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Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 4:34pm
You could also have a look through these previous threads:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=67410
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=76731
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=88436

Personally I use a big plastic bag, the theory being that the baggage handlers can see it's a bike and hopefully don't throw it around too much. I haven't had any problems but I've only been on a handful of flights with my bike. The other advantages are that it is cheap and can be folded and stored between the rear rack and the mudguard for the duration of the tour.

If you go down the box route, you could also check out WarmShowers - I've accepted requests in the past from people wanting to store bike boxes for a few weeks.

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 2:51pm
SAdly the f word , or at least the OW words, would be appropriate for our group.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 1:14pm
My plan would be return to Venice, so I'd be inclined to leave the box at the hotel before returning. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, €100 extra, while a pain in the bum is a price I'd be prepared to pay as long as my trusty steed comes to no harm.

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 12:48pm
Are you flying back from the same airport. If not, what do you intend to do with the bag/box? If you are, where are you going to store it?

You could just get a large box from your local bike shop and pack the bike in that, then dispose of the box (responsibly) when you land at your destination. Then get another box for when you fly back.

Another alternative is the CTC Polythene Bike Bag. Provides minimal protection, but you can roll it up and take it with you.

If you are flying back from the same airport and can find a hotel that will store your bag, then a padded bike with you. I have a Pinnacle bag from Evans that's been used quite a few times and the bike's not been damaged. The heavier the bag/box the more protection it will provide, but you may exceed your weight limit. The last time I flew with Easyjet, the limit was 18kg for bike and bag/box. I had friends who had to pay out up to 100 euros extra because the box was over the weight limit.

Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 October 2014 - 12:13pm
I'd love to pick your brains re: flying with my bike. I am planning to go to Venice next year to cycle down the Adriatic coast, and would need to take the bike on the flight, which would probably be Easyjet.
Would anyone heartily recommend bags/boxes, or does anybody have bad experiences with particular brands? There seems to be a huge variation in price, but do you really get what you pay for?
TIA

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 11:47pm
On a recent easyjet flight from Southend a few passengers had to get off because it was overweight. Apparently it has happened before with easyjet.

The press announcement said they take fuel, luggage and an average for passengers plus weather conditions.

It seems they can overbook weightwise so I agree check with airline. Also if you are all slim ones (carefully avoiding the f word) then maybe weigh yourselves. You could easily be many KGS below the British average.

Re: Avenue Verte Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 11:37pm
Hi again all - many thanks to those of you who have taken time to read my story so.

I've now put up Day 3 - Heading south from Dieppe at 4am. You can find it here: http://r1chmay.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/avenueverte-3/

Cheers

Rich

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 11:13pm
I ran the same tyre (supreme 26 x 1.6) for a 4000 km tour last year, puncture and trouble free on and off-road, with a 120 kg rig (rider + bike + luggage).

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 11:03pm
Nowadays, a lot of (non-cyclist) passengers don't bother with hold luggage, as they have to pay extra for it. This leaves more room in the hold to carry bikes, etc. Obviously, depends on what time of year you are flying, whether the plane is full and what type of plane it is. Flights to Northern Ireland perhaps don't have such seasonal variations in passenger traffic.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 October 2014 - 9:06pm
I've just voted as 'shared fault'. I was doored by someone who didn't look but I've put it down as shared fault because she was a child (13/14 years old opening a passenger door so obviously with no mirror to check) and I should have not been so close to the door. I got a buckled wheel and bad grazes but that was about it.

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 8:30pm
Be best to check with them, we had a group of 11 fly to Mallorca in 2012 and some of the bikes, despite being, booked were left behind and came on the next flight 2 days later, as the hold was full.

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple or Marathon Supreme

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 7:59pm
One of my Marathon Supreme 26x1.6 failed in the first few hundred km of use during our tour of Sri Lanka. The failure I had was only on one side of one tire on the rear, and looked identical to other photos I've seen including in this thread. I initially suspected the rim but it showed no damage, and running the undamaged tire on that same rim for the rest of the tour didn't show any abnormal wear.

Previous failure reports on this tire mentioned that a ceramic compound added to the rubber for puncture resistance had been the culprit in earlier failures, as it prevented sufficient flex in the sidewall, and had been superseded by a different compound in Schwalbe's "HD" series. But the failed tire is already from that HD series, so this may not be the whole story.

Re: Good footwear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 6:35pm
In an amazing stroke of fortune I might have found a pair of the Exustar Stelvio on LFGSS classifieds from about a year ago! The seller still has them although he has moved country. They are my size.
I will let you know how things progress. Just in discussion now.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 October 2014 - 6:11pm
beardy wrote:I wonder if collision with other cyclists is a far more frequent occurrence?

That is the only thing that has bought me off, both of us thought it was our own fault which was rather handy in not leaving us feeling bitter towards the other. As it was a low speed cycle collision there was only scuffs and a few drips of blood.
For me, cyclists is the least common kind of contact with other road users. The most frequent kind of contact I suffer is with pedestrians. That may be a function of the fact that I have a commuting journey through the West End of London where there are lots of unwary pedestrians, especially in the evening. Most of them are just slight glances and nothing happens to either of us.

I have suffered quite substantial damage to the bicycle, especially, and me to a lesser extent, in collisions where I haven't come off. A car that forced me to rear end it by overtaking me as it suddenly screeched to a halt to stop by the kerb (for no apparent reason) on a steep hill wrote off a bicycle and pair of spectacles and left me with a bruised face, but I didn't actually come off. One collision with a pedestrian who suddenly ran out in front of me wrote off a wheel, but I managed to stay upright on that occasion.

I recall five occasions of coming off due to another road user, 3 cars and 2 peds. In the only cycle/cycle collision I recall, it was the other cyclist that came off, and it was my fault.

Re: YHA Discount.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 4:43pm
OK , I just tried it for tonight at a hostel and it worked.

So the answer is not valid during school holidays by the look of it.

Re: YHA Discount.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 4:36pm
Thank You for that, I have emulated your booking and got it to work there. Knowing that I have the discount code correct, I retried for this Tuesday 28th Oct and it refused again.

It is refusing on the grounds of date, possibly they have a compulsory advanced booking period for the CTC bookings that we have not be told about.

Or possibly the whole school holiday week is off limits for discounts?

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 4:32pm
We've had 35 on a flight when they flew out of East Midlands to Majorca. That was in 2012 though. (they no longer fly from East Mids).

Re: How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 4:26pm
i'd give Easyjet a call - i've seen half a dozen on a flight but that number is pushing the boundaries!

Re: YHA Discount.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 4:20pm
Out of interest, which dates are you entering?

I've just tried a booking at YHA Bath dorm for 8/9th November (2 nights, 2 beds) and the website wants to charge me £66.00 less £9.90 CTC discount = £56.10.

So its worked for me...

Re: YHA Discount.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 October 2014 - 2:22pm
I tried Bath and then as a check Manorbier in Wales.

I also tried rooms instead of dorms and it still keeps refusing on the ground of dates.

The codes are VISIT-001 from the email offer and ******* from the CTC website.

The latter code is only available to CTC members so I guess I shouldnt post it publically but they have annoyed me now, I dont even care about the 15% just about being suckered in with offers that dont actually exist.

Edited to remove the code as it does actually work.
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