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Old 07-25-14, 11:15 PM
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Leaving for my first bike tour (solo) in two weeks through Ireland - any tips?

Hey all -

As above, I'll be leaving for a bike tour through Ireland in two weeks, staying in a mix of hostels and BnBs along the way. I'm planning on sticking to the "R" roads wherever possible, unless the N roads are the only option. In light of the American who was run over today in Russia, any tips, safety or otherwise from those of you who are more seasoned? Cheers!

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Hi Sean,
I have no advice for you but much encouragement. I'm leaving for my first bike tour in two weeks, solo in France and the UK. Good luck to you! As for the American run over in Russia, an American kid was run over and killed by a hit-and-run driver a block from my house and two blocks from his high school last year. It has nothing to do with touring in Ireland or anywhere else. Ride defensively wherever you go and stay safe!
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I like the rear of my bike pannier wise to be a bit wider than normal, hoping cars will give me more of a berth. Travel with enough water, very important as a hot cup of tea/coffee on a cold night is a very welcome thing.

I think Google maps Bicycle facility (within the get directions facility) takes the guess work out of it in a lot of cases, and has you riding on the lesser busy road has you safer.
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Originally Posted by seanpatrick76 View Post
Hey all -

As above, I'll be leaving for a bike tour through Ireland in two weeks, staying in a mix of hostels and BnBs along the way. I'm planning on sticking to the "R" roads wherever possible, unless the N roads are the only option. In light of the American who was run over today in Russia, any tips, safety or otherwise from those of you who are more seasoned? Cheers!

Sean.
What does Russia have to do with Ireland?


As for safety ... wear a hi-vis vest and pay attention to your surroundings. Do not use earbuds to listen to music ... your ears are useful safety tools to hear approaching vehicles. Keep your eyes open. Ride on the correct side of the road.
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Cycle on the left, watch out for pedestrians they can be unpredictable and don't be shy about asking locals for advice on routes etc.

Lock your bike well in Dublin and other cities, in rural areas lot less problem.

Here's a couple of websites with off road routes. Welcome to Cycle NI and GREENWAY | Home

Best of luck, hope you enjoy your time here.
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Irish Ordinance Survey Maps , 4 of them cover the whole Island.. Pre planetary domination by electronics and telecom corporations.. This is what I used ..

as A Musician, I did west coast Pub stops to see if there was a place to play with people .. there was ..

With the Roads being used by Farmers towing Manure spreaders behind their EU fuel subsidized Tractors, slowly,
and not being able to see ahead far because the roads go up and down like the melody line of a fiddle tune .
there was an incentive to not drive so fast and potentially, run into the back of a farmer's equipment..

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No one has mentioned the number one bicycle safety device: a rear view mirror.

Get one and use it to see lorries coming up behind you and stop and/or pull over to let them pass.
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I found the far west Irish coast roads surprisingly sparse with few articulated Lorries .. [albeit it spring, 17 years ago]
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Things have changed a bit bob since then plenty of big trucks about so to the OP ride safe stay tuned to your surrondings.other than that if you get the weather we had this past couple months you will have a blast,
The BnB's in ireland usually great 30 to45 euro a night though but the breakfast will keep you going until evening did you have a route in mind, this new wild atlantic way is getting great reviews, to be honet i think its the same route as mizen to malin or visa versa.anyway have fun lock your bike mind your money we are not all saints and scholars.
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Hey thanks for the great suggestions and encouragement!

I do indeed have a high viz backpack cover (it's neon yellow) and should do the trick in that respect. I also purchased a rear-view mirror (interchangeable between left and right sides) that I've been using regularly the last couple of weeks to get used to. I don't use earbuds when I ride - and between the noise they make and my rearview I'll hopefully see the trucks before they're on top of me (literally and figuratively). I've got my rain gear ready, my panniers and backpack are waterproof - and I've put the 32mms with tread on my tri-cross as they're a little more robust then my usual tires. I'll be be purchasing an Irish sim from Vodaphone when I get to Ennis (my first stop after landing in Shannon) so I've at least got a phone in case I run into trouble.

I've got my lodgings all booked, a mix of hostels and BnB's - along with my route planned:

1. Land in Shannon, ride to Ennis, spend Night one.
2. Ennis to Kilrush (Turbidy House) spend Night two.
3. Kilrush to Doolin via Cliffs of Moher - spend Night three.
4. Doolin to Kinnvara via The Burren - spend Night four.
5. Kinnvara to Doolin via the coast road, check out Ailwee Cave - spend night five.
6. Doolin to Inishmore - spend day 6 riding around the island - spend night six.
7. Inshmore to Lough Corrib and up to Marrey Bikes (to pick up a jersey and anything else I need) then back to Lough Corrib to spend night at Lakeshore House BnB on the shore's of the lake. Spend night seven.
8. Lough Corrib to old monastary Hostel in Letterfrack, via Innagh Valley - spend night 8
9. Old Monastary hostel to Log an Aifrean BnB (between Westport and Louisburg ) via Kylemore abbey
10. Log an Aifrean BnB to Enniscrone via the Famine Memorial (crough patrick) and the Mayo Greenway (between Westport and Newport) spend Night 11.
11. Enniscrone to Sligo, check out Sligo Abby - spend Night 12.
12. Sligo to Carlow via Dublin by various train routes (this will take me all day) - spend night 13 in Carlow.
13. Spend the next two days in Carlow, enjoying the town and checking out the surroundings including Ballymooon, Parke's and Carlow Castle, Cong Abbey, etc ( they're having a weeklong festival at this time as well with things to do) - spend night 14 and 15.
14. Carlow to Kilkenny - Check out Kilkenny Castle and the surrounding area - spend night 16.
15. Kilkenny to Cashel - Check out the "Rock of Cashel" - spend night 17.
16. Cashel to Waterford - spend night 18.
17. Waterford to Castlebridge - spend night 19.
18. Castlebridge to Wicklow, check out Powerscourt Estate - spend night 20.
19. Wicklow to Dublin - Fit in typical Dublin Stuff (trinity College, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle etc) - spend night 21 and 22.
20. Fly back to Toronto, Canada on Day 23.

Part 1:https://www.google.ca/maps/@53.12387...e24ba734b1c0cc
Part 2: https://www.google.ca/maps/@53.83409...19add721b21a7a
Part 3:https://www.google.ca/maps/@52.76136...fabbbf86d09dd6

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take some small blinky lights for riding in rain, fog and night-time pub runs.
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How much roughly is this going to cost? I was thinking of a tour like this for myself.
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take a tent and it will save you a fortune.
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