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by bohrsatom
28 Jan 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services
Replies: 25
Views: 1200

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: 1200

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: 885

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: 1200

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: 1275

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: 784

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...
by bohrsatom
14 Nov 2019, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express??
Replies: 15
Views: 1692

Re: Bike Express??

I used it once, to get back to London from Montpellier. It's a long journey, for sure, and I found the pick up point was chosen for the convenience of the coach company, not the cyclist. It was a hairy ride to get there! I'd do it again though. But next time I'd only take the coach as far as Dover t...
by bohrsatom
28 Sep 2019, 5:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 68165

Re: Pictures of your tents.

My MSR Hubba Hubba when cycling the Devon C2C last month

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by bohrsatom
17 Sep 2019, 7:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Billy no mates, channel to the med
Replies: 28
Views: 1833

Re: Billy no mates, channel to the med

I did this ride last year, from Caen to Montpellier, and back on the bike bus. A great route with plenty of options for hills (or not) depending on your preference. I camped, so can't offer any suggestions on B&Bs, but just came on here to say that you'll love the ride, and by the end you might ...
by bohrsatom
15 Sep 2019, 12:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iphone opencyclemap offline
Replies: 15
Views: 781

Re: Iphone opencyclemap offline

Pocket Earth has a navigation mode which will give you turn-by-turn directions Needs to be online to create a route though F9551763-A354-4B2F-B9DC-DD934AC5EE38.jpeg Hmm good point! Perhaps you could create your route in the wonderful MapOut app, previously mentioned by Psamathe, import it to Pocket...
by bohrsatom
15 Sep 2019, 9:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 train Q: Eurostar LNER
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: 4 train Q: Eurostar LNER

Eurostar knife policy: Folding/lock pocket knives are also banned. Small folding pocket knives with blades under 75mm without a locking mechanism are the exception and are permitted. I have successfully taken a swiss army knife and small ceramic folding knife without issues An Opinel would probably ...
by bohrsatom
15 Sep 2019, 9:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iphone opencyclemap offline
Replies: 15
Views: 781

Re: Iphone opencyclemap offline

Pocket Earth has a navigation mode which will give you turn-by-turn directions
by bohrsatom
12 Sep 2019, 7:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1026

Re: Best-laid plans of mice and men

So sorry to hear this happened to you. I dread waiting in the arrivals hall for my bike to show up.

Do you have travel insurance? I'd have thought you have reasonable grounds for a claim of the abandoned trip based on your luggage going missing.
by bohrsatom
7 Sep 2019, 9:13am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1963

Re: Theft from campsites

I had a powerbank, charging cable and plug stolen from the Camping Municipal in Bedoin, Provence. It had been left in an out of the way place in the sanitary block overnight but had disappeared by the time I came to collect it in the morning. None of the bits taken were expensive to replace, but it ...
by bohrsatom
4 Aug 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... which kickstands will fit Spa's Wayfarer?
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: ... which kickstands will fit Spa's Wayfarer?

I use a rear hub mounted stand on my Spa Steel Tourer I looked at something similar but I fear the bikes rear disc brake assembly would get in the way. I can't find a photo of the Wayfarer with the non-drive side of the bike facing the camera, but if the disc assembly in any way sticks out of the r...