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by mr riff raff
26 May 2019, 10:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?
Replies: 15
Views: 520

Re: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?

St. David's to Lowestoft if you really want to do the C2C.
by mr riff raff
17 Apr 2019, 9:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Virgin East Coast Line website revamp bad news
Replies: 53
Views: 4069

Re: Virgin East Coast Line website revamp bad news

Just to add my LNER experience to this, I booked my seats online, then called their customer service number to book spaces for my bike.

Got a confirmation email about an hour after the conversation. Quite simple really.

I'll be back here in June having a proper rant when it's all gone belly up!!
by mr riff raff
1 Sep 2018, 6:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France & getting by with limited french
Replies: 84
Views: 2294

Re: France & getting by with limited french

I have been looking at options for a train to the far south east of France, cycling to Calais , ferry to England and cycling home. There are organised tours that offer a similar program, but the cost is around three times the price of a holiday in the Caribbean . The trip south looks easy by train ...
by mr riff raff
31 Aug 2018, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: USA tour

Usually when people go E-W they give history as a reason - the way the USA was settled, saving the best scenery to last, or depending on route, no hills for 1500 miles until you are tour fit. Going E-W for a East coast to San Francisco further north crossing allows an earlier in the year start if t...
by mr riff raff
31 Aug 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: USA tour

Follow the adventure cycling website and crazy guy on a bike website (many journals from people doing a similar route to you). No tent is doable but you have to be prepared to put some distances in. The route you are proposing from San Francisco is classically followed using the adventure cycling w...
by mr riff raff
31 Aug 2018, 8:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: USA tour

I've found British Airways good for bikes and prices are OK. Their website isn't as good for searching as Skyscanner though. I search on Skyscanner then book direct via BA. Cuts out any middleman if there is any problems. On economy fares you get one hold case free up to 23kg. Unless you are travel...
by mr riff raff
30 Aug 2018, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: USA tour

simonhill wrote:Make sure your chosen airline takes bikes before you book. I have seen plenty of people who go for cost or convenience and then find they are stuffed re taking a bike.

Enjoy the planning, but remain flexible.

I'll almost certainly go for a recognised leading brand on that front.
by mr riff raff
30 Aug 2018, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: USA tour

brynpoeth wrote:Try searching these fora for more info, you may find answers to questions you had never thought of have already been posted :wink:

I did try a search, but it wasn't happy with US or USA. A bit too generic.
by mr riff raff
30 Aug 2018, 7:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: USA tour

5 hours and all this info.

You lot are brilliant.

And I'm really not going to camp anywhere, honest. I spent 2 nights in a tent when I was about 10. It rained all the time and decided there and then I'd never do it, ever. That was 40 years ago, and I'm not changing my mind now!!
by mr riff raff
30 Aug 2018, 2:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

Re: USA tour

Not camping. 100%. I know the States is a big place, but there must be accommodation at least every 60-80 miles or so.

I've been to Death Valley so no need to see that! :D
by mr riff raff
30 Aug 2018, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA tour
Replies: 20
Views: 806

USA tour

This is a long term plan for summer 2022, so feel free to add any comments up until then. I'm going to ride West coast to East coast. Probably, due to prevailing winds. Start and finish points will depend on flight deals nearer the actual date, so that's a bit hazy at the moment. San Francisco/Seatt...
by mr riff raff
7 Nov 2017, 10:05pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Riding with a catheter
Replies: 27
Views: 5881

Re: Riding with a catheter

I've heard of people using a condom during sports, which allows the catheter to be looped back on itself, and held securely against the penis. It also allows a little safety leeway should the tube get caught on anything. I would just be cautious to ensure the loop is not too tight and kinking the t...
by mr riff raff
16 Sep 2017, 12:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can I fly Inverness to Bristol without a passport?
Replies: 21
Views: 1907

Re: Can I fly Inverness to Bristol without a passport?

What if you don't have a driving licence?
by mr riff raff
8 Mar 2017, 10:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Staying clean & maintained
Replies: 12
Views: 958

Re: Staying clean & maintained

Oh, yeah. GET MUDGUARDS!!

Even Crud Catcher's road model will make a massive difference.
by mr riff raff
8 Mar 2017, 10:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Staying clean & maintained
Replies: 12
Views: 958

Re: Staying clean & maintained

I use a small pressure washer on the cross bike when it's got well caked up, but avoid BB had hubs. It's not that hard to miss them.

A garden spray has enough oomph to get ride of everyday road muck, I find.