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Cycling in Britain by jwharton on 30 December 2003 10:12pm
I'm thinking of doing a long distance cycle ride here in Britain, I'd like to start from my home town of Bristol (Well Yate actually), cycle for about 5 days stopping at youth hostels and B & Bs and then get the train back.

Any suggestions for a route?

Re: Cycling in Britain by Godfather on 30 December 2003 10:32pm
Cant help with a route i'm afraid. But just to say that i admire the idea. That would knacker me,knowing the terrain around some of my area (Somerset) which is often up and down all the time. I would also wait until Spring for that. It's bloody freezing here at the moment. The only travelling i'm doing at the moment is from upstairs to downstairs to make another cup of hot tea to prevent frostbite.:(
Re: Cycling in Britain by Sophie-Louise on 31 December 2003 7:43pm
you are in luck my friend! for i once wrote a magazine article about cycle networks! here try this website:


i have cycled on most of The National Cycle Network routes through Lincolnshire and you can use this site to plan your journey with rail and ferry links etc.. try the route mapping page to do that!...


hope this helps,

sophie-lou xxx
Re: Cycling in Britain by jwharton on 1 January 2004 11:09pm
Many thanks,

a useful web site, as soon as the evenings get a little longer I think I'll set off on my (mini) expedition.

Re: Cycling in Britain by blackwell on 2 January 2004 1:25pm
Right if you were to do a tour of britiain, following the coastal roads all the way around then what bike would you take, a mountain bike or a road bike.
Re: Cycling in Britain by jwharton on 4 January 2004 11:17pm
Either type of bike is capable of the tour. If you do opt for a mountain bike ensure

1. It has no suspension (It absorbs energy, useful when bouncing along off road, frustrating when cycling along a road)

2. Put on some road tyres, Knobbly Mountain bike tyres create a huge amount of resistance when you get up to about 15 MPH making cruising at high speed impossible for sustained periods of time.

As to raod or/MTB it's a personal choice depending on what your used to and what you find comfortable. Recommend you find a good bike shop and try the different types.

P.S. The bike I use to cycle to work (and for my planned mini-tour) is a 12 year old mountain bike with no suspension and slick tyres on it.

Re: Cycling in Britain by blackwell on 6 January 2004 9:54pm
Actually when i think about it a road bike would be better but if you were to be followed by a car have a mountain bike for that for off road.

I might think about touring britiain on bike next summer but do the c2c this summer to get an idea of what it may be like,

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