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by Chat Noir
4 Apr 2020, 1:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Virtual lejog.
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: Virtual lejog.

Good thread! We will all have our own favourite bits and that’s part of the beauty of this ride. Starting from Land’s End early in the morning always feels special and once off the A30 after Penzance following smaller roads through Cornwall and then up to Holsworthy before heading east and out of De...
by Chat Noir
24 Mar 2020, 5:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cattle grids...
Replies: 48
Views: 1345

Re: Cattle grids...

Always been a little cautious with cattle grids. Some years ago one of my brothers in law was cycling round Rutland Water during the Christmas holiday. He hit some ice on a cattle grid, came down, put his arm out and ended up with a nasty fracture. He carried bike / self some way back to his car, th...
by Chat Noir
20 Feb 2020, 7:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)
Replies: 10
Views: 1413

Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

Eh? We cycled from Tbilisi to the Tusheti region and then back to Tbilisi - quite a challenging ride. Our plan to go on to the Svaneti region was overcome by a shortage of time so in the end we didn't use the rail tickets. I do know that generally there is no problem taking bikes on trains but could...
by Chat Noir
15 Jan 2020, 12:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 1250

Re: Devon C2C options

We did the Devon C2C the other year, delightful route through some of the quieter places you’ll ever go. We went on our normal touring bikes with 23 or 25 tyres. We were camping at Ilfracombe and then cycled down to Plymouth and back to Ilfracombe, the campsite there happy for us to leave our camper...
by Chat Noir
5 Jan 2020, 3:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 821

Re: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France

Would also go with the Loire. Started just west of Orleans the other year with some non-cycling friends. Because of concerns re west winds we caught train to Nantes and came back over several days. Lots of interesting old towns and quiet roads or cycle tracks but it doesn’t have to be all flat if yo...
by Chat Noir
17 Oct 2019, 11:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire velo - Nantes to Orleans
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Loire velo - Nantes to Orleans

Did a similar trip with some non-cycling friends the other year. We drove to a guesthouse in Beaugency for the first night where we had arranged to park our campervan safely for the week (we stayed there again on the final night). Caught train to Nantes with whole carriage solely for carrying bikes ...
by Chat Noir
17 Oct 2019, 10:50am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair
Replies: 54
Views: 5971

Re: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair

Vaude provide a good range of spare parts for tents so you should get good response from them. This https://help.vaude.com/rep-15-replacing-a-tent-pole-segment/?lang=en is as good as I’ve seen. I have a Vaude Taurus UL, few years old now, but still doing well and an excellent cycle touring tent for ...
by Chat Noir
11 Oct 2019, 10:52am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 2329

Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

That really is an excellent read and some great photos.

Thank you.
by Chat Noir
9 Oct 2019, 10:59am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Recommend me a tent for a world tour
Replies: 78
Views: 3188

Re: Recommend me a tent for a world tour

Interesting post and some good opinions. Usual factors for cycle touring – weight and packed size of tent, along with living / sleeping space inside, but the major factor on an extended tour will be durability – of fabrics and poles. Durability will add weight and cost but something that you can’t r...
by Chat Noir
21 Sep 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 2013 - 2016 Cannondale CAADX SAFETY RECALL NOTICE
Replies: 13
Views: 2802

Re: 2013 - 2016 Cannondale CAADX SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

My son bought one of these bikes from a good bike shop in York. His is affected by the recall. For various reasons I've been dealing with the bike shop. In August I sent the bike shop a set of photos so that they and Cannondale could check whether affected or not (they are). The shop wrote back to m...
by Chat Noir
14 Sep 2019, 2:07pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: cycle-endtoend.org.uk - WEBSITE ** NOT ** CLOSING
Replies: 12
Views: 1572

Re: cycle-endtoend.org.uk - WEBSITE CLOSING

Well. Enormous thanks are due to Rob from so many of us for hosting this site over the years, the absolute go-to for anyone interested in doing an end to end or simply finding out about what such an undertaking involves. Probably everybody and anybody who visits this part of the forum will have visi...
by Chat Noir
12 Sep 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 46
Views: 2312

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

Nice thread. We bought our Trangia in 1979 for a 6 week cycling trip from Roscoff to Santander. Since then the strap has been replaced, the rubber seal in the lid is missing (but we never keep meths in the burner so not an issue) and we bought a kettle that fits neatly inside the pots: that’s it, ot...
by Chat Noir
24 Aug 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 100hr lejog
Replies: 34
Views: 2306

Re: 100hr lejog

Good challenge. I’ve gone the Monmouth route on 3 end to end rides. The Wye valley one of my favourite bits on the whole ride – here’s photo from the other year. Tintern .jpg A466 from Monmouth a lovely road with some quite tough hills but then no real hills until you get to Shap. I used the A4110 f...
by Chat Noir
15 Aug 2019, 12:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is this?
Replies: 63
Views: 3399

Re: Where is this?

Intriguing. I live in York so don't often get out as far as the Cleveland Hills but do manage the Howardian Hills, the North York Moors, Wolds and Dales. If I lived in Middlesbrough, the Cleveland Hills would be the way I'd go to the North York Moors, they're the northern edge, to the Yorkshire coas...
by Chat Noir
6 Aug 2019, 10:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Northallerton - A-roads or lanes?
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: Northallerton - A-roads or lanes?

Well, there is a lovely route B1257 via Chop Gate and down to Helmsley, then pick up the B1363 into York, plenty of good café stops and hills along the way. If you’re going via Northallerton, pick up the A167 down to Topcliffe via Busby Stoop, fairly flat and not busy, then make your way across the ...