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by bohrsatom
22 Jul 2021, 10:33pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Tern HSD
Replies: 43
Views: 2608

Re: Tern HSD

What panniers do you have? I had to remove the small plastic inserts from my Ortlieb back rollers to get them to fit
by bohrsatom
20 Jul 2021, 10:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kick stand
Replies: 19
Views: 658

Re: Kick stand

On this forum, kickstands appear to be as divisive as Brexit. You can definitely damage your frame from incorrect installation, but go careful and you should be alright. I’ve had success with rear triangle stands such as the Hebie Fox 611.
by bohrsatom
16 Jul 2021, 8:03pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Tern HSD
Replies: 43
Views: 2608

Re: Tern HSD

Jdsk wrote: 16 Jul 2021, 4:03pm Just arrived... have you got some photos of your fix, please?

Thanks

Jonathan
Small bit of old inner tube and two zip ties on each side: https://imgur.com/a/NfagfM5
by bohrsatom
15 Jul 2021, 9:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel to Northern France
Replies: 40
Views: 2074

Re: Travel to Northern France

I've done the journey in reverse - Montparnasse to Bordeaux via TGV. It was a few years ago now, but the hardest part of the entire journey was getting the bikes up one level from the ground floor to the platforms at Montparnasse station. The lift we found was tiny. In the end we removed the panniers from our fully-laden touring bikes and took the stairs, alternating between leaving bikes and luggage unattended. I suspect there is a step-free route, but it wasn't obvious so I'd recommend doing some research beforehand.

Otherwise there's a step up between platform and train but there ought to be enough time for you to do this in two goes - panniers first then follow up with the bikes afterwards.

The bike carriage was exactly as in ossie's photo - next to the fold-up seats with some velcro to secure the bikes. No need to disassemble anything.
by bohrsatom
13 Jul 2021, 10:16pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Tern HSD
Replies: 43
Views: 2608

Re: Tern HSD

My longer term view of the Duostand:

- It was a PITA to install - I had to trim the mudguard slightly to get it to fit in the right place
- it’s so much easier to load the bike compared with the original stand
- but it’s not as convenient to use, as you have to roll the bike onto the stand vs just flicking down the side stand with your feet
- The legs of the stand are raw metal and will eventually scratch your floor. May not be a problem if you keep the bike in the garage but I made some booties out of old inner tube to protect my kitchen floor
- it’s steep at £90, but that’s Tern for you!
by bohrsatom
7 Jul 2021, 9:15am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E bike insurance
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: E bike insurance

Some home insurance policies will cover e-bikes, but it's worth reading the small print to understand the limits of the policy.

Mine doesn't, so I have my Tern HSD insured through Laka. Their cover is very comprehensive and you're covered as long as you lock to a solid object with a sold secure gold lock.

The model is unique as your monthly fee varies depending on the number of claims in that month (although it'll never go over a set maximum limit). In my case my limit is £37/month but I've paid on average £20/month since taking out the policy at the start of the year

Other good stuff about it:
- Cover is on a month-by-month basis so you can just pause it if going away or you don't ride over winter
- You're covered if other people use the bike (this is an exclusion of many other policies)
- Zero excess
- Covered for accidental damage so can claim if you fall off, or if someone crashes into you and damages the bike
- Not mandated to lock bike to an immovable object if stored in a private garage/shed/bike store

I've no direct experience of claiming, but my friend is currently going through a claim so will be interesting to see how it goes.

There is a referral scheme when you (and I) get some free credit - do your research and if you decide Laka is the one I'm happy to send a link over.

(nb I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just a happy customer)
by bohrsatom
4 Jul 2021, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes in Room - UK Hotels - Which?
Replies: 12
Views: 1121

Re: Bikes in Room - UK Hotels - Which?

I just returned from a mini tour staying in Premier Inns each night. The bikes stayed with us in the room and overall I found the staff to be reassuringly apathetic to wheeling bikes through the hotel. On the first night I explained at check in that we had bikes, the lady didn’t seem to care much, so after that we just wheeled them straight through.

It’s handy to have a no-fuss option although I found the Guildford hotel a bit run down
by bohrsatom
26 May 2021, 9:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is CUK doing for us?
Replies: 146
Views: 9738

Re: What is CUK doing for us?

To be fair, CUK were involved with lobbying Eurostar a few years back when new trains were introduced that had significantly less space for bikes. They helped get them to permit carrying a few fully assembled bikes on each service, instead of requiring everyone to put their bikes into a box before travel.

Overall though I’d say the switch from CTC to CUK was a change in direction of travel, and one I’m generally in support of. I tour occasionally but ride every day, and refocusing around safe streets/protected cycle lanes was a good move.
by bohrsatom
23 May 2021, 10:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Navigation
Replies: 9
Views: 944

Re: Navigation

I use a combination of MapOut and cycle.travel, sent to my Garmin Edge using the dynamic.watch RouteCourse app (https://dynamicwatch.zendesk.com/hc/en- ... w-it-works)
by bohrsatom
16 May 2021, 10:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EU VISAs after Brexit
Replies: 366
Views: 26098

Re: EU VISAs after Brexit

Psamathe wrote: 15 May 2021, 11:39pm Just because they can ask for something does not mean they will. So only my attitude is no point worrying about it until we see what the various immigrations actually do in reality.

Ian
Yeah, it’s not necessarily that they will ask, but that they have the right to, and can refuse entry if you don’t meet the requirements.

From experiences in other countries I suspect the questioning received will depend on how long the queue is, your attitude at immigration plus (sadly) what you look like.
by bohrsatom
15 May 2021, 10:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EU VISAs after Brexit
Replies: 366
Views: 26098

Re: EU VISAs after Brexit

There’s been some coverage on social media of the changes to immigration rules previously mentioned on this thread, in particular in France and Spain. French border guards now have the right to ask you to provide evidence relating to your trip, specifically around accommodation, financial means and return travel.
Proof of accommodation covering the whole duration of the stay (hotel reservation and/or certificate of staying with a relative validated in the town hall);

Sufficient financial means. The means of subsistence shall be assessed according to the duration and purpose of the stay and by reference to the average prices for accommodation and food in the Member States;

Your return ticket or the financial means to acquire one at the envisaged return date;
https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/ ... -in-france

Although there does appear to be provision for showing up without accommodation (as long as you can prove you have funds to cover €120/day of expenses) this seems to put a downer on the old approach of just rolling off the ferry, riding until you get tired then spending a few weeks exploring the countryside.

Wonder if wild campers will have to book a ‘ghost’ trip with refundable accommodation then cancel it once they arrive in the country? What a hassle!
by bohrsatom
12 May 2021, 7:23pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Tern HSD
Replies: 43
Views: 2608

Re: Family eBike... Tern HSD and GSD... advice, please

I’ve had several issues with my HSD - mostly due to it not being fully checked over in the factory - which involved several trips to my LBS and eventually a visit from a mechanic working on behalf of Tern. All sorted now but it did take the shine off an expensive purchase.

I’ve found it to be a really capable workhorse, making light of the short but steep hills in my area of London and carrying pretty much any cargo I throw at it. Last weekend I rode a 20 mile round trip to collect 36 bottles of beer - total weight around 30kgs and I barely noticed it when riding. I also use the HSD to carry my Brompton which was handy on all my visits to the bike shop!

I’ve just switched to the DuoStand and have found it to be a useful upgrade over the standard kickstand.
by bohrsatom
22 Apr 2021, 11:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with a laptop (or similar)
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: Touring with a laptop (or similar)

There isn’t much you can’t do with an iPad these days. The iPad mini weighs just over 300g and you could bring the Apple keyboard which weighs 250g to give you a pretty powerful setup for just over half a kilo.

This will enable you plan rides, upload your activity to strava, edit photos and videos, wrote up the day’s journal....

In the past I used to take a small laptop (ASUS t100) but leave it at home now as the iPad setup is half the weight, easier/faster to charge and much more powerful than an Atom processor based machine
by bohrsatom
22 Apr 2021, 1:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Camera... and a ****
Replies: 54
Views: 2489

Re: Cycling Camera... and a ****

I have, very occasionally, ridden with a GoPro mounted on my handlebars and when I do I report any blatant close passes to the Met via their online form. I've found the Met process to be very smooth and most cases of really poor driving result in them sending a notice of intended prosecution to the driver.

My GoPro is a few years old now but can record in high enough quality to detect the numberplate of cars (I use 1080p / 30 fps / wide field of view).

Without video footage it's unlikely the police will take any action, but before you go down this route I suggest researching whether your police force is set up for acting on cycle cam videos. Some police forces are just not interested in 'near misses' and, as sad as it is to write this, your footage may only end up being of use if you're unfortunate enough to be seriously injured by a driver where it could be used to prove you weren't at fault.
by bohrsatom
9 Apr 2021, 8:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Openfietsmap - map data updates
Replies: 30
Views: 3255

Re: Openfietsmap - map data updates

The original and best. Thanks for the updated maps