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by Cyclefrance
30 May 2007, 4:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotels in Paris
Replies: 6
Views: 1698

Does it have to be a hotel? I stayed in a nice B&B in Asnieres district (west side of Paris) - it had a walled garden and was very secure. I was given a studio bedroom with it's own kitchenette so even could have cooked if I wanted to. Go to http://www.geocities.com/cyclefrance2005/paris.html fo...
by Cyclefrance
29 May 2007, 9:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais to Alps - daily mileage question
Replies: 14
Views: 3856

Saw this a bit late - as you're 54 and I'm 59 and have been touring the last 8 years I am guessing that my approach might suit you. I work on 10mph cycling speed time which includes the stops needed for map-reading and breathers and also allows for mixed cycling terrain. How long you spend in the sa...
by Cyclefrance
25 Apr 2007, 10:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Seine?
Replies: 4
Views: 1930

Try http://www.geocities.com/cyclefrance2005/ for a few ideas - not inSeine ones though (ha ha!)
by Cyclefrance
25 Apr 2007, 10:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais - Saint-Omer by the canal
Replies: 2
Views: 1736

Hi - have cycled part canal-side and part road via Audruicq and Watten. Canal-side roads are good enough quality - suitable for road tyres - albeit a bit lumpy in places, especially near Calais. Worth deviating to take in Blockhaus V1 and V2 rocket site from WW2 (has reconstructed V1 launch ramp), a...
by Cyclefrance
17 Apr 2007, 8:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: short trip to france/belgium - suggestions please
Replies: 17
Views: 4857

Just noticed they are now advising of charge for parking - used to be free - might be worth pointing out, you never know...
by Cyclefrance
17 Apr 2007, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: short trip to france/belgium - suggestions please
Replies: 17
Views: 4857

by Cyclefrance
15 Apr 2007, 10:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: short trip to france/belgium - suggestions please
Replies: 17
Views: 4857

We're planning a 5-day trip over a weekend end of June to do the following: Eurotunnel cycle service to Calais - cycle to Chateau Cocove for lunch - then train from Audruicq to Lille. Stay in a B&B there - I can send you details by email. Cycle north towards Ypres and take in the WW1 battlefield...
by Cyclefrance
8 Apr 2007, 1:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice needed: want to buy a touring bike
Replies: 15
Views: 5144

If I were you I'd use about 50% of your budget on the bike and then the rest making sure you have the bike adapted to suit your needs. If you are worried about drop bars then have a look at the Trek hybrid FX range - for about £400 you can get the aluminium-framed model with discs which are better f...
by Cyclefrance
17 Mar 2007, 1:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Day cycles around Calais
Replies: 2
Views: 1664

I have several - consult my website for some ideas, others include: Chateau Cocove near Ardres for lunch - hills one way, flat the other (if required) Ferme du Vert or La Ratterie at Wierre Effroy for lunch - hills both ways. Blokhaus museum (V1 and V2 launching site) in the hills of Eperleque near ...
by Cyclefrance
26 Feb 2007, 3:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel insurance for cycling holiday
Replies: 15
Views: 5844

Hi Laura,

I always use Snowcard for European cycle touring - could be worth checking out for Laos
by Cyclefrance
25 Feb 2007, 11:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Horses.
Replies: 32
Views: 6235

Living near Epsom, and on top of 'The Downs', the place is crawling (literally, in terms of speed!) with horses and horse-riders of every shape and size. You get to konw which are the nervous ones after a while - certainly the thoroughbreds - but most are of a good nature, I have found, be they ride...
by Cyclefrance
23 Feb 2007, 10:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dieppe to Paris
Replies: 9
Views: 2631

Hi Penfold - we're revisiting the Ypres salient and associated sites between Lille and Ypres this year. Shud have the website up by end July/early August on this one all going well. Somme in 2006 was a memorable trip, but never enough time to do all that you would like to. Thanks for yr feedback.
by Cyclefrance
23 Feb 2007, 12:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dieppe to Paris
Replies: 9
Views: 2631

I did my own trip to Paris starting from Amiens - nothing to do with the charity ride but may be of interest - click here for details
by Cyclefrance
5 Feb 2007, 12:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spare parts for uk bikes in France
Replies: 9
Views: 1800

I have had mixed results from French repairers but erring more on the positive side - one guy in Peronne left me with more problems than I started with, while a shop in Audruicq moved mountains to rebuild my wheel with spokes that a UK repairer had fitted incorrectly. I think we sometimes forget tha...