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by Dweasle
1 Jun 2016, 5:02pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: ROUTE ADVICE - GLENCOE TO FORT AUGUSTUS
Replies: 14
Views: 2832

Re: ROUTE ADVICE - GLENCOE TO FORT AUGUSTUS

We are also not long back from LeJoG. The first section of the route out of Fort William is fine. But the road abruptly peters out and turns into a track through Clunes Forest (signed as a national cycle route). We were on Surly LHTs with 1.75in Marathon tyres and rear panniers. It was quite rough a...
by Dweasle
30 May 2016, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?
Replies: 28
Views: 5956

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

This is the info we sourced before travelling, and I confirmed it by email with Virgin. I think this policy only applies to Virgin Atlantic.

http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en/tr ... pment.html
by Dweasle
28 May 2016, 7:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?
Replies: 28
Views: 5956

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

We took our bikes to Cuba with Virgin Atlantic earlier this year. Virgin took them without additional charge under their sporting baggage allowance - up to 23kg each in addition to hold luggage (also 23kg). We cycled to Gatwick; took the pedals off and turned the handlebars parallel to the frame; pu...
by Dweasle
22 May 2016, 3:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route planning
Replies: 24
Views: 2642

Re: Route planning

We returned yesterday from completing LeJoG. We planned our routes by a combination of the Cicerone book and looking at others' accounts. We then used the excellent (and free) cycle.travel site, which very speedily will plan a cycle-friendly (mostly) track. This can then be pulled about until you ar...
by Dweasle
7 Apr 2016, 3:33pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future
Replies: 142
Views: 60963

Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

I support both: I'm a long-term CTC member, and donate to Sustrans on a monthly standing order.
by Dweasle
7 Apr 2016, 3:03pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future
Replies: 142
Views: 60963

Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

I am a long-term CTC member, cycle-camper and am passionate about integrating cycling into people’s lives. And generally I support the re-branding. My hope is that Cycling UK will become a broad organisation that campaigns assertively and intelligently to promote and encourage all forms of cycling. ...
by Dweasle
30 Jan 2015, 12:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Narbonne
Replies: 12
Views: 4926

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

Hello Tina - Annie and I cycle-camped from the UK to the Med last year, including the section you are asking about. We kept a blog with references to the track and camp-sites, and if you want to have a look, the link is below. We are sure you will have a great trip. Go for it! Best wishes - Brian &a...
by Dweasle
26 Dec 2014, 12:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to Narbonne
Replies: 9
Views: 2907

Re: St Malo to Narbonne

We cycle-camped from Somerset to Narbonne last June, via Caen (port of Ouisterham). We had a great time, despite the weather, which was pretty wet and chilly at times. I kept a journal, and the link is here, if you are interested:- http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=Sh&doc_id=13782&v=Jc G...
by Dweasle
20 Dec 2014, 11:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Circuit of the Luberon
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Re: Circuit of the Luberon

Hi Les - We did exactly this, and had a wonderful time. I wrote it all up, and if you are interested the link is:-

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=S ... 10844&v=8U

Have fun.

Brian & Annie
by Dweasle
15 Jun 2014, 7:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cylcing the Canal du Midi
Replies: 7
Views: 5978

Re: Cylcing the Canal du Midi

Hi John - We returned two weeks ago from a top-to-bottom tour of France, including cycling from Bordeaux to the Med via Toulouse and Narbonne, and the canals de Garonne and du Midi. As others have observed, the track is great to Toulouse and for a bit beyond (heading towards Carcassonne) but then su...
by Dweasle
21 Nov 2012, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Surly Tektro brakes - improvement
Replies: 13
Views: 3640

Re: Surly Tektro brakes - improvement

I bought a Surly LHT 18 months ago. Great bike but awful brakes (Tektro Oryx). I persevered until the back blocks needed replacing at 3,500 miles. After research, I fitted Kool Stop dual compound blocks. What a difference! The brakes actually bite and stop the bike now. Wished I had done it ages ago...
by Dweasle
16 Nov 2012, 12:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best touring area in France ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1730

Re: Best touring area in France ?

We spent a wonderful two weeks in May /June this year cycle-touring in Provence. Used the European Bike Express from the UK to Orange (near Avignon) and then did a big circle. Our mileage was not as high as your predicted, but we could easily have extended to cover more distance. And there is the op...
by Dweasle
25 Oct 2012, 9:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Etrex 30 track saving
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: Etrex 30 track saving

Hexhome - thanks so much. I now have the UK map on the Etrex. So far, I have always pre-planned my routes on the PC (Bikehike, etc) and then loaded them onto my GPS. But I assume that the Velomaps allow for direct route planning on the Etrex? You can probably sense another dumb question coming... Ho...
by Dweasle
24 Oct 2012, 12:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Etrex 30 track saving
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: Etrex 30 track saving

Thanks for this. I did start with Velomaps but became overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of the installation and use instructions. The Cyclestreets / Gpsies combo seemed very straightforward....until I came to save. I will look further at saving onto my computer first. Thanks.
by Dweasle
24 Oct 2012, 11:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Etrex 30 track saving
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Etrex 30 track saving

I have a Garmin Etrex 30 and have been using Cyclestreets.net to create a track and then transferring this to Gpsies.com. All goes well until I click on the Export to Garmin GPS button (as GPS track). It then overwrites whatever previous track I have saved this way on the Etrex. I am not over-clever...