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by Cyclefrance
31 Oct 2007, 1:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclescheme
Replies: 21
Views: 3300

Just found some info on it on a thread called 'cycle to work scheme' Mine's a small employer so think it will be easier to get them to take up the scheme as opposed to tryng to convince a large departmentalised organisation to do so - I can see how hard it will be to find someone who will take the r...
by Cyclefrance
31 Oct 2007, 1:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclescheme
Replies: 21
Views: 3300

Cyclescheme

Did a Forum search and nothing came up, but thought I'd seen something on this. Just wanted to know if anyone had experience of this government scheme to permit you to buy a bike saving income tax and possibly VAT as well. I'm thinking of giving it a try - it's about the only way I'll ever afford a ...
by Cyclefrance
28 Oct 2007, 1:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ypres and the Flanders Battlefields
Replies: 6
Views: 2225

Re: Ypres

Does anyone know if the Eurotunnel bike service takes tandems.It looks an excellent way to travel but i am not sure if the trailer could do our tandems and trailers as well.Didi you also say that it's possible to leave your car with them at the terminal.We've been to Ypres with the kids several tim...
by Cyclefrance
27 Oct 2007, 12:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ypres and the Flanders Battlefields
Replies: 6
Views: 2225

Hi Andrew, David - thanks for your input and comments. I noticed that Talbot House was offering accommodation but too late to take advantage this trip. The surprise discovery for me this time was the reason for the stork sculpture on the memorial at Poelkapelle - I'd noticed it on the previous visit...
by Cyclefrance
26 Oct 2007, 1:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: calais to brittany
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

You'll find the IGN 1:100,000 series maps the best for accurate road mapping - plus they have contours to help you judge the steepness of climbs! I haven't done as far as Brittany... yet - but you might find one or two of the routes on http://www.geocities.com/cyclefranceuk cover part of the way - t...
by Cyclefrance
26 Oct 2007, 1:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ypres and the Flanders Battlefields
Replies: 6
Views: 2225

Ypres and the Flanders Battlefields

Just completed the website covering this year's cycle tour by six old codgers to a number of First World War sites and memorials - including Passchendaele and Poperinge. If you're interested then have a look on: http://www.geocities.com/cyclefrance2007 Hope you enjoy - a link is available on the abo...
by Cyclefrance
27 Aug 2007, 4:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North-South of France
Replies: 2
Views: 960

Not sure if I'm too late, but you may find some tips and help from my north France sorties, especially the ones from 2004 and 2005 which would get you as far as Paris!

http://www.geocities.com/cyclefranceuk/
by Cyclefrance
27 Aug 2007, 4:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Stands on touring bikes (and pumps)
Replies: 19
Views: 3542

I tend to go with the flow so far as stands are concerned - a perhaps nice to have, but certainly not something to worry about if it's not there. As to pumps - I bought a Cyclaire about 18 months ago and thoroughly recommend it - no problem pumping up to 110 psi if you want to go to that level and a...
by Cyclefrance
24 Aug 2007, 5:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring on racing frame?
Replies: 23
Views: 3696

Well, I have gotten on pretty well touring with an old Raleigh Record Sprint for the last 7 years. I have a hybrid as well but still like the old Raleigh. I'm not sure about all this geometry talk - load my bike up with a panniers back and front and it still handles well - I can't imagine a proper t...
by Cyclefrance
21 Aug 2007, 5:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Map / atlas of France
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

I don't like Michelin so much because they don't include useful data like contour lines - I think they use arrows/chevrons across the road pointing in the direction of the gradient, but that doesn't help you assess just how severe the gradient really is - I prefer the IGN 1:100,000 series - they may...
by Cyclefrance
3 Aug 2007, 12:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maiden Tour in France
Replies: 18
Views: 3130

I have only toured north France but you are welcome to have a look at the ones I've recorded on http://www.geocities.com/cyclefranceuk
by Cyclefrance
16 Jun 2007, 3:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carcassonne to Bergerac
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

For a route once in north Lot & Garonne try the Bastides towns linked by good straight roads: Eymet, Castillonnes, Villareal, Monpazier and Belves. Hotel des Ramparts in Castillonnes has an excellent restaurant. Eymet has a selection of bars and restaurants to choose from plus just north of Eyme...
by Cyclefrance
15 Jun 2007, 11:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First Timer Touring, Cherbourg to salamanca - Help
Replies: 6
Views: 1785

Just to add - preparation - so long as you are comfortable managing 30 miles as a single stint you will find yourself fit enough to take on the longer tour you are contemplating. Worth taking a few rides carrying loaded panniers to get used to the weight and balance changes - I also go for panniers ...
by Cyclefrance
15 Jun 2007, 11:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First Timer Touring, Cherbourg to salamanca - Help
Replies: 6
Views: 1785

Agree that you don't need to spend a fortune on a bike - I have toured for several years on a second-hnad Raleigh road bike which originally cpost under Pds100 - although I spent another Pds100 adapting it (I had the time and inclination!). I toured last year with a Trek 7.1FX and found that as good...
by Cyclefrance
8 Jun 2007, 11:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice needed: want to buy a touring bike
Replies: 15
Views: 5144

A cycling computer is a must, Why, as a matter of interest? Regards, M. Basic but valid info in respect of distance covered and mph averaged. I've found the distance travelled info helpful on the too many occasions when (pre satnav) my map-reading has resulted in me taking a wrong turn - distance c...