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randompete

Member since Mar 2010 • Last active Mar 2020
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  • in Rider Down
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    I'm so gutted about this, so gutted and heartbroken that this has happened to any cyclist. So gutted that Mike was so close to the finished, having ridden so far across the continent. So gutted and heartbroken that this happened on a road I've ridden and know well.

    Heartfelt condolences to Mike and his family. Will donate to the fund!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I did part of the route a few years ago on the way to Copenhagen, the bit between Groningen and Bremen.

    In Groningen we stopped at a hostel near the town centre though we had to chain the bikes up outside (http://www.budgetthostels.nl) the night after We stopped of at a small town called Westerstede and stayed at a place called hotel Busch, which I'd recommend. (http://www.hotelbusch.de) I remember them being pretty bike friendly. Can't remember where we stayed in Bremen but it was pretty close to the old town and I'd recommend looking up a place called restaurant flett for some good hearty German food to help with your carb loading.

    Route wise, I seem to remember being on bike paths the whole time. There is pretty comprehensive maps of bike routes in both Germany and holland, though can't seem to find the link now.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I cycled from Rodbyhavn to Copenhagen a couple of years ago on the way from London to Copenhagen and it took us about a day and a half. Don't know if you have any time constraints but we were pretty keen to get to Copenhagen at the end of a long trip and in time to see the worlds that were coincidentally on at the same time. What I remember was that cycling in Denmark is awesome and everything you hear about Copenhagen cycling is true.

    One thing you might want to think about is getting across from one island to the next. Our route included stopping at an awesome guesthouse on the island of Bogo (a nice little place called Stalden Bed and Breakfast). We had planned to get the ferry from a little town called Stubbekobing across to Bogo. We knew that the ferry was seasonal but didn't know the exact dates that it ran. We had got the ferry from Cuxhaven to Rodbyhavn earlier in the day and busted a gut getting to Stubbekobing hoping to get the last ferry of the day, only to turn up to the little cafe that doubled up as the ferry stop to find out that the route had closed for the season a few days earlier. Because the only bridge onto the Island was the motorway that bike weren't allowed on, we were faced with a pretty big detour. Thankfully, a call to the b+b owners and they came picked us up. They have a little restaurant attached to the b+b, but it turned out the day we got there was the owners night off, but they made us all a lush dinner, went out themselves and said help yourselves to some beer. So yeah, make sure the ferries are running if you intend to rely on them.

    So from Bogo, we crossed over to the Island on Mons and then up the coast to Copenhagen in time to see the end of the womens ITT and then spent about an hour trying to find the little mermaid.
    hope this helps, and make sure to down a few pints of tuborg, oh and the carlsberg tastes better there, you can actually drink it.

  • in Rides & Races
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    bad day for orica

  • in Rides & Races
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    Johnny Hoogerland must be the most unlucky guy, that guy's always on the floor.

  • in Current Projects
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    Looking good so far. I picked up a '91 allez epic a few months back, and am looking to do something similar when time, funds allow. First thing I'll be doing is changing the forks, the original alu ones aren't great. Can't wait to see how it looks when it's finished.

  • in Microcosm
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    Ticked the patron box, this is done by paypal right. Would like to invest as it sounds like a great idea, like the bit where you said there's no reason you can't run 20% of the worlds forums, but having just moved overseas and being gainfully funemployed at the moment, not in a position. Good luck with it though, looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

  • in Current Projects
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    I'm writing a thank-you letter to Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the internet with a link to this thread. This is the best thing I've read for a long time. Love that you had to hacksaw of the seat tube by the side of the road.

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