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by HobbesOnTour
11 Feb 2019, 9:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??
Replies: 8
Views: 1772

Re: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??

I joined the EV1 in Morlaix and went south a few years ago. I can't recall the specifics of the sections, apart from after Nantes the surfaces were more consistently better. The section to Nantes was more inconsistent I'm sure you've seen this: https://www.velodyssey.com/ In terms of surface and qua...
by HobbesOnTour
8 Feb 2019, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11286

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

It's difficult not to be negative but I am getting the impression the OP has little if no cycle experience let alone cycle touring experience. I wouldn't say what she is planning can't be done but it is a tall order if she has little to no cycling miles in her legs. You just cannot get around this....
by HobbesOnTour
7 Feb 2019, 8:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11286

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste (G)

Am going to try MrsH approach with a spreadsheet to see if I can sort my mileage out per day and see what accommodation I can sort out. Otherwise am planning to bivy if can't find anything as it will be lighter than a tent, just as long as there isn't too much wet stuff falling from the sky. On cyc...
by HobbesOnTour
7 Feb 2019, 12:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 5 Month loaded tour - destination advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: 5 Month loaded tour - destination advice

2-3 months in America and the same in Canada gets you around any 3 month visa limit. To the best of my knowledge this is incorrect. The 90 day visa exemption (ESTA) for the USA effectively includes Canada, Mexico & some Caribbean places as part of the US visa exemption area. What it means in ef...
by HobbesOnTour
7 Feb 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11286

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste (G)

Hadn't realised there was a difference between trip and tour......so yes I guess it is a trip to the event and a tour. That's a new distinction for me too. It's quite a shock to discover that the thousands of miles I've ridden in the last fifteen years weren't tours at all, but merely trips. :shock...
by HobbesOnTour
6 Feb 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Circular tour Wales to Ireland and back
Replies: 1
Views: 869

Re: Circular tour Wales to Ireland and back

Hi All, I'm thinking of doing a short tour from Anglesey (beaumaris) to Dublin to Belfast then to the Isle of Man and onto Liverpool and finally back to Anglesey. I think it's about 200 miles in all. Does anybody have any experience with this route are there any issues such as bad roads or routes t...
by HobbesOnTour
6 Feb 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11286

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste (G)

As for bikes how now got the choice between an Aurora Challenge mountain bike that will need additions but works and a Mojave Dawes tour bike that will need work (pedal, wheel, brake check, chain....). I'll take it to my local repair cafe and see what they think. A quick Google reveals nothing on t...
by HobbesOnTour
6 Feb 2019, 11:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo usb
Replies: 18
Views: 2014

Re: Dynamo usb

What's best depends on what you want to supply power to, and how it reacts if you stop at the traffic lights and the USB power stops, or you start slowly........... That's an excellent post! Doesn't help you with a recommendation, though :D A search on these and other forums will turn up a lot of i...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Feb 2019, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11286

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste (G)

Thanks so much Hobbes The aim is to cycle there and back to highlight this as a low carbon, zero waste journey as have been given the title "Sustainability Development Ambassador" at these 2 events. So thought that it would be best to make this a low carbon, zero waste journey to the even...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Feb 2019, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11286

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste (G)

Hi! And welcome to the wonderful world of touring on a bike! I'm going to go back to basics.... You want to 1)Cycle to Trieste for April 25 (1900 km) 2) Run 10k on April 27 3)Decamp to Geneva for May 12 (By bike? 900 km) 4) Run a marathon May 12 No information on how you get back...... are you expec...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Jan 2019, 4:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 602
Views: 99613

Re: Cycle Travel Planner Question

One (big) problem faced by campaigners is that pedal cycles are seen as toys & leisure equipment, rather than a viable means of transport. That means cyclists are not traffic. Highways authorities and contractors often use 'traffic free' to describe routes as free of motor vehicles. That implie...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Jan 2019, 12:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 602
Views: 99613

Re: Cycle Travel Planner Question

Not really a warning. Just a note that c.t talks council-ese, denying that cycleways carry useful traffic. It's one of few irritations with it. Now I'm even more confused! Council-ese? What is "useful traffic"? I'm sure there is more to this than I can see, but it comes across as a critic...
by HobbesOnTour
21 Jan 2019, 11:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2399

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

As for cycling on my own, I'm a little apprehensive having never took a break or holiday on my own before. Not whether i can manage on my own or fear for my safety i have no worries there, it's more a fear of spending time on my own, I'm more of a people person than a solitary person. There are man...
by HobbesOnTour
20 Jan 2019, 9:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 602
Views: 99613

Re: Cycle Travel Planner Question

I think the point was that cycles are traffic. Having said that, I believe that mopeds use Dutch cycle tracks as well as bikes. If that was the point, then it's pedantic in the extreme and hardly justifies a warning. Yes, mopeds do use the bike paths. I believe the plan was to phase it out this yea...
by HobbesOnTour
20 Jan 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2399

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

A trailer may be a good alternative, but is probably for the committed and experienced tourist (and no use off road, obviously). I'd disagree that a trailer is for the the committed & experienced and the ExtraWheel I mentioned above is pretty much designed for off-road use. In fact, for those p...