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Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

26 January 2015 - 2:47pm
Even if you are with some other supplier Threes 321 deal is the way to go for the countries it serves. You can simply take your SIMM out if your phone is unlocked, get a 321 simm for £1 , top it up with a fiver, then get a £10 add on and you are set to go with a handset in all these countries http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Phones/ ... set=1#dest with 1000mb of data at your fingertips.

Its a no brainer. I hear the billionaire owner is a Mr Li Ker Ching - most appropriate

Al

Re: New Forest Tour

26 January 2015 - 1:38pm
We were disappointed to find some new forest camp sites had no showers.

Re: New Forest Tour

26 January 2015 - 10:52am
All the FC campsites are fairly basic with Portakabins for the washrooms etc. If you are arrving by car then it helps can run to taking a chemical loo and tent then there are some nicer sites like Setthorns. Avoid Holmsley as it is in the landing flightpath of Bournemouth Airport with Ryanair flights arriving as late as midnight.

The private sites have nicer facilities but are more crowded: Red Shoot is good, and has a decent pub next door. There is a nice but small site at Acres Down which is a bit of a secret. IOW is well worth a visit and has excellent riding, both road and MTB.

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

26 January 2015 - 10:43am
MrsHJ wrote:
I'm wondering if this will be the solution quite soon though:

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/mar/16/legislation-abolish-roaming-charges-european-parliament

They have been talking and talking for years about reductions and it is slowly getting cheaper.


Foreign sims normally cost no more than a pound. You can cut them with scissors or a knife to fit and then PAYG and data bundles will in most cases be much cheaper using a local network.

Take for instance Vodafone, they wanted £3 per MB, yes MB as soon as I arrived in Morocco. My Vodafone sim was quickly ripped out of the phone and replaced with a local one which cost about £1 and a GB of data was £4!

It's inly since Zambia that datas got more expensive but it's still significantly cheaper than roaming. South Africa worked out £13 for 2GB.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Thailand 2015

26 January 2015 - 9:49am
Off topic but interesting all the same.

I've just come back from Myanmar (Burma) where an expat told me that a while back bicycles or anything on two wheels (scooters,mopeds,etc) had been banned in the country.
Apparently there was an attempt on a General's life by some characters on a motorbike so he banned anything on two wheels from the country. There are quite a few trike bike taxis (three wheels, thats all right).
There are a few 'daring' people on bikes in Yangon and quite a few out into the rural areas.
Needless to say Yangon is one big traffic jam!

Rod

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

26 January 2015 - 9:21am
Good to read that account, especially as I was going the opposite way at the same time. We probably passed near Mimizan.
Funny though, the wind seemed to be in my face too, even though I was 180 degrees different!
Coldest and wettest I've ever been in France.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

26 January 2015 - 9:13am
Hi all
Tickets are now on sale for £65.00 quite good value for what's on offer can use the £10.00 saving to buy breakfast
Which means I do not have to bring all my cooking equipment and food so can travel light.
Mike

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

25 January 2015 - 9:56pm
Hello !

I edited a compilation video about my bicycle tour In Andalucia (year 2012) with cycling up to Pico Veleta (3396 m), Tetica da Bacares (2080 m), Puerto Ragua (2000 m), Puerto Escúllar (2036 m), cycling along the coast + through Tabernas desert... etc.

This is the 1st part with english subtitles about this part of our tour: Malaga - Puerto del Leon (view) - Almunecar - Mirador Cabra Montes (view) - Motril - Haza del Lino (Veleta panorama) - Motril - Granada - Pico Veleta - Granada

At the end I show few moments of the 2nd part : Veleta cycling by high wind (gale), Tabernas desert, Puerto velefique & Tetica da Bacares, etc.



Have pleasure with the video !

Gabor:
http://www.facebook-com/cycling.high
Similar videos, articles, photos of my experiences of 30.000 kms + 650.000 m heightdiff in the Alps, Pyrenees, Andalucia, Canary islands, ...

D137 Rochefort to Saintes

25 January 2015 - 9:18pm
Just on the off chance, does anyone know if this road is unpleasantly busy?
It seems to have been by passed by an E road and looks quiet enough on Streetview. It even has a cycle lane each side. Its dead flat, dead straight and not particularly interesting, but if useable it could close a gap for us quite neatly. I'm just a bit nervous about riding along thick red lines!

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

25 January 2015 - 9:07pm
Thanks for that - your suggestion caught me at a vulnerable moment with nothing much in the unread folder

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

25 January 2015 - 8:52pm
That could be useful, thanks. It's not the Icelandic mountain bike club is it? I might try contacting them, think they have a forum or something.

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

25 January 2015 - 7:48pm
nmnm wrote:Looking for Bike Magic?
We’ve put the brakes on our bike delivery service but you can still send your luggage using Bag Magic.You guys with your tricky questions have frightened them off!

You have to reckon though, the parcel courier industry is quite competitive and no-one is within a mile of this price. They can't last long charging £10 to move a 30kg box door-to-door within the UK, I reckon, even with Brent Crude so cheap!

I understand they were all signed up to use City Link...

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 7:29pm
Burley has a useful YHA that allows camping that is nicely situated for walks - so you have all the amenities at a good price - inside members kitchen and free showers. I Used it as a base some time ago and had a good time riding around

Re: St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 6:14pm
Sounds feasble, I suppose the route could be varied to end at a pick point rather than go to nice and back track.

Re: St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 5:54pm
I got this book recently but haven't had time to read it properly yet, however, I was thinking of riding down and getting the European BikeBus back.

Would that work for you?

Re: Holland cycle route info

25 January 2015 - 5:47pm
BARRACH wrote:Don't know if I should use a new post but what I would like to know is if I take my ebike, does anyone know what I should do
regarding recharging the battery. I could take my own charger but unlikely plugs would fit. Would I need a European adaptor.
Thanks
You probably would do better to start a new post - you're more likely to get an answer.

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

25 January 2015 - 5:22pm
looserlama wrote:I'll definitely go through Le Puy then, as I've never actually seen a volcano.There are a few bowls in the landscape around which are the remains of the volcanoes. What you see in Le Puy (tourist websites show it nicely) are the plugs left when the rest has eroded away. It is quite dramatic, and the walk on steep cobbled streets by the cathedral and up to the statue of the Virgin Mary are well worth doing. You can climb stairs inside the statue for a higher viewpoint, or you could last time I was there about 25 years ago.

Camping book - I use it for a bit of planning before I go, but it also contains small maps which at least give an idea of which towns have campsites (10,000 of them) and I photocopy those to take with me.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

25 January 2015 - 4:59pm
With regards Anglesey, I wouldn't be too concerned as long as I was on the old A5, not the current dual carriageway. It's at position (mile?) 9 that the track takes you onto the dual carriageway. Go across the roundabout and you'll be on the old A5. Some traffic, but can be deserted at times.

St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 4:53pm
Having recieved a copy of France en Velo for christmas I am considering doing the trip in late August/Sept. Having had problems with geting a bike back home in one piece and at a reasonable cost from the South of France on several occasions I intend using a modified P Type Brompton, which I have used for several long tours. As usual my trip will be solo, unsupported and camping wherever possible. Fortunatly I have the benifit of no time limit. Unfortunatly most guides tend to gloss over the difficulties so any advice on the route and campming facilities would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

25 January 2015 - 4:37pm
Awesome, thanks for your replies!

I'll definitely go through Le Puy then, as I've never actually seen a volcano.

Good to know there are signs for the Priorité à droite rule. I'm always careful when I come to a junction anyway, but having signs makes me feel a bit more comfortable.

Thanks for the tip about the campsite book, but frankly I'm trying to minimize the number of hard copy books/maps I'm bringing, so I think I'll just stick with googling campsites or using the ones already marked on the map. I don't think that should be an issue. If I decide to come back and do a trip only through france, that book would be really useful though!

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