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by b1ke
17 Jan 2020, 12:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet

To add another layer of coating to an existing tent floor, this seems to be the correct stuff: https://outdoor.mcnett.eu/outdoor/tent-sure-tent-floor-sealant/ +1 for this product. I had an old bag I wanted to use but the PU coating inside was flaking off. The small bottle of Tent-Sure product isn't...
by b1ke
5 Nov 2019, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield
Replies: 14
Views: 699

Re: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield

When I've taken bikes on Cross Country, it's been fairly hassle free. I always reserve a bike space these days. It saves on potential problems on the day. I'm pretty sure you can do this from any station local to you that's got a ticket office. But check that one out. As others have said, there are ...
by b1ke
3 Nov 2019, 4:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panel
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Solar panel

I've got a 15w panel made by Portapow. Has dual usb outputs. A few years old now but it's been decent. The Anker stuff also seems to get good reviews
by b1ke
31 Oct 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee
Replies: 17
Views: 1748

Re: La Velodyssee

climo wrote:
b1ke wrote:I pedalled from St Malo to Hendaye on the Velodysee in February this year.

Looks like you were camping. Were the sites open?


A few sites were open, but not many. Also stayed in hostels in the cities.
by b1ke
30 Oct 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee
Replies: 17
Views: 1748

Re: La Velodyssee

I pedalled from St Malo to Hendaye on the Velodysee in February this year. I really enjoyed it. Imagine it could get pretty busy in summer. You could always start on the route and veer off if you find it tedious. A few pics below from the trip. 20190225_122045.jpg 20190223_153745.jpg 20190224_153446...
by b1ke
25 Oct 2019, 2:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How dry are your stuff sacs?
Replies: 15
Views: 940

Re: How dry are your stuff sacs?

I've used the same Ortlieb dry bags for years. Bought them second hand on ebay, so no idea how old they are, but still functioning and still watertight.
by b1ke
8 Sep 2019, 7:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dogs on Wheels
Replies: 20
Views: 827

Re: Dogs on Wheels

Some advice here from Cycling Gypsies>> https://cyclinggypsies.wordpress.com/dogs-on-bikes/
by b1ke
15 Aug 2019, 8:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 2995

Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

There's an electric regional railway that runs across the north coast of Spain, starting in Hendaye. Not the fastest, but if you're not in a rush, worth considering. I've caught it west of Santander and enjoyed it. No problem with my bike. More info here>> http://www.maint.com/GreenSpain/ Looks like...
by b1ke
14 Jul 2019, 8:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for cycling to Paris
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Tips for cycling to Paris

+1 for the Avenue Verte.

Regarding trains, no problem with the bike from Paris to Dieppe. You'll probably need to change at Rouen.
by b1ke
26 Jun 2019, 10:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet

A footprint only works so long as the water doesn't get on top of it. Fabsil, and the various Nikwax options, are about adding water repellency rather than the continuous film that you'd need to resist the pressure of kneeling on soggy ground. To add another layer of coating to an existing tent flo...
by b1ke
26 Jun 2019, 4:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re-proofing a tent groundsheet

The groundsheet on my Saunders tent is letting moisture through. I think the coating's degraded. I don't want to landfill it, so am looking for something to reproof it. Looking online, Fabsil seems to be a popular choice for tents. Does anyone have any experience of how effective this is on a PU coa...
by b1ke
12 Jun 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc
Replies: 13
Views: 2370

Re: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc

I was in France in February and picked up a decent map from tourist info for free that covered Brittany. I was riding the Velodysee and did the whole thing with free regional and city maps. They had sufficient detail for my needs.
by b1ke
28 Feb 2019, 5:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September
Replies: 23
Views: 3653

Re: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September

Where did you get maps from, tourist offices in local towns? Yes, Tourist Information for the maps. It's sometimes possible to get maps for more than one region in some of the bigger towns. Also worth picking up are the town maps. They tend to include cycle routes and have helped me find the right ...
by b1ke
27 Feb 2019, 11:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September
Replies: 23
Views: 3653

Re: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September

I'm on the route at the moment. Having a day off in La Rochelle. Lovely city and well worth a visit. I joined the Velodyssee at Redon after sailing to St Malo and pedaling down. So far the riding has been gentle. I've really enjoyed the coastline stretches. Signposting is good so rarely any need to ...
by b1ke
31 Jan 2019, 10:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flixbus
Replies: 4
Views: 1366

Re: Flixbus

They will take bikes on racks attached to the outside of the bus between March and November, as I understand it, but double check on their site. It also mentions taking full sized bikes in the hold if they're in a bag. I had problems with this when I booked a couple of years ago. I got conflicting i...