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Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

29 July 2015 - 8:27pm
If you go to `Discover Rutland` website , there is a list but they seem a bit expensive. There a few pubs that do B&B, its worth looking at Oakham ,Uppingham and Stamford.
If you want to camp there is a site at Wing Hall south of Rutland Water. As it is a popular area for cycling storage shouldn`t be a problem. Car parking at the car parks is expensive but there are a few places in the villages to park.

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

29 July 2015 - 8:03pm
ps you can also travel from san Sebastian to bayonne on the bus but it drops you about a mile from bayonne rail station.

Re: Specialized Awol

29 July 2015 - 7:58pm
Not for me. I'm much more impressed with the inclusion of Sram Rival Hydraulic Disc brakes.

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

29 July 2015 - 7:52pm
Hi.I have cycled the Camino Frances 3 times in the last 4 years and I can thoroughly recommend it.the easiest way to get to s j p d p is fly to Biaritz,stay in the youth hostel,ride to bayonne,not too far,then train/bus to s j p d p.
main alternative is to fly to bilbao,get bus direct from airport to san Sebastian then short train journey to bayonne then as above.
3rd alternative is bus from airport to bilbao bus station then bus to hendaye,train to bayonne and again to sjpd.
Of the 3 I prefer the biaritz option.
You will find the following publications v useful.
1 the cycling pilgrim,john curtin.
2camino frances 1 2015.
3camino de Santiago,john brierly.These 3 publications can be obtained from The Confraternity of st James,see website.
There is also Michelin road map in booklet form,you can buy this in sjpdp.
Just for the record I did a mix of roughly 65% off road 35% on on an old but good steel mtb.
If you are 21 and super fit you can do a lot more off road but at 74 common sense comes into the equation.
Finally the camino is a brilliant experience,Camino Portuguese for me this year.
don't hesitate to contact me if you need any more info.
Buen Camino,jim heyes.

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

29 July 2015 - 7:23pm
Bicycle Traveler is way superior to any cycling magazine that you have to pay for and that 'Little Red Cyclist' is absolutely stunning. I'd love to buy prints of some of those images to hang on my wall.

Re: Specialized Awol

29 July 2015 - 7:23pm
What does everyone think of the gearing on the Comp?? http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Specia ... -2016/88GA

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

29 July 2015 - 6:57pm
Travel size washing/shaving stuff is available in most drug stores (chemists) due to airline
security theatricals.

Aside, GPS map names of roads often are different than the local names,
some counties number their roads. So GPS will have the country road number,
the road sign will say something else.
Missing road signs at intersections are common in rural areas.
Pubs in the US do not have accommodations, or beer.

Re: Edinburgh

29 July 2015 - 6:23pm
No probs.

If you still want more advice and it's not forthcoming here, might be worth asking on this forum.

It's been nearly 15 years since I lived in Edinburgh but these folk are much more up to date, and quite friendly too.

Re: North Coast 500 in Scotland

29 July 2015 - 4:31pm
Me too.
I don't need 1000 words.
Or a million.
One word sums it up quite well.


Re: Via Francigena

29 July 2015 - 4:23pm
I know a bit about the Via Francigena in Italy (and almost nothing at all about the rest).

One thing I should say is that there are different flavours of the Via Francigena that differ in the degree to which they follow the classic Sigeric route (Sigeric the Serious was the Archbishop of Canterbury who left the first travelogue of the route). The eurovelo website claims that the eurovelo 5 is following in the steps of Sigeric - although in fact it really bears very little resemblance to the route taken by Sigeric. However, if that doesn't matter to you then it may be what you're looking for.

In Italy, the Via Francigena is really the cycling equivalent of the Camino di Santiago, in Toscana and Lazio it uses strade bianche (unsurfaced roads). These are perfectly rideable, but fatter tyres are going to be more comfortable. There's also quite a lot more climbing involved. In general I'd say that if you're looking for something like the Camino Santiago, and you're planning to travel light and stay in pilgrim hostels (you'll need a credenziale) then it would be a good experience, but if you're planning on camping and travelling with a full-loaded touring bike I'm not so sure. If you're looking for a convenient off-the-shelf route to Rome then this isn't really it.

There's a lot more information and links to other resources on my website:

http://italy-cycling-guide.info/cyclewa ... urovelo-5/

Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

29 July 2015 - 4:00pm
Am proposing to ride this route in September,probably from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
In view of the difficulty of getting there ( & back) with my usual Thorn Raven,was thinking of using rail/bus links & either my Brompton or Birdy Grey.
Has anyone done it on a Folder or any thoughts on suitability?

Re: Edinburgh

29 July 2015 - 3:48pm
Thanks firedfromthecircus!

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:39pm
No problem, if you enjoy the free versions, please consider purchasing the full versions that are available as kindle or paperback.


Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:35pm
Tom, thanks for the free downloads, they will keep me entertained on holiday. I will look out for the full editions in due course.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:34pm
You can get kindle reader for iPad - not a good reason on its own to buy an iPad, but very handy if you already have one. The kindle app is free, though the books of course aren't.

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

29 July 2015 - 3:28pm
great very generous of u

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:01pm
You can get kindle readers for android devices. Mr. V and I share books that I buy for the Kindle that way. He doesn't have a Kindle. He has a tablet; I think it's Samsung.

However, the Kindle is *much* easier to read. It's more like reading a book and easier on the eyes. The tablet fine for a few minutes, or even a half hour, but my eyes tire if I try to read much more than that on a tablet or computer.

Just £54 here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindle-Glare-Fr ... B00KDRUCJY You might do a little better at duty free, if you buy one on your way somewhere.

You don't have to post very many books home from a tour to justify the cost.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

29 July 2015 - 2:52pm
Somewhere deep in my old posts is something I posted along the lines of "Go either to France or Spain but not to both". The Pyrenees are there for a reason. Going through both creates a holiday of two halves. You have two languages, two cultures, two landscapes. I think you were right to call it a day and do France another time - just as good but so very different.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 2:30pm
bidi wrote:Damn! I need to get in to this Kindle malarky.

Anyone able to help out with a concise description of the various models available to help me choose which is right for me?

u can just get a Kindle reader( software) for your pc or notebook. dont know if u can get for a tablet, I think for smartphones - free to download, make an account with Amazon and download many of the other free books they have


Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 1:46pm
Thanks for that Simon. Looks like a good choice for reading during tours. Better get on Amazon or eBay methinks.


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