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by simonhill
28 Feb 2020, 3:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: corona virus - eden valley sportive
Replies: 25
Views: 779

Re: corona virus - eden valley sportive

Look on the bright side.

If you catch it, you will be fastracked into a hi-tech medical facility. If however you fall off you bike, you will probably spend hours on a trolley in A & E.
by simonhill
27 Feb 2020, 4:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 29
Views: 877

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

I'm not sure when you were in SEA, but I'm here now and all the reports are of a massive slowdown in tourist activity from the Chinese. Remember that it took a few weeks for travel, etc to be curtailed. It's hard to see a negative, but there are definite signs even to my untrained eye. Many hotels a...
by simonhill
27 Feb 2020, 2:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 29
Views: 877

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

The post is the NEXT 3 months, which starts today. Also Easter is only 6 weeks away. I suspect that some airlines are already looking at cancelling and consolidating some services to Italy. A couple of weeks ago I saw an piece about the Bicester shopping place. It was virtually empty due to lack of ...
by simonhill
27 Feb 2020, 2:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 29
Views: 877

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Even if YOU think the virus isn't a major concern, you could still be affected by: - cancelled flights - towns closed to access - interesting tourist sites (and museums) closed - caught up in a quarantine zone for a fortnight. Add those up and you could have a pretty crappy holiday. And no insuranc...
by simonhill
27 Feb 2020, 2:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Itching to do it
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: Itching to do it

Easter is a variable feast (excuse the pun) in 2 ways. It can fall in late March right through to late April. The date doesn't necessarily effect the weather. But will bring more or less daylight. Secondly is the weather. I have done something outdoors on Easter Monday for the last 40 years (not cyc...
by simonhill
27 Feb 2020, 12:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aegean Airlines
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Aegean Airlines

Nylon (bike bags) are a sort of plastic, so you're halfway there. It's just the definition of box to be debated.

If it's a bespoke bike bag. I wouldn't worry.

Last time I used my groundeffect bag, it had so much cardboard in it it looked like a bike box in a protective bag.
by simonhill
26 Feb 2020, 11:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 29
Views: 877

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

I'm currently touring in Vietnam which has a long border with China. I had to make my go or stay decision some weeks ago, I decided to go. I decided the risk was very low, but do not intend to give advice on going or not on this or any other forum. As said, until Govt advice says don't go, travel in...
by simonhill
26 Feb 2020, 11:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?
Replies: 31
Views: 1105

Re: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?

A simple description of "stress relieving a wheel" please.

It sounds obvious, but these things aren't always.

Ta.
by simonhill
25 Feb 2020, 12:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?
Replies: 31
Views: 1105

Re: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?

My lbs builds a wheel for free if I buy all the components from them.

This made it worth me having a new wheel, rather than just replacing the rim.

The old rim had a bit of life left in it, but not enough for peace of mind on a long tour. So I ended up with a new wheel and a worn but usable spare.
by simonhill
25 Feb 2020, 9:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bringing a bike back from the USA
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Bringing a bike back from the USA

Check different airlines, not all charge $200. Generally European airlines are cheaper or free. Middle East or Asian are usually free, but unlikely to be stopping over in UK nowadays. Virgin used to offer a free bike, but have stopped now. Norwegian may be worth a try. One US poster uses Iceland Air...
by simonhill
25 Feb 2020, 12:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?
Replies: 31
Views: 1105

Re: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?

Not in stock, but surely able to order within a day or two?

This is the way nowadays.
by simonhill
24 Feb 2020, 9:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 36
Views: 1210

Re: Re-inflating tyres post flight

I've asked who lets the plane's tyres down after take off, but don't get a reply.

It's never a good idea to make them, or their rules look silly because when we fly with our bikes we are at the mercy of the airlines. I usually keep my head bowed and accept what rubbish they spout. Not worth arguing.
by simonhill
24 Feb 2020, 12:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 36
Views: 1210

Re: Re-inflating tyres post flight

....... because it's written into most airline's rules. I almost always get asked. No point in trying to explain the physics. Unfortunately the baggage handlers are often also aware of the rule and have been known to apply it. One poster on here reckons his tyres were deflated with a knife when his ...
by simonhill
23 Feb 2020, 12:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal
Replies: 119
Views: 3744

Re: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal

Quote: supporter of brexit complains he has to wait in queue at EU airport: ‘This isn’t the Brexit I voted for’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/brexit-eu-airport-queue-immigration-brexiteer-amsterdam-airport-schiphol-a9335281.html You couldn't make it up. A bit like the new Brexit p...
by simonhill
23 Feb 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal
Replies: 119
Views: 3744

Re: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal

Off the top of my head, and with no research, I'd say some of the ASEAN countries for starters. Not sure I can name 6 that would count so maybe there are a couple of others elsewhere. Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Indonesia. I think all others let Brits in on short entry schemes. And yes I know a few p...