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Just like the UK!

24 October 2014 - 7:17pm
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

24 October 2014 - 6:40pm
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

24 October 2014 - 6:28pm
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:
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..

200 miles ish from East Yorkshire. First tour!

24 October 2014 - 6:01pm
I've got a few days off next week. Would like to go for a mini tour. Thinking 100 miles or so out, overnight, similar distance home, ideally not the same route. Setting off from Goole area. Any route suggestions. The overnight will need to B&b or hostel.

any suggestions Northern Alps

24 October 2014 - 4:21pm
I've ridden the southern Alps and the Central Alps as far as Beaufort/ Cormet de Roseland Bourg st Maurice. I am thinking of trying further north next year. I am not in a car as I take my bike on the train, so I am looking more for a one centre base, in order to avoid having to haul luggage every day. It does look very busy from the map, and probably very pricey in hotels I imagine

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

24 October 2014 - 3:34pm
You could also have a look through these previous threads:


Personally I use a big plastic bag, the theory being that the baggage handlers can see it's a bike and hopefully don't throw it around too much. I haven't had any problems but I've only been on a handful of flights with my bike. The other advantages are that it is cheap and can be folded and stored between the rear rack and the mudguard for the duration of the tour.

If you go down the box route, you could also check out WarmShowers - I've accepted requests in the past from people wanting to store bike boxes for a few weeks.

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

24 October 2014 - 1:51pm
SAdly the f word , or at least the OW words, would be appropriate for our group.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

24 October 2014 - 12:14pm
My plan would be return to Venice, so I'd be inclined to leave the box at the hotel before returning. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, €100 extra, while a pain in the bum is a price I'd be prepared to pay as long as my trusty steed comes to no harm.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

24 October 2014 - 11:48am
Are you flying back from the same airport. If not, what do you intend to do with the bag/box? If you are, where are you going to store it?

You could just get a large box from your local bike shop and pack the bike in that, then dispose of the box (responsibly) when you land at your destination. Then get another box for when you fly back.

Another alternative is the CTC Polythene Bike Bag. Provides minimal protection, but you can roll it up and take it with you.

If you are flying back from the same airport and can find a hotel that will store your bag, then a padded bike with you. I have a Pinnacle bag from Evans that's been used quite a few times and the bike's not been damaged. The heavier the bag/box the more protection it will provide, but you may exceed your weight limit. The last time I flew with Easyjet, the limit was 18kg for bike and bag/box. I had friends who had to pay out up to 100 euros extra because the box was over the weight limit.

Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

24 October 2014 - 11:13am
I'd love to pick your brains re: flying with my bike. I am planning to go to Venice next year to cycle down the Adriatic coast, and would need to take the bike on the flight, which would probably be Easyjet.
Would anyone heartily recommend bags/boxes, or does anybody have bad experiences with particular brands? There seems to be a huge variation in price, but do you really get what you pay for?

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 10:47pm
On a recent easyjet flight from Southend a few passengers had to get off because it was overweight. Apparently it has happened before with easyjet.

The press announcement said they take fuel, luggage and an average for passengers plus weather conditions.

It seems they can overbook weightwise so I agree check with airline. Also if you are all slim ones (carefully avoiding the f word) then maybe weigh yourselves. You could easily be many KGS below the British average.

Re: Avenue Verte Blog

23 October 2014 - 10:37pm
Hi again all - many thanks to those of you who have taken time to read my story so.

I've now put up Day 3 - Heading south from Dieppe at 4am. You can find it here: http://r1chmay.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/avenueverte-3/



Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

23 October 2014 - 10:13pm
I ran the same tyre (supreme 26 x 1.6) for a 4000 km tour last year, puncture and trouble free on and off-road, with a 120 kg rig (rider + bike + luggage).

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 10:03pm
Nowadays, a lot of (non-cyclist) passengers don't bother with hold luggage, as they have to pay extra for it. This leaves more room in the hold to carry bikes, etc. Obviously, depends on what time of year you are flying, whether the plane is full and what type of plane it is. Flights to Northern Ireland perhaps don't have such seasonal variations in passenger traffic.

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

23 October 2014 - 7:30pm
Be best to check with them, we had a group of 11 fly to Mallorca in 2012 and some of the bikes, despite being, booked were left behind and came on the next flight 2 days later, as the hold was full.

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

23 October 2014 - 6:59pm
One of my Marathon Supreme 26x1.6 failed in the first few hundred km of use during our tour of Sri Lanka. The failure I had was only on one side of one tire on the rear, and looked identical to other photos I've seen including in this thread. I initially suspected the rim but it showed no damage, and running the undamaged tire on that same rim for the rest of the tour didn't show any abnormal wear.

Previous failure reports on this tire mentioned that a ceramic compound added to the rubber for puncture resistance had been the culprit in earlier failures, as it prevented sufficient flex in the sidewall, and had been superseded by a different compound in Schwalbe's "HD" series. But the failed tire is already from that HD series, so this may not be the whole story.

Re: Good footwear?

23 October 2014 - 5:35pm
In an amazing stroke of fortune I might have found a pair of the Exustar Stelvio on LFGSS classifieds from about a year ago! The seller still has them although he has moved country. They are my size.
I will let you know how things progress. Just in discussion now.

Re: YHA Discount.

23 October 2014 - 3:43pm
OK , I just tried it for tonight at a hostel and it worked.

So the answer is not valid during school holidays by the look of it.

Re: YHA Discount.

23 October 2014 - 3:36pm
Thank You for that, I have emulated your booking and got it to work there. Knowing that I have the discount code correct, I retried for this Tuesday 28th Oct and it refused again.

It is refusing on the grounds of date, possibly they have a compulsory advanced booking period for the CTC bookings that we have not be told about.

Or possibly the whole school holiday week is off limits for discounts?


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