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Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

31 July 2014 - 10:04am
I agree, the lost bridge is a tragedy but I'd still stick to the coast route, perhaps timing it to avoid rush-hour.
I also agree the above comment about the hill route above Harlech. The views really are stunning enough to help you forget about the pain in your legs from all that climbing

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

31 July 2014 - 9:26am
So I called LD Lines, got through after being on hold for 20 minutes a very unhelpful lady who couldn't get me off the phone fast enough informined me they don't accept bicycles because of 'licensing'. I wonder if a CTC campaign might be able to change these license rules?

Re: Hello & Help!

31 July 2014 - 8:25am
quote="Audax67"] Supermarkets too, but then there's the bike-theft problem.

I see your'e in France . Whats the bike theft problem ? In my experience fully laden tourers arent exactly an attractive proposition to thieves in the bike theft capital of the world ( UK) . Ive always done supermarkets in France and have never even seen anyone look at my bike. Obviously I always lock it but it would take some balls to even approach, let alone attempt to nick something laden down with crap in front of a supermarket.


I'm usually happy to leave my bike locked outside a supermarket. I think the exceptions may be large towns with rundown areas.
Calais has something of a reputation in this respect - someone tried to steal a pump from my bike which was on my car's roof rack - fortunately I spotted him in time.
Other people I know have had bikes stolen - but I would agree that generally you are unlikely to have a bike or equipment stolen in France.

Re: coming back from germany by train

30 July 2014 - 11:17pm
seehttp://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/home/contact/contact-in-the-uk.shtml

which gives phone number for DB in UK, they will happily sell you a bike ticket over phone.

Best to look up train you want on line.

http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

chose "further search options" and tick bicycle and it will only show you trains that carry bikes.

This websitehttp://www.seat61.com/ has all the info about which trains take bikes in each country including Eurostar from Brussells or Paris.

Re: Getting home (Plymouth) from Genoa or the Alps (Geneva)

30 July 2014 - 10:34pm
GoLiteGuru wrote:Great info/ideas, thanks. loved hills ever since NZ. Became content to go slow and enjoy the surroundings. Like the dozen passes idea (with bailout options). Could drive some of them with the lads and cycle others.

Ferry home is flexible. As you say -- possibilities endless -- sometimes you need a goal or someone to visit to give a tour a bit more structure.

Isn't there a river route home? ( look on the eurovelo website) but I think there are some east west routes across France that you could up hook up to. The Loire is the obvious one but I'm sure there are some other choices, just keep going until you hit Roscoff. Sometimes though I just draw a straight line on the map and then figure out an interesting route around that.

You could head to the south west, over the Pyrenees and back from Santander if that works time and distance wise. There is some amazing scenery if you take that route, look at options through the Massif Central, Cevennes, mont Ventoux, drome, and then the choice of Pyrenean climbs and then say the national park de ordesa into Spain.

Tbh if you are doing 100m days Europe is your oyster if you have a month.

Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 10:21pm
ossie wrote:Audax67 wrote: Supermarkets too, but then there's the bike-theft problem.



I see your'e in France . Whats the bike theft problem ? In my experience fully laden tourers arent exactly an attractive proposition to thieves in the bike theft capital of the world ( UK) . Ive always done supermarkets in France and have never even seen anyone look at my bike. Obviously I always lock it but it would take some balls to even approach, let alone attempt to nick something laden down with crap in front of a supermarket.

I had the same thought actually. I've never had any concerns about leaving my bike outside the supermarket, locked up when travelling by myself. I admit I tend to stick to smaller towns as that where I prefer cycling so it tends to be those town centre casino shops or the small town intermarche and of course the boulangerie for brekker after I've done 40 km from an early start ( I used to be so keen which was lucky given my pain au chocolat consumption).

Only place I got something nicked was my cycle pack with some tools that I left on the bike overnight in a campsite in Northern Spain in the Picos de Europa. I assume that was pesky teens but I'm still peeved.

Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

30 July 2014 - 10:00pm
I agree, go the coastal road, to get back onto it is only a bit more given the bridge is closed. The contra flow system in place is very safe for cyclists. I would also recommend the hills behind Harlech, it was one of the highlights of the trip both times I've done it.

Re: coming back from germany by train

30 July 2014 - 9:12pm
Rail Europe are awful tricksters, happily selling you impossible tickets, far worse than their parent SNCF, so I wouldn't hold out hope of using them.

Maybe SNCF, SNCB, NS or dB will get it right soon.

Re: coming back from germany by train

30 July 2014 - 6:54pm
yes, it was De Bahn who said it couldnt be done. Maybe I got someone new on the phone, or someone who was leaving their job, as they didn't offer any alternative options. Hopefully soon booking bikes will be easy on the web, or De Bahn will enable raileurope to make bike bookings. Luckily Im sorted now and by going via rotterdam I'll have a chance to cycle in Holland for a day so alls well etc.
thanks for the goeuro link, it looks like it will prove useful in the future.

Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 6:53pm
Audax67 wrote: Supermarkets too, but then there's the bike-theft problem.



I see your'e in France . Whats the bike theft problem ? In my experience fully laden tourers arent exactly an attractive proposition to thieves in the bike theft capital of the world ( UK) . Ive always done supermarkets in France and have never even seen anyone look at my bike. Obviously I always lock it but it would take some balls to even approach, let alone attempt to nick something laden down with crap in front of a supermarket.

Re: coming back from germany by train

30 July 2014 - 5:46pm
are you using the DB site? If not try that for connections. Here is what DB say:

Dear customer,

Unfortunately, it is not possible to book a bicycle ticket for this trip on the Internet

Please visit a Deutsche Bahn ticket counter or call our service number
Tel.: +49 (0) 1806 99 66 33 (20 ct/call from a German landline, max. 60 ct/call for German mobile phones).
You can request information on bicycle transport, purchase bicycle tickets and make reservations on this number every day from 8 am to 8 pm.

You can book bicycle tickets on the Internet under the following conditions:

Your selected trip:

- only includes trains that allow bicycles,
- doesn't include any night trains,
- only includes domestic routes,
- begins at least one day after the day of the booking.

Go to http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml for more details.

You can certainly book a route to the coast that will take a bike. You might find ringing will get you further than using the web - people do manage to get bikes on DB Ice, Thalys and Eurostar services! Koblenz to Koln is easy - I wouldn't try booking as part of the rest as you can probably get a regional ticket price (remember to book your bike!) Currently everything changes at Brussels so you could get either Thalys or the slower stopping service from Koln for that leg and then use Eurostar from there.

You could potentially use the new intercity bus services for part of your journey ADAC Postbus and MeinFernbus both take bikes and the fares are low! Checkout here for details http://www.goeuro.co.uk/search/NTNkOTIw ... kxNTU0OA==

Hope this helps

Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 5:43pm
JonFountain wrote:However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country.


Get on your bike and pedal. You'll be grand and the adventure will have twice the value. You'll meet people if you want to and sure you can learn a few words in french before you go. 'No time like the present,' my mum always says.

Re: coming back from germany by train

30 July 2014 - 5:21pm
after a bit of head scratching I realised it might be possible to get the ferry from Hook of Holland rather than eurostar. And I've now booked it. Wish the bloke on the phone had told me that was an option when I asked for a ticket to london rather than just saying it can't be done with a bike.
And while Im ranting is there really a reason why a bike can't be booked on a train online instead of having to sit on hold on a very expensive phone line!!

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

30 July 2014 - 3:56pm
shane wrote:up to 3 weeks challenging/singletrack though not too technical...

For challenging a route could be put together in the highlands. But it's always going to involved a mix of landrover/forestry tracks, some singletrack, a bit of pushing, linked by short road sections.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

30 July 2014 - 2:37pm
I've done a few of the Southern ones (South Downs, Ridgeway, Peddlars). They make an enjoyable weekend, but don't quite sound what you're looking for in terms of wilderness (although there's the odd section of the SDW that if you squint you could be in the Highlands). And to drag them out into something longer - +1 to what Simonhill says - you'll have to get the OS maps out and be creative. Canals are okay for a while, but can old pretty quick.

There's an off-road transpennie coast to coast that's supposed to be damn tough, I forget what it's called now. ofc you could probably work something out in the Highlands.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

30 July 2014 - 2:26pm
in south england U have the Downslink path from Guildford to the south coast and also a canal path that goes from Weybridge to Guildford ( Wey navigation ). There is of course the South Downs ( path )

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

30 July 2014 - 2:11pm
theDaveB wrote:Yes that is exactly what I mean, thanks will order some locktite.

Can't believe my ukfixing 5M bar arrived this morning. Ordered late yesterday, £1.80 no charge for p&p and it arrived about a hour ago, overnight delivery and was packaged brilliantly.

Waiting for my skewer now but did order the one from Germany so might take a bit longer.

Dave

You may notice the long bolt nearby. Originaly I changed the bolt as the original was too short, didnt lock into the nut well. Since I was going to replace that bolt I went for a longer one I thought might protect the sprung release bolt a bit as not the kind of thing that can be easily replaced. I have been thinking of tieing a short piece of wire or something over the sprung bolt and secure to the trailer body in case it gets lose and falls off.

By the way the standard skewers u get with these cheapo trailers are a death trap I think - read the whole thread. A few solns have been suggested in this thread.

Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 1:06pm
+ one for launching into your very best French, even if, like mine, its rubbish! Works for me.
Once, in a cafe in Brittany somewhere, I asked for coffee in the usual way and the barmaid glared at me and flounced off to get the boss - I thought, 'Oh Dear, what have I done?!', but when I nervously repeated the request to the owner, he just smiled and got my coffee - never found out what it was she thought I said!! Tried to figure it out with French friends since, but nada...
Michel Thomas is good if you need a crash course.
http://www.michelthomas.com/learn-french.php

coming back from germany by train

30 July 2014 - 1:03pm
I've just tried to book a ticket back from Koblenz on the train...and the computer says no. Apparently it can't be done because eurostar and the german connections don't take bikes. Unless I can find a way round this Im gonna have to replan the whole trip...Grrrrr

Re: Hello & Help!

30 July 2014 - 12:55pm
^^^Good advice re the language. In general, if a word ends in T do not pronounce it. Safest that way.

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