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by Robert
14 May 2012, 10:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Guide des Voies Vertes et Véloroutes de France
Replies: 11
Views: 5004

Re: Guide des Voies Vertes et Véloroutes de France

Rob ... as I have the IGN (French OS) at 1-100,000 on my PC. Rob Memory Map. I have all of France in IGN100 and most of the west side and the Central Massif in IGN25. They can be hopelessly unreliable though - especially IGN25. Anything built after 1980 is often left out. Memory map looks as if the...
by Robert
14 May 2012, 5:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Guide des Voies Vertes et Véloroutes de France
Replies: 11
Views: 5004

Re: Guide des Voies Vertes et Véloroutes de France

I bought one online a while ago - http://www.cartovelo.fr/en/green-ways-and-cycle-paths-in-france-2010-edition-xml-34_353_21-1004.html Seems to be what you want? Rob I was tempted to click buy, but is it worth having, or does it simply repeat information already available on-line? One of the review...
by Robert
19 Apr 2012, 12:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Barcelona to Bordeaux
Replies: 15
Views: 5225

Re: Barcelona to Bordeaux

Bob, excellent write up. Thank you. I must say, I admire you doing that on a three speed. I think a bigger sprocket's in order on my Moulton!
by Robert
26 Mar 2012, 12:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do all cranks have the same thread?
Replies: 10
Views: 4018

Re: Do all cranks have the same thread?

Thanks for the replies, that's very helpful. The bike in question was bought in a vide grenier in France last summer. It's a circa 1975 Elvish - and it's very lovely. It had tubs and sprints on it, and I bought another bike in for very little money also in France to get a pair of standard wheels of ...
by Robert
25 Mar 2012, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do all cranks have the same thread?
Replies: 10
Views: 4018

Do all cranks have the same thread?

I tried to put a pair of shimano SPD pedals onto Stronglight D49 cranks. I started using fingers only and after half a turn they got stuck. I didn't force them. The original pedals, and another pair from a similarly aged bike (circa 1970) went on fine. Did older cranks have different threads? If so ...
by Robert
11 Mar 2012, 9:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Organising a multi-day bike trip to appeal to novices.
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Organising a multi-day bike trip to appeal to novices.

Two of our trips have been in July, so we've tended to keep away from the coast in the belief that it would be crowded. This year we're going in September and for the first time, we will try to stick to the coast. I've got a provisional plan, when it's a bit firmer I might put it on RWGPS, when I ge...
by Robert
9 Mar 2012, 1:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Organising a multi-day bike trip to appeal to novices.
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Organising a multi-day bike trip to appeal to novices.

You could have a very stressful few days. Unfortunately, the simpler you make the route the more main roads you will use. Laney routes can get very complicated. If I were doing something like this I would plan it to an inch of its life. That could well take away the fun of it (for you), but I'm sure...
by Robert
6 Mar 2012, 7:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Toulouse Routes???
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Bordeaux to Toulouse Routes???

You can't beat paper maps for getting a large scale view. When we planned our first tour we spent ages drawing circles with a compass on it to work out our distances. But have a look at http://www.ridewithgps.com (or something similar). The beauty of rwgps is that you can work out a rough plan and g...
by Robert
5 Mar 2012, 9:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Toulouse Routes???
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Bordeaux to Toulouse Routes???

We camped in Andernos on the Baie d'Arcachon a couple of years ago. PIC It was expensive, €21, but the pitch right on the water's edge was magical. Having said that the whole of the coast is going to be pretty packed in July. I was going to suggest cycling up to Point de Grave, crossing to Royan and...
by Robert
4 Mar 2012, 11:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to Santander
Replies: 12
Views: 1161

Re: St Malo to Santander

Great pictures Jeremy. A bit of sunshine makes the whole enterprise much more appealing. I can see the point of riding northwards. We rode into the teeth of a gale most of the way. Our pictures aren't half as good! I prefer the east side of the Gironde (estuary not department). Having said that we a...
by Robert
25 Feb 2012, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can you help me Boris Bike to China?
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: Can you help me Boris Bike to China?

I don't want to be negative, but they don't need the publicity, Barclays Cycle Hire is considered to be a success, the bikes are have a very visible presence in the central London streetscape. The aim of BCH is to increase modal share for cycling in London a Mayoral aim. Riding one to China isn't go...
by Robert
25 Feb 2012, 9:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Routes to southern france
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Routes to southern france

Re Q1. Montauban isn't hilly, but the area around it is, but the good news is that it is less than ten miles from the canal and the valley of the Garonne. You can cycle virtually the whole distance from ferry from Royan on flat cycle paths - if you so wish. That's about 400kms - perhaps a little bit...
by Robert
9 Feb 2012, 2:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the length of France
Replies: 14
Views: 7749

Re: Cycling the length of France

Any particular reason for starting at Calais? It's a nice enough town, but there seems to be a consensus that it's one of the less rewarding channel ports to cycle from. I've much preferred the countryside around le Havre or Dieppe, and others have recommended Caen or St Malo. Worth a thought? Cala...
by Robert
5 Feb 2012, 10:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the length of France
Replies: 14
Views: 7749

Re: Cycling the length of France

dp_Dyl wrote:.....and I'm a little concerned about missing some of France's best bits!


I shouldn't worry, you will miss some of France's best bits in one tour. You'll just have to choose which of the best bits you visit this time.
by Robert
2 Feb 2012, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to Perpignan route
Replies: 4
Views: 735

Re: St Malo to Perpignan route

Tatanab is right, you have to work out where you want to go and join up the dots. I "do" routes, possibly because there are two of us, and SWMBO wants to know where she's staying for the night, so that's a different sort of tour in a way. We generally want to do around 100kms a day and set...