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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!

Re: WESTERN ISLES

3 February 2016 - 9:52pm
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!

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

3 February 2016 - 9:34pm
bump

Re: lighting in Germany

3 February 2016 - 7:06pm
The reason I carry lights is for tunnels and to have a torch. It also helps in rain and where tree's overhang the road for long stretches.

Berlin hostels can fill on summer weekends; some advance booking is wise. Berlin can be hot!

Re: d lock for touring?

3 February 2016 - 6:18pm
Independently and before I read it I also thought of Micks suggestion.

Get a light but chunky looking padlock and a bit of light chain.

http://nothingbutpadlocks.com/products/ ... chain-65cm

http://www.pvrdirect.co.uk/productinfo. ... oCPrzw_wcB

And…

http://nothingbutpadlocks.com/products/ ... sc-padlock

Unfamiliar stuff might put a thief off?

Al

Re: d lock for touring?

3 February 2016 - 6:01pm
pwa wrote:TrevA wrote:
Brilliant lateral thinking! Just go to a place where stuff doesn't get nicked!

yes, like a small island, or holiday in your garage.

Re: lighting in Germany

3 February 2016 - 5:44pm
Thanks for the advice everyone, one less thing for me to worry about

Re: d lock for touring?

3 February 2016 - 4:59pm
TrevA wrote:robing wrote:I don't take a D lock touring. I've got enough to carry without a dirty great lock. I don't really leave the bike anywhere unattended in busy places. In cities I tend to use hotels and take bike in room or secure store. I was on the ferry to Barra from Oban and another touring cyclist had a massive Kryptonite Lock with them! I said you won't need that on the Outer Hebrides!

I just take a small cable lock. We stayed on Islay and Mull and had to leave our bikes outside on Islay. I didn't even bother to lock mine.

Brilliant lateral thinking! Just go to a place where stuff doesn't get nicked!

Re: WESTERN ISLES

3 February 2016 - 4:54pm
rualexander wrote:TrevA wrote:We did the Inner Hebrides last May. I think it rained almost every day and I was in full winter gear most of the time, with Goretex on top in the rain. So long as you dress for the weather, it's not too bad. Can be quite windy but I don't think I saw a single midge.
Last May was unusually bad.

Just my luck!

People did say that they'd had a very late spring and it was unusually cold and wet for the time of year.

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