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by brianleach
21 Jun 2018, 2:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another bad train company
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: Another bad train company

Many thanks,that is very helpful.

Brian
by brianleach
21 Jun 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another bad train company
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: Another bad train company

+1 for using the GWR web site which enables bike booking at the same time as ticket booking. I see furbo says that it is 2 bike spaces per 2 coach train. Can someone tell me how this is organised please. I recently travelled to and from Sheffield by Cross Country trains but will not be doing so in t...
by brianleach
6 Jun 2018, 3:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?

The last time I was on this ferry I was not in a good state following a crash so my information will obviously be out of date. The Brittany Ferries cabin policy is however the same as it has always been. As you say it is per cabin not per person. Personally I always have a cabin on day and night cro...
by brianleach
16 Apr 2018, 12:34pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 2992

Re: Distance on battery

I think that is absolutely right from my experience and the sales promotions are rather misleading. Until battery life improves I rather doubt that they are much use for touring except for short distances. Having had heart issues recently I thought an ebike conversion would be a way of still being a...
by brianleach
16 Apr 2018, 7:31am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 2992

Re: Distance on battery

I don't know how the GTech works. Do you switch the power on and off or is it on all the time under 25?

If it was on all the time it was presumably using power even on the flat in which case I would have thought 21 was pretty good. As I said in my previous post I reckon I only get 12 to 17 k of use.
by brianleach
26 Mar 2018, 7:43am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 2992

Re: Distance on battery

Silly question I know but are the figures shown just the time using the motor or the total distance travelled. I ask because I have had my bike converted recently and using a fairly low level of assistance I would think I am lucky to get 15 miles on power but that is about 1/2 to a 1/3 of the total ...
by brianleach
9 Apr 2017, 9:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?

I presume you mean the booking process not being easy as boarding is usually very straightforward and cycles often board before cars (as an aside I will always remember cycling up the ferry ramp in spendid isolation on a beautiful afternoon in Ouistreham). I would only travel on the economy service ...
by brianleach
28 Mar 2017, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?

Forgot to say in my previous post that I did sail back from Bilbao in 2011 after a serious crash and as far as I can remember I just booked on line as normal then so I was surprised with the response in 2015.
by brianleach
28 Mar 2017, 11:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?

That's interesting. I tried to book for a return journey from Bilbao in 2015. As you say found I couldn't book on line so rang and was refused as apparently the captain "doesn't like bicycles". My son and I therefore had to cycle back to Santander and sail back from there. Pleased to see b...
by brianleach
1 Sep 2016, 2:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim
Replies: 185
Views: 12993

Re: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim

If you have seen them fair enough but to me they seem a genuine attempt to show what cyclists have to put up with. Clickbait seems a bit harsh.
by brianleach
1 Sep 2016, 1:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim
Replies: 185
Views: 12993

Re: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim

In his defence he often posts on Twitter videos of incidents on his way to the studios. This is by far the worst but I do not think this has been posted merely for the publicity. He is a regular cyclist and I often wonder why he posts the clips as all you get is a subsequent Twitter blizzard between...
by brianleach
10 Jun 2016, 3:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring out of Santander to Rioja (Logorno)
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Touring out of Santander to Rioja (Logorno)

Didn't quite get as far as Logrono in 2014. Just got off the ferry and booked accomodation a night in advance using Booking.com. Other websites are available. It was July/August though not October. The route I ended up doing with my youngest son is given below. Day 1 Santander to Vega de Pas 58k 123...
by brianleach
19 Apr 2016, 3:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tavistock Torrington Place cycle route trial (Camden)
Replies: 18
Views: 1419

Re: Tavistock Torrington Place cycle route trial (Camden)

I'm afraid I have to agree. They are indeed a real trip hazard. I use that road usually two or three times a week and did in fact trip myself when they were first introduced. I think the problem is that when crossing the road you look for traffic and cycles but don't usually look where you are putti...
by brianleach
31 Mar 2016, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains
Replies: 59
Views: 5761

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

In the event I was unwell and unable to go anyway but thanks for all the suggestions. I shall certainly consider them next time.
by brianleach
30 Mar 2016, 12:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains
Replies: 59
Views: 5761

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

I think you may be making life harder for yourself then it needs to be. I've always booked tickets and bike spaces in one operation on the First Great Western website. I don't think I've bought tickets from the rebranded site (gwr.com) but I'm assuming that the basic system is still the same . I wo...