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  • Just ordered one of these…
    https://m.aliexpress.com/item/3296366743­3.html?spm=a2g0n.order_detail.0.0.4a7cf1­9c35BXQ1

    Update - arrived on 21/9 and it seems fine. Weight around 900g and I have sat in it without it collapsing. I don’t have access to a genuine Helix to compare the build quality though.

  • Due to a super-hangover we decided to skip the 200km ride back to the ferry, and instead caught a train from Paris to the city of Rouen, riding 65km to Dieppe in the late afternoon. Which I'd recommend to anyone in the same situation.

    Interesting. I'm going to be doing the reverse of that in May next year (cycling from Dieppe to Rouen to then catch the train to Paris/Tours). Do you have a route? So far, cycle.travel has me going down the old train route for about 15km before heading southwards on small D roads. Looks OK but if you have a tried/tested route, I'd be interested in seeing it.

  • My two cycle tour pals have just had children rendering future trips challenging.

    Does anyone know any good Balkan Focused cycle tour companies? I would be interested to do an off road type tour through Kosovo / Albania / The Balkans. Interested in covering solid mileage rather than doing 50km a day with retired couples my parents age...

  • User Cybernck on here does a race through Bosnia called B hard, maybe you could send them a message, they may know the wider area?

  • @cybernck Is your man. He has exactly what you are looking for and he's a bonafide legend of a man.

    https://bosniacyclingtours.com

    I toured the area this year. Unreal.

  • https://saillink.co.uk/

    New sailing option to France? Advance price is still 2-3x a ferry trip and not sure on regular prices once up and running, but what a way to travel.

  • Hi there,

    Just spotted this, sorry for the delay. The Rouen-Dieppe route is here

    It's excellent. Winding roads through small villages, and even some hills!

  • Ah cool. Thanks. Looks pretty similar to the one the route planner threw up for me, but mine avoids the hill out of Dieppe (or into Dieppe in your case) and takes me along the disused railway line for a while before cutting south on the D-roads. I'll have a closer look at yours later and weigh it up. I might fancy the challenge of that Dieppe hill when I need to warm up at 5am when the ferry pulls in.

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