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by nirakaro
18 Jan 2019, 10:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France Touring
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: France Touring

I did a similar route in the opposite direction in 2009, starting in Dieppe and riding more or less due south, skirting to the east of Tours and Poitiers, and west of Limoges, until Millau, then veering south east into Provence, and then Italy. I recollect a pretty gentle ride as far as the Loire, t...
by nirakaro
17 Jan 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: morocco suggestions please
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: morocco suggestions please

I flew out of Marrakech in 2011. The airport's not far from the city centre – four/five miles maybe. I had no trouble finding a taxi to carry my boxed bike. IIRC if you go into the main square of the old city (Jemaa al'Fna) and veer to the right, there's an area with lots of small cheap hotels. The ...
by nirakaro
17 Jan 2019, 11:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Arnside to Grange-over Sands
Replies: 13
Views: 1069

Re: Arnside to Grange-over Sands

I used the train last year, and it's at most a five-minute ride. Also likely to be free as there is hardly time for the ticket man to find you. I asked the driver what to do as I got off, and he said to just accept the freebie.
by nirakaro
15 Jan 2019, 12:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping mats again…
Replies: 9
Views: 316

Camping mats again…

I want to get a 'basecamp style' camping mat. I shan't be carrying it on my bike, so weight's not an issue, and I'm looking for comfort (10cm thick), warmth, and durability. I'm looking at the Vango Comfort 10, and wondering what else there is on the market to compare it with. Any recommendations?
by nirakaro
14 Jan 2019, 7:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 93
Views: 4128

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

albal1 wrote:Never assume. Never judge.

What's with the partnership is everything thing?

Who assumed anything?
Who judged anyone?
Who suggested 'partnership is everything'?
by nirakaro
12 Jan 2019, 5:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 93
Views: 4128

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

It's possible to alternate –
When I'm touring alone, I do 40-50 miles a day, mostly camping, the odd hotel.
When we're a deux, we do about 25 miles every other day, mostly hotels, the odd campsite, eat out more, drink more wine, etc.
They're both extremely enjoyable, in very different ways.
by nirakaro
6 Jan 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mechanical advantage is doing my head in!
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Mechanical advantage is doing my head in!

I'm reading Sheldon Brown on the geometry of cantilever brakes, and can't make sense of it. Specifically, he says that the shorter the yoke cable, the greater the MA. And conversely, the least MA will, in theory, come from an infinitely long yoke cable. But as I visualize it, pulling up on a very sh...
by nirakaro
3 Jan 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: "What you bring on your ride needs to go home with you."
Replies: 179
Views: 4645

Re: "What you bring on your ride needs to go home with you."

What if it barks at an elderly frail person who then has a heart attack and then dies? Being alive is an inherently risky business, and you can't legislate for every potential hazard. Personally I'm not a dog lover – especially after being brought off my bike by one last year, and needing five stit...
by nirakaro
1 Jan 2019, 9:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mountain Pass Novice who suffers in heat
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Mountain Pass Novice who suffers in heat

ANTONISH wrote: perhaps a few days of acclimatisation.?

+1. Personally I thrive in the heat, but it always takes several days to adjust.
by nirakaro
21 Dec 2018, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France
Replies: 26
Views: 987

Re: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France

You could also think of starting from Dieppe rather than Calais. Nice quiet flat ride through Chartres to the Loire, then a long steady ride up the Loire, with good facilities. Bit of a climb over the watershed, then drop down into Lyon. From there the Via Rhona bike route roughly follows the Rhone ...
by nirakaro
17 Dec 2018, 5:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Snowy Alpine passes
Replies: 19
Views: 1168

Re: Snowy Alpine passes

Sorry to be harsh but I think it is totally irresponsible to try to get up and over a pass that is closed. You're absolutely right, but ... nobody has said anything about doing that. I am a little confused if you are talking about Italy why you are asking about French mountain passes? Ummm - becaus...
by nirakaro
16 Dec 2018, 2:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Snowy Alpine passes
Replies: 19
Views: 1168

Snowy Alpine passes

I'm fantasising about a trip to Italy early next year, and wondering when the French Alpine passes become navigable. I assume that if a pass is 'open', it's cyclable, and if it's 'closed', it's not. But there are two categories in between, 'ESR' and 'ESO' – special equipment recommended/obligatory. ...
by nirakaro
10 Dec 2018, 9:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Puzzling unexplained squeak
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Puzzling unexplained squeak

I've suffered a recurrence of my squeaky-brake syndrome, which I thought I'd fixed. Which, indirectly, has set me wondering, what is it about French beans that makes them squeak when you chew them? And halloumi? This fall within your remit Brucey?
by nirakaro
4 Dec 2018, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Zinn Road Bike Maintenance - any good?
Replies: 22
Views: 1219

Re: Zinn Road Bike Maintenance - any good?

The word has a wide range of meanings.
by nirakaro
23 Nov 2018, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pressure of arranging honeymoon - lets have your ideas...
Replies: 24
Views: 851

Re: Pressure of arranging honeymoon - lets have your ideas...

Isotonicake wrote: flying to Florence, then going Bologna, Torino, Grenoble, nimes, Carcassonne, Bordeaux, Biarritz then home from Bilbao...

Great area for cycling - especially honeymoon cycling - but be aware of big hills between Florence and Bologna. And, I believe, between Italy and France. :lol: