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Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 10:10am
NUKe wrote:Vorpal wrote:There are several different methods for holding bikes (or not) on trains. On Abellio Greater Anglia, most trains do not have any special place for bikes. You just need to find a wheelchair spot, or use the entry area for the carriage and stay with your bike. It is possible on some trains to stick the front wheel between a vertical hand rail and glass divider such that you don't have to hold it. But you may still need to move it out of the way for people entering and exiting the train.


except the older 125 trains on the Norwich to London line, which use the old mail storage area, just behind the drivers cab as bike storage. This is at the Norwich end of the train.
I've never seen one of those. When I first starting using the trains with my bike, intercity trains on East Anglia still had a guards carriage. In theory, you were supposed to book a bike in advance to use it, but I quickly found out that no one did. They just turned people away when it was full, whether you had booked a bike or not. I only went Witham - Stratford, or vice versa, so I had never had any problems.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 10:04am
mjr wrote:Possible pic of a Southeastern bike space at https://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/10046338153 from someone who works with cycleipswich.
That's on a Javelin high speed train out of St Pancras. This is clearly an option for OP, but likely more expensive. The SE trains out of Charing Cross/Victoria will not have such generous provision.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 10:01am
I'm not sure I've ever seen a 125 on the Norwich line. It wouldn't make much sense to put a 125mph diesel on a 100mph electric line (although that wouldn't always stop them!)

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 9:47am
Vorpal wrote:There are several different methods for holding bikes (or not) on trains. On Abellio Greater Anglia, most trains do not have any special place for bikes. You just need to find a wheelchair spot, or use the entry area for the carriage and stay with your bike. It is possible on some trains to stick the front wheel between a vertical hand rail and glass divider such that you don't have to hold it. But you may still need to move it out of the way for people entering and exiting the train.


except the older 125 trains on the Norwich to London line, which use the old mail storage area, just behind the drivers cab as bike storage. This is at the Norwich end of the train.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

14 April 2015 - 9:23am
Could just post whatever they give you, as long as it's not epoch seconds or something awful. Humans are fairly good parsers.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

14 April 2015 - 8:22am
Vmlopes wrote:Hanging front wheel hooks on Network South East on the ones I have been on
I thought network south east was history or never really existed outside the railcard. They are all separate companies.

OP - on southeastern services there is a lean space with room for i think 2 bikes secured by a strap which from memory secures with a sort of seatbelt clamp fastener. You would want your carbon dream on the outside i suppose. There will be 1 or 2 of these compartments per train - they are marked on the door. Southeastern is quite liberal on bike carriage OUTSIDE PEAK hours and will let you stand in the central bits of each carriage sith your bike. Pipe lagging seems a bit extreme for a train trip (oh the wonders of carbon) but a couple of bungees might be handy.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

14 April 2015 - 12:00am
I got bitten by mosquitoes badly in south-east England last year. Have never had any problems with them in Scotland though.

But the midges, cleggs and ticks more than make up for it. Overall, ticks are the worst.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 11:50pm
And even then there are non-island stations where each line is bidirectional, i.e. trains can (and do) arrive from either direction. Worcester Foregate Street is one.

mjr - good spot, I'd forgotten about the Turbostar prongs!

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 11:41pm
Psamathe wrote:Just some (small) text at the bottom of the page e.g. "Issued by UK Met Office at 11:07".

Ian

Nice one, thanks. I think I left the time out as it was given in a weird format that was hard to parse but I'll have another look at it.

Re: Touring in Sweden

13 April 2015 - 11:30pm
Make sure you bring a headnet and plenty of repellent to keep off the mosquitoes. They really are very bad in northern Scandinavia during summer. I'm not sure about further south. They won't be so bad near the coast and higher up in the mountains.

Food (and pretty much everything else) costs roughly double what it does in the UK, possibly a bit more in remote areas, though I think the exchange rate might be quite favourable at the moment.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 11:07pm
Just some (small) text at the bottom of the page e.g. "Issued by UK Met Office at 11:07".

Ian

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 10:56pm
Thanks for the feedback. The forecasts come from the Met Office and are updated daily. Showing the last-update date/time is a good idea and I think that info is supplied but not in a very friendly format.

The text forecasts warn of strong winds but unfortunately the direction is often missing. I would need to load in a different dataset for that which would add a fair amount of complexity but would certainly be worthwhile.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 10:31pm
Thanks for posting, I have bookmarked your site

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 10:03pm
You don't say where you are getting your forecasts from (e.g. Met Office, GFS, etc.).

Your forecast pages don't say when the forecast was issued (so if things stopped working as expected you could be using a somewhat out of date forecast).

Ian

Re: Touring in Sweden

13 April 2015 - 9:36pm
albal1 wrote:Departing Nordkapp Jun 22. Heading through Sweden. looks like wild camping is the answer there. Any gas available from Nordkapp? anyone?
There is a G-sport in Honningsvåg https://www.gsport.no/butikker If you contact them in advance, you should be able to order and collect in store, to ensure that you can get what you need.

Otherwise, you could try contacting tourist information http://www.nordkapp.no/en/services/serv ... nformasjon

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

13 April 2015 - 9:23pm
That's very useful. Does the data you're getting include predicted wind directions/speeds? That's the main thing missing compared to my usual graphics-heavy www.timeanddate.com forecasts.

Re: Touring in Sweden

13 April 2015 - 9:09pm
smith4188 wrote:In 2013 I found Sweden to be the second most expensive country in mainland Europe (after Norway). Despite wild-camping nearly the whole time, I still spent £20 per day on food, and that was only the most basic supermarket grub (no meals or takeaways and no alcohol). If your budget can stretch to alcohol then supermarkets only sell lager up to 3.5%. If you want something worth drinking then you have to go to a special shop (sometimes attached to the supermarket) but they close at 6pm.

If you decide you want a shower and head to a campsite, they were all around £20 for one man/one tent and many of them insisted that you bought a £10 membership card to gain permission to pay to sleep in their fields (when the surrounding forests are free). The card gives you no other benefits by the way.

Sweden was one of the few countries (along with Finland, Norway and, to some extent, Switzerland) in which I found that the expense of being there negatively impacted my ride.

But, whatever, have a great trip!

Ah, sweden and alcohol.

Last time i was in sweden was about 96 and i don't think uk prices have yet caught up with what they were charging then.

Good luck with your uber spartan trip.

But knowing your proclivities i tend to think you might be yearning for a beer cycling trip afterwards. I'm sure with your writing credentials it wouldn't fall into the twin traps of either being wine writer poncy or uber laddish.

Re: Touring in Sweden

13 April 2015 - 8:47pm
Departing Nordkapp Jun 22. Heading through Sweden. looks like wild camping is the answer there. Any gas available from Nordkapp? anyone?

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 8:43pm
With slow lines, fast lines and island platforms, the train can arrive on either side.
Its only the non island type that you can be sure of (unless its a single track line...). Experience goes a long way

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 7:56pm
+1 to the comments from ANTONISH re Southeastern services, including their Javelin trains.

don1 wrote:Last time I travelled with my bike down from Yorkshire to London for the Dunwuch Dynamo, there was a 'guards carriage' with 3 Sheffield stands inside to lock your bike to.
Was the service hauled by a steam locomotive?

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