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Re: My first touring 'fail'

29 July 2015 - 9:19am
I am pleased that you have found yourself to be human Nareloc. If you had completed those mileages I would have found myself even more wanting than I do now! I now do more modest mileages than I want to cos I have to! On my trips I am often meeting others whose health,fitness,experience is much better than my own...and is then very annoying!!
Example: 2 Kiwis in eastern Europe. Both riding under £150 Decathlon bikes,one with builders boots on one day,the next flip-flops: 60mpd. Of course they always had tailwinds whereas we had headwinds. Both were some 10 years older than myself(or they looked it) They could bivvy on tennis courts and get up next morning with not an ache in the world. What was very wearing was that as they cycled and as their back spokes broke...a bike shop was always within their reach,even a blacksmith! I know cherries ripened and branches bent down to give them offerings as they cycled along. Entering villages by chance they would be invited to be wedding guests wherein oxen would be slayed in their honour. I am 'pleased' to hear of someone who could be myself.

Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 9:00am
Part 1 of my two kindle books about bike tours I've completed are free for the next five days on Amazon. Please feel free to download them if you're interested.

Round the world by bike: "Every Inch of the Way" (Part 1- the European (UK) leg)

Touring in the Himalayas: "Biking to the Roof of the World" (Part 1 - Chandigahr to Manali)

Thanks! Lots more about these trips and others on http://www.tombrucecycling.com

Re: Question about bike shipping by plane

29 July 2015 - 8:48am
dondelion wrote:I flew with Pegasus and had the same problem with the website so I rang their call centre and they added a bike to my booking. I then paid at the airport. I don't think there was a limit for the bike size but I checked my panniers in separately to be on the safe side.They do have an English option so ask them about this and stopovers when you call them.


Thanks for your reply. And what about the checked baggage size limits?

Re: North Coast 500 in Scotland

29 July 2015 - 12:22am
I've ridden it, even in a 1000 words I could not describe how fantastic it is, it truly is like going to another planet, when I did it during the olympics I did not even know the olympics was on after leaving inverness, that shows how it is a different beautiful, stunning varied route.

Another thing as I think about it..

28 July 2015 - 9:46pm
IN 1990 on one of my earliest tours, one night in France, myself and three companions were awake all night in this hotel having had dinner and coffee there. We had pounding pulses all night, not irregular that I remember. In the morning we were fine and it did not recur. We felt sure it had to the coffee. God knows what was in it.

Re: Specialized Awol

28 July 2015 - 9:25pm
Oooooh! And a frameset option too!

http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Specia ... IM?wmp=718

Re: Specialized Awol

28 July 2015 - 9:18pm
Sigma Sport seem to have details of the 2016 AWOL's

http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Specia ... tAod68IFxg

Has anyone used the Amrun to Sylt ferry?

28 July 2015 - 9:07pm
Just fine tuning my Nordseekust trip and as part of my island hopping i'm thinking of using the ferry between Wittdun on Amrum and Hornum on Sylt. It's easy enough to book and a choice of sailings. Has anyone done this trip? If so, what do you think, have you any tips?

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

28 July 2015 - 8:59pm
simonhill wrote:There are loads of places to stay around Oakham and Rutland Water. Bikes are a big thing in the area so I'm sure you wont have a problem.

I normally camp at the Old Rectory in Belton in Rutland. They do b&b and there are stables where you could store your bike. Not overly cheap in that area.

The tourist office no doubt has lists.

Yeah, I was starting to think that might be the best way. I'll give them a bell early next year and see what they say. As for things not being cheap in that area, I'm starting to realise Been many many years since I camped but might consider it, although I guess bike security comes back into the frame again. Bit of time to think on it yet though, it just seems like a good place to go as a gentle breaking in of going away with the bikes.

Thanks for the reply simon.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

28 July 2015 - 8:43pm
robing wrote:I was going to cycle back through France, but it was a bit of a culture shock! I'd come in their peak holiday time and everywhere was full even campsites. Hotels were 80 to 100 € plus, in spain they were only 20 to 30€ mostly. French campsites were over €30 with wifi and electricity extra. The roads were worse than Spain and very busy.I spend about 4 weeks a year in France, usually in June or July but sometimes into August. Like any country you pick your roads. On those I use I can ride for 20 minutes at a time without seeing a moving motor vehicle. On a Sunday, admittedly early, you can ride the big main roads to make up time if necessary and be amazed at how little traffic there is. Campsites, staying on municipal sites the cost is typically 7 to 10 Euros. The big commercial sites are more expensive. It also depends where you are. I guess you might well have been coming up through the Landes south of Bordeaux. This is a holiday area and very expensive. So go back another time - take a bit more time to use the minor roads and the municipal sites.

Re: cycle maps - where to get them ?

28 July 2015 - 8:19pm
The Map Shop keeps or orders them http://www.themapshop.co.uk/europe/rest/sweden.htm index here http://www.themapshop.co.uk/images/swed ... ncycle.png at a price --- £18.75 each .

Re: cycle maps - where to get them ?

28 July 2015 - 8:02pm
They do the Norstedts Kartforlaget cycling maps if that is any good. Might get it.in for you if you contact them.

Re: cycle maps - where to get them ?

28 July 2015 - 7:59pm
There's a famous map shop in London. Stanford's I think. An outdoors forum I used to frequent recommended them for maps in far flung places but should sort you out.

cycle maps - where to get them ?

28 July 2015 - 7:52pm
Hi remember coming across a reference for bookshops in UK that sell cycling maps but having looked in the forum i find specific countries but not the one I am looking for. I am looking for Cykelkarten (sweden cycling map series ) to plan out a tour for next year starting in Copenhagen and ending in Ijmuiden via Skane. Online stuff is fine Google maps etc.. , I dont use GPS but for an overview I may be old fashioned but I love paper maps. Plus they dont run out of charge lol !

Can anyone help with a link.


North Coast 500 in Scotland

28 July 2015 - 6:44pm
Does any body have any experience of the North Coast 500?

It looks really interesting, but don't know of anybody who has ridden it

Re: Question about bike shipping by plane

28 July 2015 - 5:55pm
I flew with Pegasus and had the same problem with the website so I rang their call centre and they added a bike to my booking. I then paid at the airport. I don't think there was a limit for the bike size but I checked my panniers in separately to be on the safe side.They do have an English option so ask them about this and stopovers when you call them.


Re: My first touring 'fail'

28 July 2015 - 5:00pm
It could just be some innocuous palpitations or it could be atrial fibrillation, but you won't find out which unless it happens whilst you're connected to an ECG, meanwhile they will tell you there's nothing wrong if they haven't seen it for themselves. If you're getting it often enough, they can give you a portable ECG (Holter monitor) to record your heart continuously for 24 hours or even 7 days, but if they're not taking you seriously in the first place you won't get one of those. I was having runs of palpitations when I got into bed for donkeys years before it developed into AF. I've had a Holter monitor three times since I was diagnosed, but the only times they've seen it is when I call 999 and get taken in to A&E by ambulance. I'd previously had two Bruce tests on the treadmill as well, but they didn't find anything either.

Eating big meals and/or getting into bed are common triggers for AF.

If it happens again and it doesn't stop within 10-15 minutes, call an ambulance, because that's your best chance of finding out what's going on and because you risk a stroke if you ignore AF.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

28 July 2015 - 5:00pm
My trip got postponed because I got food poisoning. Originally I had planned to be in France in late June or early July at the latest. Spain was still really quiet though right up until I got back.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

28 July 2015 - 4:30pm
I tour for two week in France most years, usually the last two weeks in June. The roads are quite ,the accommodation plentiful and reasonably priced. I wouldn't dream of going there in July and August.

Re: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?

28 July 2015 - 4:25pm
531colin wrote:The sort of RIDER who runs out of road on Greenhow Hill will also run out of road on Peat Lane.
Greenhow Hill is a wide road with reasonable sight lines most of the time.
I have tried to link the start of the tricky bit of the descent of Peat Lane.....its the worst bit of film I have seen from the Google van....https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.074111,-1.769164,3a,75y,90h,49.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIghmynM4PqmAnYEeH9kv2A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
You can come flying down a straightforward descent (narrow, but open with reasonable sight lines) to be faced with this....the road dives into a tunnel of trees, the stone walls converge to line the gutters. The road is liable to be covered in debris washed down, there is no fast motor traffic to clear the debris. Right on the bend there is a stone water-bar in the road surface.......how close did you have to get to see it on the Google image? How soon would you see it plunging into the semi-darkness under the trees, wearing fashionable cycling sunglasses?
Follow down Peat Lane on Google until you get to the house on the left, and thats the worst of it finished......if you make the first bend, you will be going slow enough to make the rest.
There is an excellent farm cafe at the top of Greenhow Hill, I went there with a group of "new cyclists". We went up Peat Lane, (walking the steep bit), the plan was to return via Duck Street, but that was closed by a road traffic accident (one of the quarry lorries in the ditch). Nobody fancied going down Greenhow Hill, so we went back down Peat Lane. We got to just above my link (where the camper van is parked ) and everybody else got off and walked: I was the only one to ride down the tricky bit.
They all think I am reckless, I'm inclined to think they lack skill.........but perhaps I would have got off and walked if I had been on a fashionable bike with twitchy steering, narrow tyres and dual pivot brakes.
My view is that anybody whose brakes work can get down Greenhow Hill in safety if they exercise reasonable care, but I would not send an inexperienced rider down Peat Lane on their own.

Some good points there. Can't argue with the bit about not going down peat lane unless experienced rider, that's good advice to be fair. In many ways it's better going UP peat lane than Greenhow if you are going into Grassington etc. Yes a steep section at the start if going up, but it's very short and advantage is almost zero traffic.

Be tough with panniers mind


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