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by bohrsatom
21 Apr 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Pillow
Replies: 24
Views: 528

Re: Pillow

I have the Exped Air Pillow (http://www.exped.com/switzerland/en/air-pillow-m). It’s pretty comfortable (I use a buff as a kind-of pillowcase) and packs up super small into its stuff sack.

Would recommend
by bohrsatom
16 Apr 2019, 7:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Oh Eurostar we weep to see...
Replies: 13
Views: 696

Re: Oh Eurostar we weep to see...

Last time I took my bike on Eurostar it cost me an extra £25 or £30 each way :o

Was going to suggest you could fly there for less, but even Easyjet now charge £45 each way for a bike, sure it used to be £30 or so as well.
by bohrsatom
28 Mar 2019, 9:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Openfietsmap - map data updates
Replies: 15
Views: 1482

Re: Openfietsmap - map data updates

My take is that the release notes don't mention run-of-the-mill map changes, only important/significant ones. Doesn't mean that the base maps are getting updated regularly though
by bohrsatom
7 Mar 2019, 8:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags
Replies: 21
Views: 3836

Re: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags

mnichols wrote:Supplementary question, anyone's bike been damaged in a CTC bag when flying?


mine got two dings in the downtube in a poly bag on a flight from Gatwick to Basel. I didn't notice the damage immediately so was out of luck as far as compensation was concerned. Bike was naked in a CTC poly bag.
by bohrsatom
7 Mar 2019, 7:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags
Replies: 21
Views: 3836

Re: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags

It depends on the size of your bike. My other half has a small frame and her bike has travelled several times with Easyjet in a CTC poly bag with both wheels on. I am over 6ft and my bike travels with the front wheel removed. Your bike needs to fit through the luggage scanner which means that it can...
by bohrsatom
5 Mar 2019, 10:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar
Replies: 9
Views: 1144

Re: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar

Thanks! Sending it in advance is an interesting thought. Presumably it would have to be boxed? I'll have a think about whether that might work. If you send your bike in advance there a strong chance it’ll go unboxed as they can put it on the next train with space for a fully assembled bike. On a Lo...
by bohrsatom
5 Mar 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar
Replies: 9
Views: 1144

Re: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar

can you send your bike in advance of the train you are booked on? If so it’ll be waiting for you in the Eurodispatch office. Choose a seat towards the front of the train and assuming you don’t have much luggage to carry you could be at the desk in 5 minutes. You don’t have much wiggle room if the pe...
by bohrsatom
2 Mar 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CYCLE SHUTTLE BUS IN FRANCE
Replies: 2
Views: 1084

Re: CYCLE SHUTTLE BUS IN FRANCE

How about TER trains? All take bikes without reservations.

From a quick Google you can take a train from Toulon to Marseille, then Marseille to Lyon.
Might take a while but bikes no issue.
by bohrsatom
1 Mar 2019, 7:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking ahead vs Last minute touring
Replies: 10
Views: 1236

Re: Booking ahead vs Last minute touring

We generally book the first night of the trip in advance, in case our train/boat/plane is late to arrive. Other than that, everything is booked on the day or, very rarely, the day before. By lunchtime we usually have a good idea of where we could get to by the end of the day and so we'll try and fin...
by bohrsatom
19 Feb 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: 2 person lightweight inexpensive tent options
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: 2 person lightweight inexpensive tent options

I like my MSR Hubba Hubba NX. It's 2P but really enough for one with some gear, although is plenty roomy inside.

Packed weight is 1.6KG so fits the bill there too. UK prices are pretty high and would mean the tent is out of your budget but I suspect you can find it much cheaper in the US
by bohrsatom
18 Feb 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Platypus wine "bottle"
Replies: 25
Views: 941

Re: Platypus wine "bottle"

We've owned one of these for years and taken it on many tours but never actually filled it with anything, wine or not. It seems that for whatever reason any leftover wine promptly 'evaporates' before bedtime. BTW: The Monkii Cage is a good way to transport wine from supermarket/bodega to camp site h...
by bohrsatom
6 Feb 2019, 7:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Prague bypass route??
Replies: 2
Views: 818

Re: Prague bypass route??

Do you like beer? And a few hills? Karlovy Vary -> Plzen (Beer - home of Pilsner Urquell brewery) -> Klatovy -> Sumava National Park (hilly) -> Cesky Krumlov (nice touristy town) -> Cesky Budejovice (Beer - home of Budvar brewery) -> Telc (another pretty town) -> Brno I rode most of this a few years...
by bohrsatom
3 Feb 2019, 8:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 2583

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Finding your favourite snacks is part of the enjoyment of bike touring. These are mine: https://i.imgur.com/j17mettm.jpg Also, a boulangerie will always make you a filled baguette even if there's no obvious menu. Ham, cheese or ham & cheese are three obvious choices. They might even do a cheese ...
by bohrsatom
24 Jan 2019, 9:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 801

Re: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

Start by deciding whether you want a synthetic or down sleeping bag. That'll set your price range: synthetics will be in the £30 to £200 range; a (good) down bag £150+. Then decide when you're going to be using it, and that will determine the temperate range you need. Pretty much everything else (we...
by bohrsatom
21 Jan 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Secure bicycle storage in Amsterdam
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Secure bicycle storage in Amsterdam

Generally the municipalities provide secure bike parking in towns and cities. I've never done this in Amsterdam (have never been there on tour) but have used these facilities in at least half a dozen places including Utrecht and Maastricht. Most are free and have either CCTV or a security guard to s...