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Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

17 November 2015 - 9:11am
Ive mentioned it before on here but my work do home insurance that covers all bikes up to £5000 each, anywhere in the world, with the only caveat being that they have to be locked up (read the documents to get the exact wording!!!). Up to £5000 they dont even have to be noted on the policy, but bikes over £5000 can be insured as specified items. We also do travel insurance that does cover cycle touring. If you are interested have a look here: http://www.lloydwhyte.com/documents/ or call 01823 250 739

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

17 November 2015 - 8:59am
Bensons wrote:My home insurance and travel insurance is direct through Axa Tony.

There is an optional cycle extension but they won't cover anything worth more than £1000 new so if we want to insure them we need to do some thing specific.I too use AXA. The broker I've been using for 30 years put me with them a long time ago specifically because I can insure cycles as named valuables. The highest value machine I have on that policy is £4000. I think the increase in premium is negligible since it costs me £250 a year for building, contents and named valuables. I've never made a claim and hope I never have to.

Re: South of Naples, 4 day tour,300miles in total..Ideas?

17 November 2015 - 7:46am
I have not cycled round there but have been a few time by car as my aunty used to have a flat down that way.

South of Naples you've got the Amalfi coast, which can be beautiful and can be rammed depending on what time of year you go. Further south is Paestum, a world heritage site. Finally you'll get to the cilentan coast, its like the Amalfi but only visited by Italians. Palinuro is lovely and where I used to say. The beaches and coast line are very impressive as are the grottos. Seeing the sea lit by sunlight from underneath is beautiful. The inland park region of there is very nice as well and you can by the looks of it link it back round to Naples through other regional parks.

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

17 November 2015 - 7:38am
My home insurance and travel insurance is direct through Axa Tony.

There is an optional cycle extension but they won't cover anything worth more than £1000 new so if we want to insure them we need to do some thing specific. I have done a couple of instant online quote things recently and been shocked at the price - the four most expensive bikes = £500 pa.

If you were to put the premium in a pot you would be able to fund one new bike in two/three years.

I suppose we could just insure the two we will take on our holidays for the next few years to keep the cost down if we decided to go down that route.

Re: South of Naples, 4 day tour,300miles in total..Ideas?

17 November 2015 - 7:32am
I was looking at this myself. Maybe the Eurovelo 5 or 7 routes in Italy will give a clue to a safe path: http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos

Next thing would be to check on the cycling infrastructure in Naples. There is so much to see. I was keen to see the Palace in Caserta (on the way) and visit Herculaneum. I've ridden a lot in Northern Italy where there are quite a few decent cycle paths but south of Rome looks a little bit difficult. I think a nice path makes all the difference, especially in Italy.. Please publish your route!

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

17 November 2015 - 7:21am
Bensons wrote:To insure them all would cost about £500 per annum. Our house insurers aren't interested in anything over £1000. We just work on the principle of being really careful and having the best locks we can buy.

Taking out specific insurance is expensive - about 10% of the value per annum. There are insurers who will cover them within the house contents insurance and that can be very cheap. I do mine through a broker who advertises in Cycle but IIRC M&S are quite good about it on their policies and they are covered when outside the house throughout Europe.

Perhaps time for another pooling of names of those that will.

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

17 November 2015 - 6:49am
Heavy ones! D locks are Kryptonite and something else, Abus gold something or other from memory. They must weigh more than 2kg which is not good. Various cables are used to secure wheels. On a day ride we would have at least a D lock and a couple of cables.

We are going to carry on as before I think and stop thinking about it.

Worst case scenario we would buy some walking boots and travel by train or bus, carrying on with our holiday whilst drinking more wine to cope with the loss of our bikes.

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

17 November 2015 - 5:33am
What locks do you use please??

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

16 November 2015 - 10:24pm
Thanks for all the replies.

We were just discussing this and wondered how many people actually insured their bikes. We don't. We have renewed some of our bikes this year and currently have a thorn tandem £1200 ish, two new tourers £1800 and £1400, two restored galaxies £600 ish and a thorn club tour £1200 ish.

To insure them all would cost about £500 per annum. Our house insurers aren't interested in anything over £1000. We just work on the principle of being really careful and having the best locks we can buy.

I can't see how insurance would be cost effective for us really. The two tourers are only used on long days really as we have a 9 year old so the worst that would happen on holiday is the tandem and the lesser value tourer.

It is a bit like insuring pets - you throw money at insurers and whilst the value deteriorates the premium does not really.

Just wondered what everyone else does, in the worst case scenario we would have to spend £2,500 ish to replace what we have lost, but I think that might be more palatable than paying insurance premiums year on year as we think the odds on them staying with us are fairly high (judging by the last 30 years).

Edited to add that we are only really thinking of this now because we have always just done day rides together since our daughter started school - is only now that we have a tandem we have turned to thinking about touring holidays and trying to keep our bikes safe when we haven't rented a cottage where we know they are safe overnight, etc..

South of Naples, 4 day tour,300miles in total..Ideas?

16 November 2015 - 9:01pm
A group of ten blokes cycling to and from Naples mid may. Happy to b+b. With a few good climbs, nice scenery and a few drinks. Anyone any ideas or suggestions for routes, things to see etc. Ta Nic

Re: Touring in Ireland

16 November 2015 - 11:14am
ah but then she will miss out on dublin as far as i know theres a cycle path most of the way from dublin port to city centre but not certain on that

Re: Touring in Ireland

16 November 2015 - 8:08am
I had to sort out a bit of my father's business last year, and thought I'd take in a bit of the country by bike.....why not?
I went via 'sail rail', which involves buying a one ticket does it all kind of affair....£42 one way. You can get a train from any station in the UK to Dublin.
The only dodgy bit was coming out of Dublin port (get the ferry to dun Laoghaire instead, different place), where the lorries thundering past can get a bit hairy....as soon as you are clear of the port though, it's all good.
I went down the east coast to Wicklow first, which was very picturesque and peaceful, before darting about to all the various relatives throughout the South east and other places I can't spell!
There are loads of quiet roads with breathtaking views to enjoy!
It's also amazing to queue up with the cars, before cycling up the big gangplank!
Generally I found the drivers to be much more cycle friendly than over here....and obviously, if you stop anywhere for a pint or pie, you won't be without interesting conversation for long!
I plan to do another short tour in the summer....

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

16 November 2015 - 7:38am
I've stayed in hotels in France where you had to carry the bikes up or down stairs. With a tandem that might be a problem so I think there will be times when the bike may have to be left out side, probably with wheels seat etc removed and a good lock or two. But at least a tandem may be less attractive to a thief.

Thefts do occur, my brother came across two glum cyclists in France last year at breakfast, their bikes had been stolen from the hotel cellar during the night.

Re: Rhine mini-tour - What have I missed?

15 November 2015 - 7:28pm
F70100 wrote:
We fancy starting from Cologne partly because I go with work every so often and should be able to sort out a good deal, and because of the shortish distance from home - easily doable in a day.

But so is Bonn! You could got to Bonn and caych the tram/train to Koln for a day and not worry about bikes/car while you sightsee and you miss the nastiest bit of riding on your route - its a win win!

Re: Rhine mini-tour - What have I missed?

15 November 2015 - 1:45pm
iandriver wrote:Forgetting the UK to euro plug adaptor might put her off for a year or ten

You say that, but the battery on the tank has an eco range of 120 miles (we've tested it) and that's about the total distance we're planning! In any case, the intention is to try and get her interested, not to put her off!!

Vorpal wrote:Oh, and it may be worth asking your starting hotel about parking. You may be able to leave your car there, rather than at the airport, especially if you arrange to stay there on both ends of the cycling trip.

That's a good idea. We might use a hotel that I stay at with work but I'm not sure if I'm too keen; I'm supposed to be going on holiday... I'm going there in a couple of weeks so might see if the manager will do a "Managers Special Rate". It's a corporate chain style hotel though so not sure if he/she will bite. Don't ask, don't get

We fancy starting from Cologne partly because I go with work every so often and should be able to sort out a good deal, and because of the shortish distance from home - easily doable in a day.

Re: Rhine mini-tour - What have I missed?

15 November 2015 - 9:59am
Oh, and it may be worth asking your starting hotel about parking. You may be able to leave your car there, rather than at the airport, especially if you arrange to stay there on both ends of the cycling trip.

Re: Rhine mini-tour - What have I missed?

15 November 2015 - 9:56am
I recommend the section between Basel and Mainz or Koblenz, rather than Cologne to Mainz. The nicest part of Cologne to Mainz is the gorge after Koblenz.

Given your wife's desire for a 'mini' tour, maybe you could combine cycling with river cruises? There are a number of cruise boats that take bicycles. Google Rhine river cruise boats and call the companies and ask about arrangements to combine cycling and cruise boats.

Re: Rhine mini-tour - What have I missed?

15 November 2015 - 9:16am
[quote="F70100]. The e-bike is indeed a tank..[/quote]
Forgetting the UK to euro plug adaptor might put her off for a year or ten

Re: Riding with or without technology

14 November 2015 - 7:06pm
I like nothing better when planning my next cycle tour to lay my maps out on the floor and read them a bit like a book , it gives a good sense of anticipation , out on the road i generally look at them just if needed but try to use a sense of adventure to get me from a to b !

Re: New Eurostar Bike Policy

14 November 2015 - 2:03pm
BBC report of the reversal of "new policy"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34815867

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