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by simonhill
18 Oct 2018, 9:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords to sell Bromptons
Replies: 40
Views: 1494

Re: Halfords to sell Bromptons

I didn't realise that Bromptons were always RRP. I bought mine from my LBS where I normally get 10% off everything apart from labour. Full price came as a surprise. This was rubbed in when I met a guy who said that Evans were throwing in free big front bag which is £100+. I wonder if Halfords will d...
by simonhill
18 Oct 2018, 12:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How Do You Find "Nice" Cycle Areas And Routes
Replies: 28
Views: 799

Re: How Do You Find "Nice" Cycle Areas And Routes

I agree with using the OS maps. Only about a fiver each on the web, or go to local library and borrow for free. You can work out all sorts of routes, that suit any particular requirements. This method is much more fun than being told to do a particular route. I also agree with an earlier poster that...
by simonhill
17 Oct 2018, 11:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flying with your Bicycle
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Flying with your Bicycle

I've flown plenty of times with my bike in and around Thailand and Malaysia. Never had a problem, although I usually use AirAsia or if to or from UK, Emirates. The first thing to find out is how do they want you to pack it. I always use a cardboard box nowadays as it is accepted by both airline and ...
by simonhill
17 Oct 2018, 11:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 47
Views: 1611

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

I agree with Ian. The insurance companies have tightened up a lot.

I don't now exceed the allowed 2 months. As I said earlier, house insurance is one area where I won't take a risk anymore.
by simonhill
17 Oct 2018, 12:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 47
Views: 1611

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

In answer to above post: About 7 months at home, although that doesn't count time away in my camper. I can't see any reason to travel less. I may do it a bit more gently, but I hope I will go on for as long as possible. One thing for me about being somewhere warm in the winter is that I can keep up ...
by simonhill
16 Oct 2018, 8:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 25
Views: 2807

Re: Ryanair bike policy

Why not put them in cardboard box. They will be better protected and you can add a bit of extra padding.as well. Also no chance of them getting separated.
by simonhill
15 Oct 2018, 12:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?
Replies: 32
Views: 1064

Re: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?

It's all relative (or maybe personal). I'd rather cycle through Hanoi where I understand the rules than throw myself downhill at 55 mph. I rarely reach that in kph. To me that is reckless (no offence, each to their own, etc). When touring, I am pretty risk adverse. I certainly go to places that are ...
by simonhill
14 Oct 2018, 2:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car parking close to the kerb by the traffic light s
Replies: 41
Views: 1596

Re: Car parking close to the kerb by the traffic light s

Maybe the broken mirror will be the least of the OPs problems. The driver has a copy of their bank statement and passport. This seems rather strange behaviour.

Lets hope the driver is honest.
by simonhill
14 Oct 2018, 2:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?
Replies: 91
Views: 3824

Re: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?

Yesterday I was cycling along a two way cycle path. Looking ahead and also to the side where a large event was taking place. While looking to the side, I started to wander across the mid line and was only made aware of it by the bell of a fast approaching road bike coming the other way. I bet he was...
by simonhill
14 Oct 2018, 11:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?
Replies: 32
Views: 1064

Re: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?

I'm not sure if I find it harder, but the advent of my pensions means I am able to go to less risky areas. In the last few years, I have done a number of tours in East Asia (Japan, Korea & Taiwan). These countries would be considered to be less risky than places like India or Lao that were my pr...
by simonhill
14 Oct 2018, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?
Replies: 91
Views: 3824

Re: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?

In reply to Ian (edit: his last but one post) I would think that cycling is less safe for anyone with reduced hearing. Not all the time, but for example, if there was a shouted warning. Touring in Korea at the moment which has loads of wonderful cycle paths. One thing that amuses me is that many cyc...
by simonhill
13 Oct 2018, 12:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike to Germany for Rhine Route
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: Bike to Germany for Rhine Route

You stated your problems, but don't say where you want to go from, where you wat to get to and where you want to return from.

Have a look at the Easyjet website for their routes.

I flew Gatwick Basle in the summer with bike and bags, very easy.
by simonhill
12 Oct 2018, 12:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hanoi - bike/box logistics
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Hanoi - bike/box logistics

I've flown into Hanoi a few times, but not recently. Look out for a a large taxi, sort of SUV estate car thing, that you can get bikes in the back. Alternatively hire a minibus, they are not expensive. Nonetheless, do some research to check standard taxi price before you go to avoid being ripped off...
by simonhill
10 Oct 2018, 11:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 47
Views: 1611

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

It strikes me that there are two problems here. Some people are just tired, want a bit of a change after being on bike for a long time, have other things to do, lack of cash and/or time, etc. Then there are some who seem to have a physiological problem about getting back on their bike. The two are v...
by simonhill
10 Oct 2018, 11:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mobile phones & Mobile Broadband data only sims
Replies: 22
Views: 707

Re: Mobile Broadband data only sims

what is a mifi device? From Google search A MiFi taps into 3G or 4G mobile phone networks and uses this connection to create a mini wireless broadband cloud or hotspot. This can then be shared between mobile internet-enabled devices — such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and even games consoles — ...