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by bretonbikes
22 Jan 2020, 12:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in France - book ahead?
Replies: 17
Views: 753

Re: Touring in France

My wife and I are thinking of doing some touring around Normandy and Brittany this summer. We haven't cycle toured for many years and previously we have camped. However we are planning on using hotels and B&Bs this time. We are aiming to go either 2-3rd or 3-4th weeks of August, cycling from Ca...
by bretonbikes
15 Jan 2020, 4:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Adventurous road in France
Replies: 10
Views: 551

Re: Adventurous road in France

mattheus wrote:I think that bit is called Cirque du Litor. It is pretty special!

(a bonus is that the climb up to the Soulor from there is rather tame)


We did the Soulor first which is a good move - great snack/restaurant at the top of the Aubisque;-)
by bretonbikes
15 Jan 2020, 12:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Adventurous road in France
Replies: 10
Views: 551

Re: Adventurous road in France

My favourite road is a bit more prosaic - the saddle between the Aubisque and Soulor - magical especially as you can see most of it cut into the rock face all the time you are riding. I've done it a couple of times when it was 'closed' with boulders and chunks of ice which is even more exciting;-) s...
by bretonbikes
14 Jan 2020, 3:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping togs for men Guardian Style
Replies: 39
Views: 904

Re: Camping togs for men Guardian Style

Be like on eof those wonderful moments as you arrive at customs after a 2 week cycletour and the customs official says "could you just open those bags please";-)

One advantage of brexit;-)
by bretonbikes
14 Jan 2020, 2:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping togs for men Guardian Style
Replies: 39
Views: 904

Re: Camping togs for men Guardian Style

I ignore fashion, and happily wear socks with sandals. How can you get that manly stripey sandal tan if you wear socks? :D Trouble is that no socks means that my sandals are totally unprotected from the disgusting smell that my feet are capable of generating. Same goes for cycling shoes. Many years...
by bretonbikes
8 Jan 2020, 4:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France

Oh, all right then, Breton: I've ridden past the Josselin lump so many times that I just don't notice it any more. Arriving in to Joss from the west we turn left then right to visit the boulangerie and buy breakfast; then turn right over the bridge and have coffee in Le Triskel - the previous night...
by bretonbikes
7 Jan 2020, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France

Dartmouth? Will that mean Plymouth to Roscoff? Roscoff - Morlaix - Carhaix - Nantes Brest Canal to Nantes. Train home. Alternatively Portsmouth-St Malo, and routes south from there. Off-road for 98% of the time so stress free; easy riding, and enough to see for a first trip. Camp sites everywhere (...
by bretonbikes
19 Dec 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: La Velodyssee

You may find this helpful for the bit from Nantes - if you need any other advice feel free to U2U - https://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cy ... n-brittany
by bretonbikes
16 Dec 2019, 2:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Example...

Morlaix to Carhaix ex railway section... 28mm better I would have thought ? The worse bits are probably the sections from Carhaix to Morlaix - Kate's tourer is on 28's and she walked some sections - I could manage on 35's - the road runs parallel along a lot of it and I usually take this and as the...
by bretonbikes
22 Nov 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 46
Views: 2148

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

tatanab wrote:
bretonbikes wrote: the old riveted-on strap loop is now a stamped slot which is very difficult to use
That made me go to look at mine. It is stamped not riveted. Probably considered a new one since it is only 25 years old.


I'm terrified how long ago that change happened! Where did the time go?
by bretonbikes
22 Nov 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 46
Views: 2148

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

We supply them to our customers when they come on cyclecamping holidays with us. They are indestructible - I always say to people that they could throw it off a cliff and have a brew at the bottom. They are also easy and safe for beginners (as with many of our customers) and you can do proper cookin...
by bretonbikes
18 Jun 2019, 4:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2841

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

OK now here it is from the Horse's mouth and much as I feared... Hi Geoff, Steve has confirmed that it is a requirement by our insurers and something we have to bring to cyclists’ attention. They can choose to ignore it but if they have an accident in the port/going on and off the ship without a hel...
by bretonbikes
18 Jun 2019, 12:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2841

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

There's a lot of heat about this on here. Personally I look at the rules and assuming it's private land on docks then it's up to them. You sail with the ferry company based on lots of small print already. Perhaps if they had helmet lockers so you leave them at the port for your wait on the dock and...
by bretonbikes
18 Jun 2019, 9:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2841

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

This isn't really the place for a debate on the efficacy or otherwise of helmets - more an example of how 'mission creep' can effectively make them compulsory without any laws being involved. Helmets compulsory in ferry ports, train/bus stations, on council cycleways, organised rides, for insurance ...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 9:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2841

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

There's a lot of heat about this on here. Personally I look at the rules and assuming it's private land on docks then it's up to them. You sail with the ferry company based on lots of small print already. Perhaps if they had helmet lockers so you leave them at the port for your wait on the dock and...