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by durhambiker
15 Jul 2019, 9:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2-week cycle from Hook of Holland to... any recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 2370

Re: 2-week cycle from Hook of Holland to... any recommendations?

Being my first solo trip, I'd welcome a few helpful official route signposts to avoid getting lost. Plus, taking routes with less traffic would be more enjoyable. When you say best variety, does ev2 to Berlin get a bit monotonous? It's a concern I've been having; quaint German towns and castles mig...
by durhambiker
10 Jul 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent and sleeping bag
Replies: 24
Views: 1209

Re: Tent and sleeping bag

mattheus wrote:
durhambiker wrote:
Sweep wrote:
Top tip - in fact i am rather looking forward to doing this.
I too by the way found durhambiker's post somewhat odd.
Some folk like camping, see it as a positive.

Yet another who focused on one word and completely failed to comprehend my post.


And?

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by durhambiker
10 Jul 2019, 3:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent and sleeping bag
Replies: 24
Views: 1209

Re: Tent and sleeping bag

If you do go winter camping, make sure you've plenty of books loaded onto a kindle. You could well end up reading 12 hours a day ......... :lol: Top tip - in fact i am rather looking forward to doing this. I too by the way found durhambiker's post somewhat odd. Some folk like camping, see it as a p...
by durhambiker
10 Jul 2019, 9:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How airtight are your Ortliebs?
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Re: How airtight are your Ortliebs?

Mike_Ayling wrote:If you are not planning to submerge the Ortliebs I would not worry!

Mike

Indeed..My ortliebs were bone dry inside after 1 hour on the back of aboat in Scotland with loads of water thrown over them..Other than total submersion they will never have a greater test.
by durhambiker
8 Jul 2019, 1:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent and sleeping bag
Replies: 24
Views: 1209

Re: Tent and sleeping bag

My thought would be WHY!!...I am in my 50s,,, <snip> It depends why want to camp. If you see it as just a downmarket B&B option then it's pretty much going to be dreadful, but if you see it as an option to be in some truly wild places then suddenly adventures get a bit more... adventurous. I ca...
by durhambiker
8 Jul 2019, 11:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent and sleeping bag
Replies: 24
Views: 1209

Re: Tent and sleeping bag

What are your suggestions for a tent and sleeping bag for touring Wales and Scotland year round? I'm on a budget but interested to know your thoughts. My thought would be WHY!!...I am in my 50s,,,just returned from camping in Brecon,with car and bike.2 man tent,lovely weather,lovely campsite,best b...
by durhambiker
30 May 2019, 9:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Old Skool Cycle Tourist
Replies: 27
Views: 1452

Re: Old Skool Cycle Tourist

pwa wrote:There must be a lot of people these days for whom two weeks without any screen to look at would be an adventure in itself. Real "getting away from it" stuff.
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For many,2 minutes without a screen would be new territory.
by durhambiker
23 May 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?
Replies: 15
Views: 541

Re: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?

Without a doubt, Tynemouth. Although I'm not a fan of the dull, dirty, battered social housing estates places like Sunderland or Newcastle consist of (NB. I'm a bit biased :shock: ), as stated above Tynemouth itself at least has a "sense of place". And the centre of Newcastle is worthy of...
by durhambiker
23 May 2019, 10:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?
Replies: 15
Views: 541

Re: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?

Without a doubt, Tynemouth. Although I'm not a fan of the dull, dirty, battered social housing estates places like Sunderland or Newcastle consist of (NB. I'm a bit biased :shock: ), as stated above Tynemouth itself at least has a "sense of place". And the centre of Newcastle is worthy of...
by durhambiker
9 May 2019, 3:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 133
Views: 8612

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Despite the reservations of Psamanthe above, I would definitely take this all the way. Include everything, any expense you can think of , down to lost accommodation and rebooking fees. These are the kind of odd stories that appeal to broadsheet journalists who are having a quiet news day (this happ...
by durhambiker
9 May 2019, 3:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 133
Views: 8612

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

To ask again, what do posters think would be the OP's chances of bringing a successful action? I think if you went to Small Claims with it they would probably settle before a court date. It would probably cost them more to hire a solicitor for the day than to settle with you. Just make sure you hav...
by durhambiker
9 May 2019, 3:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 133
Views: 8612

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Despite the reservations of Psamanthe above, I would definitely take this all the way. Include everything, any expense you can think of , down to lost accommodation and rebooking fees. These are the kind of odd stories that appeal to broadsheet journalists who are having a quiet news day (this happ...
by durhambiker
9 May 2019, 3:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 133
Views: 8612

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Bonefishblues wrote:
al_yrpal wrote:Small claims court should sort it. Inexpensive and effective.

Al

How do you rate OP's prospects of success?

Nil
by durhambiker
7 May 2019, 1:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: scotland cycle tour suggestions - first time to scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 1121

Re: scotland cycle tour suggestions - first time to scotland

Unfortunately the predicting of midge activity is not that accurate. AS you will be aware this type of monster rely on water for hatching and hence they can appear anywhere near standing water. That could be a loch or it could just be an area of sodden peatland, neither of which are hard to find in...
by durhambiker
3 May 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can you help me find my dream bike?
Replies: 69
Views: 1867

Re: Can you help me find my dream bike?

Sure, not to difficult. Don't fit a ringlock, stands, leather saddle , multiposition adjustable handlebars , suspension seatpost, el cheapo suspension forks and those terrible +1kg Marathon plus tyres. Swapped the bars on a Koga once for something sensible. Saved 1 kilo! Many bikes are made to be s...