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by monxton
1 Jan 2020, 12:49pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Advantage of battery removal?
Replies: 14
Views: 871

Re: Advantage of battery removal?

I regarded a removal battery as a required feature when specifying my e-bike. The reasons is that I do cycling-touring holidays, usually staying in hotels, so at the end of the day the bike goes into the hotel's bike garage and the battery comes into my room to be charged up. I wouldn't count on the...
by monxton
1 Jan 2020, 5:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Experiences of ALSA buses
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Experiences of ALSA buses

Thanks everyone for your very helpful advice. Nobody mentioned any problems with buses being cancelled or refusing booked bicycles, so that made me feel more positive, not like Flixbus . So, I've booked. I don't want to leave it until the last minute just in case the 4 bike spaces all get booked. We...
by monxton
27 Dec 2019, 12:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Has anyone bought wide shoes recently?
Replies: 19
Views: 945

Re: Has anyone bought wide shoes recently?

Yes, Giro Terraduro HV (High Volume) work for me.
by monxton
25 Dec 2019, 1:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Experiences of ALSA buses
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Experiences of ALSA buses

I'm interested to hear from cyclists who have used ALSA buses in Spain in recent times. The booking process seems quite transparent and simple - there are four bike places per bus, and if they are not all booked, then you can add one to your bus ticket for €10. According to https://www.alsa.com/en/w...
by monxton
3 Jul 2019, 12:56am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Best Ebikes for Touring?
Replies: 23
Views: 2337

Re: Best Ebikes for Touring?

Just completed my first tour on recently-acquired Bianchi Impulso e-Road. It has a touring-bike setup with drop bars and fixings for mudguards and rear rack. The battery is detachable, so you can take it into your hotel room for overnight charging. This was band-b touring - carrying everything on th...
by monxton
2 Jul 2019, 3:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)
Replies: 15
Views: 1101

Re: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)

I was asked in a PM for more details of non-flying transport, so I'm responding here in case it helps anyone else. Since a touring bike and luggage is usually quite heavy, I try to avoid transport that requires me to take the bike apart and carry it, and am prepared to accept a slower journey to ach...
by monxton
1 Jul 2019, 9:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)
Replies: 15
Views: 1101

Re: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)

Just got back from doing this. We started cycling in Passau, thence to Salzburg and on to the Alpe Adria, with a side trip to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. After reaching Grado, we went on to Trieste and Ljubljana, and took in some of the Drau cycle route back to Villach. We pre-booked hotels, no compa...
by monxton
11 Jan 2018, 9:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting back on course with Garmin
Replies: 37
Views: 2732

Re: Getting back on course with Garmin

My old Edge 605 didn't do turn by turn FWIW, that's not quite true. The 605 / 705s supported an extended format that Garmin called GPXX, which did exactly that - the Edge used it to give you satnav-style turn-by-turn directions on a pre-planned route. However Garmin chose not to continue it into la...
by monxton
9 Jan 2018, 8:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: More bad news about European trains
Replies: 2
Views: 874

More GOOD news about European trains

Thanks Cyril Haearn, that is indeed good news. In recent times cyclists in Germany have only had the option to use slower regional trains, but the new ICE 4 rolling stock has accommodation for eight bicycles as standard. Apparently five of these have now entered service on the lines between Hamburg ...
by monxton
9 Jan 2018, 8:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Left luggage in Geneva
Replies: 8
Views: 1210

Re: Left luggage in Geneva

Assuming you're talking about the TGV Lyria train services from Paris to various destinations in Switzerland, then as of December 2017 they no longer accept fully-assembled bicycles. You can use their services, but you have to carry your bike in a bag max 120 x 90cm.
by monxton
1 Jan 2018, 2:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: More bad news about European trains
Replies: 2
Views: 874

More bad news about European trains

The TGV Lyria services between Paris and Switzerland have for a while been key routes for those of us who want to travel with a fully-assembled bicycle. Sadly, no more. Since the December timetable change this year, when TGV Lyria went over to a three-class system, they only take bikes in bags, max ...
by monxton
1 Aug 2017, 1:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Virgin East Coast Line website revamp bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 4298

Re: Virgin East Coast Line website revamp bad news

Meanwhile, here's a helpful summary of the booking engines used by the different TOCs: http://saveecrewards.co.uk/cycling/bike-reservation-online.
by monxton
18 Jul 2016, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bikes on european trains - woes
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: bikes on european trains - woes

Until the end of 2016, the City Night Line is still running. This takes you directly from Amsterdam to Zurich overnight. Bicycles are carried fully assembled in a dedicated part of the train, and you can also book cabins or couchettes. See bahn.de for info, though you can't make bike bookings online.
by monxton
11 Jul 2016, 3:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Swiss trains and bikes
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Swiss trains and bikes

We took the bikes from Zurich to Andermatt a few weeks ago, which is similar to your journey from Basel. As you have discovered, most trains within Switzerland carry bicycles without reservations, in designated bike spaces, which are often ceiling hooks. Look for the bicycle symbol, in white paint o...
by monxton
3 Jun 2016, 6:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Don't change at Manningtree for Harwich!
Replies: 40
Views: 7816

Re: Don't change at Manningtree for Harwich!

Reporting back as promised, the unreserved boat train was eight carriages long, and fairly empty apart from a load of commuters who got on at Stratford and off at Chelmsford. There are flip-up seats where bikes can go.We got to Liverpool Street in good time, so there would be no problem getting bike...