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Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 6:38am
I have a Bodybag, and like it very much: it's a bit more robust (though also bulkier...) than a plastic bag (and has carrying handles, which can be useful when lugging bikes to distant airport xray machines, etc). My (50cm frame, 700c wheels) touring bikes fit with no problems. But it's true that getting it from NZ is a pain: my experience (with VAT + additional fees) was the same as rualexander's. I wish they'd find a UK distributor!

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 2:54am
I knew someone that got a puncture, I said "I can fix it in 10 minutes" and he said its OK I will get it sorted another time... there never was another time and now a few years later the same bike has the same puncture, it was never ridden again because it got one puncture once. Beat that for "bad maintenance".

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 2:40am
Badger?

I ride through somewhere near a canal and I have seen them a few times, once one ran across a main road and went in a front garden and another one that was just running along the pavement of the bridge over the canal. I think they might bite if you go near them.



I saw a newt on the pavement once, I crapped myself thinking it was a gecko or something, it was very distinctive/striking looking from a far off distance considering its tiny size, that tells you everything, a scary looking thing.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 25 April 2016 - 2:05am
Wallabies can range quite far from those couple of areas of the UK they populate.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2016 - 1:29am
About 12 years ago we cycled Lisbon- castelo Branco - Miranda do Douro where we crossed into Spain on our way up to Santander. It was a really fabulous trip. I'd originally planned to cycle up to Braganca but my friend was on her first cycle tour and was suspicious of all the bumpy bits up that way (I still dragged her over the Picos de Europa!).

I would not describe the trip as spectacularly easy. For instance cycling up out of the Douro valley can be hard work and the atmosphere on one day we did it was hot and humid. The camping was not extensive (may be better now but there were small hotels etc that were very reasonable and maybe scope for discrete wild camping) and I found the maps pretty limited but then again there weren't that many roads to choose from.

It was one of the best trips we've ever done though with fabulous scenery, lovely people, quiet,decent quality roads, and that feeling of having got away from it all.

Ps- have a dog plan

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 10:33pm
Thanks for the replies. I just wanted to make sure no-one had any negative comments about any of the hotels near the drop off point.

Re: GPS

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 10:00pm
I've battled to make a Garmin 62S work properly for a couple of years now. It's fine for walking and OK for plotting off-road tracks, but has only worked intermittently for cycle touring on-road. We've done some fairly complicated routes which I've plotted on Basecamp. Basecamp isn't great, but I've managed it. The problem has been that the route has only very rarely downloaded correctly onto the device - it doesn't stick to the roads and has just gone in a straight line from one via point to the next, in the same way as when you plot a track. When I've tried to use the GPS on tour, the device has often just turned itself off. Once in a blue moon, it has worked correctly, downloaded the route correctly and given turn by turn instructions. The device does record the route taken, elevation etc perfectly well - it's just hopeless for route planning and navigating. the problems have been the same whether I've used the OS map or OSM.

It hasn't been fit for purpose. Garmin support have been quite helpful but unfortunately, I let the problems persist over the guarantee period so to get it replaced will cost £82.50. So I don't know what to do, either - to get a replacement and keep returning it if it fails to work or try to get an Etrex20 for not very much more. But I hope my tale of woe is helpful to you!

Re: Rhine route (EV15) - is it worth it?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 9:52pm
Thanks to those who commented for the advice. The Rhine route sounds good but variety is the spice of life. So, not quite set in stone but I think we'll be doing the following:

  • Basel to Strasbourg following the small villages/towns of the Alsatian Wine Route rather than EV15, which is more direct but perhaps less interesting
  • Across the Northern Vosges to Sarreguemines
  • Saar radweg from Sarreguemines to Konz
  • Mosel radweg from Konz to Koblenz
  • Rhine route from Koblenz to Cologne
  • Somehow get to Brussels so we can get home to London on Eurostar

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 9:43pm
delilah wrote:bohrsatom
I'm riding a solo End to End in Portugal in September into Faro out of Porto.
I'd be interested in your route if you still have it.
Also details and your views on the accommodation would be useful
Thanks

Lucky you! Take a look at our Crazyguy blog: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=16745

Happy to help if you have any specific questions

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 9:39pm
jezer wrote:... Any ideas?
Should've gone to Specsavers .

Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 9:12pm
go to a DIY store and buy some transparent plastic for a few quid, use it until it can be used no more then buy some more. parcel tape to hold it together. in extremis use black plastic bin bags taped together. no need to buy a special bag.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:57pm
no was the puncture pixies pet.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:56pm
It was a Womble. Probably Great Uncle Bulgaria.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:00pm
Talking of sirens.
If you are of a nervous disposition (as I am )
An emergency service vehicle approaching from behind or unseen and then turning its siren on has almost had me of my bike .(and moreso when on a scooter on one occasion) made me jump and nearly lose control.
Obviously they have an important job to do ,and time is of essence, but it would be a good thing IMO if someone could invent a graduated siren ,one that took just a few seconds to get to full blast ,just to give two wheeled users (particularly) a chance to avoid possibly dangerous jumps out of the saddle and maybe even a crash.
This would help me (and others of course)not to become a user of there services due to cardiac arrest.

Andy
Full of nervous tremulation.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 7:32pm
bohrsatom
I'm riding a solo End to End in Portugal in September into Faro out of Porto.
I'd be interested in your route if you still have it.
Also details and your views on the accommodation would be useful
Thanks

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:31pm
Hello
That was almost certainly the greater lurking grunt snarking beast .
It lurks in the woodlands ,it lurks in the vales ,it lurks upon mountains and upon misty dales.
It lurks in the morning ,it lurks in the day ,it stares at you madly ,whilst dining on hay.
Yes matey !
Beware the Mighty Grunt snarker.
Peddle away ,cast not a backwards glance.
Its to awful to look upon and could well be named Lance.

Andy
Ode to Snark the beastly lurker.

Re: Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:40pm
Thanks.

Will be coming down from Kirkby Lonsdale back to the car at Hornby so we can do the few miles on the main road the other side of the river.

Thanks.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 6:30pm
No experience in N Portugal but we did a very enjoyable 10 days in S Portugal in September (Faro to Porto). Some tips:

PedalPortugal website is indeed great. The preplanned routes are very handy and I'm sure Huw would be happy to help with specific advice over email too.

Don't plan too much on taking your bikes on the train. Trains in Portugal aren't widespread outside of metro areas and there are many restrictions on bringing bikes with you. Be sure to research this before you leave home

Not sure about camping - we looked into this but found there weren't many campsites away from coastal areas. If you are planning on camping the the distribution of campsites will definitely affect where and how far you ride. Accommodation is plentiful and pretty cheap so maybe worth leaving the tent at home?

Overall I really enjoyed my time in Portugal and think it's a great place for a tour. I'm sure you'll have a great time!
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