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by wallyone
27 May 2017, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycling the Zuiderzee
Replies: 9
Views: 4600

Re: cycling the Zuiderzee

Can you actually cycle the Zuiderzee There is a Zuiderzeeroute which is a signed route around the Ijsselmeer and is compose of 3 LF routes. I'm not sure if the original post is referring to this route but you can make the detour to the islands. I did this route some years ago in the summer and it w...
by wallyone
21 Sep 2014, 10:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: channel hopping
Replies: 5
Views: 1781

Re: channel hopping

Glad to see you had fun and the weather was kind. You're right about the climb out of Folkestone if you took the NCN2 it's certainly more fun coming back from Dover. I understand there's a coast route but that's only accessible during work hours and sometimes you can get stopped by security. Next ti...
by wallyone
8 Sep 2014, 11:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what's French for Charity Shop?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

Re: what's French for Charity Shop?

There's the Secours Catholique in some towns, I think that's the correct spelling.
by wallyone
8 Sep 2014, 6:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: channel hopping
Replies: 5
Views: 1781

Re: channel hopping

I'd second the advice about the climbs out of Folkestone, in fact much of the south coast route is hilly, although the NCN2 along the cliffs are spectacular from Capel le Ferne, I live in Gosport and have done the circuit you're thinking about many times over the years although I tend to take the tr...
by wallyone
16 May 2013, 10:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: South Coast Route - Kent to Hampshire
Replies: 20
Views: 1342

Re: South Coast Route - Kent to Hampshire

Camp sites: My map shows Youth Hostels at Hastings, Alfriston, Telscombe, Arundel & Cosham. These might be better than camping Any experience of these? The Cosham/Portsmouth YHA closed some years back. There are some independent hostels along this route especially around the Brighton area but n...
by wallyone
2 Apr 2012, 6:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: panniers or bob yak
Replies: 14
Views: 14054

Re: panniers or bob yak

Hi, You don't say how you're getting to the start of the journey. If you're travelling by train then bear in mind many train companies won't carry trailers so check before you travel as a BOB is hard to disguise as a backpack, I know because I've tried on the East Anglia trains. Hope this hasn't thr...
by wallyone
16 Sep 2011, 9:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Camping
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Re: Cycle Camping

I think the notice on the forum page gives an indication that it's still being worked on. Looking at the sites on the LEJOG link would indicate a work in progress, or a lot of wild camping in the north and southwest. It's a new site and one which I've not seen before. The map and sitefinder area see...
by wallyone
16 Sep 2011, 9:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: HINDHEAD/A3 TUNNEL
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: HINDHEAD/A3 TUNNEL

In all the years I've cycled along the A3 I found this section to be the scariest part of the route, I was shunted one evening while on the main bend on the punchbowl. Personally I think the new route will be a real improvement, even if I'm unlikely to ride the whole road again. However don't think ...
by wallyone
6 Sep 2011, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Double chainset for touring
Replies: 14
Views: 5494

Re: Double chainset for touring

Hi As Tatanab says a 48/36 was a common mix but 52/36 was also fairly common however personally I found this to be too high and front mechs that could cover this jump could be tricky to find. While I used 48/36 for many years for several long distance tours (still do on a road bike) I settled on 42/...
by wallyone
11 Jan 2011, 9:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike suitable for touring?
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Bike suitable for touring?

If you're going on a camping tour of Holland then narrow tyres at high pressure is unlikely to be very comfortable on the majority of the cycle paths. I've done many tours in this region on a variety of tyre widths and have found no real difference in the rolling resistance. But for Dutch cycle path...
by wallyone
15 Nov 2010, 7:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: South of France !
Replies: 9
Views: 910

Re: South of France !

Just thought I'd add my experiences. In over 30 years of touring in France I've never booked in advance except one time getting a non-TGV train from Grenoble to Nantes and that was only because I arrived at the station at 18:00 and and found out that the the next, and only, train was 06:00 next morn...
by wallyone
20 Oct 2010, 12:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France or Spain family trip
Replies: 12
Views: 914

Re: France or Spain family trip

Hi, Just a quick response to the thread. The P and O ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao has stopped but the route has been taken over by Brittany Ferries and should start running in the spring but I think it's a seasonal service. http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/routes/portsmouth-bilbao However that d...
by wallyone
20 Aug 2010, 11:13pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: End to End December
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: End to End December

Or you could look at the earlier thread http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=40877
by wallyone
13 Aug 2010, 11:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brick thrown at me this evening
Replies: 34
Views: 3177

Re: Brick thrown at me this evening

I saw a woman the other week driving at around 40mph down the Crescent in Salford whilst balancing a pie on a paper plate on top of the steering wheel with one hand and trying to eat it with a fork in the other hand. Very funny to see from the 'safety' of the pavement... Hopefully she didn't spill ...