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by bohrsatom
5 Jul 2020, 12:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 40
Views: 1411

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

Hoping to get to France sometime in August or early September, but it really depends on the ability to get across the channel. I'm not going to fly so it needs to be a ferry, but it's still a fluid situation over which ferry companies will carry cyclists. Hoping that Brittany Ferries will reverse th...
by bohrsatom
30 Jun 2020, 10:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring food
Replies: 36
Views: 1006

Re: Touring food

With a Trangia you can be Raymond Blanc if you choose! Just go for food which is reasonably quick to cook. I'm a big fan of sausages - get some chipolatas, slice them lengthways in half, fry for a few minutes each side then put them in a roll/baguette whilst you fry off an egg. Good for breakfast or...
by bohrsatom
9 Jun 2020, 11:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike touring- What to do with bike at museum
Replies: 33
Views: 1207

Re: Bike touring- What to do with bike at museum

In my experience I've found most museums/castles/etc outside large towns and cities are happy to keep your luggage at reception whilst you look around. These places tend to be pretty quiet anyway and I think they appreciate the visitors, plus it gives the reception staff something to do. The Valrhon...
by bohrsatom
13 May 2020, 10:48pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Handy stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 54
Views: 2072

Re: Handy stuff to have in your camping kit

For cutting food I used to use an IKEA flexible plastic chopping board that was trimmed down to the size of an Ortlieb back-roller pannier pocket. It's only a few mms thick, weighs virtually nothing and stows away nicely in the pocket. I stopped doing this after buying a Trangia as the multi-disc wo...
by bohrsatom
13 May 2020, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?
Replies: 80
Views: 3013

Re: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?

At this moment in time I think being on a train is sharing an enclosed space with people from other households and is therefore a risk. To them and to yourself. It is a risk that some may feel they have to take for important reasons such as getting to work. But it is a risk that ought to be avoided...
by bohrsatom
7 May 2020, 10:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The perfect location...
Replies: 21
Views: 1259

Re: The perfect location...

How about Normandy? I spent the night at the municipal camping in in Gacé, Normandy a couple of years back. Some nice riding in the area with plenty of countryside and not many hills. There’s good food as well, especially if you like cheese as Camembert is made nearby (although I prefer the Livarot ...
by bohrsatom
23 Apr 2020, 1:59pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Helinox Table One - any opinions?
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Helinox Table One - any opinions?

It's the mesh tops that are on the biggest discount - https://rockrun.com/collections/helinox if you're interested. I use a Trangia multi-disc as a chopping board so wouldn't be cutting directly on the table, but without seeing one in the flesh it's hard to know whether the mesh is taut enough for c...
by bohrsatom
22 Apr 2020, 9:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Helinox Table One - any opinions?
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Helinox Table One - any opinions?

Rock and Run are selling the Helinox Table One for 50% off RRP, so £55 instead of £110. Although I'm actively trying to reduce the weight and amount of kit carried on tour, I was thinking that a table might be a nice luxury on a more leisurely trip where the extra 690g doesn't matter that much. Anyb...
by bohrsatom
23 Feb 2020, 10:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 38
Views: 2004

Re: Re-inflating tyres post flight

I flew into Basel airport with my bike a few years ago and I recall that it's well set up for cyclists with a space to build you bike and even a pump.

I found a tweet [0] that confirms it was still there in 2019, so you should be good.

[0] https://twitter.com/hovis_jovis/status/ ... 2395008000
by bohrsatom
28 Jan 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services
Replies: 25
Views: 1450

Re: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services

Different strokes for different folks, I'd say. I go touring to spend time outside in the countryside so I aim to maximise the cycling time available on my trip. Sometimes I'm only able to get a week away from work - spending a day or more travelling to my destination, and the same back, seriously c...
by bohrsatom
25 Jan 2020, 9:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services
Replies: 25
Views: 1450

Re: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services

This might be an unpopular view on here, but while I think it's important for TER trains to have room for bikes, I don't see it as any kind of priority for TGVs to carry them. It's definitely not a priority for the train operators. They make twice as much money from two passengers than one passenge...
by bohrsatom
24 Jan 2020, 1:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Offline map software for a Mac
Replies: 30
Views: 1117

Re: Offline map software for a Mac

To confirm what MickF says, BaseCamp will do exactly what you need. I also find it an awful piece of software - it's really slow to render the maps on a modern device with a SSD, but it will work. I stopped using BaseCamp a few years ago and now do all my planning using offline mapping apps on my iP...
by bohrsatom
24 Jan 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services
Replies: 25
Views: 1450

Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services

A heads up for those looking to ride in France this year. According to Freewheeling France , since January bikes are now no longer permitted on the following TGV routes: ⋅ Paris-Nantes ⋅ Paris-Rennes ⋅ Paris-Bordeaux The SNCF online booking system does confirm this - it...
by bohrsatom
20 Dec 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative
Replies: 20
Views: 1793

Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

I've owned a Hubba Hubba NX for a couple of years. It's a good tent, easy to put up/pack away and pretty lightweight. Pitching inner-first has never been a problem for me, and I've put the tent up in all weathers. Yes, the inner will get wet if it's a downpour, but in those conditions you'll probabl...
by bohrsatom
18 Nov 2019, 9:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Couriering a bike back from France
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Couriering a bike back from France

I used Sherpr (sherpr.com) to get my bike back from the Auvergne this summer. It's not especially cheap but they're helpful and responsive, the bike arrived in good shape, and the bike box is reusable. How much did it cost overall Richard? A quick quote suggested £60 one way, but did you have to pa...