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Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

26 September 2014 - 11:27am
mcallaghan wrote:Is it worth going to Holyhead from Bangor? It would be an out-and-back trip (two nights in Bangor) before heading south on the LLC. Or should I skip Holyhead and go from the NCN 5 in Bangor to the NCN 8?

My memory of the ride across Anglesey from Holyhead to Bangor is of pleasant but unremarkable countryside, especially when compared with the stunning terrain and views after reaching the mainland. So my advice (with apologies to any Anglesey enthusiasts) would be to skip this part if time is short.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

25 September 2014 - 11:53pm
The dates for the Royal Welsh Agricutural Show are July 20 - 23, 2015. Campsites in Rhayader and Builth Wells will be hopelessly full during that time. However, if you start your trip in Chester that week, surely you will not arrive in the area of the RWAS until the following week. By then there should be no problem.

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

25 September 2014 - 11:02pm
My favourite places are:

Le Grand Bornand (great wee village/town) with Tour de France pedigree and half a dozen cols of varying challenge as day rides)

La Grave (settlement half way between Bourne D'Oisans and the Lauteret, at the foot of La Meije, iconic alp). 8 years ago I stayed at a bike hotel there that was really hospitable, multilingual and great food. Can't remember the name; Edelweiss??, but it is a small place.

I'd love to go to Velo Vercors. The mountains of the Vercors range are full of gorges and precipices that cry out to be explored.

Re: Poncho

25 September 2014 - 11:01pm
Yes i know it.

Little is the word.

Oiled up my top squeezing myself and the brommie through the semi blocked door.

Nice chap runs it - well worth checking it out.

Army surplus shops were common when i was a kid - pretty rare these days.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

25 September 2014 - 10:12pm
Good luck with the sale. I managed to get a pretty good price for my hybrid. It was really well looked after and I listed all the specs although I started with a summarised list of the key points for me that I enjoyed about it. The only tricky bit was he size of the bike as I'm below average in height so that made it a pretty niche product. It sold though which is the main thing and I have a spangly Surly disc trucker on the way. Whoo hoo..hc

Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

25 September 2014 - 8:48pm
Mostly plotted a route starting in Chester.

Is it worth going to Holyhead from Bangor? It would be an out-and-back trip (two nights in Bangor) before heading south on the LLC. Or should I skip Holyhead and go from the NCN 5 in Bangor to the NCN 8?

LLC and Wales Questions

25 September 2014 - 8:15pm

This years plans fell through, so I am planning (and committing) to a tour next summer, 2015.

Overall plan is to ride the LLC from Holyhead to Cardiff, starting from Chester (taking the NCN 5 to Holyhead). I'm overseas, but a childhood friend who will hopefully accompany me on this trip is based in London, and its generally much easier for me to fly to London. So we'll take a 2-hr train up to Chester and start our tour from there.

I was/am planning to do this during the last 2-Weeks of July. Researching campsites right now and have come across an interesting dilemma - The Royal Welsh Show. It seems like all the campsites in Mid Wales require multi-night bookings for that time period.

Should I go the first two weeks of July instead? How crazy is this Royal Welsh Show thing in mid-wales? I would direct my question to a Welsh cycling forum, but such a place does not exist! (Unlike the helpful Irish Cycling Forum i found for my tour last summer to the Emerald Isle).

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

25 September 2014 - 6:47pm
I went on a CTC holiday where the campsite was right at the bottom of Alpe de Huez, that was nice and Boug de Oisons was nice as well. If you have the car why not try Col de Bonnet? get the T shirt.

Re: Poncho

25 September 2014 - 6:17pm
Bike-components have yellow and mango ones on sale for 20 euros.

http://www.bike-discount.de/en/praesenz ... ude+poncho

Re: 700c wheels in India?

25 September 2014 - 4:57pm
I'm 5"10" and rode the GT for about 10 years. It might have done for you, but I am off to Japan in a couple of days so a bit late now. I live on the Fenchurch St line and may have a bit of time if you want to look over the weekend. PM me.

You are right, no campsites in India. The biggest problem is finding space not used by anyone and also privacy. You are almost constantly being watched and putting up a tent would attract a permanent crowd. A hotel room offers a bit of a respite. Safety is not normally a concern, but there was a recent problem of 2 Swiss being killed while camping. Constant attention and possible pilfering are much bigger problems.

I have cycled from Katmandu to Goa; Goa to the bottom and back; 2 other trips round the South. Roads vary widely. Some are very good, a few are terrible, most are OK. I often seems to be a State thing with some much worse than others. I tried to ride on the State Highways and avoid the much busier National Highways. Many of the smaller roads may be unpaved.

I never broke a wheel and had few punctures, but I am light, ride fairly carefully and don't carry lots of luggage. A few few spare tubes, maybe a spare folding tyre and a few of each spokes should do.

India is a fascinating place, I am sure you will love it. If you don't want the expense and aggro of getting to E Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are local and both worth a visit.


Re: 700c wheels in India?

25 September 2014 - 3:50pm
Sorry for the delay in getting back to your q's.

here is London but I'm currently scoping out options which seem to be span the whole country. It's hard work getting a complete setup from scratch! I'm 5'11" so think your GT outpost might be a bit too small for me - what do you think? Hoping to get my hands on a Dawes Sardar but they seem to be a little out of my price range. Would be happy with a decent stell MTB tbh but lots of cheaper Dawes Galaxys keep popping up with 700c wheels.

We toyed with the idea of camping initially but soon realised that it's not recommended. Is it just unsafe to camp? I can't imagine there being many camp sites in India. We're just taking a stove for boiling water and may camp in East Africa if we get there.

Where have you been in India? What are the roads liek on the whole?

An impossible question really but if I end up getting a 700c bike how many spare inner tubes/tyres/spokes etc would you suggest I take?


French Alps - recommended places...?

25 September 2014 - 3:13pm
I’m about to set off down to the Alps with the bike in the back of the car to ride about a bit and stay in various places - a mix of hotels and B&B’s, maybe camping, depending on the weather. I’ve no itinerary planned as yet, and enjoy just heading where the fancy takes me. (No, "the fancy" isn't my nickname for the bike).

Does anyone want to recommend favourite places to stay or restaurants to eat in?

Obviously, if the places you know and love are so good you don’t want to broadcast them for fear of them being overrun forever afterwards, you can just PM me. I promise not to reveal your secrets.

Re: Santander hotel

25 September 2014 - 3:07pm
thanks, i have emailed the san marco.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

25 September 2014 - 2:52pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Thanks Martin. I have a friend who has made blood brothers with his Thorn and rode round Oz so obviously tried to sell me down this route. I just don't have the budget. Surly is an option so far.......hc
My 585L Sherpa, 18 months old, will be on Ebay in a few weeks when i return from spain - where I'm going on my Rohloff equipped Raven......

Re: Poncho

25 September 2014 - 1:27pm
There is a little Army surplus shop near Warterloo Station, go past the Old Vic and Down the Cut, it's past Evans Cycles on the same side olmost oposite the Young Vic

Re: new to touring

25 September 2014 - 12:09pm
Depends on what sort of touring you want to do. If a moving-on tour staying at hostels or B&B's then you don't need to carry too much stuff, so a couple of panniers will suffice. If camping, you need to take more stuff, so you may need the ability to add front panniers and a front rack. i have the fittings for an extra bottle cage under the downtube but don't use it. If camping, it can be a useful place to keep a fuel bottle or extra water bottle.

Re: new to touring

25 September 2014 - 10:37am
The main thing is that the bike is comfortable; it needs to be. Other aspects are mostly fixable as you go.

Re: new to touring

25 September 2014 - 10:28am
It should be fine for touring. Bearing in mind folk have successfully toured on penny-farthings, that your hybrid isn't a "proper touring bike" is really not an issue. You may find yourself walking up nasty hills towards the end of the day, but that's hardly the end of the world, and you might find yourself taking the odd walk with 27 gears anywy. Tweaks needed will be sufficient luggage space, assuming you don't already have it, and while mudguards aren't essential they do tend to make life more comfortable on wet roads. Toe cages or clipless pedals make long distances a little easier, but again you can live without them.

The extra eyelets are for an extra water bottle cage, assuming you (a) want one and it (b) fits.

The main thing, and the most difficult thing, you need to go touring is the resolve to get on and do it. Once you're on your bike with a target in front of you it's "just" a case of turning the pedals until you get there. If you stick at it you can tune the kit to your own preferences over time, but to just get out touring you don't need any special kit.


new to touring

25 September 2014 - 9:39am
HI all,
I have a ridgeback 8 speed hybrid,with all eyelets for touring,
with a few tweaks will this be suitable for touring?
it also has eyelets on the underside of the down tube top end just behind the front wheel what would these be for

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

25 September 2014 - 8:56am
bigjim wrote:theDaveB wrote:Here is my Decathlon Original 5 Night and Day + cheap Bob Yak ripoff trailer.
I want to know more about this.
I'm off to Portugal on Sunday. I hate travelling with the bike. It can cost me £100 to take my own bike. There is a Decathlon near the airport. I thought that Original three looks as if would tour. It's about £150. mmmm... Searched the net to see if anybody had toured with one. I tour light. saddlebag or stuffsac if poss.
So come on spill the beans. I know it's the 5 but I think there is not that much difference.

The 3 has thinner tubing on the frame and mentions a weight limit on the spec. I went to the shop to look at it and decided a 5 would be better for me as I weigh 17.5 stone.

I paid £209 at the time (12 months ago) and last time I was in noticed that do loads of others now around that price.

I can't complain about mine at all, only been on 2 tours to North Wales but go out on it nearly every day and not had a single problem. Only things I have changed our seat, tyres and pedals. They come with a £30 gel seat, I use their own £10 seat, much better. Changed the tyres due to too many punctures and the pedals becuase I wear sandals and could feel the pedal under my feet after a while, so swapped for some flat ones, also from Decathlon for £5.

Edit: Just had a look on the site, the 520 looks the same as mine and the 500 is the same minus rack and Dynamo.



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