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  1. Flatlander

    Biking sections of the Way???

    I can see logistical problems in cycling sections of the Camino. You will need a company, or more likely companies where you can pick up a bike in one place drop it off at another, then pick up the same or another bike at a different place. Rinse & repeat. That would be simpler if you just...
  2. Flatlander

    Route Advice. Porto to Barcelona

    This is a useful bike mapping tool https://cycle.travel/map and this is a rough draft of a possible route https://cycle.travel/map/journey/90022 If it was me, I'd follow the Frances route from Santiago to Pamplona and then on to Barcelona. This would give you time to soak up the Camino...
  3. Flatlander

    BYOB (bring your own bike) trip planning for July 2019

    I'll answer the piece I know the most about. I think that 10 days is far too short to fully appreciate SJ to Santiago. That's what? about 90 km every day? Depending on the time of year you are planning on doing this that could turn out to be very draining (summer) or a lot of hardship - any...
  4. Flatlander

    Type of bike to rent?

    That's the killer! I'd imagine that even on your own bike 11 days constant riding could be uncomfortable. Throw in the fact that it's a rental and will take time to set-up to your own needs and especially a different saddle and you could be looking at a lot of discomfort! Go for a 5 hour ride on...
  5. Flatlander

    Camino Frances Basic Questions

    Well, I recall it being hilly all right. But what you lose going up a hill you gain on the other side. As for a strarting point? Wherever you like! San Sebastian, Bilbao or Santander are main starting points. Here's 2 quick links to give some more info - I vouch for nothing in them...
  6. Flatlander

    Camino Frances Biking Tips from a Non Biker.

    I'd recommend at least to bring a sleeping bag liner if for no other reason it feels better than a lot of the disposable sheets used in some of the albergues.
  7. Flatlander

    Camino Frances Basic Questions

    Let me just throw a curveball at you based on the above. I rode the CF in 2015, mainly on the path on a hybrid carrying 20-25 kg of gear. (The Camino was only a part of my trip). I also rode a lot of the roads early in the day, doubled back, then cycled the path :) (the path was quieter then)...
  8. Flatlander

    Cycling SJPDP to Santiago Sept 8th (13 Days)

    First of all, all the best to your friend. Now to your questions... Of course it's safe and worthwhile to cycle by yourself. There are many advantages to being on your own - having the freedom to stop wherever and whenever you like is, in my opinion, the main one. If you're travelling alone...
  9. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    The last word(s) I originally wrote 2 paragraphs – one for cyclists and one for pedestrians. But that was just emphasising the differences.. So I rewrote everything to be mode-of-transport neutral. But that was long-winded and, frankly, waffle. Then I remembered being inspired by similar to...
  10. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    Well, Dave, I'm sorry you feel that way. Obviously, it wasn't my intention to create more ploarization, and I genuinely aplogise to you and to other cyclists who I have obviously failed. The only point I was trying to make, Dave, was that the vast majority of the paths are public. They were not...
  11. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    Well, I wouldn't be suggesting a fence or a wall, as that really is the definition of separation! I think I mentioned in earlier posts possible steps that could be undertaken to improve the situation. (My issue with your post was that you took an event that took place on the road and used that...
  12. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    I quote your original post in this thread "All the more reason why separate designated paths need to be implemented for walkers and cyclists. " Separate. Designated. Paths. Had you said something like All the more reason why we should try to make the paths safer for all. We wouldn't even be...
  13. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    I'd be in agreement with your sentiments. So, how about a proposal to limit the number of Pilgrims that can do the CF? It doesn't matter if they're on foot or on a bike. We can apply for our year of choice. If we're lucky we get a pass to participate. If we're really lucky our companions will...
  14. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    Agreed. Although, I manhandled my bike up Alto de Pedron. About half way up, I met a local photographer who pointed me in the direction of a more gentle ascent. I still had to push, though! At the top we had a lovely chat and he described how much the Camino had lost its character in recent...
  15. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    Kanga, with all respect, how can you possibly know what another person is thinking? I think this is a perfect example of the the conflict I mentioned in an earlier post. There is so much "Them and Us" in certain parts of the world, that we jump to our prejudices immediately. If I'm approaching...
  16. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    Sure, what's the point of posting something like this if you get your wish and we're banned from cycling the same path as you?
  17. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    Now this is a reasonable post because it is attempting to forge a middle ground. In my humble opinion, this is what is needed.... in bucketloads. There are any number of threads on this site and others about selfish and inconsiderate behaviour by Pilgrims on the Camino. There's a bit of a...
  18. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    And back at ya, Dave! I was expecting to get flamed for that post! I appreciate the respectful response, and hope to now reply in as respectful a manner... This is where I have an issue. While the routes may have become packed with pedestrians, that doesn't necessarily mean they are meant for...
  19. Flatlander

    Cycling Roncesvalles to Santiago in under 24 hours

    That's your most relevant point in this debate thus far, and it is valid. I just don't agree with your solution. I absolutely agree. Advance warning is necessary. Again, I respectfully disagree with your solution. I highlighted the relevant word... some. I don't believe that it is...

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