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Re: First bike tour with children

26 October 2014 - 9:54am
MrsHJ wrote:Those books, cycle tours, one day routes in "whichever county" by ordnance survey, are still around, second hand on Amazon and do quiet roads so I might start there and join some up for overnights. They are mostly gentle on inclines (check the route) and I guess at 10 she will be ok on quiet roads. My daughter is just 11 and did her bike ability course last week and got certified for on road but it did sound like she was the most competent of the group and they all passed I believe. She has an islabike.

A decent length of proper cycle track without loads of annoying half gates can be quite hard to find in this country but I had been mulling over the Avon and kennet canal for my kids. Instead we did the nantes brest canal as our first decent size trip. We are in the south west so not local to you but there is a 100 mile coast to coast of Devon route that the kids and I are hoping to do most of at the end of next week over about 4 days. This is featured on the devon county website so I guess other counties do the same thing ( and sustrans of course).

The Sustrans routes from Gloucester to London on the Thames and Severn riversalso use the canal and it is fine, but can be muddy if wet

The Devon Coast to Coast has the same issue, and some hills

Re: First bike tour with children

26 October 2014 - 8:40am
Those books, cycle tours, one day routes in "whichever county" by ordnance survey, are still around, second hand on Amazon and do quiet roads so I might start there and join some up for overnights. They are mostly gentle on inclines (check the route) and I guess at 10 she will be ok on quiet roads. My daughter is just 11 and did her bike ability course last week and got certified for on road but it did sound like she was the most competent of the group and they all passed I believe. She has an islabike.

A decent length of proper cycle track without loads of annoying half gates can be quite hard to find in this country but I had been mulling over the Avon and kennet canal for my kids. Instead we did the nantes brest canal as our first decent size trip. We are in the south west so not local to you but there is a 100 mile coast to coast of Devon route that the kids and I are hoping to do most of at the end of next week over about 4 days. This is featured on the devon county website so I guess other counties do the same thing ( and sustrans of course).

Re: Just like the UK!

26 October 2014 - 8:32am
All the above very interesting! When I went to my local station(and itsa city station),they said they knew nothing about booking continental travel(and basically,didnt want to know). The fragmented railway system means they only have direct knowledge of their own region,or railway company,not others. They directed me to London wherein(and I guess)to speak to a human yer on the phone at premium rates or...you journey down to London(by train!)to speak to some individual after more queues. My own thinking goes along these lines: transportation is not a public service,its there to make £££. If it makes money,it privatised. Making losses,the MPs make sure it goes bake to pay off the debts. If anyone is helpful to you...take it as a bonus

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

25 October 2014 - 9:40pm
Thanks for your info.. Based on what I've read, the coastline looks like a bit of a no no. I'll reassess and perhaps look at going further inland in Portugal or else look at Spanish routes south instead. Thanks again.

First bike tour with children

25 October 2014 - 9:28pm
I have just done the C2C over three windy days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Absolutely stunning scenery, and a superbly signposted and maintained route. Hats off to Sustrans.
My 10-yr old daughter, who cycles locally quite a bit, is keen to do something similar - ie: a challenge ride, camping each night somewhere new. However, I don't think she's yet up to the hill climbs on the C2C. Can anyone recommend a good route for which (a) we can get to the start and end points via public transport (b) the level of challenge is suitable for a fairly fit but novice 10-yr old on something like a hybrid bike (she's on a mountain bike at present). I think she could happily do 30 miles each day, based upon recent rides we've done together. I want to make the most of her keenness but not put her off in the process. Any ideas welcome. We're based in Nottingham too - something that isn't a million miles to get to would be good.

Re: knee pain and touring

25 October 2014 - 4:59pm
Saw the consultant 9th October who told me there is a slight improvement in my knee, although there are three bits of bone on the outside of my knee which he is conerned about. I am booked in for another MRI scan at the end of November (the third since July) so I will see what he has got to say after that. My knee does not ache and feels normal, although I suppose it's what is happening underneath that counts. I asked him if I could get back on my bike and he aid yes, but go carefully. If everything fails it will be a new knee cap.

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

25 October 2014 - 4:13pm
I'm on 1.6 supremes since 2011. Done about 11,000 miles touring and commuting. Mixed surfaces. Swapped back to front once. So far all good, just a few cuts in tread and some gentle wear. No complaints.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

25 October 2014 - 12:58pm
Also think carefully about what you must pack; buying things at the other end can be cheaper than paying to take them.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

25 October 2014 - 12:56pm
You need to look at the airline regulations size criteria. In general two panniers is less than the maximum size of one hold bag. So a strong lightweight bag (eg a stripey plastic suitcase like bag) with the panniers firmly strapped together inside can work. Strong plastic sacs can work but they do need to be strong; the handlers don't have time to mess about so whatever then grab at has to hold the weight. Secure by twisting then bending over then strong tie.

Handlebar bag on as hand luggage although some get away with a pannier onboard and a bit more stuff inside. You'll probably have to pack differently just for the flight.

You need an airport trolley to carry everything so make it a top priority on arrival.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

25 October 2014 - 9:01am
May I ask how you are taking your other bags / panniers?
I want to take 4 panniers for a long tour.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

25 October 2014 - 6:35am
1. Visit this web site:

http://www.cycleyorkshirewolds.com/route

2. Get hold of the cycle map shown on the same page (make sure it is marked 2011) for the best roads to cycle along if you don't do the full route

3. Make a note of the contact details of B&Bs along the way (also some pubs)

4. Get some good lights if you haven't already

5. Enjoy

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

25 October 2014 - 3:54am
Try East to Hull, Easington, Withernsea then up the coast to Bridlington, 100 miles. Plenty of options for digs in the Bridlington Area. 2nd day up the coast to Scarborough, then West to Pickering and South to Malton. Country roads back to Goole. Another 100 miles. Writing it down is the easy part.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

25 October 2014 - 3:29am
TrevA wrote:
Another alternative is the CTC Polythene Bike Bag. Provides minimal protection, but you can roll it up and take it with you.



+1 for this method. I've never had any damage in 5 flights although items like brake levers have sometimes been skewed a little indicating that a simple plastic bag is probably not the best packaging for your 'sunday best' bike. My 23yr old tourer has a collection of 'battle scars' so I'm not overly fussed about one or two more, but the plastic bag is ideal if you have to travel to your returning airport with something.

If you know someone who is handy with a sewing machine, then how about knocking up a nylon zipped bag of your own. Mrs Bikes4two did this for me at a cost f £20 ish.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

25 October 2014 - 1:37am
The West Coast?

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

24 October 2014 - 10:12pm
My supreme's (42-406) on the front of my trike have done ~6,800 miles so far.
There's a slight scuff make on the inside of one due to scrubbing it on a curb.
But apart form that they are fine.
But then again, my tracking is spot on so I don't wear them much.
Two punctures in that distance due to a thorn and a shard of glass.

The big apple (50-406) on the back in half worn in around 1,500 miles.
But that's expected due to the lack of weight on the wheel, it slips badly going uphill in the wet.
No punctures in this tyre yet.

All tyres are run at around 65 psi for comfort.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

24 October 2014 - 10:00pm
Which way's the wind's blowing ??
Hopefully if you go into it on the first day, you'll have a tailwind on the way back.

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

24 October 2014 - 9:51pm
I had a Supreme 1.6 split across the sidewall at less than 500 miles. That was without panniers and I weigh about 72kgm.
Now on Big Apples and they seem OK so far.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

24 October 2014 - 9:45pm
alicat wrote:Otherwise packed up in a padded bag with wheels is best,


On a circular tour maybe. I did have a Lakelands (wheels & strap) bag and it was great but not much use unless I was doing a short tour around BCN, so I sold it on Ebay and started with cardboard boxes. I am lucky in that I live 10mins from Leeds/Bradford airport, I also use the train to Manchester but............I've also picked up a bike boxes in BCN, Catania and Malaga and cycled with them to their respective airports.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

24 October 2014 - 9:25pm
I hope you are very fit

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

24 October 2014 - 8:33pm
It depends on how you are going to get to the airport.

A box is great if someone is dropping you off or someone can get a box while someone else minds the bikes.

Otherwise packed up in a padded bag with wheels is best, but then you need to be able to leave it somewhere until you are ready to come home.

If that's a no no too, then a simple plastic bag is best.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.

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