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by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Rob, thanks for the post. Perhaps sadly, I'm not familiar with your E2E site (in the same vein that I'm not familiar with almost everything else even remotely technical), so may I please have a link to it? I'm not really a hotel person (unless I've had a week or more of absolute chucking rain on th...
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 3:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Sorry to semi-hijack this thread, but Rob: hello. A list of your cycle friendly hotels in this region might be useful to more than this particular poster, so might we have it 'up' for all prospective Loire-ites to see? Happy days, When I get round to it I'm going to add another couple of sections t...
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 7:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Many thanks Rob, really helpful advice. We are planning to head west to Saumur then south, east, then north and back on to the Loire before returning to Tours. A rectangle of many proportional options depending on how far we feel like cycling and what we see on route! Thanks again, I’ll chat to my ...
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 7:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotels at motorway services: removal of access to non-motorway traffic?
Replies: 14
Views: 902

Re: Hotels at motorway services: removal of access to non-motorway traffic?

It seems that many of the newer service areas are accessible from the motorway and also local roads - examples on the M40 are at Beaconsfield, Cherwell Valley and Oxford; South Mimms & Thurrock on the M25; Abington on the A74(M) (and another on that road that I stopped at when cycling JOGLE) - a...
by robgul
11 Jan 2020, 7:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Th main Tours city station (i.e. not the TGV one) is quite close to the river (Pont Wilson) - from there either way along the river is OK. BUT (if it's anything like the train we took from Caen last year) - it may be billed as going to Tours main station but will terminate at St Pierre des Corps (t...
by robgul
11 Jan 2020, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Th main Tours city station (i.e. not the TGV one) is quite close to the river (Pont Wilson) - from there either way along the river is OK. BUT (if it's anything like the train we took from Caen last year) - it may be billed as going to Tours main station but will terminate at St Pierre des Corps (th...
by robgul
11 Jan 2020, 7:26am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE for a fit novice
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: JOGLE for a fit novice

Loads of stuff at www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk - including ready-made routes to suit all tastes.

Rob
by robgul
10 Jan 2020, 7:23am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Over enthusiastic Orbea Gain
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Over enthusiastic Orbea Gain

A posting on the Electric Bike Review website from another owner with this problem "After testing my bike, speaking to the Orbea rep at length and then checking all the other bikes with this system in their shop, the final conclusion was that the bike should be switched on at the start of the ...
by robgul
9 Jan 2020, 2:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Towbar Mounted Bike Rack
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: Towbar Mounted Bike Rack

No issues whatsover from a 20 year towbar rack user - 4 different racks, all Thule of varying sorts - all with bikes standing on the wheels (i.e. not suspended from the toptube). Current one is a 2 bike with an extra bike attachment to make 3 . . . I seldom have more than 2 on it and the extra space...
by robgul
6 Jan 2020, 3:52pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Europcar Penzance lift to hotel.
Replies: 15
Views: 571

Re: Europcar Penzance lift to hotel.

Hi, Hi, I would add a remote alarm in the box, I bought a cheap wireless one with remote which also doubles as a rear light And a horn. Arm the alarm When you doze off on the train Very sorry about the going off-topic but do you have a link to the alarm please. Thanks. I got mine from them. 1ST lin...
by robgul
5 Jan 2020, 12:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 761

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

Having been on about 6 or 7 cycling tours of varying style and distance in the Loire Valley, and given your equipe, I would opt for starting at Nantes and going east until you got fed-up (or "chateau-fatigue"!) - lots of cyclepaths along the river, roads where necessary are quiet (esp pre ...
by robgul
5 Jan 2020, 8:43am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 617
Views: 347887

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

From what I have read, bike thieves fall into two categories. Those who nick bikes and have no idea what they are...and those who are quite savvy about their trade and recognise quality. They steal because they know quality components can be stripped off the bike, whatever the name. The sad thing i...
by robgul
5 Jan 2020, 8:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hartside
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: Hartside

There is/was a fantastic bakery/cafe at Melmerby - not to be missed.

I've ridden up the main road 3 or 4 times - no big deal as any heavy traffic is at crawl speed.

Rob
by robgul
5 Jan 2020, 8:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Threaded Headset and inappropriate keyed washer
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Threaded Headset and inappropriate keyed washer

Following on from Brucey - that nut is a little unusual to me . . . most have a lip on the top edge that sits over the end of the steerer tube (thus requiring the right height on the threads and/or a spacer as it effectively "stops" as you tighten it) that will form a better seal and reduc...
by robgul
3 Jan 2020, 8:33am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route
Replies: 17
Views: 760

Re: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route

Don't! For the reasons suggested - there are number of blogs online where people have started out on the Sustrans route and abandoned in frustration. Many, many established routes are available in (other) published books, blogs and websites (including my own - see below) Time taken to plan YOUR rout...