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by Barrenfluffit
8 Jan 2016, 11:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping in the Netherlands
Replies: 9
Views: 1107

Re: Sleeping in the Netherlands

The official Dutch hostel network is called "Stayokay". The general dorms don't take under 16's, they have to be in their own rooms / dorm to themselves. With 8 people your a bit big for most B&B type places. The online websites like trip adviser are quite good for finding out what's f...
by Barrenfluffit
8 Jan 2016, 11:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on train travel from Frankfurt to Fellering (Mosel)
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Advice on train travel from Frankfurt to Fellering (Mose

Your bike needs a separate ticket that you can buy from the ticket machines (which usually have an English option). Five years ago the machines only sold ordinary tickets for the next train but I don't know if this is still the case. Certainly the manned ticket offices can sell tickets in advance. O...
by Barrenfluffit
2 Jan 2016, 6:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring on a trad touring bike?
Replies: 158
Views: 8520

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

Also the availability of spares is relevant. I can't remember if the 91 Galaxies had abandoned 27 1/4 wheels but from awkward personal experience I can attest that tyres and wheels in this size are not readily available in France. I do use it "offroad" but not in the sense of remote multi-...
by Barrenfluffit
1 Jan 2016, 7:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arriving by ferry into Belgium/ Holland
Replies: 6
Views: 912

Re: Arriving by ferry into Belgium/ Holland

A minor tangent.. but there's quite a lot to do in/around Arnhem. Riding up to the Kroller Muller museum through the National Park or the Open Air Museum are a day each.
by Barrenfluffit
31 Dec 2015, 3:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike
Replies: 9
Views: 642

Re: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike

"how cycle-friendly is Amsterdam?" Its the primary means of transport for a substantial proportion of the population. It's fully supported. The only limitation is in the centre's where secure street parking can be tricky to find. There are bikes everywhere. Note that some streets have a bi...
by Barrenfluffit
25 Dec 2015, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurostar South of France Trains Bike Policy
Replies: 17
Views: 1819

Re: Eurostar South of France Trains Bike Policy

The First Luggage rates for 3-5 day service looks like courier rates are a viable alternative.
by Barrenfluffit
15 Dec 2015, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rain
Replies: 32
Views: 2182

Re: Rain

I try an avoid it by rescheduling rest days on to wet days. Ideally avoiding camping then too. That said if your somewhere without alternative amusements then wet cycling may be best. A relaxed schedule helps a lot. But yes some days it is hard to avoid; even then taking a short day appeals. I find ...
by Barrenfluffit
15 Dec 2015, 8:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Romania
Replies: 7
Views: 1251

Re: Romania

These are general remarks relating to cycling provision on the EV6 bits I rode several years ago. In germany the route is usually smooth surfaced, avoids busy roads almost completely, provides crossings and signs at every opportunity where you might think of taking a different route. There are often...
by Barrenfluffit
15 Dec 2015, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo6, Atlantic to Vienna
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Eurovelo6, Atlantic to Vienna

When your route planning in Germany you might have to choose a side of the river. Check the route ahead to see if progress is reliant on a ferry and if its running. The route on the Loire is gorgeous; there is a shortcut by following the river cher at Tours rather than following the loire round its ...
by Barrenfluffit
24 Nov 2015, 12:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: advice wanted re:Danube - Passau to Vienna/wild camping
Replies: 9
Views: 1456

Re: advice wanted re:Danube - Passau to Vienna/wild camping

The route is generally level but its a big river in a valley. Where the valley is narrow you can end up climbing over bluffs etc. The path may follow the meanders while there is a more direct shortcut. Also in a narrow valley things you need or want to see are likely to be uphill. The books listed s...
by Barrenfluffit
5 Nov 2015, 8:57am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade
Replies: 85
Views: 4171

Re: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade

Some otherwise good designs include features that don't really do anything useful or worse inhibit the general usability of the tent. So its worth looking at these. A couple of years ago vango were making tents with alloy poles that just didn't seem to be strong enough.
by Barrenfluffit
19 Sep 2015, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch Campsites - Cooking Area?
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: Dutch Campsites - Cooking Area?

I only found one on the four dutch campsites I used. Mostly quite established sites.
by Barrenfluffit
18 Sep 2015, 4:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 6 months in Western Europe - complete beginner
Replies: 42
Views: 3544

Re: 6 months in Western Europe - complete beginner

Don't take things that you can buy as you need them. The aim is to have things with multiple uses so compared to everyday life you have fewer things but use them more (and thus need them to be durable). Also plan parts of your tour to meet your psychological needs. This varies from person to person ...
by Barrenfluffit
12 Sep 2015, 11:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to Nice - lots of advice sought
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

Re: St Malo to Nice - lots of advice sought

The problem with booking ahead is that you lose flexibility. If you want an extra day somewhere or serendipity proposes and interesting diversion you have to throw away all your plans. Or even if you have a mechanical problem that takes time to sort out. In theory the profile of the ride would prepa...