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by vjosullivan
20 Apr 2017, 8:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Way of the Roses

I did it a few years ago with my daughter. An easy start is just there to fool you. The first real hill, about 10 or 15 miles in, got me worried but mostly it was fine. As mentioned above, there is one steep descent, on a main road, which requires caution and one very steep ascent, on a quiet and ro...
by vjosullivan
27 Jan 2016, 2:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: America: the bizarre
Replies: 93
Views: 4769

Re: America: the bizarre

While we're ignoring the OP and going with dodgy statistics; I just thought I'd throw this into the pot...

Homicides USA : UK
Absolute ratio: 18 : 1
Per head of population: 3.8 : 1
Per square mile: 1 : 2.1

Thereby proving that the US is actually a safer place to be than the UK.

V.
by vjosullivan
19 Dec 2015, 9:26pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Forth Road Bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 2744

Re: Forth Road Bridge

Ron wrote:
Mick F wrote:There aren't any bridges anywhere being built like it again anywhere.

Everything moves on, they don't shoe horses like they used to 50 years ago.

Didn't that used to be a film about dance marathons?
by vjosullivan
18 Dec 2015, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spring Tour - Ireland
Replies: 15
Views: 1368

Re: Spring Tour - Ireland

Not an awful lot to add to what Norman has said, except that your route doesn't appear to include anything interesting. Generally speaking, cities are not Ireland's best attractions. Unless you're planning on visiting something specific, I'd give them a miss. You're cycling to Cork and then turning ...
by vjosullivan
16 Dec 2015, 9:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brittany Ferries security
Replies: 15
Views: 2032

Re: Brittany Ferries security

If in doubt, bring a stout stamped addressed envelope so that you can post it home if they won't let you take it.
by vjosullivan
21 Nov 2015, 7:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding with or without technology
Replies: 35
Views: 2546

Re: Riding with or without technology

GPS all the way. Except for multi-day journeys, I rarely follow a predetermined route but having a rolling 1:50,000 scale OS map on the handlebars all the time makes decisions at unmarked junctions (and the countryside is full of them) much, much easier; particularly if I've decided to turn for home...
by vjosullivan
7 Nov 2015, 9:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Ireland
Replies: 64
Views: 4330

Re: Touring in Ireland

The Ring of Beara is undoubtably one of the nicest cycling routes you'll find anywhere. When it's not raining that is. Ireland is, unfortunately, at the plug-hole end of the Gulf Stream. http://www.bearatourism.com/cycling.html In addition, I'd definitely recommend crossing the Healy Pass between Ad...
by vjosullivan
7 Nov 2015, 9:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LeJoG over 3 years
Replies: 10
Views: 1546

Re: LeJoG over 3 years

wirral_cyclist wrote:Take as many days/weeks/years to ride as you like, only those who've ridden LE to JoG non stop can claim to have done LEJoG 'properly'.

They can certainly claim to have done it non-stop but there is no definition of "properly" to which they can lay claim.
by vjosullivan
15 Feb 2015, 9:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?
Replies: 32
Views: 3722

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

Currently my main issue is trying to convince others (especially over protective parents - only child, but I am 30 years old!) that this tour is safe. Is it safe? Compared to some things, not to others. Can I convince them? Unlikely, given that you're over thirty and still trying to. Do research. M...
by vjosullivan
15 Feb 2015, 9:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Is there a Round Britain route info thread?
Replies: 19
Views: 3686

Re: Is there a Round Britain route info thread?

No 'official' route, very much an individual thing. Since it's not a race, no great training is needed 'merely' the ability to pedal a bike for about eight hours a day. Have fun. Enjoy.
by vjosullivan
16 Sep 2014, 8:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to train for long distance cycle touring
Replies: 14
Views: 2969

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Pandaz wrote:...there's no substitute for miles!

Kilometers?
by vjosullivan
13 Sep 2014, 9:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to train for long distance cycle touring
Replies: 14
Views: 2969

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Sign up for warmshowers.org. Disconnect the internet. Turn out the lights. Disconnect the electricity and sell your home? That'll confuse anyone that turns up for a room. :)
by vjosullivan
29 Aug 2014, 8:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why are bikes so expensive…
Replies: 211
Views: 7878

Re: Why are bikes so expensive…

Dave W wrote:At what price does a bike become expensive?

Yoda, in "Cycling for Jedis", wrote:'Affordable' or 'not affordable'. There is no 'expensive'.
by vjosullivan
12 Jul 2014, 4:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dried ready meals …
Replies: 28
Views: 12143

Re: Dried ready meals …

s2vmx wrote:How about Vesta Curry - if its still produced?

Stu

I think they're called "Pot Noodles" now.
by vjosullivan
24 May 2014, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Viscount bicycles!!
Replies: 2739
Views: 366730

Re: Viscount bicycles!!

I admire anyone who takes a principled stand on such issues. There is a guy on here who will not buy from Amazon due to the fact that they don't pay a penny tax here in UK. I support that and applaud him... Actually Amazon paid (an albeit paltry) £4 million tax last year. That said, I agree with th...