Cycle France and Switzerland

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by crazylegs76, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. crazylegs76

    crazylegs76 New Member

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    Hi

    I have some friends in Lausanne, Switzerland I would like to visit at the end of August/beginning of September. I have 2 weeks so I was thinking of taking a train to Dijon, France and then a couple of days biking to Lausanne.

    Does anyone know if this could be a good route or can recommend another route, I can also bike after Lausanne and a few days around some of Switzerland but should probably get the train back to the starting point such as Dijon for the return train to London.

    I'm riding a Specialised Allez and need to get a decent pannier rack, the last one was a disaster and kept banging into the wheel.

    Thanks for the help folks

    Crazylegs
     
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  2. vspa

    vspa Active Member

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    yes it is possible through Besancon, Pontarlier into Switzerland, Yverdon and then Lausanne.
    for the return trip it is also possible to exit Switzerland through Geneva,
    not all road bikes have the eyelets needed to install a rack, so check that out first,
     
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    crazylegs76 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply vspa.

    I have now realised that it's quite expensive to get to Dijon from London by train. Next thing I need to find a cheap way of getting there with the bike. Although I wont have time to bike all the way there.
     
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    Fab link! Many thanks

    Thinking of flying now as it seems to be cheaper, packing the bike on the plane if it's light enough. Risk of damage I suppose. Or maybe hire a bike down there.

    Train seems to be a problem as I've heard apart from Eurostar you have to take a fold up bike which I don't have. Not sure about bus at the moment.
     
  6. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    A good hardshell case is a must if you're thinking of taking your bike and flying.

    Especially if you're flying with the economy carriers like Ryanair/Easyjet.
     
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