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Re: Has any one cycled in Ireland?

11 July 2014 - 11:04pm
Yes, very nice, we did a week or ten days on the west coast, from Shannon to. KNock a couple of years ago in September. We went as far as The Isle of Achill. Memorable bits included the peat bogs ( really) and the lovely Irish hospitality and food. Weather was the only compromise, England had a heat wave whilst we were there, but it didn't get to the West coast of Ireland! Ps scenery was a 10/10

Some where there is a link to our photos, https://www.flickr.com/photos/7745330@N ... 542048528/
I was chief photographer on this trip as I'm no mechanic and we stayed at b&bs so no cooking was required and one of my friends likes the map reader role. I always get nagged for holding things up because I dart off for photos but they appreciate it when we get home and have a record of our travels. Well, that's my theory anyway.

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

11 July 2014 - 10:52pm
There's a cyclist on another forum who had the same model bike as mine whos' left hand chain stay snapped. Mine is still intact.
Same with the chainset I use. Some reports of the left hand crank working loose and falling off. 7500 miles and mine is still there having never come remotely loose.
A few failed examples don't mean the entire production line is tainted.
£75 for a rear rack? Madness IMO.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

11 July 2014 - 10:20pm
so for your experience with Norwegian I may keep the tire on, right?

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

11 July 2014 - 9:11pm
I would suggest that the rack will break, mine did. I have had this one a few years now no sign of wear.
http://www.blackburndesign.com/racks/ex ... 8BR8dm9LCQ

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

11 July 2014 - 6:53pm
The postives and the negatives

Positive. Yes remove the derailler and attach it to the chainstay. All you need to do is unscrew it from the frame and velcro it between the chainstays, don't touch the cable. No adjustment should be needed.

Negatives. Those cases are awfully bit and heavy. You'll almost certainly be over the airplane luggage allowance and will be paying quite a hefty excess baggage charge. Also getting someone to courier them from A to B in Vietnam will be costly and potentially problamatic. I'd consider a circular route departing and returning from the same accomodation, where you can leave/pick up the bag

Good Luck

Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

11 July 2014 - 3:07pm
My wife and I are planning a two-week tour in Viêt-Nam next year. We have extensive experience of touring in the UK and in Europe, but this will be our first time we're going to have to load the steeds into an aircraft.

Technically, I can change a tyre, adjust brakes and probably - in a push - adjust a dérailleur. I can also pop out a link from a busted chain and I even trued a wheel once. Even if it didn't last very long.

But anyway, I've seen talk of detaching the dérailleur hanger and placing it against the chainstay. The rest of the preparations, I could probably swing it, like turning the bars, the pedals. But if I start detaching the dérailleur, something tells me we'll come a cropper.

As for transport, I fancy getting a pair of these: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/b ... ags-33421/

.. and we then find someone to keep them for us, and send them onto us before we fly home (since it'll almost certainly be from a different location than the one at which we arrive).

Your thoughts and experiences would be welcome.

Re: Normandy Queries

11 July 2014 - 10:29am
Sounds good, thanks - just booked the ferry (Brittany Ferries are very expensive compared to the Newhaven-Dieppe route I usually take) and the weather looks set fair. Fingers crossed.

I took a look at the early part of the track near Pontaubault (which I think is relatively new - not on my Michelin 2008 map but it is on the 2013 version) on Google Street View and there, at least, it looks like a well graded, fine grit which should be fine for my Audax/Tourer; anything more rough and I'd take my Trek MTB converted tourer. Much as I like the AVs in France they can get a bit monotonous and I will likely combine the track with smaller French roads, which are often more interesting and almost always excellent; notwithstanding, I am also partial to the gradients of the AVs!

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

11 July 2014 - 9:32am
I made several flights with Norwegian (not through LGW) and they were fine about a bike in a plastic bag, about the least fuss I've ever had. At Oslo Gardemoen a lot of people were transporting bicycles and it seemed normal. But they have been adamant about the LGW situation for several years now and have not given anyone a cogent reason for it.


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