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Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

30 May 2014 - 1:52pm
I'm setting off on a longish tour of the Netherlands in a week or so..

i just wondered what is everybody's preference or experiences with snack food to eat on the bike ?

i have suffered the dreaded bonk a few times on long runs and i have read its a good idea to eat at least once every hour (as well as keep rehydrated, which i am better at).

does anybody have any tips - popular foods ?

(i will probably be using a small top bar bag and usually carry a banana)

Re: Eurodespatch/Eurostar

30 May 2014 - 1:46pm
Try ringing rail europe (aka sncf) about an Avignon-London trip. They will sort you a through ticket, book the bike on the Avignon - Paris and then hold the booking while you ring eurostar to get the paris-london bike reservation.

Flying with a bike from Heathrow T5

30 May 2014 - 11:40am
I'm flying with a bike tomorrow from Heathrow T5 (British Airways).

I've read all the rules and think I'm ready, but I wondered if anyone has any tips, like a quiet corner to pack the bike, where oversize baggage is, etc.

Re: Poncho

30 May 2014 - 10:40am
Thanks for the DIY tip al but I wasn't planning on going quite that down-market.
I wasn't planning to wear the poncho when riding the bike ian.
I think I'll look for something ultra tough but lightweight.

Re: Poncho

30 May 2014 - 10:30am
I've had a genuine ex US army one for years. Has done me proud out in the wildes sheltering me, all my bird watching kit and a Springer Spaniel from summer showers (the springer was always wet and loved swimming, but hated rain!). It is very practical but no lightweight. I think a proper cycling cape would be more use on and off the bike when out on two wheels. The poncho splitting at the sides to form a shelter is a mixed blessing when cycling along. Although I don't advocate people on bikes having to wear hi vis, I also don't think camouflage is a good idea

Re: Poncho

30 May 2014 - 10:18am
Got mine in Costa Rica which is prone to sudden downpours. The whole party had to go to a builders merchant and buy them and gumboots. Very wet holiday. I like, a poncho because they cover you and dont restrict movement. They are very versatile too, useful for sitting on wet ground. Mine is just a big square of soft plastic which is folded in half with poppers to join the loose edges. There is a head hole in the middle of the long folded edge, mine has a hood attached at that point. You could easily make your own from one of those cheap blue builder groundsheets without the poppers or the hood.


Re: Poncho

30 May 2014 - 10:17am
Sweep wrote:I have a few Rohan things - nice stuff but ....
Off topic, but the difficulty I have with Rohan is they are tending to do ever increasing styles starting at waist 32" and larger (trousers). And as I am a 30" I've found myself limited to styles I don't like (and thus wont buy).


Re: Poncho

30 May 2014 - 9:44am

I have a few Rohan things - nice stuff but ....

One of the nice things about getting older is that you don't care so much what you look like (it's cool) and a poncho is hardly a fashion item.

Good honest labelling - "unisex"

I suppose if Rohan do them though it does show that they are very practical and pretty much a must have - definitely better to chuck on quickly in camp in a downpour than trying to struggle through the arms of a more conventional top.

Will do more investigation and report back - poncho here we come

thanks for the link ambler

Re: Eurodespatch/Eurostar

30 May 2014 - 8:26am
Might be a bit optimistic for avignon; the eurodespatch arrangement only works between London paris lille and brussels.
If they could take complete bikes on the train to Avignon UK cyclists would be all over it

http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-in ... e-eurostar

Re: Scotland adventure! Inverness to Dumfries

30 May 2014 - 8:19am
+1 for Clanaig - Ardrossan, but avoid the campsite just outside Brodick, Glen Rosa.. it was a nightmare of some extremely noisy people just arrived on the ferry from Glasgow; 2am card games, 3am dog escaped and chased the local ducks around the campsites........ talking to the ferry staff it sounded as though that was parr for the course...

Re: Eurodespatch/Eurostar

30 May 2014 - 7:54am
Thanks for your information. I'm just wondering HOW you booked your bike with Eurodespatch. I have phoned them countless times and emailed them twice without success. I need to book my fully assembled bike onto the London-Paris train in July, and back from Avignon to London a week later but am hitting a brick wall. Gordon Lewis

Loch Glashan, Argyll

30 May 2014 - 6:44am

We're touring Argyll in June. On one day we need to go from Kilmartin to Inveraray (and onward). We could just do A816/A83 via Lochgilphead, but it seems we could take a shortcut from Bridgend, NE by road and then eastwards using the Loch Glashan cycle route.

Has anyone done this? Would it be OK for laden touring bikes?


Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

30 May 2014 - 1:09am
I'm currently using a kag in a bag and second hand rain legs, total about £20. I get wet around the edges but I've never found waterproof trousers that didn't catch on either top tube or cranks, and some water always dribbles in from my face if the neck is comfortably loose. At least these pack down small.

If I had £60, I'd try some of http://www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/jackets/?ViewAll=true (I've one of their windproof jackets from last season and it worked well), a flask for hot coffee that fits in a bottle holder and some good coffee.

Re: Scotland adventure! Inverness to Dumfries

30 May 2014 - 12:25am
patpalloon wrote:+1 for Claonaig - Arran - Ardrossan. ... Also you could visit Electric Brae - not been but sounds pretty cool.Another +1 for Arran, but the Electric Brae isn't worth it IMO unless you're passing anyway. I was brought up in Ayr and even as a child I was always disappointed. Of course, given it's an optical illusion, some folks may be more susceptible than others, so it might seem quite impressive to them. Also it is weather-dependent - IIRC it's best in overcast conditions. (For those who don't know what it is, look up"Electric brae" in Wikipedia).

If you do use that route, Culzean Castle (both house and grounds) is worth visiting. And of course, Ayrshire and also Dumfries have numerous sites connected with Robert Burns, if you're into that sort of thing. The Galloway region has many quiet roads, attractive villages and pleasant scenery, although rather too much of it has been covered by spruce forest.


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