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Re: Descent bike shop in Taunton?

26 August 2014 - 8:40pm
AND... Touring specialists SJS cycles up the road in Bridgwater ( closed @ weekends ) but a pleasant cycle from Taunton up the Bridgwater Canal.

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

26 August 2014 - 3:38pm
Done both these countries recently.

Burgundy is a big place, mostly agricultural, the wine growing area south of Dijon is only a small part.
I went on bike bus to Auxerre and was picked up in Beaune. Think of it as one big farm of 36000 sq kilometres with 9000 sq km of forests.

I must say Germany is a wonderful place for cycling much more varied than Burgundy and for me I prefer Germany even taking into account the weather risk. But 3 weeks ago I was cycling in North Rhine in 37 degrees.

Getting to Germany and back is straightforward but I allow a travelling day by train both ways to and from Hoek. The German tourist Office has a wonderful website fro cycling.

http://www.germany.travel/en/leisure-an ... cling.html.


Re: Descent bike shop in Taunton?

26 August 2014 - 2:19pm
Ah. I should have caveated my post with the fact that the bicycle chain workshop can be very busy and they don't squeeze jobs it. Not a problem for me, but I can see this would be a huge one for you. As said first I've heard good things about Ralph colemans as well so that's good.

Re: Descent bike shop in Taunton?

26 August 2014 - 2:00pm
Well that was an interesting experience. Thanks for you reponses.
I went to Bicycle Chain first. Explained that we were in the middle of a six month tour and just passing through and that I needed a new chain and rear casette fitting. The assistant showed absolutely not a flicker of interest in our story, looked up his workshop schedule and said we can do it a week on Thursday. Obviously that isn't much use to us as I explained but he wasn't interested. Then went to Ralph Colman's where I had a little bit of difficulty getting their new boy/holiday lad or whatever he was to understand what I wanted but once over that they were great. The mechanic said that really he couldn't do it until Friday but he would do his best to get it ready by Thursday. Can't ask for much more than that so no points to Bicycle Chain and nine out of ten to Ralph Colman.

Re: Panniers etc on Ferries & how to have safe panniers

26 August 2014 - 1:14pm
PrinterJohn wrote:If you feel you have to lock you bike up, please do not lock your bike with mine under it! I like to get off the ferry promptly and have in the past had to wait for people who have locked their bike up with mine behind it. Cheers John
Which bike is yours ?

Re: Descent bike shop in Taunton?

26 August 2014 - 10:37am
The Bicycle Chain is the one I use all the time, its just round the corner from my work and I've always had decent service from them. They will also price match if you need to get something.

Other bike shops in Taunton are:
Ralph Colemans
Kings Cycles - Both I have heard good things about but never used them
ND Cycles - not been in or heard anything about
Nationwide E-bikes - probably not your bag
On your bike - mainly bike recycling, but may be able to pick up parts bargains.
Also Halfords and Go Outdoors....

Theres a few more shops in the greater area as well (Wellington and Bridgwater). I can give a full run down if you want!

Descent bike shop in Taunton?

26 August 2014 - 10:21am
We are taking a break on our round Britain cycle tour. We are staying with my sister in Taunton for a week and I could do with changing the chain and rear casette. Can anybody recommend where to go?


Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

26 August 2014 - 1:36am
beardy wrote:It is always a compromise.
some more compromises to consider...

full size V brakes are good stoppers, but require compatible levers, which means no STI or Ergo in the future.

Cable discs such as BB7 road are good stoppers and allow unlimited clearance (or even switching wheels to 26"), but require that the framebuilder agrees to putting on stronger and heavier fork blades and (maybe) chainstay. Chainstay mounted rear allows best rack compatibility, and front-of-LH-fork-blade front mounting is safer and removed the need for lawyer lips, but consider rack compatibility beforehand. There can be overheating problems if you descend a big col slowly rather than adopt a plummet and brake hard at intervals style.

Drum brakes can be good stoppers and allow unlimited clearance etc, but are comparatively heavy.

Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

26 August 2014 - 1:04am
Rabbit wrote:I am planning an extended tour lasting several months and I'm in the fortunate position of having a frame built up for me but it's posing all sorts of questions which I hope you might help answer. As it's the first time I've had a bike built for me I'd like to know that I'm not making any horrendous mistakes! So roughly here is what I was planning - the tour I'm planning is all on roads, mountainous in parts, carrying front and rear panniers with camping gear. I'd also like to be able to use the bike for shorter weekend trips and day rides when I get home.

So - At the moment the spec I was thinking of is a Reynolds 725 frame, with vertical drop outs, cantilever brakes, front and rear rack eyes, and fittings for 3 bottles. I think the frame will have clearance for tyres up to 32 mm. It'll have a traditional style top tube (ie not sloping) and a quill stem. I was going to use it with 9 speed bar end shifters, a triple chainset of 22-32-44 or something like that and rear cassette of 11-32. I was going to have some Harry Rowland rigida sputnik or Mavic wheels on LX or XT hubs - and have XT front and rear mechs. From looking at other posts that all sounds fairly standard but I'm no expert. The main thing I was worried about was whether cantilevers were the best thing to have for loaded touring - and if that limits me in the future to only running bar ends or down tube gears - ie no STIs. Anyway, your thoughts would be welcome - Thanks,

Are you going for 26" wheels? You'll need them if going to Africa or South America ( and parts of Asia ) as spares are easier to find. Mentioned as you will need to have your fame sized for it or 700c

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

25 August 2014 - 8:32pm
This person got together his touring bike very cheaply!
http://tomsbiketrip.com/how-to-go-cycle ... ks-part-1/

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

25 August 2014 - 7:33pm
I do quite like the added flavour but am happy to get my calories from food, I've never been a fan of empty calories so to speak.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

25 August 2014 - 7:25pm
Aikon wrote:I've got 20 of the SiS version of these hydration tablets for my ride across France, enough for 3-4 bottles a day, I used them on JoGLE and coped fine with them & occasional bottles of water.
Done heavily laden Lejog and several long traverses of France and other countries without ever feeling the need for these supplements. Water is fine (and free everywhere if you ask nicely so you only need to carry 2 half litre bottles to refill) , plus a varied normal diet (with extra salt sprinkled on if you feel the need, and as much tea, coffee, beer, as you feel like). We do tend to have packet soups as back-up and these tend to be very salty.
OK so if you were a super fit competitive racing cyclist working at the extreme of your ability then some careful nutrition science might make a difference, but for ordinary tourers like me it's unnecessary and probably a rip off.

Re: London - Dunkirk - Bruges - Rozenburg - Amsterdam

25 August 2014 - 7:18pm
Or after Rotterdam you can continue to follow the coastal LF route and not turn inland until you are in the general vicinity of IJmuiden, to get to Amsterdam.

en-route you can ride in the dunes (on proper cycle paths) around the Hague, Scheveningen and Zandvoort.

Last time I rode in Utrecht was in the late 80s. At afternoon rush hour, about a billion bicycles all appeared at once, and it all worked smoothly. What a sight.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

25 August 2014 - 7:10pm
I strongly recommend a set of narrower, smoother tread tyres if you are primarily road touring. You probably already figured that out.

Schwalbe Marathons seem to be available in all kinds of sizes.

Beyond that, you can certainly tour on this bike, and indeed loads of people tour on MTBs.

Re: coming back from germany by train

25 August 2014 - 7:07pm

Note that it is pretty easy to buy tickets on the day, at German stations, plus bike reservation, if you travel by trains other than the ICE ultra-high-speed type (that means IC or RE varieties).

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

25 August 2014 - 7:07pm
When I were a young lad (many,many moons ago) a friend & i used to tour on a tandem. We had little money, and the tandem was built from bits (3 speed hub on the back!). We didn't take water at all, bottle cages were far too fancy for us..... but we became experts at extracting clean water from mains-fed cattle troughs near wherever we were camping, usually a wide & quiet road verge. (Once on a roundabout, and once on a nice flat grassy space which we discovered in the morning was a cricket pitch).

Ah, the simple life....

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

25 August 2014 - 7:05pm
The Netherlands are a cycling environment that you have to ride to believe. It's SO easy. The superbly worked out bike routes, almost always on segregated paths unless the road is super-quiet… paradise.

Take the Harwich to Hoek ferry, and then ride around anywhere you fancy. I recommend either the coast route or inland towards the Hoge Veluwe.

Re: Rhine cycle path

25 August 2014 - 7:01pm
nirakaro wrote:I assume that where it’s on cycle tracks, navigation will be a doddle. Are the other parts well signposted?

It's all pretty well signposted, but rest assured of one thing; navigation is a doddle the whole way.

Re: Panniers etc on Ferries & how to have safe panniers

25 August 2014 - 6:49pm
If you feel you have to lock you bike up, please do not lock your bike with mine under it! I like to get off the ferry promptly and have in the past had to wait for people who have locked their bike up with mine behind it. Cheers John

Re: Weight of total gear for a 4 week tour in France

25 August 2014 - 6:09pm
davetb wrote:Jet boil stove, 1 spoon each, sharp knife with tools, 1 cup & use cup on bottom of jet boil

What, that little plasitc bit?
I love my Jetboil, but that would be a step too far for me, go on, treat yourself to a proper cup
The rest of the kit list looks good, as you say a sensible compromise between weight and comfort. Have a good trip.


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