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Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

29 September 2015 - 2:31pm
Thanks to all re my question as to the sizes of bike boxes from airlines.


Re: West coast of France - vois vertes

29 September 2015 - 1:44pm
F1 hotel are cheap and offer a good value buffet breakfast. They seem to have modelled their décor on Blake's 7 or 70s Dr Who. As they are aimed at business travellers they tend to be on industrial estates or near airports. The one for Toulouse airport is very handy. You can take your bike into your room.


I've ridden the East coast from the French border to Barcelona. I don't know if the Spanish campsites will be open in October but I remember they were a bit more expensive (the cheapest site was more expensive than the most expensive one we stayed at in France) and not as good a quality as France. As you are out of season you should be able to find a reasonably priced hotel in the touristy bits. The road got busier as we got nearer to Barcelona. If it all gets too much the is a small commuter train that runs along there and you can take it to the centre of Barcelona with your bike as long as you are outside peak hours.

Re: France - which bit?

29 September 2015 - 12:15pm
For rural idyll, you're going to struggle to beat Shropshire IMO, but that's not to say there aren't places worth looking at. Maybe Burgundy, which has the advantage of wine and beautiful countryside, although there are some hills. I know a retired couple in Châtillon-sur-Seine (northern Burgundy) who are happy there.

La velodyssey first timer.

29 September 2015 - 9:59am
Dear all,

I have decided to undertake my first adventure riding the velodyssey from Hendaye to Roscoff. Is that the best way to do it? As all the routes seem to cover it from Roscoff to Hendaye, am I right by thinking the prevailing winds mostly blow northwards? I am allowing 2 weeks including taking the train from Santander ~ Bilbao~ Hendaye. Towards the end of May.

I have a kona dew deluxe, 9 speed. I will be taking camping gear but limiting my total luggage to 15kg and staying on campsites and B and B's. I don't think I am ready to wild camp yet.

Any advice will be most gratefully received.


Re: West coast of France - vois vertes

29 September 2015 - 9:41am
Campsites - They do not all closed - however most do even as early as the end of August - however there are a significant number that have weird closing times all the way through to Jan 1st - A copy of both the ADAC guide and Michelin plus the internet will give you some targets

the easy ones are touted as being open all year


there will be some big gaps that you may have to fill with hotels - however there I suspect that there will be a few campsites that are open if you dig a bit

Ive cycled up western France during October on my way back from Nice - I managed to find campsites all the way without researching - The ride is pretty dismal - all the apartments shuttered up, quite a lot of the ordinary shops and cafes are closed - sometimes the towns seem almost devoid of life like some alien has vacumed all the people.

Re: Andalucia and Pico Veleta

29 September 2015 - 8:53am
Early Oct in Granada is getting cold and on Veleta will be in the minus degrees

Re: 6 months in Western Europe - complete beginner

28 September 2015 - 11:12pm
Vorpal wrote:I guess it depends partly on where you will be. 6 months covers a pretty wide range of temperatures, and if you are in Northern Europe during spring or autumn, that sleeping bag might not be enough. On the other hand, as you are going to be travelling for a while, you can just try it and see, and either get a better one, or a liner or something, if you need it. A liner might not be a bad idea, anyway. They're easier to wash than the sleeping bag, and since you will be sleeping in yours for 6 months, a liner will mean washing it much less frequently.

There's a good thread on sleeping bags & pads here viewtopic.php?f=42&t=99146

Thank you

davegtt wrote:I did spend good money on some Ortlieb Panniers though, highly recommended from myself and the wife.

Hi Buddy, thanks for both your posts, very rich:) it is possible then :D yay

Ortlieb - i am planning to get front, back and rackbag waterproof set from Ortlieb in white, its seem to be great piece of equipment

davegtt wrote:I had a 2 man Wild Country tent, loved the door either side as I obviously had the wife in there and I didn't like the idea of climbing over each other in the night for the toilet, paid about £70 for it and it held up well, would easily be useable for another tour, and 5 minutes set up time on your own is very good

thats interesting one it cost only 100 quid at the moment could you comment on this a little more?

how about water resistance - rainy days and overall durability? So after six months of usage would you recommend it?

davegtt wrote:I'm sat at my desk in work now feeling very nostalgic and want to cry. You lucky so and so.

Why dont you hit the road again then?

tommaso wrote:Hello, here is the website of two italians going round the world (on the road since july 2014) with Cinelli Hobo.
Good luck for your travel

This Hobo sat in my head since i first saw it i have to say...

Re: West coast of France - vois vertes

28 September 2015 - 10:38pm
I'd avoid F1 hotels but they are cheap

Not heard of them. How cheap? I never really consider hotels unless I'm outside Europe.

Re: winter tour

28 September 2015 - 10:25pm
patagonia, carretera austral. crazy guy on a bike, adventure of a lifetime.

Re: West coast of France - vois vertes

28 September 2015 - 10:22pm
yup, french campsites close at the end of the season, when the customers stop arriving. you will need to research alternatives. I'd avoid F1 hotels but they are cheap. you might like them, i find they are usually in the wrong place.

Re: Removing rear dérailleur when flying

28 September 2015 - 10:20pm
I usually take off the deraillieur, but would take the advice of Thorn. I've never had a problem with them at all. The deraillieur protector looks a good idea though.

Re: France - which bit?

28 September 2015 - 9:32pm
A cousin of mine, non cyclist, retired to France about 5 years ago. They rejected all the ex-pat ghettoes out of hand and looked elsewhere. They settled not far from Poitiers. Near enough to coastal areas, near to flat lands, an area of rolling hills, cheap when compared to most of the ex-pat ghettoes. It is an area I've passed through many times when on tour and I quite like it for those reasons. In my working life I lived on the edge of the Vosges, near Mulhouse. No good to you since it throws in mountains as well.

To Robgul I would say that there are certainly parts of France that might be ok to cycle through, but are not places I'd want to live.. Like any country, and I've lived in a couple, it is very different living there than visiting for a few weeks.

Re: France - which bit?

28 September 2015 - 9:30pm
Provence does it for me, but perhaps a bit too hilly for you. I have enjoyed western (i.e. less hilly) Limousine and the Dordogne area. Truly flat areas don't hold any interest for me.

Re: France - which bit?

28 September 2015 - 9:24pm
Any of it - you can't fault France for cycling!

- the next selection consideration to me would be weather ... and South of the Loire is generally agreed to be OK (obviously depending on when you were going)

You need to specify more criteria to get useful answers.


France - which bit?

28 September 2015 - 9:21pm
Thinking of retiring to France. Bearing in mind that my hill-phobia will only get worse with age, which area is best for cycling? An area with quiet lanes, allowing quite long day rides without any use of main roads would be essential.

Shropshire is what I'm used to and if I can't find comparable/better rural idyl, I ain't going!

Re: Removing rear dérailleur when flying

28 September 2015 - 9:13pm
Yes it makes sense. I am just wondering if a drop of chain lube on that bolt would help reduce the cross-threading risk. So far I have never carried grease or anti-seize with me on a bike tour, only chain lube.

Re: Removing rear dérailleur when flying

28 September 2015 - 9:03pm
Someone way more technical than me may well be along to contradict me but it has always been my understanding that pretty much any metal on metal thread should be greased or anti-seized - helps to ease things as you thread, to help tighten things up, and to prevent seizing.

Re: Removing rear dérailleur when flying

28 September 2015 - 8:30pm
Sweep wrote:Cross threading of anything is an ever present danger but if you lube carefully and take your time i think it's pretty safe.

Are you saying it's a good idea to lube or grease the thread of the rear mech bolt before remounting it?

Re: via de la plata

28 September 2015 - 7:42pm
If you haven't allready booked the ferry, I'm sure there is one that goes straight to gijon?

Re: Removing rear dérailleur when flying

28 September 2015 - 6:55pm
iviehoff wrote:If you simply change into bottom gear, so the derailleur is as close to the wheel as possible, that reduces risk of derailleur damage.

I've done this for a while when parking my bike in london.

But i should have studied the dynamics more closely.

For when, clumsy oaf me, managed to knock the bike over on unlocking it, this offered no protection. The rack didn't even provide cover from the ground impact and the mech (or hanger) was bent - see my recently started thread.

Have only flown with a derailleur bike once, in a padded Ground Effect Tardis soft case (recommended) and i unfastened the mech and zip-tied it between the stays. Cross threading of anything is an ever present danger but if you lube carefully and take your time i think it's pretty safe.


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