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by johno
12 May 2009, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good LBSs in/around Liverpool?
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: Good LBSs in/around Liverpool?

Hi there The cycling experience in Merseyside is a bit different to the Netherlands, but it is still good fun! I love using the old style Dutch bikes when we go over to Utrecht but I am not sure if they are quite as practical for a commute along the windy Mersey! On the subject of bike shops, I use ...
by johno
30 Sep 2008, 2:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How far do people commute?
Replies: 50
Views: 5067

My commute is just over 20 miles (round trip) depending upon which route I take from New Brighton to Huyton in Merseyside. Having to catch the ferry over the River Mersey gives me a nice break on the way! I do occasionally catch the train if it is pouring down (or I am feeling a bit lazy!) as Mersey...
by johno
7 Jul 2008, 3:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small handlebar bag with map holder or just a map case?
Replies: 8
Views: 2165

No problem, Graham. I would add that I have just bought the Edinburgh Cycle Coop rack pack (following the good review in Cycle Magazine a few months ago). It is described as 5 + 1 litres in capacity and presumably that is because the pack can be expanded. I tried it over the weekend and combined wit...
by johno
7 Jul 2008, 2:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small handlebar bag with map holder or just a map case?
Replies: 8
Views: 2165

Hi Graham I have an Edinburgh Cycle Coop bar bag on bike at the moment. I have just measured it and the width is 22cm, depth is about 14 cm and height about 17cm. The Rixen & Kaul fitting seems to sit it about 4 cm away from the handlebar. I understand that (like all their bags), it is made for ...
by johno
18 Jun 2008, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surly Long Haul Trucker
Replies: 11
Views: 4576

I was in Bicycle Doctor in Manchester looking at their Surly frames this morning. They said that the Long Haul Trucker looks great if you are aiming for a bike which will primarily be used for touring. The frame which they felt was more flexible in terms of use was the Cross Check and I was shown a ...
by johno
13 May 2008, 2:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Official. You can speed & kill if under pressure at work
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Presumably following comments made by the Judge, the Health and Safety Executive will be asked to look into this matter to see whether there is any prospect of taking action against the defendant's employer. I know that in the past that the HSE have seemed to be reluctant to venture into road traffi...
by johno
7 May 2008, 4:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on P&O ferry
Replies: 10
Views: 4472

We took our Bromptons on the P&O Hull to Rotterdam service last year and the staff there said that cycles they had to be checked in, in advance. Normal bikes seemed to be ridden onto the ship with the cars. The P&O lady we dealt with was a bit of a jobsworth and it took a fair bit of reasoni...
by johno
24 Apr 2008, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: poorly marin
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Hi Andy Sorry to hear about your frame. My Marin Larkspur frame split by the bottom bracket last Autumn and they replaced it under the warranty and collected it from my LBS (Quinns Bike Centre) who were not even a Marin dealership. I don't know how old the bike is, but I would suggest that you get i...
by johno
10 Mar 2008, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton multitool concept feedback form
Replies: 14
Views: 1810

I think Ben is right in saying that normally if you get a problem with your Brompton, you tend to fold it and get it transported home before beginning repairs. However, I have used my Brompton for a few days cycle touring and did take a multi tool with me - which fortunately I didn't need to use in ...
by johno
14 Jan 2008, 1:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling along the Danube to Black Sea
Replies: 14
Views: 4385

Hi Katie Mrs J and I cycled from Regensburg to Linz last summer on our Bromptons without any difficulty and we would have carried on to Vienna or Budapest if we had had the time. What was particularly nice was that the bikes started a lot of conversations with Germans and Austrians we met along the ...
by johno
11 Oct 2007, 1:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier bags on folding bikes?
Replies: 14
Views: 3802

I agree with what MLJ says about the Brompton Touring pannier. We used them with our Bromptons for our holidays in August when we rode down the Danube Cycleway from Regensburg to Linz. They were quite full and heavy but they didn't cause us any problems on the journey and we seemed to travel as quic...
by johno
27 Apr 2007, 2:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Liverpool info. please
Replies: 4
Views: 2622

Hi Amorel Probably the best way to get from Liverpool Lime Street to Birkenhead is by train. Merseyrail are pretty relaxed about bikes on the train and while there are 4 spaces on each train, for a few stops you can usually just stand with them in the vestibule area. You need to take the Wirral Line...