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Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

26 July 2014 - 4:36pm
iviehoff wrote:serbring wrote:Regarding food I'd prefer to not bring with me the cooking equipment. Can I get something just prepared on the road, like sandwiches, piece of cakes, and so on? Are this kind of meals expensive?
You can live on bread and cheese etc without breaking the bank, but if it's cold you might miss the warm drink you can cook up on a stove. Food and drinks in cafes etc is very expensive.
thanks. for your suggestion.

Does the webisite with the list of tunnels work now? On my laptop tunnels are not displayed anymore. Here the website
http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/maps/tunnelmap.shtml

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

26 July 2014 - 4:33pm
Ambler wrote:Nigel
Any chance of explaining how you travelled to Donaueschingen?

Thanks

If I remember rightly I had to wait 2 hours at Stuttgart, then got a regional express train to Tuttlingen at about 06:20, which took 2 hours. I was only at Tuttlingen a few minutes, then got on a local train to Donaueschingen, arriving about 08:45 am. I didn't have a problem getting the bike on either train.

Re: Isle of Man - where's good to ride and stay?

26 July 2014 - 4:08pm
Hey thanks for your information everybody, I'll check all of this stuff out and decide what I'm gonna do

Re: Surviving Norway?

26 July 2014 - 3:02pm
I don't really like cooking when I camp, also because I prefer touring light and eating street food. But since I know that Norway is expensive I'm thinking to bring with me camping cuttery and a plate to prepare some cold meals. In this post someone posted the interesting suggestion of preparing cous cous with cold water. Cheap and quite fast. Do you have any other cold meal I may prepare in Norway without a stove?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

26 July 2014 - 2:06pm
The link from Galloper is very good. You used to be able to get it in hardback (and free)

Munsterland is very, very good. Not visited by Brits and very beautiful.

I'm off tomorrow to cycle camp the new route, the Roman-Lippe route from Detmold to Xanten. It only opened in 2013 and looks a cracker.

http://www.ruhr-tourismus.de/en/radrevi ... route.html

http://www.roemerlipperoute.de/

I'll post how I get on later in August

Enjoy the summer

John

Re: LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

26 July 2014 - 10:46am
Thanks 22 Camels,
Hardly any need for sunglasses.

Re: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

26 July 2014 - 9:24am
Thanks very much for the links Tim!

Great, will have a look through these this weekend.

cheers.

Re: LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

25 July 2014 - 10:23pm
Enjoyed reading that, thanks. No luminous orange and yellow panniers! What's the world coming to?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 10:12pm
Thanks for the link Galloper. Will get reading.

Re: France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

25 July 2014 - 7:37pm
Claud wrote:Hi,

A more couple of quick questions I’m hoping some here can advise on before we head off next week along the Breton coast ..........

1) Is cycling on the coast path allowed?
Mostly we’ll stick to the official Tour de Manche route, but a couple of short off-road detours right along the sea would be great, and from the pics I’ve seen some of the coastpath looks to have a good surface for riding, eg. around Perros Guirec.

2) What are the rules on wild camping in France? I’m particularly thinking of the grassy bits on headlands or above beaches.

(So far googling says nothing about #1, and nothing definitive about #2, but maybe it’s OK-ish??)

Thanks!

I'm currently on the TdM route. Day one from Cherbourg to carentan was mainly on an old railway. Surface was rough and v dusty. Chain, bike and me covered in link dust. Today was mainly on a path along the Vire, a much better surface. Heading to mont st michel tomorrow, will let you know!

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:53pm
I did consider one of these, but the connector would still keep falling out and I suspect the micro USB socket in the device eventually fail.

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:42pm
A pre-emptive measure for others might be a USB cable with a right angle mini/micro connector (such as this)



So there isn't so much cable sticking out to lever on the connector.

Rick.

Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:00pm
I have a Tablet, Smartphone and AA batteries from my Garmin Etrex Vista Hcx, which are charged when not cycling during a trip with a couple of Anker 10000mAh Cache batteries.

Each Anker cache battery is charged whilst cycling with a conventional Son28 dynamo and B&M E-Werk Regulator set up.

Unfortunately I managed to break the extremely fragile micro USB charging connector on one of the Ankers. It wasn't unexpected as these USB connectors are far too fragile for the rough and tumble of the touring environment.

Rather than throwing the Anker away I cut away the case and soldered one end of a short cable to the Anker circuit board, with an audio 3 pin XLR connector on the other. This mates to another XLR connector soldered onto one of the bare end coaxial leads that come with the E-Werk.batt_lead1.jpg

The whole charging lead path is now far more robust, with no danger of ultra fragile micro USB connectors falling out en route / breaking etc.
bike_fit1.jpg
If you're interested, the handlebar bag in the photo above is an old canvas military RAF tool bag sewn onto a Kraus and Rixen handlebar frame. Works fine and is waterproof too.

!WARNING! Anker and other similar batteries contain Li-Ion batteries which will ignite if damaged or cut!

France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

25 July 2014 - 5:52pm
Hi,

A more couple of quick questions I’m hoping some here can advise on before we head off next week along the Breton coast ..........

1) Is cycling on the coast path allowed?
Mostly we’ll stick to the official Tour de Manche route, but a couple of short off-road detours right along the sea would be great, and from the pics I’ve seen some of the coastpath looks to have a good surface for riding, eg. around Perros Guirec.

2) What are the rules on wild camping in France? I’m particularly thinking of the grassy bits on headlands or above beaches.

(So far googling says nothing about #1, and nothing definitive about #2, but maybe it’s OK-ish??)

Thanks!

Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

25 July 2014 - 4:15pm
But wouldn't you change at Newport rather than Cardiff? Why go from Newport to Cardiff and back again?

LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

25 July 2014 - 2:59pm
Flying with bikes from London Gatwick to Schiphol, the a ride to rural and coastal Holland. I was surprised by many things and one thing I can definitely say is that the Netherlands really does know how to treat its cyclists.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/bikepacking-in-holland-part-1/

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 2:12pm
Ambler wrote:Nigel
Any chance of explaining how you travelled to Donaueschingen?

Thanks

I flew to Stuttgart, there were 5 of us and trains were going to be a nightmare to get us all on board (this was 1999 so things may have changed). We hired a car one-way to Villingen-Schwenningen and rode from there to Donaueschingen.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

25 July 2014 - 2:02pm
A couple of slightly different bikes for you to consider.

Dawes Karakum £700 and comes complete with front and rear racks. I've had mine for about 6 years and find it very good for touring and general work. It copes well with poor road surfaces and I find the butterfly bars comfortable.

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op Revolution tourers. Three bikes in the range from £500 - £800 with the top two having disc brakes. I have one of their earlier cx bikes which, I believe, uses the same frame as the base model tourer, although that may have changed with later models. It's a very useful all rounder and one of those rare bikes that is better than the sum of its parts.

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 1:49pm
The following link will take you to a pdf for the Germany by bike guide. This is an excellent starting point and one I have used for several years.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/16f ... 16f8a1ad/1

A few suggestions. You can link one of the prettiest bits of the Rhine Cycle Route to the Moselle Route. They join at Koblenz. The northen part of the Rhine Route is indeed fairly industrial but the Rhine Gorge from Koblenz to Mainz is lovely. The Moselle route is just gorgeous!

The Elbe route in it's southern reaches, around Dessau, is quite pretty and easy riding.

The Main, Tauber, Altmuhl route is another delight but can be a bit hilly in parts. It intersects the Romantische Srasse which is also very pretty and which, eventually, links to the Danube route.

Prost!

Re: SNCF RER trains, has anyone ever been kicked off?

25 July 2014 - 12:27pm
You should be okay. I can't work out exactly which combination of trains you are planning on using, but the conductors would hopefully be understanding, especially as you are travelling with children. It could also be worth arriving half an hour early and having a chat with the SNCF person on the platform.

It's worth noting that not all TER trains accept bikes (http://www.velo.sncf.com/voyager-avec-s ... lo-en-ter/) but as far as I know there aren't any restrictions in Brittany. On TER's where bikes are allowed, there are no reservations, no charge for the bikes and no "bike tickets", you just turn up.

One minor point: would it be possible to change the typo in the thread title, as RER trains aren't the same thing...

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