wouldn't have fared any better or maybe worst, but it's scary that out the blue you're suddenly looking at having no brakes.

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

7 October 2014 - 9:03am
Nor me - as I was on a tandem I am sure I would have noticed a step. Puzzling.

Re: Consent from the Missus

7 October 2014 - 8:39am
I find being amorous works well. Within minutes she suggests that it is time I go away on another trip with the other old fools.

Re: Scottish Coast to Coast Annan to South Queensferry

7 October 2014 - 7:59am
Yes we saw the sign but to be fair the map is clear and we were expecting it to be there.The route planners have done an excellent job in keeping off main roads and
the ride into Moffat was great.
The route could easily be done in two days but we enjoy frequent stops to admire areas we would'nt normally get to.
As you know it is a wonderful part of the country for cycling and the route deserves to succeed

Re: Scottish Coast to Coast Annan to South Queensferry

7 October 2014 - 7:42am
Good to read someone has done the ride. As it comes through my village, Wamphray, I'm hoping to see many cyclists as the years roll on.
Can I ask did you spot the sign to turn left at the crossroads as you cam into Wamphray? It must have been up three weeks before I spotted it and I was looking for it!

Re: Consent from the Missus

7 October 2014 - 6:42am
Yep, we both need permission for away trips. You can hardly just abandon your partner with the kids for a fortnight and not expect divorce papers on your return if you don't do some advance prep. Having said that we both believe the other is happier and easier to live with if they go away ( he goes sailing). My tip would be to make sure the childcare support is planned and scheduled out ( school pick up help and baby sitters for relevant evenings) as opposed to just assuming your partner will cope.

I'm building up for my trans America plans! I'm mostly going to wait until the kids are a little older (teens) so my absence for three months will be less inconvenient.

The worst thing is what hubby and I call the lowest common denominator option . That's where people compromise on what they both can agree on and only that and find that the only option that works for them to do together is watching crappy telly on the sofa on a Saturday night. My kids can be quite bad at this too, insist on staying in and restrict the parents from going out and getting some exercise! Obviously it would be easier if everyone would be more adventurous and try their partners and parents hobbies but being realistic that isn't always going to happen so I like to let my partner spread his wings a bit and do his thing. We do low key stuff together as a family eg going out cycling for the day but if they aren't interested in doing some serious mileage and plodding over some big mountains I get to go and do that occasionally. I was a bit teary when himself went off to do the sailing race from Falmouth to the Azores and I was left with a 3 year old and a baby, but it was brownie points in the bank for me and the girls to go on various cycle trips.

It can be more complicated if your partner doesn't want to go away and do stuff so there's no quid pro quo. Hopefully some treat they like to do though that you can support that can make up for your absence.

Re: Consent from the Missus

7 October 2014 - 5:46am
Psamathe wrote:Farawayvisions wrote:Here's what you need to know to ensure you get the 'permission slip' signed.
Does anybody really still live like that in the real world these days ? Horrifically sexist the idea of needing "a permission slip from the missus".


Maybe Farawayvisions is being slightly tongue in cheek here and is a touch playful with this post?

Either way, it would seem that the other option is to go together wouldn't it?

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

6 October 2014 - 11:20pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:They're still hoping to - I wish them luck, though I'll believe it when I see it: http://www.reginaline.dk/timetable-uk.html

What a fab page their cancelatian/cancelation/cancellation one is!


3 spellings on one page. Hope they get running though, really do.

Mind you, the disco page makes me wonder if it is a parody site- http://www.reginaline.dk/disco-uk.html

How I would love the Nookie-Nog route to open up again. Bergen or Stavanger, either'd be good. I desperately want to cycle in Norway.

p.s. Writing this from near Kristiansund, and not quite so happy to be here as I would be in my free time, with Mme and a pair of bikes. Also wish for the ferry so I didn't need to fly to get home...

Re: Consent from the Missus

6 October 2014 - 9:24pm
I guess it's alright as long as you don't plan on ever returning and facing the consequences

Pamir Highway

6 October 2014 - 9:07pm
I am considering 3 months next year cycling along the Pamir Highway in Kyrgistan and Tajikistan.
I have been looking at flights and would appreciate advice.
Anyone had good experiences of ebooker or other 'cheap' airfare sites?

I live in Aberdeen. UK.
I have priced a flight from Heathrow to Bishkek at £450.
But booking a flight from Edinburgh to Istanbul and a second from Istanbul to Bishkek is half the price.
These flights are all Turkish airlines.
The second flight in each case is the same flight.
The stop over is 4 hours.
Bike is 60 Euro. Not sure if that is per flight but even so it looks like option 2 will be cheaper.

Am I missing something?

Any views on these options or suggestions on alternatives?


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