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by vsmith1
6 Feb 2020, 10:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont St Michel ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1151

Re: Mont St Michel ?

I was on the Tour de Manche back in Sep 2019, I was heading from Ducey to St Malo and so had a brief stop at MSM. I found that there was restrictions on the access to the causeway as others have stated. There are bicycle racks and several bikes locked onto them when I arrived. I really did not want ...
by vsmith1
15 Jan 2020, 6:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them
Replies: 50
Views: 2438

Re: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them

Anyone care to recommend pedals which are (1) SPD style. Okay, these are not SPD compatible but are SPD "style". If you are prepared to use pedals that have not been made for almost 20 years, the first generation of Time ATAC (but NOT ATAC Alium) have proper bearings, no sleeve. The more ...
by vsmith1
10 Jan 2020, 11:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avanti West Coast - good news
Replies: 16
Views: 1413

Re: Avanti West Coast - good news

Brilliant thanks for your help. I dug around and found some help, and was told that the bicycle reservation only appears on a selected train if there are slots available! Sensible, but I thrutched about trying to find a train with reservations available. I'd love to be able to search for a train on ...
by vsmith1
10 Jan 2020, 10:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avanti West Coast - good news
Replies: 16
Views: 1413

Re: Avanti West Coast - good news

Where are the bike reservation details on the website? I tried booking from Carlisle to Oxenholme and cannot see any bicycle details, I cannot see anything on the Help system, there's not even a search on the help so I cannot find where it might be hidden. I tried the app on iOS to a similar result.
by vsmith1
5 Nov 2019, 9:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Small Toolkit for Touring
Replies: 36
Views: 2097

Re: Small Toolkit for Touring

I'd echo much of what has been said, especially the nitrile gloves. Very light, very small and saves getting hands and then gloves all mucked up. I would also say that preparation is also a good thing to do, on one of my first tours near the end I lost the nut and bolt holding the rear rack on one s...
by vsmith1
1 Oct 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Accomodation.Normandy
Replies: 11
Views: 2586

Re: Accomodation.Normandy

I recently (Sep-2019) completed the Tour De Manche which had a section in Normandy which I covered Cherbourg to Carentan and thence near St Martin de Besaces before heading west to stop at Ducey. I searched for places to stay when planning that had secure bike storage. The French scheme of Accueil V...
by vsmith1
6 Apr 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain not sitting properly on chainring (brompton)
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: chain not sitting properly on chainring (brompton)

I'd add that it might be worthwhile checking the bottom bracket is OK.
by vsmith1
31 Jul 2018, 9:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking Bikes on Virgin West Coast Trains
Replies: 10
Views: 1889

Re: Booking Bikes on Virgin West Coast Trains

I did get sorted with VT. Finally.
by vsmith1
5 Jul 2018, 10:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking Bikes on Virgin West Coast Trains
Replies: 10
Views: 1889

Re: Booking Bikes on Virgin West Coast Trains

Unfortunately, to get to London, with no changes from the NW England, I have to use VT. So hopping on another train eg TPE or Northern ( :evil: ) is not really a useful option for me. If I was heading north then yes most definitely! I will have a loaded tourer and do not want to be getting around Cr...
by vsmith1
2 Jul 2018, 3:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking Bikes on Virgin West Coast Trains
Replies: 10
Views: 1889

Re: Booking Bikes on Virgin West Coast Trains

I have been trying, and failing, to get a booking for me and my bike. I was also told 12 weeks in advance was the earliest I could get them check and make bicycle reservations. Having waited for the 12 weeks, now it appears that it is a Network Rail delay on a set of revised timetable/schedules and ...
by vsmith1
29 Mar 2016, 9:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bay Cycle Way - places to stay?
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Bay Cycle Way - places to stay?

There are lots of B&Bs in Grange-Over-Sands and Silverdale, Morecambe also have accommodation. I would guess that Cartmel might be more limited and I'm not sure about Ulverston.
by vsmith1
3 Feb 2015, 4:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Please convince me to buy the Garmin Edge touring GPS
Replies: 24
Views: 2476

Re: Please convince me to buy the Garmin Edge touring GPS

I have a Edge Touring Plus. I have used it to do NCN Route 7 South - Carlisle to Glasgow last year. I preplanned all the routes separately and then transferred them across to the Edge. I wanted to ride and not have to keep stopping to look at maps etc. It worked well - gave me turn by turn. I used i...
by vsmith1
8 Nov 2013, 12:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Painful shoes with cleats
Replies: 8
Views: 2020

Re: Painful shoes with cleats

Thanks for the ideas. I will try out the plastic bottle cut outs and stack a few together with some silicone sealant. I'll try to remember to report back.
by vsmith1
7 Nov 2013, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Painful shoes with cleats
Replies: 8
Views: 2020

Painful shoes with cleats

I have some old MTB shoes with Time ATAC cleats that I would still use but the cleat seems to exert a painful pressure point on the ball of my foot. I have some insoles but the pressure point remains. They are old and I think that the insides may have deteriorated somewhat. There is a hollow inside ...
by vsmith1
4 Sep 2013, 3:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Interesting new GPS
Replies: 42
Views: 8290

Re: Interesting new GPS

Thanks for the replies. I was really interested in the routing and turn-by-turn. I suppose I could cope with just an alert and look at the screen before making the turn. But the eTrex experiences (thanks to the Amazon link) seem to make it abysmal. From the planning I've done using cycle tracks etc....