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Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

4 February 2016 - 1:38pm
nirakaro wrote:Always wise to get most of your mileage in before lunch - it's amazing what a quarter litre of wine does to your legs!

Agreed. I made a point of not drinking alcohol at lunchtime on my last Alpine tour. Made up for it at night though .

Re: WESTERN ISLES

4 February 2016 - 1:34pm
I enjoyed the Inner Hebrides tour we did last year. I think we only had one day of continuous rain, but it was showery and windy most days apart from one glorious day on the Ross of Mull.

We had a number of incidents along the way - we were supposed to go to Campbelltown from Ardrossan but ended up going to Brodick on Arran instead. We had a night on Iona and were supposed to be staying at the Youth Hostel, but when we got there it was double booked. My wife and I, being the only married couple, managed to get a double room in a Catholic retreat, but the rest of our party had to camp out in hired tents and sleeping bags with no washing or cooking facilities. Also, we were due catch the small rib boat ferry from Jura to Tayvallich. There were 18 in our party and the boat could only take 12, so we had to split in two and wait two hours for the boat to go across and back again. There was supposed to be a second boat laid on, but the ferryman knew nothing about it. We didn't get to the hotel in Lochgilphead until 9.30pm and it rained the whole way!

Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

4 February 2016 - 1:15pm
Always wise to get most of your mileage in before lunch - it's amazing what a quarter litre of wine does to your legs!

Re: Sardinia

4 February 2016 - 12:32pm
La Maddalena on the Maddalena island chain is very nice, but I'm not sure how much more than a day or two of cycling you'd get out of the islands. Theres been a few threads on Sardinia recently, so it may be worth doing a search on the forum for more info.

Sardinia

4 February 2016 - 12:21pm
I am planning a camping holiday in Sardinia, we will be travelling by car, establishing a base from which to cycle from each day. We plan on having a couple of bases from which to cycle.
What I am interested in is if anyone can suggest a couple of bases that will give us some good day rides. At the moment I am thinking of Alghero and perhaps somewhere in the south east corner, Lanusei?
Any suggestions welcomed
Many thanks
David

Re: WESTERN ISLES

4 February 2016 - 11:50am
I've been in the souther Western Isles (Barra to Bernearay) twice, but both visits were in June/July.

In good weather they are wonderful places to visit - in bad weather they have a certain charm provided you don't mind getting wet. One afternoon we rode from Bernaray to Grimsay in heavy rain, and were very pleased to find our B&B that night was owned by a couple whose son was a pro racing cyclist and who understood all about soggy clothes and panniers.

We never had any midge problems, except one occasion when my wife fell asleep in the mahair in mid-afternoon and was a sitting target.

I recommend the Gatcliffe hostels at Bernearay and Howmore (S. Uist), and Durnard hostel in Castlebay (Barra).

There are very attractive beaches that look like the Caribbean but have much colder water. Swimming on Barra, we were surprised when several cows appeared from somewhere and plunged into the water to join us. It turned out they were after the seaweed on the rocks, but for some odd bovine reason that particular herd preferred going in when there were humans around as well.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

4 February 2016 - 11:22am
molzor wrote:I have decided to go for shimano's fully mechanical BR-R317 brakes.

Go on, tell me I've made the wrong choice.

You do realise you will have to give us a progress report when you've put some miles into them? Hope they serve you well.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

4 February 2016 - 11:16am
I have decided to go for shimano's fully mechanical BR-R317 brakes.

Go on, tell me I've made the wrong choice.

Re: WESTERN ISLES

4 February 2016 - 10:38am
Last May on the west coast was worse than ever. Very cold and windy. I wore shorts mostly but went back to longs for a while. When I had a boat I did not bother putting it in the water until June as mostly too cold and windy to bother. Very unpredictable but the trends seem to be that the seasons are moving on a bit and May is more like April or even March used to be.

Re: WESTERN ISLES

4 February 2016 - 10:34am
So the consensus seems to be - suck it and see!!
Good idea to wait and see how the weather forecast is looking, especially travelling a long distance to get there.

Re: morocco - sticks and stones...

4 February 2016 - 10:11am
banjaxed wrote:Thanks to all who came up with some great ideas for routes in Morocco. I'm spoilt for choice!

I'm interested in opinions on comments (mainly on CGOAB) about aggressive behaviour of kids and a prevailing culture of over charging by hoteliers. I've been to Morocco a few times (though not on a bike) and have never experienced the latter. Unless there are reports of anything serious I plan to go ahead with the tour later this month. For the record I will do a circular route starting and ending in Marrakech to include Atlas mountains, possibly Draa valley and the coast.
I did a circuit of just that area, though not out to the coast. I never had stones thrown at me, though my wife and I were careful to be reasonably modest about our dress, no lycra skin shorts etc. I think the stones tend to be more related to dress that they would think immodest. What we did have was very tiring and persistent begging. Sometimes from adults too. The most annoying day was riding up into the Jbel Sahro from Boumalne, we had a permanent escort of children on bikes, demanding stuff all the time.

morocco - sticks and stones...

4 February 2016 - 9:51am
Thanks to all who came up with some great ideas for routes in Morocco. I'm spoilt for choice!

I'm interested in opinions on comments (mainly on CGOAB) about aggressive behaviour of kids and a prevailing culture of over charging by hoteliers. I've been to Morocco a few times (though not on a bike) and have never experienced the latter. Unless there are reports of anything serious I plan to go ahead with the tour later this month. For the record I will do a circular route starting and ending in Marrakech to include Atlas mountains, possibly Draa valley and the coast.

Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

4 February 2016 - 12:49am
If you're starting in Nantes, then this campsite http://www.camping-belleriviere.com/default.asp?lang=en was lovely (and cheap). About 15-20 mins outside the city centre. Cyclists really welcome... You could also happily spend a day in Nantes exploring, a great city.

Enjoy

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

3 February 2016 - 10:17pm
welsh trekker wrote:thanks everyone for tips and ideas. If I decide to travel without a bike and buy one in perhaps Washington DC , where would you advise to go ? for the best advice and choice ?
Or what other city ?
I am assuming I shall fly into DC from the UK.

I'd suggest posting your question on crazyguyonabike. There are a good few cyclists based in the Washington DC area on there. As well as getting advice on where to buy a touring bike in the D.C. area you may get other tips/offers. As a result of being a regular forum user on crazyguyonabike when I posted the fact I was starting a tour from D.C. a local rider offered to pick me up at the airport and dropped me at the hostel in downtown D.C.

It's also the place to post if you have any issues during the tour. Cyclists will go the extra mile to help other tourers and there are a lot of USA based tourers on crazyguyonabike.

Re: WESTERN ISLES

3 February 2016 - 10:14pm
I've been travelling to NW Scotland in early May for about 20 years now the last five touring the islands and things seem to be getting worse. Last year was particularly bad with really strong winds and heavy rain (bad enough that various ferries were cancelled). I've also been on holiday to Harris/Uists etc. in July and had good weather and no midges! It really is a hard call. This year I'm lucky enough to not be tied to particular dates so I plan to monitor the weather and head up there if/when it is looking good.

Re: WESTERN ISLES

3 February 2016 - 10:05pm
All my holidays in the Highlands and Islands have either been May or September, I've had some great weather and some awful, but they've all been really enjoyable tours.

Re: WESTERN ISLES

3 February 2016 - 9:55pm
jamesgilbert wrote:For some excellent (and cheap) accommodation, check out the Gatliff Trust hostels: http://www.gatliff.org.uk/

You can't book, but there's usually room!
Checked the website and they look well worth a stay. Thanks for the link.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

3 February 2016 - 9:53pm
I don't know DC. I think if I were planning to buy a bike on the East Coast, I'd start with Harris Cyclery http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/

Otherwise, if no one else has recommendations, you can check the map of member shops on the ACA site https://www.adventurecycling.org/resour ... ber-shops/

Re: WESTERN ISLES

3 February 2016 - 9:53pm
Ah, TrevA, we say the same to tourists here in Cornwall, with as much truth!

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