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Re: Old A30

21 October 2015 - 9:29pm
You are right.
Sorry, I really thought it had a big rear screen.
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679 UXN Vehicle make AUSTIN
Date of first registration 18 June 1953
Year of manufacture 1953
Cylinder capacity (cc) 800cc

Re: Trip report - Faro to Porto

21 October 2015 - 4:48pm
bigjim wrote:I really can't say which train company they were. One was a very long slow journey, about 6 hours in a stop everywhere old train. The other was a very modern train that took us into Lisbon main station. We did not pay on that one and got caught out. Details in my blog.
I never paid for the bikes on the Metro.
The terms I am using are classes of service, not companies. They are all operated by CP, but under a variety of brand names for the class of service.

I've just looked at your blog. You first used a Regional service, which is generally no probs with bikes, and then you used a Lisbon Commuter service, which is also no probs with bikes, but you should have a bike ticket. You got done for not having a bike ticket on the commuter train, as I did once.

The problematic trains for bikes are the Alfa Pendular = Pendolino services and Intercidade = Intercity which are generally semi-fast long distance mainline services. There is a train from Lisbon to Evora, but you didn't take it because you can't, it's one of those Intercidades that won't, unless you pack it into a matchbox. It was in Evora, trying to go the other way, that I had my last transport problem, because both trains and buses said no to me. But we got up early and managed to cycle from Evora to a place where you get a ferry for Lisbon by about 2pm, be it nearly 100 miles, as conditions were good, its very flat, and being a Sunday morning the road was quiet too.

Re: waterproof (over) trousers

21 October 2015 - 4:12pm
I don't often wear waterproof trousres on the bike but I got some of these Marmot overtrousers with full side zips (i.e. they undo completely at the sides like a jacket). I got them primarily for walking but they are quite a slim fit & work OK on the bike. Only the biggest couple of sizes still available for £30 on the link but they are available in a wider range of sizes elsewhere (but for prices around £70-75 )

Rick.

Re: Old A30

21 October 2015 - 2:52pm
PDQ Mobile wrote:Well I confess to being unsure!
I looked them up on Wiki but each section (A 30/A35) shows a picture of exactly the same car!(which is picture you posted)

The text section however agrees with me; ("the A35 was very similar in appearance to the A30, except for a larger rear window")
Perhaps there were some A30s at the point of change that were produced with the larger window?
However I always believed large window was the defining feature.

Sorry to mess with your thread Mick.

The text sections says "The A35 was very similar in appearance to the A30, except for a larger rear window aperture and a painted front grille, with chrome horse-shoe surround, instead of the chrome grille featured on the A30. " In any case it's not really possible to tell the size of the back window on that green car as much is obscured by pillars and other bodywork. It also has a traffictor slot between the doors . I don't think the A35 had these. The flashers would have been a so called retro fit.

Re: Old A30

21 October 2015 - 2:06pm
PDQ Mobile wrote:Sorry to mess with your thread Mick.Don't worry in the slightest!
It's good to have some humour with thread drift.

My brother-in-law has an A40 Farina when he lived in Bristol. His handbrake released itself one day and the car careered down the steep hill and crashed through a fence and came to rest in a garden!
200px-Austin_A40_(Farina)_Mk_I_reg_ca_1960.JPG

Any road up, I used to drive the Old A40 from the M5 to Oxford back in the early 70s. I used to pick up a mate from Abingdon as I drove down to Portsmouth from Lancashire on a Sunday night. Many many parts of A40 are completely nowadays.

Re: waterproof (over) trousers

21 October 2015 - 1:36pm
Bought Sprayway Gore Paclite ones 10 years ago, thoroughly recommended as they have long side zips which allow them to be donned in a hurry and removed easily. If it's drizzling then riding without is generally better as the accumulated dampness is no worse than condensation.

Re: waterproof (over) trousers

21 October 2015 - 1:34pm
Bought some Tenn Outdoors 5k waterproof cycling trousers £27

They haven't let me down yet, cut very well for riding. Wear them both as over trousers/trousers.

Re: waterproof (over) trousers

21 October 2015 - 1:28pm
I have those exact overtrousers (bought them in Portland a few years back before SP were common in the UK!) and am very happy with them. I wouldn't wear them if I was expecting a day of solid rain, but as something to go in the panniers in case of rain they're ideal.

Re: Old A30

21 October 2015 - 12:36pm
Well I confess to being unsure!
I looked them up on Wiki but each section (A 30/A35) shows a picture of exactly the same car!(which is picture you posted)

The text section however agrees with me; ("the A35 was very similar in appearance to the A30, except for a larger rear window")
Perhaps there were some A30s at the point of change that were produced with the larger window?
However I always believed large window was the defining feature.

Sorry to mess with your thread Mick.

waterproof (over) trousers

21 October 2015 - 12:30pm
HI everyone, I assume this may have been covered elsewhere but I gave up after trawling the multitude of posts ... I need some waterproof trousers (overtrousers?) mostly for commuting but also for longer rides. There are obviously TONS out there and not all are covered with reviews. I've come across these here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Showers-Pass-St ... owers+pass and there are obviously other Showers Pass trousers at a far higher price (but they are not overtrousers). Any ideas/suggestions?

thanks

Martin

waterproof (over) trousers

21 October 2015 - 12:13pm
HI everyone, I assume this may have been covered elsewhere but I gave up after trawling the multitude of posts ... I need some waterproof trousers (overtrousers?) mostly for commuting but also for longer rides. There are obviously TONS out there and not all are covered with reviews. I've come across these here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Showers-Pass-St ... owers+pass and there are obviously other Showers Pass trousers at a far higher price (but they are not overtrousers). Any ideas/suggestions?

thanks

Martin

Re: New Zealand Tour

21 October 2015 - 12:09pm
much of new zealand has untarmacked roads. Id strongly advise a sturdy tourer or even mtb with chunky road tyres

Re: Asus T100: Good value tablet for touring

21 October 2015 - 11:50am
My Blackberry does everything i need and its a phone @150g including charge adapter!

Re: Old A30

21 October 2015 - 10:11am
PDQ Mobile wrote:Only Mick's picture is an A30. The green one is an A35- larger rear window. My first car was the estate/van version.
No the green one is an A30 as well. The A35 had a different grill , painted not chrome but with a broad chrome edging strip.


Re: Asus T100: Good value tablet for touring

21 October 2015 - 10:09am
I get on OK with a smartphone. My new one Moto E 2nd generation has an astounding battery life and does everything tablets do. I am hoping to use just that next year. It's 4 G too..

Al

Re: Asus T100: Good value tablet for touring

21 October 2015 - 8:45am
Thanks for the info. May get one.

Re: Bikes on train Lancaster/Carlisle - Kirkby-In-Furness

21 October 2015 - 8:03am
Yes: I'd be astonished if there were a problem with Northern. If there's physical space on the train, then they let you on (in my experience), no matter how many bikes are on the train in total. Their rolling stock is very mixed, so it's hard to predict the exact make-up of the train, but generally there's 'official' space for about 4 bikes; but it's possible to squeeze bikes in other places too (like RickH, I've been on Northern trains with about 10 bikes on). The platform staff at Lancaster are generally very helpful/bike-friendly too.

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