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Re: Touring in Sweden

13 April 2015 - 9:36pm
albal1 wrote:Departing Nordkapp Jun 22. Heading through Sweden. looks like wild camping is the answer there. Any gas available from Nordkapp? anyone?
There is a G-sport in Honningsvåg https://www.gsport.no/butikker If you contact them in advance, you should be able to order and collect in store, to ensure that you can get what you need.

Otherwise, you could try contacting tourist information http://www.nordkapp.no/en/services/serv ... nformasjon

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 9:23pm
That's very useful. Does the data you're getting include predicted wind directions/speeds? That's the main thing missing compared to my usual graphics-heavy www.timeanddate.com forecasts.

Re: Touring in Sweden

13 April 2015 - 9:09pm
smith4188 wrote:In 2013 I found Sweden to be the second most expensive country in mainland Europe (after Norway). Despite wild-camping nearly the whole time, I still spent £20 per day on food, and that was only the most basic supermarket grub (no meals or takeaways and no alcohol). If your budget can stretch to alcohol then supermarkets only sell lager up to 3.5%. If you want something worth drinking then you have to go to a special shop (sometimes attached to the supermarket) but they close at 6pm.

If you decide you want a shower and head to a campsite, they were all around £20 for one man/one tent and many of them insisted that you bought a £10 membership card to gain permission to pay to sleep in their fields (when the surrounding forests are free). The card gives you no other benefits by the way.

Sweden was one of the few countries (along with Finland, Norway and, to some extent, Switzerland) in which I found that the expense of being there negatively impacted my ride.

But, whatever, have a great trip!

Ah, sweden and alcohol.

Last time i was in sweden was about 96 and i don't think uk prices have yet caught up with what they were charging then.

Good luck with your uber spartan trip.

But knowing your proclivities i tend to think you might be yearning for a beer cycling trip afterwards. I'm sure with your writing credentials it wouldn't fall into the twin traps of either being wine writer poncy or uber laddish.

Re: Touring in Sweden

13 April 2015 - 8:47pm
Departing Nordkapp Jun 22. Heading through Sweden. looks like wild camping is the answer there. Any gas available from Nordkapp? anyone?

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 8:43pm
With slow lines, fast lines and island platforms, the train can arrive on either side.
Its only the non island type that you can be sure of (unless its a single track line...). Experience goes a long way

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 7:56pm
+1 to the comments from ANTONISH re Southeastern services, including their Javelin trains.

don1 wrote:Last time I travelled with my bike down from Yorkshire to London for the Dunwuch Dynamo, there was a 'guards carriage' with 3 Sheffield stands inside to lock your bike to.
Was the service hauled by a steam locomotive?

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 7:36pm
Last time I travelled with my bike down from Yorkshire to London for the Dunwuch Dynamo, there was a 'guards carriage' with 3 Sheffield stands inside to lock your bike to.

Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 6:35pm
I can't be doing with bloated, java-script heavy weather websites and apps so created a simple text-only forecast. Loads in a few seconds on a 2g connection even in very poor reception areas and has mountain forecasts too.

http://www.tourbybike.co.uk/text-forecast/

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 6:11pm
Bon voyage! Good luck and have a great time!

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 5:21pm
Good luck and enjoy
Will be starting mine soon I hope

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 4:41pm
lucky you

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 2:54pm
Great! Enjoy it and keep us posted. It's less than a month til I start my own tour. I'm starting in Roses,Spain. Going to Gibraltar and then all the way home again! Planning on around 2 months. And well done for travelling so light. I presume you are not camping.

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 2:14pm
Have a great tour and enjoy the journey.

European Tour Advice?

13 April 2015 - 2:12pm
Hey all!

I was planning to take a solo tour to Norway this year as a small holiday, but two friends have got involved and we're now cycling 2000 miles through Europe for a Male Cancer Charity (Orchid) We're looking for advice on camping in Germany, around the Bremen/Hamburg/Fehmarn area as we are coming through Holland to Bremen then up into Denmark and are aware that wildcamping is illegal in Germany.

Any advice for routes and camping from Holland to Bremen/Hamburg/Fehmarn and the stops in between there that would be very appreciated! We're also going to be going through Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic (Via Rostock and Berlin in Germany), Slovenia, Austria and Croatia before the end of the tour in Trieste, Italy. So any information anyone has about good routes/wildcamp spots that would be great!

You can check our charity page out at Facebook.com/tyredtest15 too, if anyone is interested!

Thanks,

Jordan!

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 12:22pm
Barrenfluffit wrote:"the platforms are usually on the left of the train (looking in the direction of travel) "

This is very much a station by station thing. Island platforms (between the lines) mean the side varies according to which line your on; this might reflect historic circumstances. Even two line railways may have island platforms.
True. It varies line-by-line and sometimes area-to-area. East Anglia has mostly outside platforms and even some with islands are operated so that the doors generally are on the left, whereas I think both the Southeastern routes to Dover (the old LCDR and HS1) have islands near London, plus Rochester and Faversham, with outside platforms elsewhere - rather annoying if you don't get the bike into a bike space.

Possible pic of a Southeastern bike space at https://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/10046338153 from someone who works with cycleipswich.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 11:31am
"the platforms are usually on the left of the train (looking in the direction of travel) "

This is very much a station by station thing. Island platforms (between the lines) mean the side varies according to which line your on; this might reflect historic circumstances. Even two line railways may have island platforms.

You can look up the train types on wiki.

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 11:19am
Enjoy!

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 11:19am
mjr wrote:Some of Greater Anglia's Turbostars (at least Peterborough-Ipswich and Norwich-Cambridge routes, train numbers 170xxx) have a bike stand next to the easy-access toilet where you can hang some bikes by their top tube on two rubber-coated prongs and secure any sort of bike with the "luggage straps" provided so it won't fall off/over into the aisle in the curves (especially each side of Thetford!). I've seen six bikes safely in such an area, but people had to use their own luggage straps to secure some. EDIT: there's a picture on http://keeppushingthosepedals.blogspot. ... rs_23.html although the bike isn't on the rack.
I forgot about those. I haven't used the trains with those carriages much, they are somewhat in use between Norwich and London, too.

ANTONISH wrote: I use a toe strap or a strong elastic band to apply the front brake while on the train - this prevents a lot of movement.

Yes, I have a velcro strap or two on each my bikes that I use for this purpose (not just on trains).

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 11:09am
bainbridge wrote:Hi tourers

then over to Germany and down the Rhine as far as Bonn then we'll go west to Frankfurt.

Geography pedant mode: You'll be going the long way round if you go to Frankfurt that way - not sure if 3 weeks will be enough!

Either way, it sounds like a great trip. I'm very envious. Have a great time.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

13 April 2015 - 10:41am
I think the high price is a status thing - they dont want the brand to be seen as a cutprice/cheap name? These days there are quite a few up market touring bikes and Dawes wants to be seen among them?

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