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Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 5 min ago
What a excellent story, and some of my old haunts too.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 11 min ago
1. Visit this web site:

http://www.cycleyorkshirewolds.com/route

2. Get hold of the cycle map shown on the same page (make sure it is marked 2011) for the best roads to cycle along if you don't do the full route

3. Make a note of the contact details of B&Bs along the way (also some pubs)

4. Get some good lights if you haven't already

5. Enjoy

Re: Cycling in Ireland

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 22 min ago
A lot of girls cycle in Ireland at the moment, but way more men. It's going through a popularity wave.
Waving to people on the road is very common in rural Ireland, as it is, also, in e.g. Yorkshire in my experience. I like that.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 52 min ago
Try East to Hull, Easington, Withernsea then up the coast to Bridlington, 100 miles. Plenty of options for digs in the Bridlington Area. 2nd day up the coast to Scarborough, then West to Pickering and South to Malton. Country roads back to Goole. Another 100 miles. Writing it down is the easy part.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 17 min ago
TrevA wrote:
Another alternative is the CTC Polythene Bike Bag. Provides minimal protection, but you can roll it up and take it with you.



+1 for this method. I've never had any damage in 5 flights although items like brake levers have sometimes been skewed a little indicating that a simple plastic bag is probably not the best packaging for your 'sunday best' bike. My 23yr old tourer has a collection of 'battle scars' so I'm not overly fussed about one or two more, but the plastic bag is ideal if you have to travel to your returning airport with something.

If you know someone who is handy with a sewing machine, then how about knocking up a nylon zipped bag of your own. Mrs Bikes4two did this for me at a cost f £20 ish.

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 11:12pm
My supreme's (42-406) on the front of my trike have done ~6,800 miles so far.
There's a slight scuff make on the inside of one due to scrubbing it on a curb.
But apart form that they are fine.
But then again, my tracking is spot on so I don't wear them much.
Two punctures in that distance due to a thorn and a shard of glass.

The big apple (50-406) on the back in half worn in around 1,500 miles.
But that's expected due to the lack of weight on the wheel, it slips badly going uphill in the wet.
No punctures in this tyre yet.

All tyres are run at around 65 psi for comfort.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 11:00pm
Which way's the wind's blowing ??
Hopefully if you go into it on the first day, you'll have a tailwind on the way back.

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 10:51pm
I had a Supreme 1.6 split across the sidewall at less than 500 miles. That was without panniers and I weigh about 72kgm.
Now on Big Apples and they seem OK so far.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 10:45pm
alicat wrote:Otherwise packed up in a padded bag with wheels is best,


On a circular tour maybe. I did have a Lakelands (wheels & strap) bag and it was great but not much use unless I was doing a short tour around BCN, so I sold it on Ebay and started with cardboard boxes. I am lucky in that I live 10mins from Leeds/Bradford airport, I also use the train to Manchester but............I've also picked up a bike boxes in BCN, Catania and Malaga and cycled with them to their respective airports.

Re: 200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 10:25pm
I hope you are very fit

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 9:33pm
It depends on how you are going to get to the airport.

A box is great if someone is dropping you off or someone can get a box while someone else minds the bikes.

Otherwise packed up in a padded bag with wheels is best, but then you need to be able to leave it somewhere until you are ready to come home.

If that's a no no too, then a simple plastic bag is best.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 9:27pm
I use a cardboard bike box, that's what they are made for, safely transporting bikes and they cost nowt! Never had a problem obtaining one and always arrange at least one sure fire place to pick one up in advance by email.

Re: Just like the UK!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 8:36pm
With very few exceptions you can buy all the UK rail tickets that you can buy online at the booking office. Some of the quoted savings of buying online compared to "buying at the station" are frankly deceitful (comparing Advance to Anytime fares) and will actually end up costing you more if you use a retailer which requires you pay a booking fee (trainline etc.). I think trading standards need to look at that one.

Some staff are better than others. I have tended to find them okay but then again I tend to have a particular train/ticket in mind having researched it beforehand and generally ask for that specific ticket. I'd have thought a simple advance ticket would show up as readily as a walk up fare so I wouldn't have thought that they should have a problem quoting the cheapest ticket between two points for a particular date or train. If they did then I think you are right to be suspicious. If you are relying on ticket splits, breaks of journeys or playing around with connection times then the staff cannot really be expected to manually check all the possible permutations which could make your journey cheaper

Re: Just like the UK!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 8:24pm
Used to be the case that BR station staff seemed to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all the wangles that were available and were happy to make sure you got them. Alas "BR station staff" disappeared in the 90s

Just like the UK!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 8:17pm
Needed some train tickets for Spain & France so did a bit of Googling to check if it was possible to get reasonably priced fares. It was!!!

Popped into my local European train booking place and was told the minimum price for what I wanted to do was 60% odd more than I'd found on the Internet. Woman swore blind that there were no better deals. 20 minutes later I'd booked my cheaper priced tickets.

Station booking staff in the UK never ever seem to be able to find a cheap fare until you point one out.

Is all this done on purpose?

Re: Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 7:40pm
I've often flown with a bike from Bristol with Easyjet, and always found them very good, especially after they clarified the weight rule (ie if you've paid for a bike it doesn't count towards your overall weight allowance). I've always used a solid bike case, but never tested the 'no extra items' rule, as I always have hold bags as well. I've heard of people being caught out elsewhere by this, however. I think the 32kg max thing has to do with handlers' H&S.

Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 7:28pm
Just booked a return Bristol-Reykjavik with Easyjet for next summer. Paid for one bicycle (70 quid), and zero hold bags. According to http://support.easyjet.com/case-4040 "No other items can be carried in the bicycle box/bag (i.e. clothing)". Yet the weight limit is 32kg. My bare bike wouldn't come to more than 12kg. What's the point of the extra 20kg if no other items should be carried?

I am hoping to get away without a hold bag and stuff everything in my opaque bike bag. In all, it should come at around 22kg, as it did last time when I flew with BA where you're allowed a bike free as part of your 23kg allowance, as long as everything is packed as one item and it looked like this:
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Anyone with any recent (post Jan 14) experience of Easyjet enforcing this rule (which I believe is new)? Will I get away with it or will I be made to pay for an extra hold bag? Currently looks like 36 quid online, something like 50 at the airport, and I am not sure if that's one-way or return in which case my luggage will end up costing me twice my actual flight..
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