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by jacobean
6 Feb 2021, 2:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Voile Straps
Replies: 26
Views: 1640

Re: Voile Straps

Before my first every cycle tour in 2004, somebody on this forum recommended these: https://www.fasty.se/en/ They ended up being the most useful piece of equipment for the entire 3 week tour and aside from GPS, they still continue to be. Rock solid and 100% reliable. Once tied, I've never seen them ...
by jacobean
7 Jan 2021, 12:52pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmet recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 849

Re: Helmet recommendations?

Great comfortable solid helmets!

https://www.rudyprojectna.com/
by jacobean
16 Dec 2020, 2:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Replies: 51
Views: 2258

Re: If you could go anywhere where would you go?

For me it would be the Via de la Plata camino from Seville to Santiago . I would start in Cadiz and cycle the Via Augusta ( i think thats its name )up to Seville and join the Via de la Plata . I have cycled from Seville 3 times and loved every moment ....good weather....cheap food....cheap hostels ...
by jacobean
29 Nov 2020, 2:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: European Holiday 2021 suggestions ( flattish terrain )
Replies: 23
Views: 1180

Re: European Holiday 2021 suggestions ( flattish terrain )

May I suggest the Czech Republic. Lovely wide and mostly flat back roads . You could start off in Prague and head south to Bohemia. I did this a few years ago and it ended up being a very relaxing holiday. (You can easily take a train out of Prague if you want to avoid the extensive cobblestones in ...
by jacobean
26 Jul 2020, 2:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3595

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

OP here, thanks for the update Bohrsatom.

Nice to know that two wheels (human powered) are good again with this operator.
by jacobean
30 Jun 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5625

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

Could take five hours but not if you have to stop hundreds of times to check the route on your smart phone, sometimes only a few feet between changes of direction and easily missed. Not easy on a bright sunny day, even worse on a dark wet and windy night, poor sod! So we briefed him on maps and rou...
by jacobean
28 Jun 2020, 9:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Munich to Venice
Replies: 17
Views: 796

Re: Munich to Venice

One negative thing I would say about is if you sit outside in the morning or evening wear long trousers and sleeves and buy some Deet. There were a fair few mosquitos. In Venice itself it was OK as surrounded by salt water.Also when we were there it was 35 degrees plus which I like and have no conc...
by jacobean
28 Jun 2020, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone recommend any good books?
Replies: 105
Views: 31432

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Lambada Country by Giles Whitell.

A cycle in newly opened up Eastern Europe. A lovely engaging read.
by jacobean
24 Jun 2020, 11:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Munich to Venice
Replies: 17
Views: 796

Re: Munich to Venice

One thing about Italy it's much of it is closed on a Sunday. OTOH, much of France can be closed any day of the week :? . I recollect riding, late morning, parched, into a village near Carcassonne, which google assured me had four bars where we might get a drink. One was shut down and for sale, one ...
by jacobean
24 Jun 2020, 10:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Munich to Venice
Replies: 17
Views: 796

Re: Munich to Venice

Edit: if you want somewhere cheap to stay in Venice we stayed at Camping Rialto in Mestre. It was about 35 Euros a night in a 'chalet'. These are sheds with two single beds in, the sheds are packed quite tightly together. There was enough room for us and two bikes,just. This gave somewhere semi sec...
by jacobean
14 Jun 2020, 2:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3595

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

On the route I am most familiar with,Plymouth-Roscoff, the boarding procedure for cyclists is exactly the same as that for motor cyclists who do not seem to pose 'significant operational hurdles'. Suggest lovers of France and Brittany Ferries begin to lobby the company! No doubt Cycling UK will be ...
by jacobean
13 Jun 2020, 6:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route suggestions - Northern France
Replies: 23
Views: 1467

Re: Route suggestions - Northern France

there are lovely small tours, starting from pretty much every port along the French channel coast. I've done such from (starting from west, going east) Roscoff, St Malo, Cherbourg, Ouistreham and Le Havre... and that in itself is unnecessary considering the nature of countryside adjacent to the nor...
by jacobean
10 Jun 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3595

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

1982john wrote:looks like Irish Ferries are applying the same demented logic



Do you have a source?
by jacobean
28 May 2020, 10:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I’m going to take my new toy on a journey. Where should I stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 894

Re: I’m going to take my new toy on a journey. Where should I stay?

I've been to Girona a few times. No shortage of accommodation options. If you want to spoil yourself, there is the swish Hotel Historic in the centre which has a cycling theme to it. A lot of old cycling jerseys up on the wall and of course is cycle friendly. As HarryD has stated, there is some grea...
by jacobean
24 May 2020, 3:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3595

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

mjr wrote:If they do, it seems like scapegoating.


My thoughts exactly!

I know they're a business but it really is a shame if this crisis is used to usher in a cyclist ban.