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Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 8:50am
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.

I'm not sure about South East. I think I was only on them with my bike once, and then they had a little compartment behind the driver with space for two or three bikes. There were hooks for straps, but no straps. I think I used my own bungie cord to hold my bike. This was some years ago, so it may have changed, or I may be remembering another train service and confusing it with South East.

Mark Beaumont is off again

13 April 2015 - 8:18am
I see that Beaumont fella is off again. Cairo to Cape Town, 10,000KM at 240KM a day.

Rather him than me....


Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

13 April 2015 - 7:59am
I've never seen a train where bikes are held by the top tube (though I might have missed something!). Most either have a (generally feeble) front wheel holder, or as wirral_cyclist says, just 'leaning space'; wheel hooks on the ceiling are also increasingly common. If you're anxious about the bike then I'd very definitely suggest you go with your padded pipes idea.

I nearly died....

13 April 2015 - 7:04am
..... of shock when I noticed that the 2015 Dawes Super Galaxy had an RRP of £2000.

To say I'm dumbfounded would be an understatement.... I've mentioned this before but its worth mentioning again. Going through the spec you find a mass of super cheap components that might very well do the job but apart from giving Dawes a stratospherically stellar profit margin should buyers have the word MUG branded on their foreheads?

Mavic A119 Rims = £15.99
Shimano RD-M771 Deore XT rear mech = £36.99
Shimano ST-4603 = £124.99
Shimano BR-CX50 brakes = £19.99

All of the above prices are retail INC VAT that google has thrown up for an average buyer NOT the EX VAT volume Trade prices that Dawes is paying.

It appears that Dawes is trying to hide behind the Reynolds 853 frame but accepting that a low volume independent frame builder is going to charge a good chunk of hard earned for such a frame a manufacturer of Dawes size is going to charging around the £500 mark.

So again I ask WHERE does the £2,000 Dawes is charging for a 2015 Super Galaxy actually going?

anyone care to explain Dawes corporate suicide logic ?

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 4:15am
Sounds a great trip!
Similar to a route I've been thinking of later this year - please keep us posted of all the details

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

13 April 2015 - 1:54am
As I said already, there is no escape. You can take certain measures to minimise the effect of the ravenous hordes but whatever you do, you should accept that the price you will pay for cycling in 'God's country' is measured in blood!
Seriously though, all kidding aside........... They're going to get you. I've seen very tough, very hard, grown men being demented by these relentless, all consuming hordes, throwing themselves into lochs in futile attempts to rid themselves of these ariel piranhas

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 12:38am
Good luck and enjoy!

Impressed that you've managed to keep your luggage 9kgs!

Hope you have some lovely weather and nice tailwinds...

Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

13 April 2015 - 12:15am
Hi tourers

After 6 months planning the 3 week tour starts tomorrow!

Starting from home in Bristol we're riding across England via Oxford and Harlow to get the overnight ferry to Holland. Once in holland we're going up to Amsterdam, then down to Arnhem, then over to Germany and down the Rhine as far as Bonn then we'll go west to Frankfurt.

Then we'll ride home

That's the plan anyway, we've booked everything up as far as Arnhem so will play it by ear once into Germany.

Panniers are loaded and on the bike (4kg either side) and 1kg in the rack pack, hopefully I'll be able to sleep! (very excited though).

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my many threads on here asking questions, and to everyone who has decided to share their touring experiences on here.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

12 April 2015 - 11:29pm
Sorry to bring bad news, but midges are fully capable of savaging a moving cyclist. My worst experience was cycling at speed through clouds of midges into Altnahara, and having hundreds of midges stuck in the sweat on my legs.

Later that afternoon, at the Crask Inn, I counted around 50 bites. These days, I simply avoid exposing un-Smidged skin unless I know I'm not going to meet any of the little blighters.

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

12 April 2015 - 10:55pm
The issue of 26 inch wheels is, for me, the question of replacement of parts, not handling. It's the matter of finding tyres the right size, spokes the right length, etc.
And interrupter brake levers are good, but on drop bars they are too close together so you are using them with less leverage on steering, if you see what I mean. And with your hands on them you cannot change gear.
STI levers are very expensive and difficult to fix when they go wrong.
There's certainly no doubt that the Panorama is a decent bike, but I'd put it in the same class as the Galaxy: good ride, decent parts, absolutely fine for European tarmac. For further afield, on gravel roads and very far from any sort of bike shop, those things are a liability. Outside Europe, and often inside Europe, bike shops are blokes with spanners who maintain 26 inch-wheeled bikes ridden by the locals to the shops or the field, they hardly ever sell bikes or see upmarket Shimano kit. For that sort of thing you might be better off with a £250 mountain bike that could be fixed anywhere.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

12 April 2015 - 10:49pm
I've only done a few train journeys and mostly with TPE and all the bike spaces I've used are just leaning spaces, with a velcro strap to stop bike falling over.

Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

12 April 2015 - 10:43pm
Looking to take my bike down to Dover by train in the summer. Will need the services of Greater Anglia and South Eastern trains.

Can anybody advise on the storage facilities aboard each company? Are bikes held securely via the top tube, or just the front wheel? It's a carbon road bike and I'm worried about damage prior to even starting my tour (Dover - Cape Wrath). Happy to encase it in pipe lagging, or more, if required

Any help appreciated - thnx.

Re: Gluten Free

12 April 2015 - 9:22pm
My wife is ceoliac and we have toured both here and abroad. What she does is transfer her cereal into small bags and carry these with enough bread to last the trip. Most hotels are quite happy to let her then eat the cereal for her breakfast and prepare her own sandwiches using their cheese or even fry some bacon for her for lunch. If you let eating places know of the problem most are more than happy to advise on their menus and there is almost always something that is edible for her. Also try searching for gluten free restaurants, some websites such as Glutafin have lists of restaurants and café's which serve gluten free meals. Hope this helps.

Re: Gloucester to west Wales - any suggestions

12 April 2015 - 9:09pm
Like the idea of the Preseli Hills and Rhandirmwyn , I remember passing through the latter many years ago when we visited three remote YHs in the area.
I'll be traveling light so a pub doing a single room would be ideal. I'd welcome any more reccomendations for places to say in or around Abergavenny , Brecon and Newcastle Emlyn.
How about Brecon to Llandovery avoiding the A40 - over the Myndd Epynd and back down via Llanwrtyd Wells?

Re: Route Caen to Poitiers

12 April 2015 - 8:05pm
I use the smaller D roads, and the R and V roads as well (the very small local roads). I use IGN 1:100,000 maps (TOP100 series) rather than the Michelin so that I have the detail to use the very minor roads and sometimes the odd forestry track.

Re: Route Caen to Poitiers

12 April 2015 - 7:52pm
Thank you both for your prompt replies .I am travelling the first week of August on my Thorn Raven 26in wheels ,Schwalbe Marathon Duremes , Rohloff gears, no suspension and prefer "D" roads in France working off Michelin maps .

Re: Route Caen to Poitiers

12 April 2015 - 7:43pm
I will be coming the opposite direction in a few weeks. My plan is Poitiers, Thouars, cross the Loire somewhere between Saumur and Angers, keep slightly west of Le Mans, then to avoid the lumpy bits south of Caen I will head slightly west via Domfront to approach Ouistreham (for the ferry) from the SW avoiding Caen itself. That is as far as any planning goes. Route is made up on the day as I go along.

Re: Route Caen to Poitiers

12 April 2015 - 7:37pm
This any good?


Do you want road/path/canal, fast/slow? Tyre size? Suspension?

When? as most routes go through Le Mans you might want to miss certain dates when the UK motons go over in vast numbers to be escorted to a cash machine...

Route Caen to Poitiers

12 April 2015 - 7:26pm
Does anyone have a route from Caen to Poitiers ? Thanks

Re: best audax/light touring disc wheelset ?

12 April 2015 - 5:42pm
Kinesis do a nice set - my mate has had a pair for a couple of years with no issues and mine have just done an unserviced winter. reasonable weight, reasonable price


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