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Re: GPS routes for France en Velo St Malo-Nice route

7 May 2016 - 9:47pm
We're made from sterner stuff here in the Welsh Marches!

Re: GPS routes for France en Velo St Malo-Nice route

7 May 2016 - 7:35pm
Silverdorking wrote:Thanks again for all your help, leaving from Hereford next Wed with my bivy-bag, hopefully independent of hotels etc!

A bivvy bag? It's [rude word removed] cold in Johnny-Foreigner-land at the moment. 16 degrees here in Sardegna (compared to 21 in London). I am wearing all the warm clothes I have.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

7 May 2016 - 7:31pm
I guess that after the CTC AGM these guys are going to see a spike in interest? Looks like a launch is imminent - "I'm in" as they say on Dragon's Den


Re: Bikes on Stagecoach busses?

7 May 2016 - 7:18pm
x74 Dumfries-Glasgow
X75 Dumfries-Stranraer
That I know of.

Re: Bikes on Stagecoach busses?

7 May 2016 - 7:16pm
Where are these wondrous machines?

Ridgeway - Avebury to Uffington

7 May 2016 - 7:12pm
Has anyone ridden this? It's suggested to be okay for mtbs but maybe a bit dodgy for 'tourers', i'm thinking about doing it on my cross/tourer - is it really that bad?


Re: Lyon to Ljubljana across the Alps: route advice

7 May 2016 - 5:26pm
If you can squeeze in the Albula and Umbrail / Stelvio you will take home some great memories.

Re: GPS routes for France en Velo St Malo-Nice route

7 May 2016 - 4:39pm
Thanks again for all your help, leaving from Hereford next Wed with my bivy-bag, hopefully independent of hotels etc!

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

7 May 2016 - 10:33am
Yep that would work

What was the black tubing you used on the rear rack? It looks really neat, would like to do the same. Hope to call in at Spa later today on my way back from a 25 TT!

Re: Has anyone cycled the Camino?

7 May 2016 - 8:10am
Hi 53 x 13,

I cycled the Compostella in 2005 from Valence to Finnisterre. I believe the French leg is known as the Chemin St. Jacques and the Spanish leg is known as the Camino.

I used a book from Cicerone called "The Way of St James" - cyclists guide - by John Higginson. It is thoroughly researched and informative and well worth the money.

You could possibly get the Bike Express bus to Bayonne and cycle to St Jean Pied de Port. Start your journey from there and you won't be dis appointed. Personally, I think the beauty is in the French leg of the trip.

Whatever your aspirations might be, you will treated and greeted with kindness and warmth along the route. You will meet all different nationalities, all having a story to tell - let them tell it.

I had 6 weeks of wall to wall sunshine (ok, 2 days rain in all that time) blessed with camaraderie, hospitality and generosity. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic.

Go on, do it!! Soak it and savour it. The flavour is delicious and long lasting.

Bon route et bon chance


Re: GPS routes for France en Velo St Malo-Nice route

6 May 2016 - 11:28pm
Silverdorking wrote:The book .....will be left behind on that coffee table due to its weight!
I took the e-version with me, so no extra weight if you already have a GPS smartphone.
BTW none of the B&B's recommended in the book had any rooms left when I turned up without booking, so it's clearly been successful. Campsites were fine though (this was September last year).

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

6 May 2016 - 10:25pm
gloomyandy wrote:Only problem is my panniers are black

Solution - spray the panniers yellow - yeah!! Problem solved


Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

6 May 2016 - 10:20pm
Thanks for the update! I'm convinced! Looks like I will need another visit to Spa. I like also really like the tubes you have added. What was the black tubing you used on the rear rack? It looks very neat, I'd like to do the same to both my racks as the rattling of the panniers can be rather annoying! Only problem is my panniers are black so the Hozelock would not match!

Re: Maps Norway

6 May 2016 - 8:44pm
I'm another F&B map user - 4 cover the country, the top ones are smaller scale but there's less road up there anyway. The lack of gradients doesn't bother me - it's not going to be Yorkshire-steep ever unless there are loads of hairpins showing. Amusingly the sizes of towns and villages haven't been updated for a while. Sometimes you go through places not marked on the map, sometimes what looks like a small place turns out to be quite large (for Norway) with a vinmonopolet and several supermarkets.

Shameless but useful plug for - if you send them a map and some money they will encapsulate it and send it back to you. May be useful for Norway in case it rains.

Re: Maps Norway

6 May 2016 - 8:11pm
I use as it has both good maps and satellite imagery. This is handy for checking if a section of main road has a "cycle path" beside it for example. I have made my own maps using Finn, printing out sections and marking them with highlighter.

Note that a fair few tunnels in Norway are closed to cyclists and it is best to avoid those tunnels. I suggest you make use of the Norwegian Tunnel map at together with the maps you choose to use.

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

6 May 2016 - 5:48pm
16 .jpgAnd here is a snap showing the rear rack "tubed up". It stops the long adjustable plastic rail on the pannier from abraiding the rack.

Thanks to Martin for the excellent idea - I tip my hat to you Hombre

And after much costly R & D I have patented the "Lower Rack Protective Conduit TM" A lot of you will be under the misapprehension that it is yellow Hozelock hosepipe. Wrong!!!

Be aware that litigation will be invoked against anyone trying to sell, misdescribe or copy this patent.

14 .jpg

Silence is now assured from the panniers. Alas there is a small noise coming from somewhere but I'm finding it hard to detect. It sounds like nuts rolling around in a bag. Every time I stop, so does the noise. Shaking the bike and it's contents cannot reproduce the noise. I'm confused .com


Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

6 May 2016 - 5:27pm
Now then gloomy,

Please find below a couple of pix showing the modified arm fitted. You can see the space between the arm and pannier is now a lot greater.

In the face on photo, I have it fitted at 9:00 - it can be fitted at 12:00, 3:00 and 6:00'

The quarter segment shape enables it to catch a lot more of the rack.

Well worth the money and time.

Looking down.jpg

Face on.jpg


Re: Rail: To Oban

6 May 2016 - 5:08pm
It's an idea Gloomyandy. Thanks. Dunno how long ago it was,but carried our bikes to/from LEJOG on back of car. Howsoever,from days gone by have changed car so I'm none too sure how the bike rack will/won't fit. Will give it a go tho. The other alternative is to try to get them in the rear of the car: lay down rugs,take off front wheels. Howsoever both bikes have mudguards. Still,even buying another new rack could take the train stress out of the journey tho. Will have to revisit the problem. My car is a Hyandi job(sorry about spelling),small town job.

Re: Lyon to Ljubljana across the Alps: route advice

6 May 2016 - 3:22pm
I did an Alpine route from Grenoble in 2013 taking in these passes - Lautaret, Echelle, San Bernardino, Spluga, Aprica, Maloja, Bernina, Tonale. (IIRC). Loved it -highly recommended.

Bikes on Stagecoach busses?

6 May 2016 - 1:06pm
The thread was only a few weeks ago. I know time flies but thankfully not that quick!
I've not had my bike on yet but any day soon [emoji1]
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