larsenroadMember since Feb 2015 • Last active Mar 2023
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Many moons ago when I was trying to be a fast cyclist I went to training camps down there, where I stayed at my mates setup http://www.sierranevada.cc in Velez de Benaudalla. Just wanted to chip in that the roads and climbs are absolutely stunning and very quiet in terms of traffic. You'll have a blast.
These are all great tips and very much appreciated! We'll get to work on a more detailed v2 of the route based on your comments. Feel free to fork out alternative routes too.
Is it easy enough to bring the bikes on the train or does it need to be booked in advance? and if we opt to skip the first leg from the airport, is Chester a good starting point?
We know that wild camping is not allowed. Are there enough campsites to rely on them on the go or should these be planned in advance?
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Back in February 2020 my mate and I started planning a bikepacking trip in England and Wales only to have it thoroughly cancelled by Covid. Especially since we live in Oslo, Norway. After three summer bikepacking stints on home soil, the 2020-idea was brought back to life and we are now pretty much set on going to do what we started planning.
I was getting great input in the Mint Crux thread, and we started building something of a route based on the ideas from @platypus.
We've set aside eight days including travel the first week of July. Current plan is to fly direct to Manchester Sunday morning and get going right away. Through Wales and end up in London on Saturday, pack our bikes and fly back home on Sunday. Without any detailed research this is the current route: https://www.strava.com/routes/23822838
Would love to have input from you all. We're super excited about this, and for me personally it's a bit special going to ride in the land of LFGSS, that has been with me since the days of sick fixie skidz.
These are our previous trips.
2015: Copenhagen-Prague (Sjur, HP) (AWOL)
2016: California (HP) (AWOL)
2019: Gothenburg-Copenhagen (HP) (Crux)
2020: Norway, Otta-Oslo (HP, Sveinung) (Crux)
2021: Norway, Jotunheimen rundt (HP, Sveinung, Rune) (Stribe)
2022: Norway, Hardangervidda rundt (Sveinung, Rune) (Stribe)
I went to an 80 stem and iirc the handling was alright. I think too long in combination with a wide bar could get weird. A more upright position is natural with a flat bar anyway, and the wide bar will compensate by moving you a bit forward as your arms move away from you to the sides.
Get experimental with parts from the bin before ordering something expensive :)
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