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by bretonbikes
18 Feb 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Goodbye YHA
Replies: 52
Views: 3069

Re: Goodbye YHA

Off topic again but... I carry a tiny MP3 player with in-ear phones and it helps a lot being lulled to sleep as an old 'Rumpole' drowns out the racket... MP3 players are a lifesaver! Sleepsaver?! I favour 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' - the narrator's voice sends me off to sleep in minute...
by bretonbikes
18 Feb 2019, 2:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Goodbye YHA
Replies: 52
Views: 3069

Re: Goodbye YHA

Camping for me for those reasons (plus I love my 'home') but people shouting across the campiste at 2.00am can be just as bad. I carry a tiny MP3 player with in-ear phones and it helps a lot being lulled to sleep as an old 'Rumpole' drowns out the racket... For an extreme case have a look here;-) Lo...
by bretonbikes
18 Feb 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??
Replies: 8
Views: 1119

Re: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??

Thanks for the comments. Nobody has dissuaded us from trying the route on Bromptons. Obviously know the route and area well. The canal sections are pretty good in most places being sort of beaten earth/cinder - it's better than tarmac as with the usual trees along the canal the routes break up tarm...
by bretonbikes
18 Feb 2019, 12:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 1 week tour in europe recommendations?
Replies: 14
Views: 1563

Re: 1 week tour in europe recommendations?

Germ of a trip started last weekend over a beer with some old friends. We're based in West Midlands and are looking at a 60 miles a day camping tour in august. We're looking for something that's not too hilly, with campsites aplenty and interesting towns and villages along the way. I'm not a keen f...
by bretonbikes
4 Jan 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...What this is? (Motobecane)
Replies: 23
Views: 1132

Re: ...What this is? (Motobecane)

All very complicated (though wonderful) -- the beauty of the Solex was its simplicity...
by bretonbikes
4 Jan 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...What this is? (Motobecane)
Replies: 23
Views: 1132

Re: ...What this is? (Motobecane)

Only just seen this thread so sorry for the resurrection! Solex are totally wonderful - the people who ride them are bonkers (we have a club come and stay with us every year) and they are a hoot to ride. A bit like those front-wheel-drive electric bikes but a lot noisier, faster and with little in ...
by bretonbikes
3 Jan 2019, 6:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...What this is? (Motobecane)
Replies: 23
Views: 1132

Re: ...What this is? (Motobecane)

Only just seen this thread so sorry for the resurrection! Solex are totally wonderful - the people who ride them are bonkers (we have a club come and stay with us every year) and they are a hoot to ride. A bit like those front-wheel-drive electric bikes but a lot noisier, faster and with little in t...
by bretonbikes
4 Jul 2018, 1:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyres question
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Touring tyres question

Big fan of the the schwalbe spicer tyre - near slick, puncture resistant and cheap as chips. Wide enough to cope with some of the rougher parts of the velodyssay (especially South from Morlaix) It's what we've used on our hire fleet for the last 6 years - only for the rear though sadly. I'm interest...
by bretonbikes
4 Jul 2018, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany - best maps and guidebooks?
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: Brittany - best maps and guidebooks?

I use personally and for our customers the Michelin orange regional series - For Brittany you want 512. They come as 'indechirable' - waterproof, and they are pretty indestructible. You'll get one in any supermarket or 'Tabac'. They also mark the cycleroutes as green and white lines. I know the scal...
by bretonbikes
28 May 2018, 1:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Family touring tent and sleeping bag for 4 year old
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: Family touring tent and sleeping bag for 4 year old

May be a bit left-field but in my experience the best bags for kids are full sized adult bags. For a given budget you get better quality than a child's bag (which tend to be bulky with cheaper filling). What you do it turn them 1/2 inside-out if you know what I mean, so that the bag becomes about 3 ...
by bretonbikes
18 May 2018, 8:17am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camp sites (Normandy/ Brittany.
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Camp sites (Normandy/ Brittany.

For the most cycle friendly campsite in Brittany go here http://www.bretonbikes.com/brittany/gouarec-our-base-in-the-heart-of-brittany#gouareccampsite and http://www.campingdegouarec.com/ Heavily biased of course but if you find different you can complain on here;-) Also feel free to PM for any advi...
by bretonbikes
20 Apr 2018, 7:57am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: robens lodge 2 tent on offer
Replies: 102
Views: 7334

Re: robens lodge 2 tent on offer

Interested in where you leave van if cycling off and sleeping in tent. We have cycle camped in various parts of France and have now bought a campervan, but still want to cycle camp so would like to pick your brains. Customers at our campsite in Gouarec frequently leave campervans with us for days w...
by bretonbikes
27 Feb 2018, 1:53pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Robens Raptor
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: Robens Raptor

The very spacious bags are a feature of Robens tenets and a big plus for me - even when pouring with rain when you just want to screw it up and stuff it in it'll go;-) My Terra Nova needed to be bone dry and rolled incredibly tight to fit it it's bag - and even then you broke finger nails doing it.....
by bretonbikes
26 Feb 2018, 3:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A cycle touring thread - sorry no politics here!
Replies: 40
Views: 2305

Re: A cycle touring thread - sorry no politics here!

Now if you rented recumbents I'd be sold! Seriously what's the July/August weather like? I'm only familiar with childhood holidays further south at les Sable D'Olonne. Brittany strikes me as having more potential for wet weather. I've had family driving around Normandy and Brittany who said the roa...
by bretonbikes
26 Feb 2018, 12:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 Month+ Trip/May/June+
Replies: 22
Views: 1649

Re: 2 Month+ Trip/May/June+

Just a thought but there's become a craze for taking your year of birth and following the TdF route for that year . Make a nice hook for the trip? Have a look at the Eurovelo routes as they make a nice basis, though there is a tendency to be a bit 'easy' at times, but it's easy to detour... - http:...