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Garden of England

8 March 2015 - 4:00pm
Please can anyone recommend a four day tour of Sussex and Kent, we live in Dorset and so often taken the easy option for us of the ferry to Cherbourg and the foreign lands beyond so thought we'd see a bit more of our own country for a change.
Thanks

Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

8 March 2015 - 3:51pm
It'll be busy in August. As already suggested, try going through the Sperrins. Still roads, but much quieter and absolutely stunning.
What type of accommodation are you after?
I know lots of good rural places (local knowledge).

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

8 March 2015 - 2:56pm
I'd give it 5 days, if you're going too fast you can always stop and enjoy the sights.
Nice camping at Dol-Llys Farm, Llanidloes. It's only a 10 minute cycle into town, good pubs etc. The site has a kitchenette with microwave and kettle, saves brewing up in your tent.
Pencelli Castle near Brecon: well-run site, a bit expensive. Village setting on the Brecon canal with nice pubs.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 2:39pm
From memory, going from Bordeaux to Roscoff there are only two places where map reading was a bit difficult. At the île de Noirmoutier the official route uses a tidal road which is only open a few hours each day. If this is impassable, as it was for us, there is no obvious alternative unless you want to cycle on busy roads. The other was the slightly tricky point at which you leave the canal at Carhaix Plouguer, which was not well signposted and only the GPS told us we had missed the turn off. However, you can't really get lost, it is France after all and there is always a road you can use.

The only advantage of a guidebook I can see would be if it gave you some historical information about what you are seeing on the route. If you look at the website you can see enough of the route to mark it on a map and then use that. A GPS is handy, but not essential.

Re: Zeebrugge to 'south of Brussels'

8 March 2015 - 2:14pm
Thanks dudes!

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

8 March 2015 - 2:05pm
I got to Holyhead about lunchtime and just made it to Porthmadog in time for B&B at 7pm. Day 2 to Machynlleth. Big hill to Rhayader and Builth Wells (unpleasant for not obvious reason) on Day 3. Final day all the way to Cardiff Bay.
It is hilly after Anglesey but what goes up must come down (fun). Watch out for old road South of Llanidloes that turns into a boggy bridleway (unless it's fixed now?). Path over Beacons isn't as grim as it looks (tramway gradient) and then it's all down the valley on a railway path. Don't get lost in Merthyr. Brilliant ride in a beautiful country. When you've done go back and repeat on a mountain bike - epic.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 9:57am
I've looked for an English translation of the Cartovelo book - I don't think it has been. I'm going to manage without.
I do have a gps though...
if you don't, or don't want to, you can still do a lot of preparation on your computer. You can indeed download .gpx files from the Velodyssee site after registering. These however are short sections, about 19 in all. There are also .gpx files for bigger segments available without registration. I have yet to find out if there are detail differences between the two sets. If you don't have a gps the bigger ones might be more convenient for you.
Download the bits you need. This site: http://gpx2kml.com/ will convert them into a form that can be used by Google Earth, and then you can see where you are going, make notes about any vague bits, use Streetview to check for one way systems etc. etc
Nearl as good as having already been there...

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 8:09am
For the top section there is also a voies vertes book in French and also, in English, a guide to the nantes brest canal. Try stanfords for more sections. They do the Velodysee book too although I couldn't see it in their online directory but a smooch round their Covent garden shop usually turns up all sorts of cycling goodies maps and books wise.

They also have a shop in bristol, I don't know if there are any others.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 7:58am
We did it without a book and an account can be found here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/France2013 and the official website for the route is: http://www.velodyssey.com/ which you need to register on in order to download the GPX tracks. But be careful of these as they are written for going north to south so in some cities you may find one way systems prevent you following the track. Biarritz was the worst offender but this won't trouble you.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 7:50am
We've ridden parts of the route and found the sign posting very good so it's quite possible to do the route without a guide book.

Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

7 March 2015 - 11:38pm
I'm cycling from Bordeaux to Roscoff in May, following the Velodyssee route. I've discovered that I can get specific guide books to the route in French from a French supplier (Cartovelo), but wonder if there are other guides available in the UK (and therefore possibly in English)? If not I may try to manage without a guide book, but wonder if this is inadvisable. Has anyone ridden this route without a guide book? Cheers.

Re: Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

7 March 2015 - 8:46pm
Have used OSM maps in the US with my 800 without any problems. Just download the maps you need on a second MicroSD card and you're good to go.

NCN Routes 62 and 67 on a tandem?

7 March 2015 - 8:08pm
As part of our mad 5-week tour "In Search of Beeston" in late April and May, we plan to pedal from Lincoln to Beeston (Leeds). Cycle.travel (Bless you, Richard!) has been a great help in routing, but from Conisbrough to Stanley I'm a bit sceptical of the recommendation for off-road sections of NCN 62 (Conisbrough to Wombwell) and NCN 67 (Wombwell to Stanley). (Cyclestreets.net suggests the same routing.) Past experience with long stairways and various forms of tandem-impassable barriers has imbued us with a deep distrust of anything connected with SUSTRANS/NCN , and I wonder if I'd be better to sort out my own on-road route for this section of our trip.

The tandem will be laden with four panniers. On 2" Scwalbe Tandem Dureme tyres we face tarmac, potholes, gravel, and crushed rock with aplomb, but we are less cavalier when it comes to mud.

Is anyone familiar with these stretches? Any suggestions? If the route can be managed when it's dry, how is it in/after the rain?

Thanks!

Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

7 March 2015 - 8:06pm
I went from Larne to Donegal in July a couple of years ago and used the A2 for a lot of the way. I found it ok. I don't like using cycle paths but after Limavaddy there are wide pavements that take cyclists off the road. I was easier to use these than to stay on the road. I was a bit apprehensive about finding my way through Derry but it was quite straight forward.
The worst thing was thick fog between Cushendal and Ballycastle. Make sure you have lights

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

7 March 2015 - 7:04pm
No probs with passport Mat, have only ever used my first and last name despite a middle name on my passport. May be different however with visa forms in the Stans! Have a great trip. Am looking forward to your crazy guy log. Fairly likely we will meet as I am going clockwise from Osh. Possibly around Khorog, we will see.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

7 March 2015 - 7:04pm
I did it in four days, stopping at Erwood (near Glasbury, between Brecon and Builth Wells), Machynlleth, and Criccieth. But if I did it again I'd be tempted to take five days over it or even more - it's such a lovely route that it's a shame to rush it.

Re: Flying with German Wings

7 March 2015 - 5:50pm
Does this require thenbike to still be boxed \ bagged it can you just ride up and get on?

Greece 'eyes tourists as amateur tax inspectors'

7 March 2015 - 3:59pm
Want a free holiday in Greece paid for by the Govt, looking around the local sights with a chance of having an accident?

Going cycling in Greece this summer and wonder why the locals eye you with suspicion? here is why

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31780354

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

7 March 2015 - 3:16pm
Ha, what Colin said, it's certainly hilly. I don't think you'll have a problem getting onto campsites in May, why not make it up as you go along? Depending on where your train is back to, maybe you could book for the five day and ride part of the train journey if you do it in four. I rode Cardiff to Bristol on day 5, if it had taken an extra day to get to Cardiff, a walk on train ticket wouldn't have been to expensive.
Two not very fit cyclists managed it quite easily in four days, the first day included getting there and we stopped in Bangor after 25 miles. On the other days we set off quite early, didn't rush and had set up camp by early evening. If you're used to 70 mile days I doubt you'll struggle doing it in four.

Re: Weight distribution.

7 March 2015 - 2:33pm
foxyrider wrote:Why is the bike swaying? Had a good opportunity the other night to observe my shadow from behind - no swaying even honking up hill. Am i to believe that not all bikes go in straight lines? Yes, you should believe it.

I, just like you, am a steady solid rider. No swaying from me.
However, just watch other cyclists. Not all (by any means) are like you and me.

One thing I have noticed about towing a trailer, it makes you pedal smoothly. The "pulsing" you get from pedaling produces a tug-tug-tug from the weight at the back. We had someone on here a couple of years ago complaining that his trailer tugged him rhythmically, and I pointed out to him what the problem was.

Yes, not everyone has a smooth action.

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