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Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

20 August 2015 - 6:15pm
Yep. That scanner part of the trip can cause problems.
I was called out by security in Bishkek airport.
My bike had gone through the check in part and disappeared alng the conveyor belt.
Result, I thought.
But at departure I was called out of lone and taken down to the base!ent where an x-ray machine was set up to scan everything.
The bike box was too big to go through!
I had to open it and let security rummage through it.
And then of course there was no tape to reseal!it.
I did my best bit knew something would fall out.

I couldn't believe my luck when as I looked out of my window on the plane before departure, I saw a guy spend 5 mins using good quality te to reseal the box.

Moral; think x-ray machine size.

Re: Cycle across the Himalayas - tell me what I need to know

20 August 2015 - 6:08pm
Hi Anne,

I'm starting in Vancouver (the Canadian one) and then cycling down an inland route through Washington State, Oregon, Nevada and California to the Mexican Border and back up to San Diego. The route will take in lots of forests and national parks rather than the big cities. Some of the sites on the way will be Olympic National Park, Lake Tahoe, Lake Topaz, Yosemite, June Lake and a bit of Death Valley.

It's self planned and self supported, staying in hotels and motels. We have a few route options along the way, but the maximum will be around 2,500 miles and the minimum will be around 1,950 miles. My feeling is that it will be about 2,100 over 26 days.

At the moment I cant say whether I would recommend it or not as I haven't done it yet, but I'll find out soon enough - I leave in 3 weeks. I've done around a dozen tours in Europe, my favorite being a self planned end to end of Italy, so if you haven't done that then it's one I would recommend - it's a beautiful country


Re: French End to End

20 August 2015 - 4:42pm
I finished this ride last week. 903 miles from Dunkirk to Perpignan in 13 days, including one day lost through heat stroke. I didn't do the bit from Perpignan to the border in the mountains due to the heat and if there's one thing I've learned from this tour it's to avoid France, especially central France in August. Apart from a couple of days when there were thunderstorms, the mercury was over 33 degrees every day and hit 41 degrees on three consecutive days. Everywhere I looked there were touring cyclists suffering and trying to find some shade.

The roads were great until I got south of Lyon and then the conditions deteriorated as there were very few roads running south and those that were had heavy, fast-moving traffic. Apart from a few sections along canal paths, the last three days were some of the scariest cycling I've ever encountered and I don't scare easily

All in all a really good trip, but I won't be troubling the south of France again in a hurry.

NB. Apparently Nimes is twinned with Preston. When I originally saw this on the sign on the way into town, I thought this was a bit harsh on Nimes. By the time I got out of the other side, I had decided that someone had done Preston a great injustice......

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

20 August 2015 - 4:02pm
I managed to get the bike on the plane, but had to take the wheels off in order for it to fit through the scanner at Perpignan. I'd packed the bike and taped up the bag and checked-in the panniers (with my tools in) when the rather animated luggage handler said it wouldn't fit and I'd have to take the wheels off. Had I known beforehand, I could have probably got away with just reversing the stem to reduce the overall height of the bike, but I was left with no option but to take both wheels off and hope that the frame didn't get crushed. It didn't, but the moral is: check the bike fits through the scanner before you pack it.

Re: Bought the bike!

20 August 2015 - 3:12pm
badgersarebold wrote:Hey, give the guy a chance to get settled!!


Congrats on your KoM! I'm glad I didn't let the nay sayers stop me and am looking forward to doing a lot of miles on mine.

Re: Bought the bike!

20 August 2015 - 3:07pm
maxcherry wrote:
Bah! Humbug!

Weekend is nearly over and still no pics......not that i care.......if you really loved us you would show us your pride and joy .......mother was right about you

Oh man, I'm sorry! My son has been in and out of hospital so I haven't even had a chance to ride it.

Re: Holyhead to Devon

20 August 2015 - 1:21pm
If you search on here (and google) for Lon Las Cymru it will give details on the route across Wales from Holyhead to either Cardiff or Chepstow. Did Bristol (viaC hepstow)to Holyhead last year and it's a very nice ride. Lumpy in places but mostly very quiet in terms of traffic. With reference to places to stay what type of thing were you looking for? I stayed in B and B's or small hotels in Holyhead, Caernofon, Barmouth, Machynlleth, Newbridge on Wye and a hostel in Abergavenny. If that's the type of thing your after I'll dig out the details.

From Chepstow it's a short ride over the Severn Bridge and I would then suggest you head for Olverston, Pilning, Easton Compton and Halen rather than following the A403 to Avonmouth. You can get from Hallen to South of Bristol by going over the M5 bridge (on cycle path). If you use this link, just tried Hallen to Easton in Gordino it shows the way.


I've also ridden Bristol to West Cornwall via Exeter, which bit of Devon did you want to get to?

Re: Cycle across the Himalayas - tell me what I need to know

20 August 2015 - 12:34pm
Hi would love to know more about your trip to America. I am thinking of touring next year. Taking 6 months off but not sure where to go.


Re: Holyhead to Devon

20 August 2015 - 11:54am
cc1085 wrote:Hi All,
I will be travelling on the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and then to Devon to visit my Daughter and Son-in-Law. If anyone on here has suggestions for routes and stopovers please please reply with any info. I don't have any set dates or timetable.

This is probably far too late for you but could be useful for others in future: the brochure of M.V. Balmoral , which does assorted day-trips from various ports in S.Wales to North Devon & Somerset specifically states that they will do special single fares for cyclists. Timetable: http://www.whitefunnel.co.uk/c-24-bristol-channel.aspx

Re: La Vélo Francette. Caen to La Rochelle.

20 August 2015 - 10:10am
Thanks for highlighting this, it ooks like a really attractive route for a week's B&B tour, or perhaps a relaxed fortnight with lots of exploring of things along the way.

Netherlands Tour - Rig Statistics

20 August 2015 - 8:50am
Thanks Shane. Geekiness it is indeed. I never really thought of it like that but as a gardener this is ground breaking stuff for me [emoji6]. But you are right it does take the chore out of packing and I can fine tune my kit next time round. There's room for wine, koffie milk and all sorts of other Dutch delights! By the way the table above includes all my water, fuel and 2 breakfasts and two evening meals.

I've just found a spare bag of rice and a ring of chorizo. Where's that going to go?

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

20 August 2015 - 8:06am
They have this on now - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/361367869523? ... EBIDX%3AIT . They'd probabbly accept an offer a bit under 2000.

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

20 August 2015 - 5:26am
It's a year or two since i did it but Parkhead Station is an excellent B & B with very good restaurant and it's a cruise from there to Consett. Now these things are always changing so do check they are still in business. It's best to make a reservation. Earlier the climb out of Garigill is a killer, the only place I used the 24 in gear on the whole trip. I stopped at the bike shop in Nenthead for a chat, the man told me that people have been known to have brakes overheat descending into Nenthead. It's a fabulous ride and would love to do it again. The worst part was finding there are no toilet facilities at Whitehaven station.

Interestingly the line to Parkhead survived the Beeching cuts; it was needed by the Consett Iron Works which are of course long gone by now.

Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

19 August 2015 - 10:52pm
The old Ordnance Survey Travelmaster series were good cycling maps, 1:250,000 scale topographic.
No longer available in paper form unless you can find them second hand, but available free to download the entire UK from Ordnance Survey here https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/busine ... aster.html
You can then print your own sections as you need them, Toughprint waterproof paper is a good option for cycle touring.

Re: camp site recommendations for Derbyshire

19 August 2015 - 10:50pm
thanks to everyone Shame wood farm is not open would have been perfect looks like there is plenty to choose from thanks for the reply's I'll ring round tomorrow.

Re: camp site recommendations for Derbyshire

19 August 2015 - 10:22pm
If you want simple then this is a brilliant place
http://www.lovecamping.co.uk/campsites/ ... -wood-farm

its on an organic farm, there are no electric hookups (its a campsite!!) and the owners are lovely!
highly recommend it.

Re: camp site recommendations for Derbyshire

19 August 2015 - 8:58pm
The Royal Oak at Hurdlow, at the north end of the Tissington Trail, has a small campsite: fairly basic, but has everything you need (and the pub itself is good, and does giant plates of bangers and mash...). It's right on the trail: http://www.peakpub.co.uk/

Re: camp site recommendations for Derbyshire

19 August 2015 - 8:53pm
You're spoilt for choice
The Pudding Room by Carsington Water looks good, Downhill into Ashbourne for the Tissington Trail or uphill onto the High Peak, neither far away. Pub round the corner and a couple of cafes at Carsington Visitors center just down the road. Good local produce shop on site and of course with a name like the pudding room you're not going to have to go far to find cake. I haven't camped there, though I can recommend the cake!

A bit further north there's a couple of campsites at Hulme End, close to the Manifold Trail and about 3 miles from the Tissington Trail. Pub and small shop nearby. Hartington just down the road, which is a lovely village. The first campsite behind the pub is very basic (No shower) but only £4.50 each per night.
The one across the road has all facilities and is a bit dearer
I've stayed at and like both.

Re: camp site recommendations for Derbyshire

19 August 2015 - 8:28pm
Two campsites in Edale, both OK.


Re: La Vélo Francette. Caen to La Rochelle.

19 August 2015 - 8:21pm
thornie1543 wrote:Anyone know how to get this website in English? I don't think it is possible but I thought I would ask(I am learning French but it is not that good yet )

Google Translate - or the Microsoft equivalent. If you use Chrome you might find that it automatically offers you the option to translate using Google Translate.


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