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by bretonbikes
4 Jul 2018, 1:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyres question
Replies: 8
Views: 600

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: 416

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: 20
Views: 560

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: 301

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: 6819

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: 909

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: 2167

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: 1575

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:...
by bretonbikes
26 Feb 2018, 9:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 Month+ Trip/May/June+
Replies: 22
Views: 1575

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://...
by bretonbikes
26 Feb 2018, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 Month+ Trip/May/June+
Replies: 22
Views: 1575

Re: 2+ month trip France/Spain May-June

If you are seeking a planned route to save the planning hassle you could do a lot worse than follow the Euro velo route that goes through Brittany then down the west coast to Spain, think it's Euro velo 1. Very easy riding. If you are a bit more adventurous and want to make your own way just stay 2...
by bretonbikes
26 Feb 2018, 9:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A cycle touring thread - sorry no politics here!
Replies: 40
Views: 2167

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

Hideously biased of course but for young families a ride in Brittany takes a lot of beating. Plymoth/Roscoff gets you straight onto the Velodyssey (see -https://www.velodyssey.com/troncons/roscoff-carhaix) and that will get you on the Nantes Brest canal. It's all very quiet even in August (unlike th...
by bretonbikes
22 Feb 2018, 9:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does tyre pressure make so much difference
Replies: 27
Views: 1510

Re: Does tyre pressure make so much difference

I think 'can of worms sums up this subject a lot. I do a lot of riding in groups and the difference in rolling resistant is hugely varied depending on surface. On a rough surface a very hard tyre seems to run noticeably slower as the bumps (or even course gravel) are putting energy into the whole bi...
by bretonbikes
17 Feb 2018, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycling in brittany - any recommendations ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5953

Re: cycling in brittany - any recommendations ?

Small hotels in Brittany and elsewhere are being killed off by legislation. The safety requirements for a 5 bed hotel in a village are much the same as for a 100 bed place in Paris - fire doors, fire escapes, alarms etc. The depressing fact is that over the last 10 years many of the hotels we've use...
by bretonbikes
17 Feb 2018, 6:35pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Robens Raptor
Replies: 19
Views: 909

Re: Robens Raptor

Well as my name has been taken in vain here on the subject I'll 'pitch' in;-) After our brilliant experience with the Lodge for our business we finally took the plunge and replaced our Jack Wolfskin Dragon (the best tent I've ever owned but out of production for 15 years and ours is 22!). I could ha...
by bretonbikes
17 Feb 2018, 6:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Have Britain’s imperial fantasies given us Brexit??
Replies: 151
Views: 4299

Re: Have Britain’s imperial fantasies given us Brexit??

Having spent a holiday or two in Brittany, it's amazing the affinity they have for Cornwall. Mention the fact that you live in Cornwall, and they bend over themselves to help and be friendly. The closest language to Breton is Cornish and a large slice of the heart of Brittany (far south-west) is ca...