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by jonesec
8 May 2009, 7:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Southern Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 1266

Re: Southern Ireland

Thanks for all the help. It seems that we have been thwarted by the ferry again! Looks like Ireland will have to wait until 2010!
by jonesec
6 May 2009, 7:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Southern Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 1266

Re: Southern Ireland

Probably around 7 days of actual cycling with possibly a day at either end so not a huge amount of time. We'd be looking to do 50-60 miles per day.
Thanks,
Emma
by jonesec
6 May 2009, 6:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Plans to cycle from Lille to Dubrovnik via the Danube
Replies: 8
Views: 460

Re: Plans to cycle from Lille to Dubrovnik via the Danube

Am sooooo envious - cycling in Germany/Austria etc is great but the Balkans are beautiful. Be prepared for the heat on the Adriatic coast - also, they aren't too used to cycle tourists so are usually ultra friendly (particularly if you have a smattering of the language) but the roads aren't always i...
by jonesec
6 May 2009, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Southern Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 1266

Southern Ireland

We are hoping to tour Ireland this summer. We are hoping to take the Swansea-Cork ferry which should be up and running by then as it's been out of action for a while. However, I'm a bit worried to plan a tour and then find it's still not running. The other option would be taking a boat to Rosslare. ...
by jonesec
6 May 2009, 6:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Austria and Germany in July – is it easy to find b&b?
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Austria and Germany in July – is it easy to find b&b?

Be very careful - many places accept two nights min for a long-term booking. If the weather is poor, you'll be ok but if the weather is nice, it can be quite a challenge. You might want to consider a tent. We have cycled in Austria and Germany but I have always booked somewhere to stay first. It can...
by jonesec
28 Jan 2009, 5:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dawes 601 with or without carbon?
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Depends really on how much weight is important to you. In reality, if you are touring with a tent, the carbon weight advantage will be offset by your other gear anyway. CArbon will make the ride a bit more comfortable but it doesn't make an enormous difference. Also, if you do have carbon bits, you ...
by jonesec
18 Jan 2009, 9:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring norway
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Hi. We toured Norway two years ago and did part of the North Sea route and then went inland to Voss before returning to Oslo by train. We were unlucky - wettest summer for 100 years. We had toured before so went prepared but even so, the weather posed a bit of a problem. Buy a really good pair of ov...
by jonesec
25 Sep 2008, 6:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Austria / Southern Germany
Replies: 11
Views: 2479

Save a fortune and book it yourself. Invest in a Radweg book of the chosen area you want to cycle - Koenigsee to Bodensee springs to mind. Even if your German is non-existant you get good maps and good suggestions re accommodation and attractions etc. Germany is really good value and the Bett and Bi...
by jonesec
21 Sep 2008, 9:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Your very first tour experience!
Replies: 33
Views: 4064

Cycled around Lake Constance and then did a couple of de-tours off to see the Rheinfalls and to visit old haunt of a school exchange. It was brilliant. Only about 280 miles staying in B&Bs but it was really an experiment to see if I liked it/could do it. It was brilliant and it got me totally ho...
by jonesec
13 Sep 2008, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santander/France Autumn Cycle/Camp Trip
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Lovely area - area between Bilbao and San Sebastian is lovely - very nice area around Igeldo. Campsite there and lovely pension called Maddiola - beautiful area and fab cycling. Also, cyclists are welcomed and people are v. friednly.
by jonesec
13 Sep 2008, 10:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice please on a touring bike
Replies: 10
Views: 1390

If you are going to use it mainly not for touring, go for the trek. I have toured on an earlier version of the 7.3fx many times and use it every day for commuting and leisure rides. I have ridden it all over europe and has been great. Only thing is that you can't put front racks on because of carbon...
by jonesec
30 Aug 2008, 3:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nice flat tour to get my wife started?
Replies: 24
Views: 2789

Cycle around Lake Constance. Great first tour - dead flat and if it gets too much you can get a ferry to take a short-cut. This was our first tour some years ago and it was brilliant. Cyclists are very well catered for and it was great for somebody that wasn't by any means a confirmed cyclist.
by jonesec
30 Aug 2008, 3:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Bilbao
Replies: 1
Views: 1319

We recently did Bilbao to St Malo over 2 weeks. We didn't go via Bordeaux as went through the Medoc and took the ferry to Royan instead. Northern Spain offers amazing cycling though this stretch is quite demanding. I have to say, I found the south west of France a bit dull. It's very flat and tends ...
by jonesec
21 Aug 2008, 5:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: st malo-portsmouth ferry, how long to get off?
Replies: 13
Views: 1743

As long as it's on time you will be fine. We disembarked a couple of weeks ago in about 20 minutes.
by jonesec
13 Aug 2008, 6:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Road bike with luggage?
Replies: 20
Views: 2579

I have a trek road bike. Now fitted with mud guards (only just) and a rear rack though can't take front panniers due to carbon fork (or at least until somebody nicked the carbon fork last weekend!). Have never had any trouble and have done loads of tours including some long ones. Just make sure you ...