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Re: Routes near Banbury

2 February 2016 - 10:52am
Thanks for the offer. Sibford Gower - Burdrop - Sibford Ferris.

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

2 February 2016 - 9:14am
Annoying Twit wrote:.......................I have looked at routes through Overbury, so I'll go back and look at that again, and avoid the B4080...........

Richard is right about the B4080 - you do get the occasional speeder - but it is really a fairly quiet and pleasant road. I use it often ('cos I live on it!) so I'd certainly use it if it gives you the route you want. All the routes around Bredon Hill are well used by cyclists and local motorists are expecting them. The route around the north of the hill is a nice ride - a couple of short sharp climbs but some views to compensate.

Re: Best way to the Alps

2 February 2016 - 9:02am
I cycled to Geneva via Le Havre a few years ago (starting from here made bypassing Paris easier), and in Burgundy limited hills and traffic by doing about 100 miles along the Burgundy Canal. At that time the towpath on the second half was better for bikes than the first, but I think there were plans for improvements. I also enjoyed ending via the Col de La Faucille, a 1000m climb through the Jura where you end up above Geneva with a magnificent view of the main Alps including Mont Blanc. If you want further info on any of this, email me donaldhirschparis@gmail.com

Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

2 February 2016 - 8:18am
Thanks all. Booked Portsmouth - St Malo over night ferry. Plan is to get train to Nantes then drift up the ev6, taking each day as it comes and finding campsite space where we want to stay with no fixed reservations.

I can imagine the freshly baguettes, coffee's sat in warm riverside café and the half carrafe of wine with lunch now.

Re: New Route Planner

2 February 2016 - 8:05am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:cursing Javascript...
Well, it looks very neat now.


Re: lighting in Germany

2 February 2016 - 7:45am


Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

2 February 2016 - 1:18am
Was, probably still am, a complete newbie to cycle touring... me and the girl did a bit of the velodyssey .. from Nantes to La Rochelle last summer. (Ferry: Plymouth - Roscoff, train from Morlaix to Nantes). It was bliss, no day to day planning required as you can't cycle more than an hour along the route without finding a campsite. We went peak holiday season and never had trouble finding space at a campsite- cost usually about 14euros a night for the two of us. Great food & wine.. some good surfing on the Atlantic coast too..

Re: lighting in Germany

2 February 2016 - 1:04am
There are international conventions about cross-border traffic, and as a foreign visitor you only have to meet the internationally agreed minimum, not the local regulations.
That's a brake, a white front light, a red back light, a rear reflector, and a bell.
It's on the main CTC site somewhere - I can never find the link so I have to google
http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/ ... al-traffic

Summary: if you don't have a bell, put one on.


2 February 2016 - 12:21am
I went 4-12th June last year, and had good weather (Oban - Barra - Tarbert - Uig - Mallaig - Ardnamurchan - Mull - Oban).
I should have started 4 days sooner, but I'd been watching the rain radar and weather forecasts and delayed to let it blow through.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

1 February 2016 - 11:51pm
andymiller wrote:I currently use Avid BB7s with 203mm discs. Which is probably over-kill, but I'm happy.

160's are big enough for a solo.
We have 203's on the tandem and it stops PDQ with an all up weight of 180kgs including the bike and day bag.

Re: useful sources of news concerning western europe

1 February 2016 - 10:38pm
Looks good - thanks!


1 February 2016 - 10:21pm
TrevA wrote:We did the Inner Hebrides last May. I think it rained almost every day and I was in full winter gear most of the time, with Goretex on top in the rain. So long as you dress for the weather, it's not too bad. Can be quite windy but I don't think I saw a single midge.
Last May was unusually bad.

Re: New Route Planner

1 February 2016 - 10:13pm
It is a bug. Or, was! I think I've fixed it now. Thanks for spotting. (exits, cursing Javascript...)


1 February 2016 - 10:12pm
Thanks again for the info, especially for accommodation. I don't want to carry camping gear particularly!
Surely it can't rain every year!!
Maybe the wind could help push us Northward.

Re: Great Ocean Road.....

1 February 2016 - 10:11pm
Many thank to everyone for the replies......

Tyreon....'Do it on a folder' ??....Seriously ??....One of my bikes is a Brompton and it never occurred to me to use that. I always travel light ( I've done four trips to OZ with just a 35L rucksack ) Food for thought indeed !!!....

RedRaleigh....Many thanks for the route info'...Brilliant input....Thank you....

Note, this is not a camping trip....I've done plenty ( including NZ ) but this is 'under bricks' all the way. I won't plan any night stops but I will have a (very) rough idea of what I am going to do in my head...I will just stop where I stop.

Re: lighting in Germany

1 February 2016 - 10:10pm
The laws have recently changed allowing battery lights for all bikes instead of just lightweight racers as it used to be.

You do however need wheel (or tyre) reflectors and front reflectors in addition to the UK requirements.
Nobody will notice their absence in daylight though.

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

1 February 2016 - 10:09pm
That hill up into Desford past the Lancaster Arms is certainly a killer!
I'd say that the Earl Shilton hill is not as steep, but is longer - so about equal! The only ways of avoiding it are bypassing Earls Shilton entirely (going well north) or using the A47 bypass which has an excellent cyclepath along its entire length - it's a shallow, very long gradient, but doesn't reach the lofty heights of the village itself.
I certainly wouldn't ride in either Coventry or Birmingham for fun if I could help it either!
Have you considered using RideWithGPS.com to draw your routes on?

lighting in Germany

1 February 2016 - 10:04pm
This is my first post, so hello everyone. I'm planning to ride ride to Berlin later in the year. From what I've read, in Germany I should have a dynamo fitted to my bike, I do not intend to ride at night, so do I need one?

Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

1 February 2016 - 9:56pm
Sounds like France, and if you want surf and some likelihood of warmth you are looking at Biarritz and the Western Pyrenees / Dordogne etc, down in the SW. Possibly including the Tarn Gorge. One week cycle tour and one week surfing?


1 February 2016 - 9:22pm
It would be a great time to go. We did it last summer. We stayed in hostels to save carrying tents. Most were good, this one was great, Nunton House Hostel on Benbecula. It could be windy. Any specific questions, just ask.




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