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Re: C2C vs Hadrian's cycleway?

1 February 2016 - 8:57am
Maybe you want to decide according to the things you want to see? There's quite a lot along the Hadrian's Cycleway to stop and see. Museums and walks up to some of the forts, and the top of Housestead's are worthwhile, if you like such things.

I haven't done C2C, but I do like interspering my touring days with museum stops, interesting walks, and nice cake

Re: C2C vs Hadrian's cycleway?

1 February 2016 - 8:42am
Both excellent. As others have said C2C is much more challenging. Both rideable on road bikes just choose the road alternatives, especially on the C2C. Definitely worth checking the state of the C2C as it was badly affected by the December floods that damaged bridges. As Richard mentions, there are some other fabulous rides across northern England eg. Walney to Whitby (or Wear), Roses as well as the N-S Pennine cycleway...

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

1 February 2016 - 8:42am
The Leicester to Oxford route has you cycling along the A34 outside of Oxford. Don't do this. It's an awful dual carriage way that is always immensely busy.

For the Gloucester one it may be easier to head out through Leicester Forest East, then Kirbey Muxloe, Desford, Market Bosworth (or Sutton Cheney), then drop south. This also has the added advantage of not having to go anywhere near Nuneaton...

Re: Great Ocean Road.....

1 February 2016 - 8:40am
Have you looked at prevailing wind direction? And weather at the time of that year? You carrying camping equip or hostel/motel etc. How longer time you got to do it? Maybe crazy,but some folder? You too short of time you could put it on bus,back of car easy. You want the experience to say 'you done it' to be pooped,or do it to drink in the experience,have a cuppa on the way?

On buying s/h. There's always a shortage when you want the bike you're after,and a flood when you're absent. Same when you want to sell: no buyers except those offering scrap prices

Re: d lock for touring?

1 February 2016 - 8:36am
I know cables have a bad reputation, but is this a case where a good cable and a compromise D-Lock might be worthwhile?
With the smaller/lighter D-Lock through the frame/Wheel and the cable round the 'object' and locked onto the D-Lock.

Critiques of routes for touring

1 February 2016 - 8:26am
Hi. Is it possible to get any critiques for my routes for touring?

I prefer to travel on small paved roads with little traffic. I ride a single speed which means that long steep hills are a problem. I'm OK with general hills and occasionally walk up short steep hills. But very long steep hills are a problem.

In case anyone can criticise my routes, here are some that I am planning for this year. Even if people cannot criticise the entire routes, localised advice would be greatly appreciated. E.g. I'm really not sure about my route from Tewkesbury to Gloucester.

Leicester to Oxford: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Stone ... 560986!3e1

Leicester to Gloucester: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Stone ... 642449!3e1

In both of the above cases, I plan to cycle one way then take a train back.

I'm planning a Leicester to Lincoln return cycle ride later in the year. I'll give the route here. But, since I did a one way to Lincoln on Saturday, I feel that this route is reasonably good and probably doesn't need modification. Though, advice would still be appreciated if anyone wishes to comment.

Leicester to Lincoln: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Stone ... 262085!3e1

Re: Great Ocean Road.....

1 February 2016 - 8:02am
hamster wrote: I would seriously consider buying and selling a bike for a one way journey, it may be no more costly than renting.

Interesting....Thank you for the reply......

Re: d lock for touring?

1 February 2016 - 7:54am
In principle I can see no reason to go for the heaviest D locks, providing that the actual lock mechanism is as good as you can get. There is little point in the steel U shape being too heavy because a thief with the tool to cut through a medium weight D lock can cut through a heavy weight one, taking just a few seconds more to do it. Or am I missing something?

Re: C2C vs Hadrian's cycleway?

31 January 2016 - 11:18pm
Hadrians Cycleway is fine on a road bike. It breaks down into roughly 50,70,50 mile days with stops at Silloth and Once Brewed YHA. Three contrasting days really. First day is coastal, second day coastal start then up into Pennines, third day descend off Pennines and follow river to the a East coast passing along NewCastle Quayside.

Re: d lock for touring?

31 January 2016 - 11:12pm
I think Abus D locks are lighter for a given sold secure rating. There's a gold rated one at 1.5kg IIRC and silver ones lighter I think. Compare to kryptonite ones they're 2kg or heavier for their equivalent locks. I'm talking about full sized D locks not the mini ones. I think they use a better grade of steel so the lock can be thinner or lighter for a given strength. I've also heard their frame fittings are more secure without any rattle.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

31 January 2016 - 11:05pm
FarOeuf wrote:Re blowing tyres off because of hot rims and caliper brakes. I'm considering the case of flying towards a hairpin and crashing because the tyre popped off, but at least you're gripping the rim and slowing down.

Have you ever had a tyre blow off the rim? The one thing you do not want to be doing is braking on that rim. Its tough enough as it is as it has not grip and tramlines like mad on the road surface defects. I've had it happen to me on a short downhill (tyre failure) and it was no fun but fortunately I was on a straight bit of road. Use the brake on the other wheel. You have two of them and whether its hydraulic or cable its unlikely that both will fail at the same time.

Re: C2C vs Hadrian's cycleway?

31 January 2016 - 11:03pm
C2C is an order of magnitude harder. I'd guess that 70%+ of those tackling the C2C are not prepared for how hard it is.

Both are enjoyably scenic - I honestly don't think I could call it between them. Now, the Pennine Cycleway, that's something else...

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

31 January 2016 - 10:56pm
pete75 wrote:I can tell you this if your brakes fail at the wrong time and in the wrong place it may stop you doing anything apart from being put in a box and shoved in the ground.

Or if your front tyre bursts or handlebars fail or hub flange fails or brake cable snaps or ........ If you approach cycling that way you'd never get on.a bike,

Re: C2C vs Hadrian's cycleway?

31 January 2016 - 10:37pm
Having done both on separate occasions both West to East last year the C2C is the biggest challenge although Hadrian's is longer. Once you get away from Ravenglass on the Hadrian's there is a half mile or so when we had to push our bikes over some sand dunes otherwise we had no problems on both routes on road bikes.

Re: C2C vs Hadrian's cycleway?

31 January 2016 - 10:25pm
If you plot your route on any route mapping site you will instantly see that c2c is massively more hilly than Hadrian's Cycleway.

If you are mad like us you will be going out on the Hadrian's Cycle way and back on the c2c.


Re: Dutch tulip fields

31 January 2016 - 10:16pm
My wife and myself visited the Keukenhof on our second tour of Holland, its very touristy but worth a visit for a few hours early in the morning before the large crowds visit. Nice place to bring a picnic. We were lucky that a lovely lady who worked at the Keukenhof brought us on a cycle around the local Tulip fields and by chance we stumbled upon a witch's themed cafe in the woods, some pancakes and beer to keep us going!!!
We were staying in B&B's which we sourced through Vriened Op De Fiets.

Are you cycling through Holland or just planning to visit the Tulip fields when there? Its pretty easy to hire a bike from a local bike shop, usually 7-9 Euro a day.

If you need any more information just ask.

Regards Padraic.

Re: d lock for touring?

31 January 2016 - 9:46pm
I've discussed it in another topic recently but I like my Abus Bordo Granit X-Plus. It seems to give most (all?) of the security of a D lock but a lot more compact for carrying. The Bordo range comes in a variety of different models at differing price points/ weights/ lengths/ security levels.


Re: Calais

31 January 2016 - 9:03pm
I guess it depends what sort of c you like your p in. A lot of Cycle tourists are interested in expanding their horizons and it has been a pleasure to meet and work with people from countries that I have long wanted to visit. Having spent decades travelling ( in the take home and family from workplace to workplace variety), I and others have a curious affinity with the travel weary and itinerant residents of the jungle, whatever their motivations or intended destination. Believe me , I cannot recommend youkay as a land of milk and honey and it is increasingly unlikely that many of these will find safe passage north. A winter under Canvas on a windy landfill is the best option for the moment. What the long term holds, I have no idea, but please not a civil war in our land between bickering ideologues. A lot of recent refugees had no idea 2, 3 or 5 years ago that this would one day be their lot.
If you have ever considering travelling in Ethiopia Eritrea Syria Afghanistan Iraq iran Kurdistan sudan , or if you fear that this may never now be possible, then then bear in mind that by walking the 1 mile length of the camp, you will meet people from all these countries and more. Sort of what cycle touring is all about, for many of us.

But yes your bikes going to get nicked unless you park it somewhere safe.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

31 January 2016 - 8:27pm
I had Hope hydraulic discs cook in the Alps, on the long singletrack descents. I'm sure it's nothing Hope specific, but it was pretty scary. I think it's basic physics, a lot of heat must be dissipated yet the calipers are tiny. RIding (fast) with hydraulic discs means you need to manage them, more so than rim brakes. I"m talking about Alps level of descending.

Re blowing tyres off because of hot rims and caliper brakes. I'm considering the case of flying towards a hairpin and crashing because the tyre popped off, but at least you're gripping the rim and slowing down. The disc alternative is that you simply have no brakes left and no way of slowing down, jam your foot on the wheel?

Now I run a v-brake front and cable disc rear. I run a disc only to avoid rebuilding the rear rim so often. I've never had a problem actually stopping with rim brakes.

Re: Sri Lanka

31 January 2016 - 8:26pm
simonhill wrote:I'd suggest a detailed look at the weather for a few specific towns. If you go to a site like wunderground or AccuWeather you can get daily by the hour historical data. Look at the month you are planning on going for for a few years to see what sort of weather you can expect. Not only rainfall, but sunshine hours. Also beware El nino effect.

I'm in SL at the moment and I was having a roti yesterday and the woman who ran the shop (actually a shed) said how nice the weather was. She then went on to say "not like the awful weather in Aug and Sept".

As to earlier question. I always have mudguards and would advise others likewise, whether it be dry East Anglia or the hills of Kandy.
Thanks Simon.
It's information like that I need. Local info is best.
Thanks for the tips on other weather sites. I'll follow that up.

My problem/ situation is that I can only have the summer months off from work. The other destination I am exploring is Ethiopia. But again, there are heavy rains then.
Best of luck for your own trip




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