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by teamonster
10 Mar 2020, 5:36pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Touring Companion - May 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Touring Companion - May 2020

I didn't find anyone on here, but at the moment my plans are on hold. I've still got a window of three weeks or so which is free of work, but not until after the early May bank holiday. Unfortunately, I'm now also waiting to hear back on a possible minor operation, so can't firm anything up. On top ...
by teamonster
13 Jan 2020, 6:51pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Touring Companion - May 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Touring Companion - May 2020

Thanks for the tip
by teamonster
12 Jan 2020, 10:53am
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Touring Companion - May 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Touring Companion - May 2020

Bumping this back up the thread, just in case over indulgence over Christmas has encouraged anyone to think about touring in May ! Still contemplating Europe (most likely France or Netherlands/Belgium), but maybe closer to home and stay in UK
by teamonster
20 Dec 2019, 7:25pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Replan and midge season
Replies: 15
Views: 1108

Re: Replan and midge season

Watching replies to this with interest as contemplating an early May JOGLE as well. Wondering about midges and how cold it can get
by teamonster
19 Nov 2019, 6:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: More hazards to health for camping/Wild Camping
Replies: 8
Views: 1429

Re: More hazards to health for camping/Wild Camping

TBE can be very nasty. In areas of Sweden where there are infected ticks, most people do routinely get vaccinated for this. I spend a lot of time in Sweden in one of the "hot spots" so took the vaccinations. Whilst that may be OTT for the UK at the moment, it's as well to be extra vigilant...
by teamonster
28 Oct 2019, 3:51pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Touring Companion - May 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Touring Companion - May 2020

I've failed dismally to go touring this year, so thinking of blocking out 2-3 weeks next May for a cycling/camping trip in Mainland Europe . Flexible as to where, happy to take train but not plane to start etc. I'm 58, and prefer social cycling 50-60 miles per day or less if there's a lot to see. Wo...
by teamonster
28 Jun 2019, 8:48am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: H&S and Risk assessments
Replies: 18
Views: 5698

Re: H&S and Risk assessments

I'd tend to agree that most of the RAs Ive come across or done fro cycling training are not brilliant. Some of the pro forma to be used are certainly not fit for purpose. I think what's really needed in each company is a generic activity based assessment which lays out in more detail the general ris...
by teamonster
30 May 2019, 7:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velo Francette (La Rochelle to Ouistreham). Opinions?
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: La Velo Francette (La Rochelle to Ouistreham). Opinions?

Hi teamonster, I just saw you used Komoot. Never heard of it before, but looks pretty good. Just done a small route Bristol to Bath, and it seems to be very good. Do you like it? Yep really easy to use and the clincher for me was that you can adjust the route really easily on your phone by adding i...
by teamonster
18 May 2019, 2:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velo Francette (La Rochelle to Ouistreham). Opinions?
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: La Velo Francette (La Rochelle to Ouistreham). Opinions?

Rode a lot of this last year - Tended to look at the route and then the map each day and work out if we wanted to stay on or not. A lot of the route is on quiet roads well surfaced roads, up towards Caen, you hit some old railway track, but from memory that's smooth as silk tarmac ! Where there is c...
by teamonster
3 May 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weather in France (May'ish)
Replies: 11
Views: 528

Re: Weather in France (May'ish)

Last May cycled up through France from Spain. According to locals it was the stormiest May in 75 years, we had rain and poor weather almost every day, including some pretty severe storms. Even though we were camping, we still had a great time - carry waterproofs and just laugh about it if the weathe...
by teamonster
2 May 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?
Replies: 38
Views: 1393

Re: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?

Not sure if your Explore has bluetooth etc, but I use Komoot app on I phone now to plan my routes. That syncs via Bluetooth to my Garmin 820 and loads the files straight in. It works seamlessly and Komoot is a very easy app to use.
by teamonster
7 Apr 2019, 4:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September
Replies: 23
Views: 3686

Re: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September

Thanks both - May chance my arm and give it a go, I think it’s going to be my only window for a tour this year. At least Le Tour is over in the East this year
by teamonster
7 Apr 2019, 3:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September
Replies: 23
Views: 3686

Re: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September

Sorry to hijack this thread briefly , but wondering how busy campsites in France will be first three weeks of July. Contemplating doing this then, but only heading halfway down, as did Santander to Caen last year, much on Velodysse
by teamonster
13 Mar 2019, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sweden - any bike rules/laws I need to be aware of?
Replies: 30
Views: 6090

Re: Sweden - any bike rules/laws I need to be aware of?

Vision zero? Big volvos? Just read that there is a lot of gun crime in Malmo and elsewhere, perhaps Sweden is not the promised land A lot of gun crime!?! Have you been watching too much Wallander? Or maybe The Bridge! :lol: :D Sweden has its fair share of issues, especially in deprived city areas, ...
by teamonster
29 Jan 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sweden - buying gas
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Re: Sweden - buying gas

I've never really looked for gas in shops in towns, but a quick google shows Clas Ohlson which you can certainly find in Stockholm and major towns/cities sell gas in their Swedish stores. https://www.clasohlson.com/se/view/COStoreLocatorController/showStoreLocator/ You'll also find it in some but no...