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by Galloper
1 Nov 2019, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast to Coast with a child (11)
Replies: 18
Views: 1374

Re: Coast to Coast with a child (11)

I think Hadrian's Cycle Way is an excellent choice for a family ride with an 11 year old, for the many reasons stated by Vorpal and others. There are lots of books suitable for an 11 year old to spark their interest prior to the ride. There is even a Haynes Manual! And very good it is too :D The You...
by Galloper
16 Aug 2019, 7:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: “Dutch” bike brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 954

Re: “Dutch” bike brakes

One of the principle advantage of hub brakes is that they're unaffected by the weather and if you ride all year round as do the majority of riders in many parts of Europe, that's important. Rim brakes can suffer a momentary lag when the rims are wet. Disc brakes are less affected now that the motorb...
by Galloper
13 Jul 2019, 7:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Accomodation.Normandy
Replies: 11
Views: 2367

Re: Accomodation.Normandy

A couple of suggestions: F1 Hotels, decent rooms, relatively cheap and generally willing to find somewhere safe for your bike. Hostelling International, a word of caution, however, while most French hostels are fine, some are used as social accommodation. They may not have anywhere secure for your b...
by Galloper
6 Jun 2019, 7:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: River Danube cycle way or Belgium cycle routes?
Replies: 15
Views: 590

Re: River Danube cycle way or Belgium cycle routes?

Cycling around Chimay last year I discovered an extensive network of greenways and other cycle routes. If you contact the nice people on the attached link, they will send you a comprehensive set of route maps for the region. Well worthwhile.
by Galloper
6 Jun 2019, 7:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bicycle versus motorbike luggage capacity?
Replies: 27
Views: 979

Re: Bicycle versus motorbike luggage capacity?

On a camping holiday in France, many years ago, on a Honda CX500, I had a set of throw over panniers across the tank, with a tank bag on top of that. A large set of panniers over the pillion seat and a large (army) duffel bag on the rear carrier. Two people, good size tent, air beds, sleeping bags a...
by Galloper
29 Apr 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e Fat: what's available top end?
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: e Fat: what's available top end?

I've owned a Cube Nutrail for several years now and am very pleased with it. Like all Cube bikes it's well made and mine has been totally reliable. I've used it on a variety of red trails as well as longer distance natural rides and would happily recommend it. I have made a few changes, I replaced t...
by Galloper
11 Apr 2019, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland tour
Replies: 22
Views: 959

Re: Holland tour

The area around Appeldoorn is pleasant, there are some woodland and heathland trails that may not be suitable for a 'bent but the area as a whole is pleasant. Het Loo, on the outskirts of the town is worth a visit. Heading north, I've enjoyed some very pleasant days cycling around Leeuwarden and if ...
by Galloper
11 Oct 2018, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling on Footpaths
Replies: 39
Views: 1475

Re: Cycling on Footpaths

I suggest you visit The Hub at the bottom end of Stockton High Street. This is an excellent organisation supported by Sustrans and Stockton Council to promote walking and cycling in the area. They have some very good maps and a wealth of local knowledge and will, I'm sure, be able to advise you on t...
by Galloper
30 Aug 2018, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 831

Re: USA tour

Your first port of call should be: Adventure Cycling is an organisation which, like Sustrans, is developing a wide range of cycle routes. There are three main trans-America routes, the Northern Tier, the Trans-America and the Southern Tier. Adventure Cycling prod...
by Galloper
12 Jul 2018, 7:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle route 1 Great Yarmouth to Aberdeen
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: Cycle route 1 Great Yarmouth to Aberdeen

There are some sections through Co Durham which are fairly rough. That said, Durham CC has been very good of late in resurfacing a lot of rail paths so the section from Stockton to just short of Sunderland may have been refurbished since I last rode a couple of years ago. I would not be happy on 25m...
by Galloper
12 Jun 2018, 6:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pashley type bikes
Replies: 26
Views: 2948

Re: Pashley type bikes

I've seen plenty of people in Germany, France and (obviously) the Netherlands, touring on Dutch bikes. I've also done quite a few day rides on my own Gazelle. They're quite capable of carrying luggage and are comfortable doing so. The only caveats I would make is that this type of bike is quite heav...
by Galloper
8 May 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: IBIS and F1 Hotels in France - Any Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1829

Re: IBIS and F1 Hotels in France - Any Advice?

Have a look for Logis Hotels. These are smaller hotels, privately owned and generally pretty good. Prices can vary.
by Galloper
13 Apr 2018, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire valley - suggestions.
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: Loire valley - suggestions.

Muides sur Loire. There is a Camping Municipal right on the river which I've used a couple of times. There's also a privately owned site in the village. Camping Municipal has the basics, the location is lovely and you are only a short walk from the village centre and shops. There are a number of loc...
by Galloper
4 Apr 2018, 7:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?
Replies: 28
Views: 3095

Re: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?

Google Maps thinks the A77 is fine for bicycles.
by Galloper
18 Feb 2018, 7:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A cycle touring thread - sorry no politics here!
Replies: 40
Views: 2412

Re: A cycle touring thread - sorry no politics here!

The town of Prum, in the Eifel mountains is within a few hours drive of Dover. There is an excellent Youth Hostel with family rooms and it is at a junction of several very enjoyable traffic free paths. The Mosel valley is also well worth considering, the Mosel Radweg is one of my favourites and offe...