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by Jon Lucas
16 Aug 2018, 9:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Crossing Paris by bike
Replies: 13
Views: 660

Re: Crossing Paris by bike

We catch the Eurostar every year to Gare du Nord and then cycle across Paris to either Gare du Lyon, Austerlitz or Montparnasse, depending on where we are heading to. I really enjoy cycling in Paris. The main boulevards mostly have narrow separated cyclepaths on each side, and most of the side stree...
by Jon Lucas
9 Aug 2018, 10:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close encounters of the agricultural kind
Replies: 37
Views: 1898

Re: Close encounters of the agricultural kind

Many thanks to postboxer for the very enlightening, and somewhat disconcerting, posts, and commiserations to others who have had similar experiences. Two things to add to my original post: Firstly, I was riding a Brompton, which is my day bike and amongst its many advantages is that it can make shar...
by Jon Lucas
9 Aug 2018, 5:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bridges
Replies: 85
Views: 4914

Re: Bridges

Sitting in a pub just down from Exeter station having completed bridges 30 and 6 I'm a very happy bunny. :D Pint of Tribute near finished but I'll be getting another one or two I have no doubt. Difficult typing on a small iPhone 5 so I'll give a full report this evening or first thing tomorrow. You...
by Jon Lucas
8 Aug 2018, 5:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close encounters of the agricultural kind
Replies: 37
Views: 1898

Close encounters of the agricultural kind

I had a close encounter with a large tractor on a recent evening ride. I was cycling through a village and heading towards a three-way mini roundabout. On the road to my left, the traffic heading towards the roundabout had a very large tractor leading it. I calculated that I would reach the roundabo...
by Jon Lucas
30 Jul 2018, 8:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Over Severn bridge advice
Replies: 20
Views: 1141

Re: Over Severn bridge advice

Many years ago, before the second bridge was built, I rode a 400k audax that started from the service station - the original one right beside the bridge. The pre ride instructions warned of the need to be careful when riding under the raised barrier where the cycle path (which was also th bridge se...
by Jon Lucas
25 Jul 2018, 11:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle transport: train, car, bus..?
Replies: 28
Views: 1162

Re: Cycle transport: train, car, bus..?

This poll would be more interesting if it subdivided between folding bikes and others. I ride a Brompton as my daily bike, so use trains for all longer distance journeys, and if necessary will also take it on a bus. I don't have a car and have no need or desire for one. I suspect the majority of tho...
by Jon Lucas
4 Jul 2018, 9:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: North West Moorland
Replies: 69
Views: 2565

Re: North West Moorland

I don't have any expertise in this field, but this is my understanding: Once a fire has got into the ground, as these probably have now, the only really effective way to put them out is concentrated rain over quite a long time. Beating is the best way to deal with newer fires, and establishing break...
by Jon Lucas
1 Jul 2018, 4:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Southern France / Northern Italy July / Aug 2 weeks
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Southern France / Northern Italy July / Aug 2 weeks

I've just come back from the French Pyrenees and it was far too hot and humid to cycle very far, even downhill. However, up to last week we were told that they had had a miserable wet summer, and I understand are predicted to get more of the same after this week.
by Jon Lucas
1 Jul 2018, 4:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: North West Moorland
Replies: 69
Views: 2565

Re: North West Moorland

The last time we had a very hot and dry summer almost all Welsh moors experienced some wild fires, as did Dartmoor and Exmoor, not to mention further north. So the current crop of fires is probably just a small taste of what we can expect if the current weather continues, which seems very likely, th...
by Jon Lucas
22 Apr 2018, 9:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Isles of Scilly
Replies: 20
Views: 1867

Re: Isles of Scilly

The Scillonian is better known as the Sickonian, but provided you can stomach the ride, it is a lovely trip. :D If you haven't been there before, then having a £25 day trip is probably worth it, but if you go that far, it's much more enjoyable to stay there for a week or so and get to know all the i...
by Jon Lucas
31 Mar 2018, 9:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Peed off.
Replies: 17
Views: 2810

Re: Peed off.

Some years ago I had a rear light stolen off my back as I cycled along. It was attached to the hi-viz I was wearing at the time, and as I cycled I felt a slap on my back, followed moments later by a cheery wave from a fellow cyclist as he passed me. At the time I thought the slap was odd, and so sto...
by Jon Lucas
19 Jan 2018, 5:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: windermere
Replies: 30
Views: 1761

Re: windermere

has any one used the buses to get around there? Yes, combined with hiking. They are pretty good. The two frequent (by rural standards, 1 bus per hour) trunk routes are Kendal - Windermere - Ambleside - Keswick and Penrith - Keswick - Cockermouth - Workington. There are several journeys per day on r...
by Jon Lucas
12 Jan 2018, 9:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 688
Views: 121701

Re: A positive thread

Churches often offer the only opportunity for shelter in the countryside and for a dry picnic spot with seats in their entrances, so greatly valuable to any cyclist.
by Jon Lucas
9 Jan 2018, 12:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: windermere
Replies: 30
Views: 1761

Re: windermere

March is often the driest month of the year, so a good time to go to the Lake District. And whatever the weather, the first signs of spring should be coming then. Ambleside hostel is certainly large, but is comfortable and in a lovely position right by the lake. The whole area around Ambleside and W...
by Jon Lucas
9 Jan 2018, 12:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Some Observations by a YHA warden
Replies: 52
Views: 20966

Re: Some Observations by a YHA warden

This is supposed to be about hostelling :wink: All hostels had efficient drying rooms back then, so getting wet at the end of the day was not so bad Well, almost all. On my coastal ride round Britain some of the heaviest rain I endured was around Lochinver in Sutherland, and having got absolutely s...