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by bretonbikes
15 Jan 2021, 11:33am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 126
Views: 6386

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

From our experience meths (at least the French stuff) will corrode the inside of unlined sigg bottles. We used to use them exclusively for our hire fleet of Trangias (which incidentally last forever) but of late simply use the plastic bottle the stuff comes in from the shop. Tough, and usually have a nozzle/hole so no chance of flame back.
by bretonbikes
28 Feb 2020, 2:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Velodysee - Baggage transporting?
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Velodysee - Baggage transporting?

dodger wrote: first night at Huelgoat, then, Gouarec, Pontivy, Josselin and Rochfort en Terre.
Train back to Morlaix, then easy cycle back to Roscoff.



Hotels we use on that route - All good, all cheap.

Huelgoat - Hotel du Lac

Gouarec - U2U me as I know lots of options)

Pontivy - Hotel L'Europe - magnificant place run by sisters;-)

Josselin - Au Relais De L'oust - just outside the town, but cheap as chips, good food and friendly family run. Right on the towpath.

Morlaix - Hotel du Port - excellent...
by bretonbikes
9 Feb 2020, 8:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??
Replies: 24
Views: 1009

Re: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??

It's a fabulous area to cycle - very 'untouristy' so be a bit aware that you may have to cover a few miles between watering holes and carry emergency grub. When I led a group there a few years back we had 90 kmh headwinds and managed 10 km one day - mostly on foot...
by bretonbikes
6 Feb 2020, 7:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??
Replies: 24
Views: 1009

Re: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??

Morzedec wrote:I wondered just when Geoff would appear with a 'plug' for his site at Gouarec.

And why not? he does help an awful lot of cyclists.

Happy days,


Ah be fair - I didn't say where it was ;-)

Currently looking in disbelief at the site as at the beginning of February the grass is growing fast but it's too wet to get the mower on it. By the time it's dry enough it'll be three feet tall...
by bretonbikes
6 Feb 2020, 4:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??
Replies: 24
Views: 1009

Re: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??

Just one thing - you say you'll rough camp the whole way - but just as an aside you might like to try some of the smaller Municipal sites and the like - ours is only 6€ and we're not an exception. You'll get a hot shower and company in most stops even if you just do it every so often;-)
by bretonbikes
26 Jan 2020, 9:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Vélodyssée as a single female
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: La Vélodyssée as a single female

mediumbird wrote:
djb wrote:So medium, I guess you are not keen on doing it on your own?
Good luck finding some companies that do supported trips, and have fun doing some other supported trip if you are unable to find any for this specific route.


"Feel the fear and do it anyway" It's weird. I've happily organised and done unsupported trips with friends in the UK, Europe and Ireland, but somehow am more apprehensive about going alone in a foreign country where I only know a smattering of French learned at school. From what everyone says though, it looks like it's a good route to do as a first solo trip. Never done cycle camping, always BnB or hostels, as I like the luxury of a real bed....

I think February will be my planning month :D


Like I said feel free to message me as I can give you some lovely hotels/B&B en-route that we've used for years from the Roscoff start to Josselin (after that you're on you own;-)
by bretonbikes
25 Jan 2020, 3:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Vélodyssée as a single female
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: La Vélodyssée as a single female

Tangled Metal wrote:Isn't there a poster on here called BretonBikes? Iirc he has bike hire and a campsite. Plus runs organised and custom arranged cycling tours.

No connection with him but when I was investigating a family tour in brittany he was very helpful indeed without any commercial outcome for that help. Who knows, he might be able to help you with your tour somehow.

If not there seems to be a fair few on here with knowledge of that route. It's a popular one I reckon.


Thanks for the kind words and I hope your trip went well.

AFAIK there are no companies that do supported tours all along the route, and in addition if you are doing a camping tour (which would be my choice;-) then apart from us there isn't a company that does supported camping anywhere in Europe. To be honest if you are reasonably well equipped you don't really need support most of the time. In emergencies the emergency services take over, and if you have equipment failure you need a little money set by for a taxi to the bike shop;-)

The Velodyssee is a great first trip but I'd be inclined to use the route 'intelligently' - that is don't follow it slavishly and use maps (no GPS) so you actually get a feel of where you are travelling through and can see obvious alternatives at a glance. For example I certainly wouldn't follow the route through Nantes as there are much easier alternatives. Obviously I'm well informed about the Brittany sections more than elsewhere so have made a short guide on the Brittany section that will help here - https://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cy ... n-brittany - which will also give you an idea of how you can alter the route.

As a company we get lots of single women cycling with us on our cycle camping tours and non have had any problem - in fact quite the opposite - the point being that if you are a couple (for example) people see you as a 'unit' - when you are on your own other campers will come and chat, you get invited to all sorts of things and you make friends you wouldn't have if you'd been with someone else, at least that's the experience of our campers.

In rural France you need to have some French - just learn 50 words as homework and smile a lot and everyone will really appreciate the effort and be far more helpful. As a minimum learn 'please, thankyou, hello and goodby! This may help https://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cy ... val-french

I don't want to blizzard you with links but these will help a little and as above please get in touch for free advice.

https://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cy ... -to-diy-it
by bretonbikes
22 Jan 2020, 12:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in France - book ahead?
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: Touring in France

iandusud wrote: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 Caen and wending our way through Normandy and Brittany probably returning via La Rochelle. How realistic is it to expect to be able to find a room on spec at that time of year, assuming aiming for towns that have more than one hotel?

The benefit of your experience would be most welcome.

Thanks, Ian


I do this for a living so booking hotels last minute is part of the job;-) At that time of year, and pretty touristy area you are taking quite a risk as finding accommodation on the fly is going to be tricky. I would plan 2-days ahead and book but I fear you may spend a lot of time on the phone and internet trying to get somewhere - plus be prepared to make pretty major deviations, all it all it could end up being fraught and frustrating experience. However the difference between the 2-3 and 3-4 week of August is pretty major - the latter will see around a 30% drop in tourist numbers so the later you can make it the better, 1st week in September I'd be happy to do it on-the-fly...

Inland and away from tourist hot-spots it can be easier, but then there are fewer hotels and B&B so your route changes may have to be more major.

I'd be tempted in your shoes to carry basic camping gear and plan to do a mix. There are lots of campsites in tourist areas and most have pitches for lightweight campers especially if you ring a day in advance - then you always have options. Inland you'll find few campsites full and closed to lightweights whatever the season.

From the sound of it you'll be spending a lot of time in Brittany so please pm me for advice if you wish, though when you are in France we'll obviously be otherwise occupied!
by bretonbikes
15 Jan 2020, 4:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Adventurous road in France
Replies: 10
Views: 678

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: 678

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;-)

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https://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cy ... ure-day-10
by bretonbikes
14 Jan 2020, 3:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping togs for men Guardian Style
Replies: 39
Views: 1509

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: 1509

Re: Camping togs for men Guardian Style

willp01908 wrote:
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 ago Kate and I cycled from Roscoff to Santander (in August heat and the hard way not the Velodyssee) - and when we got back her cycling shoes were so digusting they kept me awake and I got up and had to throw them out of the bedroom window. An hour later i had to get up again and hurl them to the end of the garden as they were still stinking the bedroom out through the open window!
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: 884

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

Morzedec wrote: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 having been spent on the campsite at Rohan.

Sadly (for you, no money) Gouarec never quite fits into our schedule for a night's stay: our 'Day 2' on the way south is nearly always Mael-Carhaix to Rohan, but we often stop in Gouarec for morning coffee (des Ducs, next the hall). Quite fond of the new(ish) Brocante just around the corner from you (Loic): always worth a visit.

Happy days,


Loic's is a dangerous place - luckily on a bike you don't have too much room so most of his wonderful emporium is out of bounds;-) Hope one day you'll to the extra to get to us instead of Mael-Carhaix - it's mostly downhill after all (and there's no pump noise from a nearby quarry!). Rohan is a lovely place to stop though.
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: 884

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

Morzedec wrote: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 (mainly the cheaper Municipal type), or local budget hotels.

Not, however, a chateau in sight - but then, when you've seen one of them, you've more or less seen them all.

PM me for more information.

Happy days,


Just for accuracy you pass at least two magnificant Chateaux - the hulking great military lump at Pontivy and the chocolate-box one at Josselin;-)
by bretonbikes
19 Dec 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee
Replies: 17
Views: 2028

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