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by Igobybike
26 Feb 2019, 7:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on cross channel ferries
Replies: 26
Views: 2900

Re: Bikes on cross channel ferries

Its a free for all when you get on board. If its busy you might return to find 5 bikes stacked against yours or more. The Hook / Harwich route is a roadies weekend favourite with plenty of bling and worried owners looking concerned as they lash their bikes to old tourers and the rest .They are secu...
by Igobybike
23 Feb 2019, 7:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on cross channel ferries
Replies: 26
Views: 2900

Bikes on cross channel ferries

Are any precautions necessary for bike transport on the cross channel ferries, in terms of how they are secured on the vehicle decks? In other words, should I perhaps be thinking of bringing some lagging to protect the frame for example? Or anything else? It'll be a carbon frame. I'm particularly th...
by Igobybike
19 Sep 2018, 9:32pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 42287

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

Are the new carriages in service yet? If so are they on all routes? Certainly haven't seen any new carriages yet. Came back on the sleeper from Inverness two weeks ago and they were the same old ones. As you say, no three-abreast seats, just a row of two-abreast on one side and a row of singles on ...
by Igobybike
18 Sep 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 42287

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

I was wondering if there is any floor space on the train somewhere where I can put down my Thermarest for the night No. There's only one seated carriage, the berths and the restaurant car. The aisles are narrow and bodies lying in them unlikely to be appreciated. You have to sit in a recliner seat ...
by Igobybike
12 Sep 2018, 7:30am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Commemorative Map?
Replies: 11
Views: 4979

Re: Commemorative Map?

Just as a matter of interest, although it may interest you or not :-) I had a commemorative frame sticker made of my route.

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by Igobybike
8 Sep 2018, 1:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What would you do differently?
Replies: 17
Views: 4647

Re: What would you do differently?

Well, having now completed my ride I can answer this question. Firstly, it was a great ride, well planned if I say it myself, and everything worked 'perfectly', but not so perfectly that I couldn't think of ways to improve it. So things I'd do differently: * I wouldn't use the same route. I'd still ...
by Igobybike
4 Sep 2018, 4:33pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?
Replies: 32
Views: 15238

Re: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?

Well, the Scottish section was great, as far as Tain anyway. Mostly minor roads or well surfaced cycle track/shared use path alongside major roads that were reasonably direct. Good examples of what cycle provision should be like on the whole, IMO. After Tain up to Helmsdale on the A9 it didn't feel ...
by Igobybike
3 Sep 2018, 5:45pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: My 16 Day LeJog May / June 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 7703

Re: My 16 Day LeJog May / June 2017

I have just cycled the A9 from Tain to Helmsdale. From Inverness as far as Tain there is a cycle friendly route to avoid it, but no further it seems. At first there is a 'shoulder' for cyclists to cycle on, but once over the Dornoch Firth bridge this soon disappears. Then you are on a fast, single-c...
by Igobybike
31 Aug 2018, 8:42pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?
Replies: 32
Views: 15238

Re: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?

Nice blog, just read yesterday’s and It’s a questionable route if it can make Penrith to Gretna hilly. Even sticking exactly to route7 isn’t hilly. I’m also following a group following Royston. They are nearly there now but was interesting reading on some of the canal days. On two occasions they’d ...
by Igobybike
31 Aug 2018, 6:58pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?
Replies: 32
Views: 15238

Re: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?

I am planning on going both ways using Royston Woods route for a good part of it, but trying not to cover the same roads up and back where possible. mkbutters, have you written a blog at all? I'd be very interested in hearing how you got on. I'm in the process of doing it, and writing a blog as I g...
by Igobybike
21 Aug 2018, 6:26pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JogLe - oldest man to do LeJog is back doing it the other wa
Replies: 30
Views: 18865

Re: JogLe - oldest man to do LeJog is back doing it the other wa

Paulatic wrote:And........Yet another is having a go at it too, meet Lawrence https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45227627


Oh no, I was hoping that I one day might reach an age where I could be the oldest and still fit enough to do it, but the goal posts keep moving :D

Respect and kudos to all of them!
by Igobybike
21 Aug 2018, 8:13am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Advice needed - Where to start?
Replies: 14
Views: 1910

Re: Advice needed - Where to start?

You've got loads of time to train, supported or unsupported it will be doable, just don't expect to turn up and do it with only your commuting miles in your legs. I'd say join a cycling club and get out with them on longer rides at the weekends, it'll help motivate you to get out. Sign up for a few ...
by Igobybike
18 Aug 2018, 10:02pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What would you do differently?
Replies: 17
Views: 4647

Re: What would you do differently?

By notebook I mean a thing made of paper where one may inscribe words :wink: Lol, and I if I tell the truth I didn't even think of that for a second - I just thought sub-laptop-sized computer :) I have to admit pen and paper would be handier for writing en-route. Thanks for suggestions so far, keep...
by Igobybike
18 Aug 2018, 8:54am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What would you do differently?
Replies: 17
Views: 4647

What would you do differently?

Soon about to leave for my own first, and maybe only ever LEJOG. Things are pretty much fixed - unsupported, with a friend, route, accommodation, number of days and style - ie b&b's, eating out lower weight higher cost stylee rather than the opposite. Still, for what it's worth, if you were doin...
by Igobybike
16 Aug 2018, 7:26am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?
Replies: 32
Views: 15238

Re: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?

Update ------ LEJOG completed in 13 days using the Roystons route the majority of the way. 986 miles and 40699 feet https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27674531 I changed some of it to suite our overnight stops. Have to say it is a fantastic route and very safe. One major change was not using the A9 whe...