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by el flaco
6 Mar 2019, 3:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar

My first time at Paris Nord collecting my bike that was on the same train was problematic. I couldn't pick my bike up on the platform as I had done in Brussels. I couldn't find the collection point. What you do is go to the entrance to your platform and turn right. Keep going to the exit. When still...
by el flaco
29 May 2017, 10:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Horlicks bottle any good?
Replies: 5
Views: 3325

Horlicks bottle any good?

Horlicks the bedtime drink (no I don't drink it) comes in a screw top plastic jar. The jar is super lightweight, watertight and fits in a standard bottle cage. The top is 2.5 inches wide and it is 7 inches tall. It really is a fantastic bit of kit that looks good with the label removed and it's free...
by el flaco
31 Aug 2016, 7:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London quiet route Waterloo to Greenwich
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: London quiet route Waterloo to Greenwich

I only heard about the route through your posting, thanks. I cycled it this August Bank holiday. Very quiet, though some cyclists about. It is a well signed heavily engineered cycle route, must have cost a packet.
by el flaco
3 Jul 2016, 5:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London quiet route Waterloo to Greenwich
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: London quiet route Waterloo to Greenwich

Looks fun, thanks.

The area is full of interest, parallel to Willow Walk is Mandela Way (great name) where the T34 tank is dumped as a protest to the local authorities. Londoners eh!
by el flaco
8 Feb 2016, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow airport by bike
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Re: Heathrow airport by bike

Great reply thanks. I hadn't realised it was temporary.
by el flaco
7 Feb 2016, 3:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow airport by bike
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Re: Heathrow airport by bike

Not really, that's what I read.

I'm used to cycling to terminal three. Now I have to find an infrequent bus to take me a few hundred yards. Why? And where is the bus?
by el flaco
7 Feb 2016, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow airport by bike
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Heathrow airport by bike

Looking at the Heathrow airport website, it now states (no date given) that you now can't cycle through the main tunnel to terminal 3. I was under the impression that this was always forbidden but that you should use the parallel service tunnels where cyclists have right of way over other traffic, w...
by el flaco
6 Jul 2015, 3:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front panniers debate and wizz air
Replies: 11
Views: 1454

Re: Front panniers debate and wizz air

I use a dry bag on top of my rear panniers. It folds up to nothing and weighs nothing. I carry my rain jacket in it plus food when bought.
by el flaco
4 Jul 2015, 5:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Caen to Nice
Replies: 1
Views: 471

Re: Caen to Nice

Buy the "France en Velo" book (it's in English!) as reviewed in CTC magazine. It goes from St Malo to Nice starting from where you get off the ferry. The ferry is overnight so you set off at 8AM.
by el flaco
23 Jun 2015, 5:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breathable ladies cycle jacket
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Breathable cycle jacket

I had a dressmaker make me a yellow ventile jacket. Made to measure with no pockets. Full length zip, no lining. Best thing I've ever done re bikes.
by el flaco
25 Mar 2015, 2:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Youth hostelling in late 40s early 50s
Replies: 27
Views: 2613

Re: Youth hostelling in late 40s early 50s

In the late fifties there was a "shop" on site with basic stuff like tinned spaghetti, bread, eggs. You didn't have to carry food. Also you could buy a packed lunch for the next day. Happy days, lots of hostels so I doubt that anyone cycle camped. YHA was known as "Young Husbands Avai...
by el flaco
16 Dec 2014, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Established touring routes?
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: Established touring routes?

Very strong recommend for franceenvelo it's a book. Stanfords have it. The route starts at St Malo where the overnight ferry arrives at 8am.
by el flaco
16 Dec 2013, 5:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleepingbag liners
Replies: 18
Views: 2884

Re: Sleepingbag liners

I'm still using my egyptian cotton yha liner, now forty years old.
by el flaco
30 Nov 2013, 7:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I'm off....(again)
Replies: 19
Views: 43055

Re: I'm off....(again)

A wonderful website, best of luck.

Why take a tent to Africa? Did you not stay with the locals?
by el flaco
15 Nov 2013, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pannier questions
Replies: 44
Views: 30538

Re: Pannier questions

Sweep: the bottom movable thingies fall off and get lost. I think they've been discontinued. The panniers with the red clip thingy are good but my other ones (smaller) aren't adjustable and have often fallen off the bike.

They all "work" and are too expensive to replace.