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by birkhead
9 Aug 2019, 2:48pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Possible Nerve Damage, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Replies: 25
Views: 1354

Re: Possible Nerve Damage, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

After cycling the Highlander 1200 about 5 years ago, i lost the strength in my left thumb. I had to shift chainring with wrong hand for the last day, which was a bit of a challenge. After stroke specialist was convinced that I had had stroke, I got to see nerve specialist, who determined that it was...
by birkhead
7 Aug 2019, 9:08am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Moan: please double check links before publishing weekly enewsletter
Replies: 1
Views: 693

Moan: please double check links before publishing weekly enewsletter

Several times i have tried to follow up links in the weekly e-news, and got to the wrong event. This time it was an item about funding cycle projects in scotland. No amount of searching the website delivered the result. When i looked to send an email to someone at hq, I was sent here. So here it is....
by birkhead
5 Aug 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: walking shoes for cycling touring
Replies: 12
Views: 1382

Re: walking shoes for cycling touring

Just to update on this, I found some excellent Crocs Swiftwater sandals for £23.73 on fleabay. They weigh in at 455gms which is quite a bit heavier than the preceding Jinga at 300gms. They also don't fold flat, so they are more bulky to pack. My pannier bags usually have some extra space anyway, so ...
by birkhead
18 Jul 2019, 6:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotrail refurbished HSTs
Replies: 8
Views: 1267

Re: Scotrail refurbished HSTs

One day the Azuma trains may reach the Aberdeen service, probably not in 2019, since they are only reaching York in August. On 9 car trains, the seat maps show 2 [similar?] cupboards with bikes marked on them in Coach K [9 car trains] and 1 cupboard in coaches K and D [5 and 10 car trains]. https://...
by birkhead
10 May 2019, 9:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Garmin model?
Replies: 25
Views: 1001

Re: Which Garmin model?

Maybe Wahoo Elemnt or Roam is better quality/value? There re plenty of reviews around.
by birkhead
10 May 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?
Replies: 55
Views: 3899

Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?

I have just read the BBC news report on Welsh minister's support for making 20mph the default limit.
Could Cycling UK please launch a campaign to do this in Scotland, starting with an electronic letter writing campaign to MSPs
by birkhead
15 Apr 2019, 2:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Oh Eurostar we weep to see...
Replies: 13
Views: 861

Oh Eurostar we weep to see...

Just booked 2 bikes on Eurostar via Eurodespatch. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: What a RIPOFF this has become. Inflation of zillion% A few years go, I took my bike on board in a superlight bag for £0, and the hassle was merely dismantling, carrying it around the terminal and then fending giant suitcas...
by birkhead
2 Apr 2019, 10:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6
Replies: 24
Views: 2379

Re: Euro Velo 6

We cycled the whole of EV6 France last summer. From Mulhouse to the Atlantic. I estimate that there were only about 5km of dust surfaced path, and they were very good quality. Note that it was hot and dry and did not rain [except for half an hour of damp on the first day]. The rest of the route was ...
by birkhead
11 Jan 2019, 4:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: walking shoes for cycling touring
Replies: 12
Views: 1382

walking shoes for cycling touring

I use cycling shoes with spd for cycling. I would like to upgrade my off-bike shoes. Hitherto I have used Jinga shoes [300g], which are excellent for weight, volume, ethically sound; not so good on protection from gravel and other lumps, and also rather too good at picking up tar and other less salu...
by birkhead
19 Sep 2018, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long Distance Cycle Routes
Replies: 19
Views: 2894

Re: Long Distance Cycle Routes

Susie and I have now done 2 such routes. Susie's requirement was to be off road and not go up hills. This year EV6 from Mulhouse to Atlantic. We stayed on route almost all the time, stayed in b&b mainly, met all sorts on the way, eg young girl with toddler and baby camping, a few pensioners like...
by birkhead
30 Apr 2018, 11:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Eurostar
Replies: 3
Views: 1375

Bikes on Eurostar

I find the info provided both by CTC and by Eurostar re bikes on trains does not hit the relevant spot for us. I guess that neither party considers the situation that is relevant to those coming from north of Watford. As last year, after travelling down from the North-East [of Scotland] on Virgin Ea...
by birkhead
22 Mar 2018, 10:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling/other & Camping gear stuff
Replies: 345
Views: 57006

Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

Well I have not been in to Lidl since their driver killed Andrew and Toby at the start of their LEJOG about 5 years ago, vide
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by birkhead
22 Mar 2018, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on the TGV trains in France
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Bikes on the TGV trains in France

Thanks for all your advice, and apologies for the tautology in the title. bahn.de was most helpful, having a bike option if you click the Change other data tab. Looks like the favourite is the 1333 from Paris-Bercy a mere 7hrs and 3 changes. Or maybe we need to reconsider the starting point? Perhaps...
by birkhead
18 Mar 2018, 12:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on the TGV trains in France
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Bikes on the TGV trains in France

I am struggling with the new systems! Trainline.eu [ex CapitaineTrain] was a bit shaky, and Oui.sncf kept falling over too. We want to go to Mulhouse from gai Paris with 2 assembled bikes in June, to begin the next horizontal journey west. I have just committed to trains to London and then Paris, th...
by birkhead
1 Jan 2018, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: by train to Frankfurt?
Replies: 5
Views: 715

Re: by train to Frankfurt?

I thought it might be helpful to update this post with our experiences. I was very pushed, since I was 'working' full time finishing a new build, so did not have much time to prepare and plan. I could not find bike bag, so Susie and myself spent a day making two lightweight bike bags [recipe availab...