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by helenst
2 Aug 2009, 3:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping in France
Replies: 14
Views: 1438

Re: Camping in France

I rode Cherbourg - Marseille two years ago in late September / early October when a lot of campsites were starting to close for the winter - but found a good approach was to find a tourist office as soon as possible after entering each departement and ask them for a list of campsites in that departe...
by helenst
5 Jun 2008, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mobile data plans France/UK
Replies: 7
Views: 1180

Internet cafes are hard to find in France, except in bigger or more touristy towns, and their keyboards have a funny layout which is a pain to use. There are quite a few Orange wifi spots around in France but free/open access points are harder to find (You will have more luck with unsecured access p...
by helenst
5 Jun 2008, 12:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle camping tour of Mul
Replies: 7
Views: 1465

Iona's worth a visit, or so I have been told by a few people. Didn't get time to see it myself on my recent visit, but did ride along the north coast of the island which was lovely. There's a decent campsite a couple of miles west of Tobermory. Pop over to Ardnamurchan if you have time, some nice sc...
by helenst
5 Jun 2008, 12:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping bag
Replies: 11
Views: 1568

I have a Vango Venom 300, 2-3 seasons, down filled, weighs about 800g and packs away into a front pannier with room to spare for other stuff. Cost about £90. Does fine on summer and warmer spring/autumn nights, or the slightly chillier nights if you wear thermal stuff inside it and use the hood, dra...
by helenst
5 Jun 2008, 12:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Returning from Paris by train
Replies: 10
Views: 1684

I travelled on the Paris - Cherbourg line with my bike last year. I did take it apart and pack it in a housse but there was a French guy with his mountainbike also on board, he hadn't bothered to take it apart and wondered why I had packed mine up! Journey took 2-3 hours and it's a direct line from ...
by helenst
13 Mar 2008, 12:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: map {Not a very helpful heading : Graham}
Replies: 13
Views: 1754

Michelin 1:200000 atlas is very good, got me from Cherbourg to Marseille last year with no problems. Lack of contours not too much of a problem as it shows point heights and has a pretty reliable gradient arrow system. I managed to pick up a previous year's version on amazon for under a fiver includ...
by helenst
27 Feb 2008, 12:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Porridge, great scoff, but how do you cook yours?
Replies: 47
Views: 7454

1 cup oats, 2 cups water, heat until it attains a porridge-like texture. At home I use golden syrup. I have so far used sugar on tour because I didn't think syrup was worth the potential mess, but it's not as tasty. When touring late last summer I added blackberries picked from hedgerows - delicious.
by helenst
14 Feb 2008, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bikes on TGV
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Unlikely to be a problem. Most commercial housses designed for use on the TGV, are bigger than the official size. I travelled Marseille - Paris on the TGV last year with my bike in a homemade housse, which was about 140cm long, no complaints and it fit the luggage racks just fine. some info here: ht...
by helenst
14 Feb 2008, 12:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TGV and bikes
Replies: 8
Views: 1314

You will have to buy a housse,which is a pain cost me about 50euro then you are stuck with it for the rest of the trip.When i go back to France i will not be using TGVs with bikes European Bike Bus is the way to go. If you're handy with a sewing machine you can make one for about £25 and weighing u...
by helenst
20 Jan 2008, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips about touring, camping and cooking ?
Replies: 59
Views: 9636

My kitchen equipment whilst touring in France last year. * Trangia 27-1 UL * Plastic spork (for both stirring and eating) eventually snapped and replaced with child's fork) * Plastic box, the lid of which doubles as a chopping board. * Small chopping knife * Combined corkscrew / bottle opener / tin ...
by helenst
8 Jan 2008, 6:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: helmet abroad
Replies: 2
Views: 810

There are a few countries that require helmets (cyclehelmets.org has a list of various laws around the world) as CJ mentioned, Spain is the only European country that requires adults to wear helmets but enforcement is really lax. We didn't even bring helmets on our trip to Spain, passed various poli...
by helenst
1 Jan 2008, 11:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Morocco
Replies: 11
Views: 4004

Just be careful map reading when you come off the Le Havre ferry and head towards the Pont de Normandie. It's very difficult to navigate from the ferry to the side road which looks very easy on the map. Despite good map reading skills :wink: my Dad, our tandem and myself ended up on the motorway on...
by helenst
25 Dec 2007, 1:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bike touring in Portugal
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Northern Portugal is lovely, beautiful mountains, lovely cake shops and not very touristy. The people are incredibly friendly and hospitable and will often honk and wave at you. The drivers are a bit crazy, the phrase "tear along the dotted line" springs to mind, though it is probably easi...
by helenst
20 Dec 2007, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gearing
Replies: 56
Views: 6206

I find it hard to understand why so many posters on this thread seem to be so threatened by the idea of someone changing the chainrings to something that is more suited to their needs. indeed... next time I will try to stick to less controversial topics, like plastic hats. ;-) anyway... even if the...
by helenst
18 Dec 2007, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gearing
Replies: 56
Views: 6206

sensible advice Mick. this gearing argument is getting very silly. If the OP had sufficient stamina to maintain the suggested 100rpm cadence for an extended period up a hill then they wouldn't have a climbing issue in the first place. :roll: You don't get owt for nowt and the faster you spin a high...