CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition

Syndicate content
Discussion boards hosted by CTC, the national cycling charity
Updated: 25 min 54 sec ago

Re: Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

27 October 2014 - 8:52pm
Flown Easyjet a few times with a bikebox. Extra items in box included helmet & shoes + all parts appertaining to bike such as tools/pump/saddlebag etc.
I have had companions who took just a "cabin bag" and put other clothes and items in their boxes with no problems.
The only time Easyjet has come into contact with the bike is at the checking in desk when they weigh the bike etc.
After that the boxes/bikes usually go through an Xray machine but it's not Easyjet personnel who carry this out.
Upto now the only issue has been CO2 cylinders that have shown up on Xray and been confiscated.
If you are using a "see through" bag then you may have problems at the check-in desk?

My bike & box + bits usually weighs about 24 kgs.

Re: bike back from LA

27 October 2014 - 6:24pm
andrew_s wrote:Tell him that if he wants to leave the bike, he can leave his own bike, then wait to see what he does.
i agree. you have a very strange son.

Re: Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

27 October 2014 - 5:51pm
Yes, the regulations (as in the link in my original post and in the page you quoted) clearly say no other stuff allowed inside bike bag.

Yet I know plenty of people would have got away with it. How do you define a bike, does the lock/bottle cage, lights/bike computer, rack, count?

I would like to see a bike in a bag with few extras that weighs 32kg. Hard bike box, fair enough, bag, I am not sure I'd want to ride that.

Edit: i've flown with BA a number of times, of course when you ask them, they say no extras inside bike bag, in practice, nobody cared (I didn't have any additional checked baggage allowance and they could have got me to pay extra..).

Re: Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

27 October 2014 - 5:40pm
22camels wrote:as far as 32kg, i think it was raised from 23kg in Jan 14 after many complaints that it was too low so not sure where H&S comes in.. anyway if I can only put a bare bike in the bag, all I need is 12 or 13 kg.. I know there are others with fancy mountain bikes and whatnot that might weigh up to 20kg by themselves..
No single item is allowed to be more than 32kg even if your allowance is more than that - that is where H&S comes in, lifting more than that is deemed to be a health hazard or need specialised equipment. If you had, say, 40kg allowance you couldn't have a single 40kg bag, whatever the contents.

According to this page you may put other stuff in with your bike provided you also book a hold bag. From the table:-
Easyjet wrote:1 bag, 1 large sports item
  • Total allowance 2 items @ 52kg total
  • 1 item must be genuine sports equipment as defined
  • You may distribute weight between items as desired

Rick.

Re: Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

27 October 2014 - 4:46pm
Edwards wrote:This does not answer your question but it may explain some problems you face.

Warning the link contains swearing

very good

as far as 32kg, i think it was raised from 23kg in Jan 14 after many complaints that it was too low so not sure where H&S comes in.. anyway if I can only put a bare bike in the bag, all I need is 12 or 13 kg.. I know there are others with fancy mountain bikes and whatnot that might weigh up to 20kg by themselves..

Re: Cornish way / west country way

27 October 2014 - 3:13pm
Theres a little garden sandwich shop place in Charlestown that does fantastic pasties, but I've never tested them back to back so cant say which ones are the best. Philips pasty was definitely up there though!

Re: Cornish way / west country way

27 October 2014 - 3:01pm
"The Philps' pasties are worth the wait, Hansons the butcher also in Hayle do a very good pasty."

Spot on. We did a blind tasting to settle a dispute about this. Philps won by a short nose, but they are also 70p cheaper!
For my bet, probably the best in Cornwall and an excellent fuel store for a long cycle!

Re: First bike tour with children

27 October 2014 - 2:51pm
1. Visit this web site:

http://www.cycleyorkshirewolds.com/route

2. Get hold of the cycle map shown on the same page (make sure it is marked 2011) for the best roads to cycle along if you don't do the full route

3. Train from Nottingham to Malton? (I haven't checked the policy on carrying bikes on that route)

The stiffest part of this route is just outside Malton after Settrington when you would be at your freshest After that it is just 'lumpy'

A particular advantage to your family is that this route is largely free from traffic. Although there aren't many camp sites there are a lots of B&Bs and pubs along the route. Maybe alternate each night?

Re: bike back from LA

27 October 2014 - 2:32pm
Tell him that if he wants to leave the bike, he can leave his own bike, then wait to see what he does.

Re: St Malo to Narbonne

27 October 2014 - 11:54am
Fiduroe wrote:Hi, I am a newbie to CTC and to touring, and am planning trip from Calais to Narbonne next June. I can't get more than straight line routes from CTC website - anyone know why? Maybe I need to log in to more than just CTC website and forums.
Anyway maybe see you en route!
You may be better off going from Newhaven to Dieppe (only twice a day though) - that enables you to avoid the Paris region.
You can avoid most of the Rouen conglomeration by heading for Sahurs where there is a short free ferry (Bac) ride across the river to La Bouille.

bike back from LA

27 October 2014 - 11:53am
my son is planning on cycling across the USA as part of a round the world trip, then leaving the bike there with a friend.

As it will be my bike i want to get it back!

anyone know a method? I'm not sure I want to risk the post!

thanks

Re: Cornish way / west country way

27 October 2014 - 10:41am
Day 2 can be found here: http://www.onesti.co.uk/?p=56

Re: First bike tour with children

27 October 2014 - 9:59am
Lots of good suggestions, but also consider C2C over more days, we took our junior club across it over 5 days, and 1 of the younger members was taken with her family over 7 days. It means we added in extra accommodation nr Melmerby and Consett.

Re: First bike tour with children

27 October 2014 - 9:09am
Conkers is a good shout. There's a YHA there, and you've got Hicks Lodge and the Ashby Woulds trail, and the Cloud Trail in the near area. That and loads of quiet back lanes means you could put a decent weekend of it, especially if you link in places like Calke abbey and Staunton Harold.

Re: First bike tour with children

27 October 2014 - 8:50am
I would endorse the suggestions above especially Tissington and High Peak Trails

Looking at your criteria:

(a) we can get to the start and end points via public transport (b) the level of challenge is suitable for a fairly fit but novice 10-yr old on something like a hybrid bike

Suggestion 1) Catch the train at Nottingham to Market Harborough (journey 40 mins) and do the Brampton Valley Way http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... valley-way 28 miles of traffic free cycling.

a really lovely route for a your child especially as there are two long tunnels to go through with beautiful countryside ---a really fantastic ride as I did it with a disabled person on 26th Oct. This is one of the longest paths in the region connecting Market Harborough with the outskirts of Northamptonshire and forming Route 6 on the National Cycling Network. Gentle railway gradients, no steep hills.

Suggestion 2) The Water Rail Way http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/water-rail-way

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=wat ... ORM=HDRSC2

Catch the train to Lincoln and do the above route. this will give you a cycling round trip of 30 miles. The route is flat and almost entirely traffic free. The path features pen fenland landscapes with long views and expansive skies, another great route

Suggestion 3) if you cant get to Tissington let me know and we can give you a lift, were based in Nottingham

Just thought of this trail (Erewash Valley Trail) again which would be excellent for a child: http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=7799

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=ere ... ORM=HDRSC2

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

26 October 2014 - 8:32pm
I've just done 8,000 miles on my 2.0 supremes before getting regular punctures and swapping over to the spares I've carried.

Ridden on bad roads and dirt tracks a lot.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

26 October 2014 - 8:26pm
If it's not too wet and slippery, Schwalbe Marathon Supremes are excellent on the road. I just completed 8,000 miles on them before changing over to the new tyres I've been carrying all that way!

I travelled on dirt roads with them no problem.

I only got punctures at the end of their life which is what made me change to the new ones. The thorns here are evil!

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: First bike tour with children

26 October 2014 - 6:40pm
Another day trip - catch the train to Oakham, and cycle around the shore of Rutland Water (25 miles - mainly flat, mostly off road). You could camp overnight at Hambleton or catch the train back home from Oakham again.

Another day trip - follow the Grantham Canal from next to the Forest ground, all the way out to Grantham and catch the train back from there.

Re: First bike tour with children

26 October 2014 - 6:35pm
The Netherlands is reachable by public transport... Our kids' first tour on their own bikes was IJmuiden down to Den Haag (to see their cousins) and back. There are ups and downs in the dunes but not to worry about, the road danger is minimal, there's a fair few campsites and you get a ferry cruise thrown in.

Re: First bike tour with children

26 October 2014 - 6:34pm
I'd suggest doing some of the old railway paths in the Peak District. You can catch a train to Cromford, and from there easily get onto the High Peak Trail. Day 1 could be cycling up to Parsley Hay at the far end of the High Peak Trail. Day 2 - down the Tissington Trail
to Ashbourne. Day 3 back up the trail as far as Tissington, then pick your way through the lanes to Carsington Water and do the path around the Lake. Then you can rejoin the High Peak Trail at Middleton Top and descend back to Cromford to catch the train home.

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

Terms and Conditions