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by JBB
2 Sep 2019, 10:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???
Replies: 17
Views: 954

Re: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???

I'd consider the Sonder Camino as well, Kinesis do some decent titanium frames as well. Reilly cycleworks worth a look too, lovely bikes but pricy!
by JBB
23 Nov 2018, 11:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning our first small Tour ( novice cyclists )
Replies: 114
Views: 10457

Re: Planning our first small Tour ( novice cyclists )

With your budget and requirements I'd be trying to get a VSF, see our contributor bretonbikes for the review here http://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cyc ... e-vsf-t50s

Also well worth reading his other articles.
by JBB
1 Mar 2017, 10:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona

I cycled up the Ibaneta last May on a weekday. The first 10k there was a bit of traffic but once over the border and past the cheap Spanish petrol station is was very quiet, a few cars and a couple of lorries. i didn't find traffic a problem at all. Once over though we headed south east towards Lumb...
by JBB
13 Feb 2017, 11:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best days for StMalo–Nice tour?
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Best days for StMalo–Nice tour?

I think the important thing - especially with the distances you are contemplating is that if you start in May very few campsites will be open. We cycled fro Brittany to the Pyrenees last year, leaving on May 5th . Less than a quarter of the sites on our route were open.
by JBB
23 Dec 2016, 12:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Ridgeway (Western Section)
Replies: 17
Views: 3058

Re: The Ridgeway (Western Section)

The Barge Inn has changed a lot over the last couple of years. It was always very busy and noisy on Friday and Saturday, I know, I was a regular for many years. A mix of locals partying and the crop circle crowd. Mid week it was usually very quiet. When I went earlier this year at the end of July, ...
by JBB
22 Dec 2016, 11:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Ridgeway (Western Section)
Replies: 17
Views: 3058

Re: The Ridgeway (Western Section)

I rode a section of it on the dummy fully loaded last year, some of the ruts were deeper than bb height. A good tip is to carry on to the Barge inn at honeystreet after avebury, good camp site and cracking pub. I'm planning to ride it end to end in the spring on the ecr, give me a shout if you want...
by JBB
29 Oct 2016, 12:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Budget bike for touring?
Replies: 31
Views: 4631

Re: Budget bike for touring?

Or if you are confident buying used, new ones from Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op... https://www.edinburghbicycle.com/revolution-country-2-16.html https://www.edinburghbicycle.com/revolution-country-1-16.html https://www.edinburghbicycle.com/marin-four-corners-16.html I've got the Marin Four Corners and f...
by JBB
17 Oct 2016, 2:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Budget bike for touring?
Replies: 31
Views: 4631

Re: Budget bike for touring?

Second hand is good if you know what you are looking at or have a knowledgeable friend. If you want new I'd go for one of the Edinburgh bike coop own brand and spend some money on a set of 36 spoke handmade wheels from Spa cycles. Then allow some budget for a front rack and some pannier bags. I cycl...
by JBB
23 Aug 2016, 2:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What do you look for in a campsite
Replies: 108
Views: 5871

Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Well we used he place in May and it was adequate, quiet and clean with loads of space although the ablutions still had the workmen in so we were sharing the disabled facilities. Went back in late June and what a transformation - all the ablutions renovated, redecorated and clean. Clothes washing fac...
by JBB
15 Jul 2016, 12:51pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sub 1kilo 3 Season Sleeping Bag Recommendations.
Replies: 21
Views: 1699

Re: Sub 1kilo 3 Season Sleeping Bag Recommendations.

Cumulus.pl make the bags sold by criterion-sleepingbags.co.uk. As you'll see from the latter's website, marketing isn't really their strong point. Criterion used to be called Cumulus hence there was an agreement that the Poles wouldn't ship to the UK. That's changed as of this year. Anyway I got a ...
by JBB
4 Apr 2016, 10:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holiday in France St malo La Rochelle
Replies: 5
Views: 596

Re: Holiday in France St malo La Rochelle

If you want a good competitively priced meal at the end of your trip we enjoyed Les 4 Sergents. Sensible prices as a step back from the front and excellent seafood.
by JBB
25 Mar 2016, 11:15pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What do you look for in a campsite
Replies: 108
Views: 5871

Re: What do you look for in a campsite

When can I give the place a try Geoff, currently expecting to be cycling Belle-Isle-en-Terre to Spain at the beginning of May.

The only thing I think I can add is that any rules about quiet are actually enforced. I've had camping ruined by this.
by JBB
23 Feb 2016, 8:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maps for Spain
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Re: Maps for Spain

At the moment the best option is to take the relevant pages out of the Michelin road Atlas; that's the plan for France anyway!
by JBB
22 Feb 2016, 11:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maps for Spain
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Re: Maps for Spain

Sounds like you won't be going through Catalunya but that is one part of Spain that has good topographical mapping available at a useful 1:100,000 scale for cycling http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Spain-100K-Catalan-Topographic-Survey_SI00000639 also available in an atlas of the whole region http://ebot...
by JBB
22 Feb 2016, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maps for Spain
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Maps for Spain

In addition to using the internet I would like to have some maps for cycle touring in Spain. The current plan is to cross Spain from Roncvevalles in the Pyrenees to Alicante. Any suggestions please of maps I can buy (Stanfords?) before I go.

Thanks