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by dodger
17 Feb 2008, 4:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bicycles On Britanny Ferries
Replies: 8
Views: 1534

Beware the vagaries of booking.
BF's website still only allows one bike per booking, regardless of how many you are. You will need to either phone them to book or book online then phone them to add extra bikes.
They have always been considerate of bikes when I've travelled.
by dodger
11 Feb 2008, 6:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring - general advice
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Suggest you seek alternatives to following the A30 (main spine road in Cornwall) and A38. They are always busy and motorists travel fast and are not very considerate. However, minor roads are usually fine and motorists friendly.
by dodger
10 Feb 2008, 10:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flies, Gnats, Midges
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Flies, Gnats, Midges

Fantastic cycling weather today around the Cornish lanes, but where have all the flying menaces come from? Is it me, or are there thousands/millions of the little sods suddenly around to invade every orifice?
Is this the result of global warming? If so, no thanks!
by dodger
21 Jan 2008, 12:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Canal routes in France
Replies: 7
Views: 1446

Also try Tony Roberts' book "Cycling Along the Waterways of France"
MBI Publishing Company.
I used it along the Nante-Brest canal a couple of years ago and it was helpful.
by dodger
9 Jan 2008, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brest-Nantes Canal Towpath
Replies: 17
Views: 5234

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: 856

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: 3058

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: 8899

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: 8899

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: 8899

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: 1377

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: 1377

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: 746

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: 2878

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: 2878

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.