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by nirakaro
16 Nov 2018, 11:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on French Regional (TER) Trains
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Bikes on French Regional (TER) Trains

It certainly was back in June. Even when there isn't space - I've seen a dozen bikes happily squeezed into a space meant for five or six.
by nirakaro
13 Nov 2018, 11:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 38
Views: 1228

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

How would developing any such product work in terms of victim blaming, similar to what we already have? Police stating that legal lights are 'not very bright' when a victim of crime has been struck. That's all I see any of these ideas that seemingly throw more responsibility onto the vulnerable to ...
by nirakaro
8 Nov 2018, 8:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Po?
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Po?

Next summer I'm expecting to find myself in north-east Italy, with a bicycle and about ten days to kill, starting near Bressanone. If I'm feeling mountainous, I'll plan to head off into the Dolomites, but plan B would be to jump on a train down to Verona, and go and explore the Po delta. I'm already...
by nirakaro
8 Nov 2018, 9:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike lights when on the pavement.
Replies: 41
Views: 1351

Re: Bike lights when on the pavement.

Mick F wrote: the common sense of not riding on a pavement in the first place.

Where roads are busy and/or narrow, and pedestrians practically extinct, it often seems common sense to me to ride on the pavement. And more considerate to road users going faster than me.
by nirakaro
21 Oct 2018, 1:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NEWHAVEN/DIEPPE TO LAKE ANNECY
Replies: 6
Views: 549

Re: NEWHAVEN/DIEPPE TO LAKE ANNECY

If you prefer to avoid traffic, it's probably best to steer clear of Paris. Heading roughly south from Dieppe, you can find quiet roads to skirt to the east of Rouen, then through Evreux and Chartres towards Orleans. Up the Loire to Nevers, then maybe Beaune of Chalon-sur-Saone?
by nirakaro
20 Oct 2018, 11:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: 4 season sleeping bag
Replies: 43
Views: 1522

Re: 4 season sleeping bag

willem jongman wrote:A well insulated mattress will be at least as important. For an alternative sleeping bag solution you can also use your existing bag, plus a duvet brought from home.

+1. I've camped in the Lake District in January, warm as toast under two duvets brought from home.
by nirakaro
15 Oct 2018, 9:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Greece.
Replies: 15
Views: 858

Re: Cycling to Greece.

Kevin conway wrote:Not sure how to thank everyone individually so thank you to everyone who has taken the time to reply.

Come back and tell us how it went!
by nirakaro
8 Oct 2018, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 49
Views: 2458

Re: Airports on your own

Accommodation was also difficult at times as there are fewer 'Zimmer frei houses available now . So Gasthauses and small hotels was often called on. One way in which the world has changed is that, since the arrival of online reservations, there's a lot of accommodation available that's completely i...
by nirakaro
7 Oct 2018, 12:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Greece.
Replies: 15
Views: 858

Re: Cycling to Greece.

One or two options you might consider – I found the Calais-Arras-Reims area a bit uninspiring. If you take the ferry to Dieppe, it's a nice ride down to Orleans, then up the Loire to maybe Charlieu; climb over the watershed to around Macon, then head to Grenoble. The col de Lautaret's a nice climb. ...
by nirakaro
2 Oct 2018, 10:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)

Point taken – I'm pretty relaxed about riding in traffic. And I rode up to Bad Gastein on a Sunday. And it was the day after the end of the skiing season – possibly the quietest day of the year?
Certainly best to have an alternative route planned.
by nirakaro
1 Oct 2018, 1:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)

I stuck to the main road all the way up the valley IIRC, and I don't recall the traffic being an issue at all.
by nirakaro
1 Oct 2018, 1:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Africa to Europe
Replies: 34
Views: 1509

Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

by nirakaro
29 Sep 2018, 11:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 775

Re: Anyone toured near Chamonix?

'Fora' or 'forums' is arguable – fora as a Latin neuter plural, forums as a generic English plural. 'Forae', as I'm sure you know, is out-and-out wrong – that would be a first declension feminine plural of a non-existent singular noun 'fora'. Sorry not to get that in before breakfast – it's a good h...
by nirakaro
26 Sep 2018, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)

I rode from Salzburg to Tarvisio earlier this year. I was on slick tyres, and rode all the way on tarmac. I'm an out-and-proud wimp where hills are concerned – anything much above 8% is get-off-and-walk territory – and I don't recollect any problems. IIRC there a two really vicious, but short, secti...
by nirakaro
25 Sep 2018, 9:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: highest navigable route in Europe
Replies: 23
Views: 984

Re: highest navigable route in Europe

The Col Agnel on the France-Italy border is the highest international pass in Europe at 2744m. If you start at Savigliano, it's a long steady climb of about 1400m, and then another 1000m at around 10%.