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by dodger
9 Jan 2008, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brest-Nantes Canal Towpath
Replies: 17
Views: 5144

Dave,
I just use the Michelin 1:200,000 maps, but there are plenty of larger scale maps and they are usually cheaper when you get to Brittany in most newsagents.
The Voie Vertes website is www.af3v.org
by dodger
7 Jan 2008, 8:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Downturn in the market?
Replies: 4
Views: 843

It means there's a corpse somewhere and they're circling, waiting!
by dodger
10 Dec 2007, 7:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Keeping the plans in check
Replies: 15
Views: 3017

Skiddie, sea level cycling is fine in Corsica in winter(so I was told) but much of the island is mountainous, so you can expect to be very cold at times and often very wet, plus snow on the higher roads. There was a lot of lightning around on the high roads when I went there in May and I had a coupl...
by dodger
6 Dec 2007, 5:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A truly "green" car would be disastrous for cyclin
Replies: 82
Views: 8837

Have a google on mechanical batteries. Really interesting developments using the power stored in a form of gyroscope.
by dodger
6 Dec 2007, 3:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A truly "green" car would be disastrous for cyclin
Replies: 82
Views: 8837

Lawrie9 has made a serious point. Electric cars are likely to become much more widespread. Will they creep up on us unsuspecting cyclists or will drivers be able to set their own engine noise and pretend they're in Ferraris? Again seriously, some modern petrol cars are also very quiet, or maybe I'm ...
by dodger
3 Dec 2007, 8:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A truly "green" car would be disastrous for cyclin
Replies: 82
Views: 8837

Not only that, but cars take a great deal of energy to produce and lead to huge pollution issues in production and scrapping, not to mention the massive use of ever scarcer raw materials. Cars aren't a bad thing in themselves if used sparingly and sensibly, but who needs hundreds of brake horsepower...
by dodger
30 Nov 2007, 7:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help needed choosing a bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

You're right and I'm really surprised. I knew aluminium frames generally have a lower warranty than steel, but 12 months is poor - and only 3 years for steel. Are they lacking confidence in their own product??
by dodger
29 Nov 2007, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help needed choosing a bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

The Dawes Sonoran is very good value, especially as 1 retailer is selling them at a large discount on e Bay at the moment - around £200 instead of £300. I've had one for 5 years and it'a a great all-rounder.
by dodger
21 Nov 2007, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wind up cycle lights
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Wind up cycle lights

Just saw wind up lightsfor sale.
3 LED front light and rear light marketed by Trevor Bayliss (He of the wind up radio fame).
Wondered if anyone has tried them and are they any good?
Supposed to get 3 hours full light on one charge.
by dodger
18 Nov 2007, 8:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good campsite in Cornwall
Replies: 21
Views: 2839

Port and Starboard in Indian Queens is supposed to be 3rd best F&C in the UK.
Haven't been there for a while, but they were very good and just off the A30.
by dodger
18 Nov 2007, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good campsite in Cornwall
Replies: 21
Views: 2839

Churchtown Farm at Gwithian village, near Hayle is basic but a great location. There's another site close by but I haven't stayed there. One of Cornwall's best surfing beaches is a few hundred yards away at Gwithian and Godrevy Beaches.
by dodger
18 Nov 2007, 5:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Relaxed (flat!) cycling holiday - where would you go?
Replies: 20
Views: 2108

There are plenty of green ways in Brittany, plus the canal path, which is pretty good for most of the distance from Chareaulin to Redon. Lots of Chambres d'Hote and reasonable hotels, lots of cafes and restaurants and plenty of scenery. Well worth a visit. The weather will be similar to Cornwall.
by dodger
6 Nov 2007, 5:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avignon in April
Replies: 10
Views: 1805

I recommend cycling around the Luberon, which is the tongue of high ground running towards Avignon from the edge of the Alps. From Avignon, head south east towards Cavaillon and onwards. Lots of interesting rides and you should get plenty of assistance for planning routes from the tourism service. S...
by dodger
28 Sep 2007, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brest-Nantes Canal Towpath
Replies: 17
Views: 5144

Loads of places to stay, but remember their holiday season tends to end early and some places close after September. Also, you usually pay by the room, so it's cheaper per person if there are 2 of you. Most Chambres D'Hote (Like B&B) and hotels have a bit of English since we go there in our mill...
by dodger
27 Sep 2007, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help needed with article on Europe without flying
Replies: 16
Views: 3214

It's been said many times before, but repeat Brittany Ferries is very expensive and you can't easily book more than 1 bike if you are in a party. It was only £10ish more to take 2 of us in a car rather than just with bikes last month and you easily save that tenner by loading up with wine. I got fed...