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by ubert767
14 Feb 2020, 9:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Apple music files to mp3
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Apple music files to mp3

I'd like to load my entire itunes library, which is held on my MacBook Pro, onto an old Android Nexus 7 for use whilst I'm tinkering in my workshop. The files in the library are in Apple's own file format and I believe need converting to mp3 format for the Nexus.The Macbook has a file convertor buil...
by ubert767
2 Feb 2020, 10:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Step through touring bike
Replies: 29
Views: 1074

Re: Step through touring bike

Depending upon your wife's attachment to here present touring bike, you might consider adapting the existing frame.
My wife experienced a similar problem and had her Thorn Nomad top tube/seat tube junction lowered 100mm.
She is very pleased the result.

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Rob

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by ubert767
24 Jan 2020, 4:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services
Replies: 25
Views: 1194

Re: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services

I thought it was too good to last! We've used the TGV service from Bordeaux to Paris a couple of times recently and it was very civilised, with reserved bike spaces, dedicated seats next to them and travelling at 300kph.
Oh well!
Rob
by ubert767
12 Jan 2020, 3:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any other motorcyclists here?
Replies: 184
Views: 3919

Re: Any other motorcyclists here?

and oil-tight too!Rob How did you manage that? Skimmed all the mating surfaces? (Don't tell me it was oil tight from the factory, that's a step too far. :lol:) You can usually do this with RTV silicone gasket stuff. I achieved it by using good engineering practices, (lapping mating surfaces on a su...
by ubert767
12 Jan 2020, 9:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any other motorcyclists here?
Replies: 184
Views: 3919

Re: Any other motorcyclists here?

Here"s my 1970 BSA Victor, a 441cc single which I've owned since almost new. I rebuilt it a couple of years ago, it's great fun to ride and oil-tight too!

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Rob
by ubert767
4 Dec 2019, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling friendly hotels in and around Carentan, Normandy
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Cycling friendly hotels in and around Carentan, Normandy

Had a pleasant overnight stay here during this summer.
Bike-friendly.

Domaine Saint-Hilaire
bis, 13 Rue des Fleurs, 50500, France

Rob
by ubert767
28 Nov 2019, 4:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Uk custom framebuilder thinking out of the box
Replies: 13
Views: 916

Re: Uk custom framebuilder thinking out of the box

Sven Cycles in Weymouth may be worth a look-see, they made a custom bike called a"Forager".

https://www.svencycles.com/customer-sto ... ager-bike/

Rob
by ubert767
19 Nov 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Re: Best-laid plans of mice and men

To be fair to the box packing method, it did suffer an abnormal situation going out from Gatwick and also it has experienced two flights ( one out to Toulouse and then return ) plus a trip in a courier van to my home.
Yes, sh*t happens sometimes.
Rob
by ubert767
19 Nov 2019, 4:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Re: Best-laid plans of mice and men

It was the fact that I had boxed it well (obviously not well enough for determined baggage handlers), to EasyJet's requirements and paid what I think is an excessive amount for the carriage of the bike compared to the passenger ticket. I can live with a bit of bike transit damage but what really pee...
by ubert767
19 Nov 2019, 11:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Re: Best-laid plans of mice and men

Update to my Easyjet baggage delay and bike transit damage. My travel insurance, Sports Cover Direct, didn't cover for consequential losses due to the tour cancellation caused by the baggage delay. This would have required something like an illness, bereavement, or loss of employment. Better luck o...
by ubert767
8 Oct 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portland Trail Dorset
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: Portland Trail Dorset

From memory, the surface is Tarmac all the way, both the highway sections and the Rodwell Cycle Trail section. There is a steep and busy climb through Fortuneswell onto Portland Isle itself, so might be daunting for your friend if she isn't a regular cyclist. Portland is an unusual place, some local...
by ubert767
6 Oct 2019, 9:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brompton - Perpignan to Montpellier
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: Brompton - Perpignan to Montpellier

Take a look at the travel book "Fat Man in France" by ex-BBC radio presenter Tom Vernon, in which he describes is bike trip along that coastline from Collioure.
This was the book which got me into cycle touring many years ago.
Rob
by ubert767
12 Sep 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Re: Best-laid plans of mice and men

Did they give you the option to abandon your trip at Gatwick? If not, then this could be a point of contention. No bike, no cycling holiday. Thanks for the advice. It was Bedlam at Gatwick that morning due to a total baggage system failure, headless chickens come to mind. I felt that Easyjet was le...
by ubert767
12 Sep 2019, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

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. Thanks for the sympathy, we've done this type of trip...
by ubert767
11 Sep 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Best-laid plans of mice and men

Our plan was a flight to Toulouse and a tour through the Gorge du Tarn but we ended up stuck in Toulouse with no bikes or baggage, courtesy of a total baggage system failure at Gatwick Airport on the 3rd September. With no equipment or means of onward travel, we had to spend three days in Toulouse (...