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Re: Cinelli hobootleg with columbus rustproof steel

9 December 2015 - 10:30pm
it looks like a great bike, I have to say! it ticks a lot of boxes

I saw it on this video...its a good watch, but warning, you will be sold dreams of freedom and escape

https://vimeo.com/76049367

Re: Denmark

9 December 2015 - 8:30pm
I phoned the harbour office at Harwich about 8 weeks ago to see what they new about this - "absolutely nothing" was the response! They say that Regina Line are not presently represented at the port and they are unaware of any plans to restart the ferry service. Don't book any accommodation until you are certain that this is going to run.

Re: Denmark

9 December 2015 - 4:40pm
You could do worse than follow the Danish stretch of the Baltic sea route - quiet roads, pleasant enough with plenty to see/do. I did this several years ago, took the Rostock ferry (the all in meal deal in the restaurant is brilliant) and rode along to Rugen before heading back across to Hamburg. The north German coast tends to be windier than Denmark and camping is somewhat sparse in places. I stayed a couple of nights at different points to allow some side trips but even so i got around comfortably in a fortnight.

The latest Regina information is here http://www.reginaline.dk/index-uk.htm - hasn't changed from when i last looked in September but i await with bated breathe the 12th March 2016!

I would suggest booking your train to Rotterdam before you go via DB's UK office - they can do through tickets and will get you the best price. Go to www.bahn.com.

Re: LLC - places to stay

9 December 2015 - 12:48pm
Two of us rode the LLC last year.

The closest to Golan we stayed was Portmadog, we stayed in a B and B there are plenty to choose from.

In Machynlleth we stayed at the White Lion. It was nice and we also had a meal which was pretty good.
http://www.whitelionhotel.co.uk/index.html

In Newbridge on Wye we stayed at the New Inn. The was OK and the food was pretty good. If I remember rightly the owners were a bit miserable.
http://www.pigsfolly.co.uk/About_NewInn.htm

Nearest to Pantygelli was Abergavenny where we stayed in the Blacksheep Backpackers. You can choose either a room or a dorm. As there were two of us and there wasn't much in it we choose a room. The place is a bit dated but the owners were really friendly and we met some nice people.
http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/wa ... wwodSZwJ5A

Re: LLC - places to stay

9 December 2015 - 12:26pm
I intended to cycle LLC (and back) in October, but had to postpone, but I intend to go again probably in April 2016. I will be camping, but I will keep an eye on what's available if I can remember!

Re: LLC - places to stay

9 December 2015 - 10:09am
Last year I happened to be around Cardigan Sands and looked in at Poppit Bay YH. It was closed. Later I was surprised to see it voted the Best Youth Hostel in the country(England/Wales?). Maybe it was from the BBC travellers who never stay at YH but at the 5* hotels nearby! From outside looking in the YH looked a DUMP! The outer building(reflecting its interior?)looked damp,mouldy,cold. Inside there were torn mattresses and tables and chairs thrown higeldy-piggedly around. Bare rooms,scattered papers. Most unwelcoming. A nissen hut job.

Up near Settle(whilst staying in a self catering cottage)we looked into a YH about there. The building was nestled in a small dell of a hill. Walking into the joint to inspect it, the bottom area was dank,dark,cold and dishevelled. Appearances: very uninviting. The building was unattended. Wotta dump! Little wonder independent travellers choose to spend that extra and go B+B or budget hotel for the night. For myself I'd rather camp than zzzz herein. Bus shelters don't seem too bad sometime: after 9pm string groundsheet across bus shelter opening creating your own personal bivvi: sleeping mat down,sleeping bag out,happy zzzzzs)

Maybe our army could use some of these joints as target practice when using howitzers or the like. I'd be game to pay a tenner to fire a 2 tonne shell to destroy some. OTT?

Re: Sardinia

9 December 2015 - 9:52am
Many thanks for all the very helpful tips, no doubt I'll be back nearer the time when I'm fine tuning our route..

Matt - I'm a Newmachar loon myself But you'll often find my oot by Chapel of Garioch on a fine day...

Yeah the £275 is Aberdeen to Olbia via Frankfurt. I've used Lufhhansa for our last 3 trips and they are execlent transporting your bike..

On the way out we always make sure we have a long layover in Frankfurt so our bike makes the connecting flight, it is also a good excuse to go into Frankfurt for a few Weisse beers


We fly oot on June 25th so we may bump into you, there will only be the 2 of us..

Re: Sardinia

9 December 2015 - 9:03am
Therealsouthstander wrote:We are flying Lufhhansa again, really good airline to transport your own bike..

Being from Aberdeen we are fairly restricted, it's either make our way down to Stanstead and use a budget airline or fly via Heathrow, Amsterdam or Frankfurt using one of the mainline airlines..

We are paying £275 return.. Which is excellent for Sardinia as I've seen it well over £500

Snap.
Inverurie myself.
Does the £275 take you from Aberdeen or London?

I'm looking for a month trip in June/ July

LLC - places to stay

9 December 2015 - 8:47am
I'm going to be cycling the LLC in July and like to have everything booked up before hand so I don't have to worry when I cycle.

I'm looking at staying at the following places, so would like peoples views, or alternatives if they can suggest ones:

Day 1, Golan. Cwm Pennant Hostel. Looks nice, includes and evening meal as well, so no need to hunt around.
Day 2, Machynlleth. Reditreks? Not sure if this place still exists, there doesn't seem to be much of an up to date web presence.
Day 3, Newbridge on Wye. Pigs Folly. One online review is not very flattering, but I'm willing to give it a go.
Day 4, Pantygelli. Smithy's Bunkhouse. Looks nice but again the website doesn't seem very up to date. Bonus of being opposite a pub.

Re: Sardinia

8 December 2015 - 11:26pm
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j ... ddG0Wfcwpw

May be handy.

It's a pdf download of a good printed guide which can be a bit hard to get hold of these days.

The sards have been doing a lot in the last few years to get folks away from just frying on the beaches.

Re: Cinelli hobootleg with columbus rustproof steel

8 December 2015 - 11:19pm
I have one if these and it is a fantastic tourer, fast too.

Unfortunately I have no idea about the rustproofing apart from what I read on tye cinelli website.

I paid a grand for the 2015 model and the 2016 model is identical apart from a different looking front shifter and is 200 pounds cheaper!

Re: Sardinia

8 December 2015 - 11:08pm
Ploaghe - not terribly well known.

Very small central core with, to my mind, some rather creepy looking spanish architecture - someone should do a horror flic there with creepy priests.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_di_Saccargia

Very impressive though study the map carefully to approach it. The main road it has ended up alongside is rather deadly. Though there is a smaller road "round the back".

Re: Sardinia

8 December 2015 - 10:56pm
Tempio Pausania is very nice.

Even if in some ways it doesn't seem very sardinian - that's those pesky continentals/northern italians for you.

Re: Charging Devices Whilst Touring - Options??

8 December 2015 - 10:53pm
If you read a lot when on tour (and I do) then using a kindle will have much better battery life than using your phone. My kindle will last up to about three weeks using it several hours each day. I usually load it up with maps and travel books for the area I'm visiting as well as a good stock of books to read. Wouldn't ever tour without it! Yes t is another device, but in my case it means the phone stays off pretty much all day and if the kindle goes flat it is not the end of the world.

Re: Denmark

8 December 2015 - 10:47pm
Various threads about Denmark on the forum. Denmark is a lovely place to cycle.

The South Funen Archipelago is a good place for island hopping, but where the ferries go in Denmark, bikes generally go, too

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=72587
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=81692
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=70655

p.s. If you mean the Regina Line, there's no guarantee it will ever get off the ground viewtopic.php?f=16&t=93173

Re: Sardinia

8 December 2015 - 10:47pm
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sardinia-Reise- ... dinia+maps

The best map i know of sardinia.

You may think it not as detailed/high a scale as it could be, but as intimated above, italian maps of sardinia are very poor. All maps, including this, appear to be limited to pretty much the same data.

There are loads of roads not shown on maps.

But this will be fine for your shortish trip. It's plasticised, so very tough. Nice clear design. Marks scenic roads and using a red code shows churches nuraghe etc which it reckons are particularly nice. Though placement on the map can be slightly approximate. As the italians seemed to have an extreme cold war psychosis about giving info away. But then sardinia, strange as it might seem, was in the front line of the cold war battle.

Have a good trip.

Pity you haven't got two weeks - 8 days is a bit tight.

Re: Porridge - what is the difference?

8 December 2015 - 10:33pm
I love my porridge. Have it every morning. Can't say if it helps my cycling because I have it every morning (so no with/without comparisons).

Make mine from porridge oats (sometimes jumbo oats), using a microwave (nothing instant). Tried the various low cost Tesco Essentials, Basics, etc. but didn't like them so I now always use "posh" ones. But still pretty low cost (compared to breakfast cereal).

Ian

Re: Porridge - what is the difference?

8 December 2015 - 10:31pm
foxyrider wrote:
Think you'll find it is! I've tried it before some of this years 'long days' and it certainly works for me. There have been quite a number of experts promoting porridge as pre exercise food from BC through to the assorted rags i am known to peruse.

Doesn't mean i eat it every day of course.
Yes, seem to remember that someone high up in brit cycling got good oat supplies to take on a trip with a team - can't remember if it was a training or competition trip. At a foreign customs he was asked if he was in charge of an old folks' party

Oats are hard to get hold of in Italy, especially at any sort of reasonable price. I think they think they are for horses. Which shows that the italians don't know as much as they think they do about food.

Re: Porridge - what is the difference?

8 December 2015 - 10:26pm
simonhill wrote:
Re food miles, why go all the way to Scotland for your oats, I get mine from Aldis its only 2 miles away!
Aren't Aldi oats somewhere towards the end of the dust/sawdust scale?

NB - not a snobby anti aldi comment - a lot of my shopping comes from aldi, and via the bike.

Re: Denmark

8 December 2015 - 10:19pm
why not cycle esjberg to copenhagen . train across the oresund bridge to malmo . Overnight ferry malmo to travemunde . Trave munde to Lubeck lubeck to hamburg pick up eurovelo3 and then bremen . If you have time then onto osnabruck. then train to Amsterdam and onto the ferry at ijmuiden,

Once you are at Lubeck there are trains all the way to Amsterdam as the lines run lubeck/hamburg/bremen/osnabruck/amsterdam

or bremen zwole amsterdam

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