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Aussies wanting info on tandeming UK / Europe *LINK*

Posted By: Peter Meers
Date: 28 December 2017

Hi Poms, you are doing OK in the cricket - in the 4th test anyway!!

Just hoping for some helpful advice about tandem touring in the UK and Europe.
Wife Cheryl and I live in Australia, we are 60 ish and have had a tandem for about 15 years. We have ridden maybe 10000km but not done a lot of touring on our Cannondale MT800.
I also ride tandems with vision impaired people here - see our website and Facebook page.

We are thinking of visiting Uk / Europe for the first time in June-July 2018, and would like to do most of our looking around by tandem.

We are wondering about buying then on-selling a tandem, or hiring one, or bringing our own. Maybe 20-50 mi a day. B&B or similar accommodation. Probably using public transport between rides - I see from your club pages that trains are not always easy but probably similar to Australia - if you get the right sort of carriage and are not in peak times, you can generally be OK. Some have said we should try to get a fold-able tandem - any comment on this?

We would appreciate any advice on:
Options for getting a tandem for our stay.
taking it on trains.
taking it to France
places to ride - we are interested in local experiences and roads less travelled than typical tourist destinations.
Places to stay - accomodation options.
Are there club members interested in hosting some Aussies for a day or two?
Do I need to join your club to best talk with your members?

thanks in advance
Peter Meers
p.c.meers@gmail.com

ExSight Tandems Illawarra (Australia)

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