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by Cyclefrance
21 Aug 2008, 12:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Paris (but not for charity!)
Replies: 15
Views: 5788

Hi - a bit late at night now, and I have an early start - will write more tomorrow, but two quick points - saddle - yes, definitely get a new one - I now swear by a BG2 for my drop-bar bike, and a BG1 for my hybrid (BG = Specialized Body Geometry) - you can't get a BG1 now, but BG2 has been rebrande...
by Cyclefrance
20 Aug 2008, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Paris (but not for charity!)
Replies: 15
Views: 5788

Sounds like a good trip - what route did you take btw (general idea - unless you have a detailed one to hand that is)? Just interested to see how you tackled the French side. Agree about the roads - put ours to shame! Note yr 205 miles - we clocked 212 from Calais to Asnieres, Paris where we were st...
by Cyclefrance
20 Aug 2008, 2:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Paris (but not for charity!)
Replies: 15
Views: 5788

Forget tents - with French B&Bs offering such good value for money, why have the hassle after a long day's cyclling of pitching up and taking down next morning. Let alone cooking! Example - 4-star (nearly 5-star) accommodation and evening meal in a B&B at Froissy for Euros 40 each - that's s...
by Cyclefrance
19 Jul 2008, 7:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Direct route into Paris from NW from Beauvais/Gisors
Replies: 6
Views: 912

Check out my two routes on the following sites - might also help with B&Bs - recommend the one at Froissy - went two weeks ago 5* ensuite Bedroom, gargantuan breakfast and unmatched evening meal for an amazing Euros 40 each the lot (including wine). http://www.geocities.com/cyclefrance2005 - Par...
by Cyclefrance
19 Jul 2008, 6:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suggestions wanted for three week tour September-October
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Why go that far? check out some of my trips in Nord-Pas de Calais - you could combine two or three if you wanted (just did that myself, riding Calais to Paris - magic!)

http://www.geocities.com/cyclefranceuk
by Cyclefrance
19 Jun 2008, 5:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What scale maps for touring
Replies: 6
Views: 931

I tend to use the IGN 1:100,000 series for cycling in/through France - contours are shown, all 'D' roads, and indication of unsurfaced roads by means of a broken edge/single line. To make life easier I use this in conjunction with an older version Garmin eTrek Legend satnav - the combination of map ...
by Cyclefrance
19 May 2008, 1:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to get bike insurance without the Fort Knox condition?
Replies: 24
Views: 2727

Where to get bike insurance without the Fort Knox condition?

I've tried getting quotes from a number of proprietary insurers of bikes, but it seems that I must carry around the equivalent of a concrete lampost with me so that I can secure my bike properly on every occasion I stop and park it, and have one (or something similar) installed next to my garden she...
by Cyclefrance
16 May 2008, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which tourer?!?
Replies: 43
Views: 7455

I do a fair bit of touring each year. My old faithful has been showing signs of its age so I decided to invest in a new bike this year. Quite a daunting task. I wanted something strong, but wasn't so keen to have the heavyweight dedicated tourer solution. In the end, I bought a new bike making use o...
by Cyclefrance
29 Dec 2007, 12:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: wine buying/cycling hols in France
Replies: 8
Views: 1341

I'd go with the Burgundy (and Cote d'Or) recommendation - Chablis, Montagny, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Rully, Cotes de Beaune - just too many good wines to believe - the rivers Rhone and Saone are the ones to aim for. If cycling rules over wine buying then also consider the Bergerac region - Wi...
by Cyclefrance
20 Dec 2007, 5:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycle trip to northern par to France / Paris
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Have a look at http://www.geocities.com/cyclefranceuk Email me via the site link if you want more info There are a couple of trips that I haven't recorded on the web that might suit you with a 12 year-old - one involves visiting the WW2 V1 and V2 rocket launch sites, and the other combines cycling w...
by Cyclefrance
29 Nov 2007, 12:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam to france
Replies: 31
Views: 6303

I'm finding this a very interesting thread. Three of us have a rough plan to cycle from Calais to Bruge and back via Ypres and the WW1 sites etc. over a long weekend next May. After reading this, the possibility of getting the train from Calais to Dunkirk and then extending the ride into Southern H...
by Cyclefrance
26 Nov 2007, 9:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly roads in Europe
Replies: 27
Views: 4605

Thanks cyclefrance - I'll have a look tonight. (PS,there's an error in your link, though your www works) God knows what made me put .co.uk! - have amended it now and it should work ok (have also repeated it here to save you going back a page and scrolling down) http://www.geocities.com/cyclefranceuk
by Cyclefrance
26 Nov 2007, 1:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly roads in Europe
Replies: 27
Views: 4605

Inspired initially by the First World War and a desire to visit the battlefields of the Western Front, I've toured the north of France and into Belgium by bike for the last eight years, recording these trips on the Internet since 2003. You may find one or a combination of these of interest and I wil...
by Cyclefrance
14 Nov 2007, 5:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Bike touring website
Replies: 9
Views: 3886

Nice idea - I'll add my annual tours in France
by Cyclefrance
8 Nov 2007, 4:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclescheme
Replies: 21
Views: 3299

Our employer then sells the bike after 18 months, and you have to start anew. Not so helpful an employer then - the rules of the scheme say that the employer could give the the renter (i.e. you) the option to buy the bike from the employer at a fair market value (about 5%), and it could be argued t...