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Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

13 May 2016 - 6:22pm
mercalia wrote:Toffee wrote:Mrs T and I cycled the SDW from Guildford to Shoreham just after Easter as part of our route to Paris.

Ground was quite wet in places and the bikes ended up very muddy but was perfectly doable on touring bike with panniers.

Our bodies were quite a bit shaken at the end and I wouldn't be hurrying to do it again, but it was OK for a one off

Derek
"a bit shaken" was also my experience of the The Downs Link - also a bad headache. I had to then push my bike up a steep track to Truleigh Hill YHA ( was some time ago I might add, never again )

The Downs Link and the South Downs Way are two quite different routes. If you were on the Downs Link and staying at the Truleigh YHA then it would indeed have come as a bit of a nasty shock - but I'm guessing you were on the SDW.

Re: Lightweight touring - How much can you pack in the bags?

13 May 2016 - 6:16pm
A onesie and a cuddly toy? Or is that just me?

Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

13 May 2016 - 5:18pm
I'm in Southampton, work in Botley but more than happy to come and collect - thank you!

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

13 May 2016 - 5:00pm
I may be a bit prissy,but I think this path should be left to walkers. Yes,you can do it on a bike...but I think you'd get more out of it by foot and a rucsac. I don't like to see bikes on this path. I think you can do the Tour of Mont Blanc on a bike,but...I just don't like the machine on what I believe should be a walkers way. I don't know what I can liken my prejudice to? I guess unclassified small country roads visited by cycle tourists,now taken up a covoy of Hummers. All perfectly legal. But right? Having said that(and maybe opening myself to critics?),I also don't want to see horses using walkers paths. I see 4 wheel drives are taking to Greenways these days? Wotsgoingon? Still,I guess if I were younger its the sorta thing I might have considered

Lightweight touring - How much can you pack in the bags?

13 May 2016 - 4:54pm
Lightweight touring / bikepacking is great for short tours and when you want to go off road along narrow lanes and across fields and rivers. But how much can you pack into those soft bags without the need for panniers.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/whats-inside-bikepacking-bags/


Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

13 May 2016 - 4:48pm
Aaron, where are you based. I'm near Southampton and can let you borrow mine.

Re: First cycle tour

13 May 2016 - 4:23pm
Since I've never cycle toured I don't know what distance I'll be comfortable with although fitness shouldn't be an issue.

The purpose of the tour is more to get a general feel for the sorts of issues which arise so I can plan for them. So I'm thinking 60 or 70 miles a day. When I do a walking trip I, I walk more or less continuously and stop for about 15mins max for lunch so I'm used to just plodding on for mile after mile, up and down hills as they arise.

One possible circuit I was looking at is
Bristol - Minehead - Taunton (via Illfracombe/Exmoor) - Salisbury - Bristol

Re: First cycle tour

13 May 2016 - 3:03pm
How many miles a day is your target?

I would suggest getting on a train and cycling back home. The west Country way is lovely for this to Bristol and you could start from Barnstaple for example.

Re: Rail: To Oban

13 May 2016 - 2:45pm
andymiller wrote:The biggest problem you may face is the work due to the Queen Street tunnel closure. I'd start a new thread about that - I assume that it would be possible to cycle out of Glasgow and catch the train at a station after the tunnel, but it would be best to get the advice of a local.
You could take a local train from Central to Dalmuir, then change on to the Oban train there. If you have to change platforms Dalmuir has lifts. I don't know how well the timetable works but it could be a lot better than struggling with the chaos at Queen Street.

Re: First cycle tour

13 May 2016 - 2:02pm
The good news is that there's plenty of good riding around Bristol. Can you give some idea of how far you want to ride each day?


Last weekend on Friday I rode from Bristol to Bath for work and in the evening started on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Dundas Aquaduct

http://www.bristol-drones.co.uk/wp-cont ... -1-121.jpg

and then off at Avoncliff through Warminster and on to just outside Salisbury. Saturday took a look a Old Sarum

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/remo ... 60&anchor=

then headed North following the Avon. At LArkhill rode across Salisbury Plain on the military roads and went to the 29 locks of Caen locks at Devises.
http://medias.photodeck.com/5ddd71b0-70 ... xlarge.jpg

The North again through Avebury


http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/remo ... ttomcenter

and stayed the night outside Calne. Sunday, went to Chippenhama and then Lacock before heading back.

http://wiltshireweb.co.uk/wp-content/ga ... ock_20.jpg

Re: First cycle tour

13 May 2016 - 12:48pm
Up the Severn and down the Wye, or vice versa. There is a CTC route map for a tour called the Severn Wye Circle (or 7YO), but I think it takes 7 days or more. You could ride so far up one of the rivers, cut across and ride back down the other.

Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

13 May 2016 - 12:14pm
Paulatic, simonhill thank you very much for your useful responses

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

13 May 2016 - 11:47am
Toffee wrote:Mrs T and I cycled the SDW from Guildford to Shoreham just after Easter as part of our route to Paris.

Ground was quite wet in places and the bikes ended up very muddy but was perfectly doable on touring bike with panniers.

Our bodies were quite a bit shaken at the end and I wouldn't be hurrying to do it again, but it was OK for a one off

Derek
"a bit shaken" was also my experience of the The Downs Link - also a bad headache. I had to then push my bike up a steep track to Truleigh Hill YHA ( was some time ago I might add, never again )

Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

13 May 2016 - 11:16am
whoof wrote:£35 for an event with no signage or food, you sound extremely generous to me.

No wonder he can't afford to buy a couple of maps.

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

13 May 2016 - 11:09am
I was just thinking 'Wow SDW in April, fully loaded, en route to Paris - that's hardcore'.

Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

13 May 2016 - 9:42am
whoof wrote:
£35 for an event with no signage or food, you sound extremely generous to me.

A £24 annual subscription to Ordnance Survey allows the holder to print out as many 1:25K and 1:50k A4 extracts as they like, and the printouts are little loss if damaged by water, etc. This also reduces weight, as A4 sheets covering the route will usually weigh less than the whole maps.

Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

13 May 2016 - 9:16am
AaronR wrote:Hi,

Because I'm renowned for being squeaky tight

£35 for an event with no signage or food, you sound extremely generous to me.

http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/dor ... 7272-p.asp

Re: Rail: To Oban

13 May 2016 - 9:11am
iviehoff wrote:So try getting separate quotes for the journey to Glasgow and the journey from GQS to Oban, or breaking it down even more if you have to change to get to Glagow.


That's the simplest way - Glasgow to Oban is no more than around £20, and you should be able to find cheap fares to Glasgow, depending on how soon you're travelling.

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

13 May 2016 - 8:55am
Toffee wrote:Mrs T and I cycled the SDW from Guildford to Shoreham just after Easter as part of our route to Paris.
( Unless something has changed . . . . ) the Guildford to Shoreham track is called "The Downs Link", which isn't the REAL South Downs Way.

The Downs Link largely follows the track of a former railway and is therefore relatively flat over most of the distance. SDW is rather hilly.

You don't mention joining the SDW near Steyning to proceed to the ferry port, so I assume you joined the tarmac to get you there.

LeicaM4 wrote:I love the naysayers, . . . . .
It is good that you enjoyed it. You sound young, fit and enthusiastic.
I'm getting on a bit now so my criteria for enjoyment are probably more cautious . . . . e.g.
- enough time to enjoy the surroundings, while moving along :-
- - without the fear of falling off
- - without concern for damaging the bicycle components on rough terrain
- - maintaining some level of comfort over an enduring physical challenge

Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

13 May 2016 - 8:18am
To expand on previous post.

I regularly get my OS maps from the library. If my local one doesn't have it on their shelves, they can order from any library in the county. All this is free.

Most maps are the 1:50,000 Landranger, but there are a few 25,000 ones, you may be lucky.

A lot of library maps are plastic coated so bulky, but good in the outdoors. A personal copy is unlikely to be plasticated and will be subject to mud and dirt. You'd struggle to keep a borrowed map pristine.

I'd advise something like Amazon to buy your own, probably cheaper than any of your bike's components.
 
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