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by vjosullivan
10 May 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 101
Views: 2423

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Of course the CTC bag is very much a container specifically designed for the protection of bikes - it's being sold by a cycling specialist which endorses this, too, and has the endorsement of a major cycling body as being fit for this purpose*. Unfortunately, CyclingUK’s Definition of “protection” ...
by vjosullivan
8 May 2019, 6:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 101
Views: 2423

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

I think the OP has been treated extremely unfairly. The bag in question is described by Wiggle as: The Cycling UK (formerly known as the CTC) designed heavy-duty polythene bag ... protects the bike by letting baggage handlers see what it is. I'm not a lawyer, but in my view the OP bought a protecti...
by vjosullivan
20 Apr 2017, 8:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses
Replies: 13
Views: 968

Re: Way of the Roses

I did it a few years ago with my daughter. An easy start is just there to fool you. The first real hill, about 10 or 15 miles in, got me worried but mostly it was fine. As mentioned above, there is one steep descent, on a main road, which requires caution and one very steep ascent, on a quiet and ro...
by vjosullivan
27 Jan 2016, 2:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: America: the bizarre
Replies: 93
Views: 4776

Re: America: the bizarre

While we're ignoring the OP and going with dodgy statistics; I just thought I'd throw this into the pot...

Homicides USA : UK
Absolute ratio: 18 : 1
Per head of population: 3.8 : 1
Per square mile: 1 : 2.1

Thereby proving that the US is actually a safer place to be than the UK.

V.
by vjosullivan
19 Dec 2015, 9:26pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Forth Road Bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 2753

Re: Forth Road Bridge

Ron wrote:
Mick F wrote:There aren't any bridges anywhere being built like it again anywhere.

Everything moves on, they don't shoe horses like they used to 50 years ago.

Didn't that used to be a film about dance marathons?
by vjosullivan
18 Dec 2015, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spring Tour - Ireland
Replies: 15
Views: 1372

Re: Spring Tour - Ireland

Not an awful lot to add to what Norman has said, except that your route doesn't appear to include anything interesting. Generally speaking, cities are not Ireland's best attractions. Unless you're planning on visiting something specific, I'd give them a miss. You're cycling to Cork and then turning ...
by vjosullivan
16 Dec 2015, 9:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brittany Ferries security
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Brittany Ferries security

If in doubt, bring a stout stamped addressed envelope so that you can post it home if they won't let you take it.
by vjosullivan
21 Nov 2015, 7:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding with or without technology
Replies: 35
Views: 2547

Re: Riding with or without technology

GPS all the way. Except for multi-day journeys, I rarely follow a predetermined route but having a rolling 1:50,000 scale OS map on the handlebars all the time makes decisions at unmarked junctions (and the countryside is full of them) much, much easier; particularly if I've decided to turn for home...
by vjosullivan
7 Nov 2015, 9:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Ireland
Replies: 64
Views: 4346

Re: Touring in Ireland

The Ring of Beara is undoubtably one of the nicest cycling routes you'll find anywhere. When it's not raining that is. Ireland is, unfortunately, at the plug-hole end of the Gulf Stream. http://www.bearatourism.com/cycling.html In addition, I'd definitely recommend crossing the Healy Pass between Ad...
by vjosullivan
7 Nov 2015, 9:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LeJoG over 3 years
Replies: 10
Views: 1549

Re: LeJoG over 3 years

wirral_cyclist wrote:Take as many days/weeks/years to ride as you like, only those who've ridden LE to JoG non stop can claim to have done LEJoG 'properly'.

They can certainly claim to have done it non-stop but there is no definition of "properly" to which they can lay claim.
by vjosullivan
15 Feb 2015, 9:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?
Replies: 32
Views: 3724

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

Currently my main issue is trying to convince others (especially over protective parents - only child, but I am 30 years old!) that this tour is safe. Is it safe? Compared to some things, not to others. Can I convince them? Unlikely, given that you're over thirty and still trying to. Do research. M...
by vjosullivan
15 Feb 2015, 9:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Is there a Round Britain route info thread?
Replies: 19
Views: 3690

Re: Is there a Round Britain route info thread?

No 'official' route, very much an individual thing. Since it's not a race, no great training is needed 'merely' the ability to pedal a bike for about eight hours a day. Have fun. Enjoy.
by vjosullivan
16 Sep 2014, 8:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to train for long distance cycle touring
Replies: 14
Views: 2973

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Pandaz wrote:...there's no substitute for miles!

Kilometers?
by vjosullivan
13 Sep 2014, 9:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to train for long distance cycle touring
Replies: 14
Views: 2973

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

Sign up for warmshowers.org. Disconnect the internet. Turn out the lights. Disconnect the electricity and sell your home? That'll confuse anyone that turns up for a room. :)
by vjosullivan
29 Aug 2014, 8:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why are bikes so expensive…
Replies: 211
Views: 7908

Re: Why are bikes so expensive…

Dave W wrote:At what price does a bike become expensive?

Yoda, in "Cycling for Jedis", wrote:'Affordable' or 'not affordable'. There is no 'expensive'.