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Re: F1 hotels

5 February 2016 - 9:42am
F1 hotels do allow bikes in the room. Remember however these hotels because of their cheapness are generally of very poor standard. We have only ever stayed in two and both have been a nightmare experience. If you are looking for low cost hotels, Ibis Budget are good value and usually exceptionally clean. Premier Classe slightly more expensive than F1 are much better and rooms are ensuite.

Re: F1 hotels

5 February 2016 - 9:24am
Most will allow bikes in rooms but we've found a few that don't. Some of these will endeavour to find a space in a store room - in one place we had to put bikes in with the bins.
No guarantee but usually you are ok.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

5 February 2016 - 8:31am
Pete Jack wrote:Vorpal wrote:I don't know DC. I think if I were planning to buy a bike on the East Coast, I'd start with Harris Cyclery http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/
That's a bit like recommending a bike shop in Leeds for someone landing at LHR.
Well, it's not quite that bad. The trip from DC to Boston is easier than LHR to Leeds. But that said, the OP has not yet bought his tickets, and also asked about alternative cities.

Anyway, I wasnæt necessarily suggesting that he go to Boston. I think that even if I knew I was going to DC and wanted to buy a bike there, I would try both of the methods I suggested. I would, however, begin by emailing Harris Cyclery and asking if they have closer suggestions.

Probably irc's suggestion to post on crazyguyonabike is better.

Re: Eurovelo 6 Accommodation

5 February 2016 - 7:29am
Is camping definitely a no? It might be worth considering as you will have a lot more flexibility on where you stay and you can just turn up at a campsite without having to book in advance.

Otherwise maybe you could get a better idea of hotel availability in July by sending some emails to hotels asking if they are usually full at that time of year?

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

5 February 2016 - 5:01am
Vorpal wrote:I don't know DC. I think if I were planning to buy a bike on the East Coast, I'd start with Harris Cyclery http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/
That's a bit like recommending a bike shop in Leeds for someone landing at LHR.

My last City Nightline trip

4 February 2016 - 11:47pm
Just booked the City Nightline train from Amsterdam to Zurich for a tour in June. This will be the last time I use it, because Deutsche Bahn are withdrawing the remaining services in December 2016. This was such a good way to get round Europe with a bicycle without having to take it apart and bag it.

Re: Sardinia

4 February 2016 - 9:57pm
Am a bit concerned about your level of initial research OP if you think lanusei is in the SE corner. Do you have t'internet?

How long are you going to be there for?

Also, which month are you planning to be there?

Sardinia is beautiful and great for both on and off road cycling,

Re: Eurovelo 6 Accommodation

4 February 2016 - 8:01pm
Thanks bikepacker.
Have used Booking.com for a couple of nights at the beginning to get us started. Only concern is they keep saying only 1 or 2 rooms left even this far out. Could just be a way to drum up business of course. Can't believe we won't be able to book just a day or two ahead though the footie tourney may get in the way. Had hoped to stay in smaller places but that may prove tricky - we'll see.

On any recognised walking trail you'd expect an accommodation guide - odd that cycle routes don't have them, unless anyone knows different???!


4 February 2016 - 8:00pm
Went a few years ago in May and hardly saw a cloud ,never mind rain. It was 28 Deg C for a few days and my daily bath was done in the sea.

Apparently it was too hot for the midges..

Amazing trip

Re: Eurovelo 6 Accommodation

4 February 2016 - 6:48pm
I met a couple in Besancon who were doing it and they just booked their accommodation on Booking.com. They did it by planning one day ahead searching each night for the next night's accommodation.

On the subject of accommodation, avoid Formule One hotels. Ibis Budget we have found to be the best in the cheaper range of hotels.


4 February 2016 - 6:25pm
The hostels are a definite then.
Timing to be decided!


4 February 2016 - 6:18pm
re Berneray hostel. I've stayed there a number of times and in recent years it has been looking a bit grubby. But my understanding is that there was work going on late last year to spruce it up a bit. It is a fantastic location though and if you are lucky enough to share it with a good bunch can be a magical place to stay. It can get very popular though and I've been there a couple of times when it seemed a large group had taken the place over and had been there for some time. Still good fun but I prefer it at quieter times and have tended to camp when it is very busy. Oh and there are some fantastic wild camping spots scattered through the Hebrides, you just need to seek them out.


4 February 2016 - 5:26pm
I did a Hebridean end to end (Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis) in September last year and was very enjoyable. After a miserable summer in Scotland, they finally had some good weather in September. May and June can often be good times to go. Re midges, there were quite a lot when I went but they are only really a problem when you are stood still for any length of time outdoors. So if you're not camping they are not really a problem. I did a mixture of camping and BnBs. I stayed at 3 Gatliffe ones - Howmore was excellent and nicely refurbished, Rhenigdale was also nice and very remote. I found Berneray a bit grubby and crowded so I camped outside. The best hostel was at the Garenin Blackhouses on Lewis. £15 a night and probably the most luxurious hostel I've stayed at. They even provide fluffy towels! And they do a great breakfast at the café.

If you are flexible when you can go, you can hopefully get a window of decent weather.

Re: Sardinia

4 February 2016 - 5:16pm
I don't seem to be able to find an English version, but this is useful:

http://www.pedalitalia.it/scheda/guida- ... a-sardegna

Eurovelo 6 Accommodation

4 February 2016 - 5:15pm
We're group of 4 are planning to cycle two weeks along this route in late June early July. Starting at St Nazaire and doing roughly 45 miles a day average and hope to pick up places to stay (non camping) en-route rather than book a long way ahead.

Most web-sites offer places way off route, which is no problem in a car!

Is there an route specific accommodation guide suitable for cyclists available anywhere?

Re: Sardinia

4 February 2016 - 4:58pm
Lanusei is the "capital" of Ogliastra province, so it is possible that you have seen some accomm described as being "in" or "near" Lanusei, when it is actually down by the coast 400m below, or up in the hills a similar distance above. Lanusei isn't exactly in the SE corner, it's more half way up the east side. It is also half way up a very big hill, being about 400m above sea-level, with road passes up to 1000m available in the hills above, and the only ways out of Lanusei are up and down. Also it's a bit annoying in the car as there is a short 1-way street in the town centre without a parallel in the opposite direction, and it is about 6km to drive in a car around a big circuit to the other end of it if you are at the wrong end of it, if you see what I mean. I ended up doing that about 4 times and we only stayed there 2 nights. Typical stone-built hill town but a bit run down. I think you would need to car assist to many nice rides from there. There is some lovely riding in general in the mountains and plateaux above Lanusei, and also over towards Baunei and Dorgali. There is also an English run guesthouse which attracts cyclists down on the coast down the hill from there, here are some MTB circuits they recommend. http://www.peteranne.it/mountain-bike/mtb-routes/#/0/0

I would also think about somewhere like Dorgali or Orgosolo as potential alternatives for this area of Sardinia.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

4 February 2016 - 4:54pm
molzor wrote:I have decided to go for shimano's fully mechanical BR-R317 brakes.

Go on, tell me I've made the wrong choice.

Not at all. You've asked the question, you've heard the responses and made an informed decision. Why should we contest it?

Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

4 February 2016 - 4:44pm
We have a rule which says no alcohol until within 5 miles of destination and/or your accommodation is sorted. Saves a lot of trouble!!

Re: F1 hotels

4 February 2016 - 4:30pm
whoof wrote: travail-worth.
Lol. Thanks for the info, sounds like I shouldn't have a problem. You can reserve one by credit card and can cancel right up until the day of booking I think. I've got pretty good at sneaking bikes into hotel rooms

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

4 February 2016 - 3:15pm
Full details:

Shimano BR-R317 disc brake caliper
SM-MAF160PS brake adapters
Shimano SLX 160mm rotor

I will post an update and let you know how it goes!




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