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by simonhill
17 Apr 2018, 1:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Stand
Replies: 14
Views: 415

Re: Bike Stand

Instead of using a stand, a common method is to turn the bike upside down. It will rest on its handlebars and saddle. You can then remove the wheel easily. You can also leave the wheel on and just remove the tyre to repair the tube if that is your chosen method. When I was looking for a bike wheel s...
by simonhill
13 Apr 2018, 1:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Gears, How Comparable with a Full Size Bike?
Replies: 28
Views: 703

Re: Brompton Gears, How Comparable with a Full Size Bike?

Thanks for all the replies. I think maybe my original question was not clear enough and I apologise for that. Nonetheless some of you got the idea and have provided useful answers. I do understand the gear inches concept, which is how I could compare a Brompton with my LHT. The point of my post was ...
by simonhill
12 Apr 2018, 7:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Gears, How Comparable with a Full Size Bike?
Replies: 28
Views: 703

Brompton Gears, How Comparable with a Full Size Bike?

I'm about to buy a new Brompton. Other posts on here have helped me decide the spec, but I am wondering about the gears. I plan on getting the 6 speed, but even going for the 12% reduced chainwheel, the lowest gear is still 29.1", which seems quite high to me, for what I see as an urban run-abo...
by simonhill
11 Apr 2018, 5:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 18
Views: 851

Re: Ryanair bike policy

Maybe you can explain why your bike and box weigh 30kgs. Is it a hard case?

My Surly LHT with a fairly heavy duty build and sprung saddle, in a cardboard box, comes out at 18 - 19 kgs, depending on size of box.
by simonhill
10 Apr 2018, 3:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling/Camping project, help needed!
Replies: 19
Views: 789

Re: Cycling/Camping project, help needed!

Another drawback is transporting the trailer. I can take my bike on a plane at little or no extra cost. A trailer would be very different and if had batteries, would be banned completely. Even on a cross channel ferry it would incur a charge higher than for a normal bike, maybe even approaching a ca...
by simonhill
7 Apr 2018, 4:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: HELP! - Height difference vs height climbed & different sources!
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Re: HELP! - Height difference vs height climbed & different sources!

You could do it the old fashioned way and count contours. I don't know if they do for that area, but google maps usually have contours in 'terrain' mode of viewing. Work out which contours are up and count them then multiply by contour interval. You may need to interpolate a bit, but this should giv...
by simonhill
3 Apr 2018, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leaving a Bike In Europe
Replies: 9
Views: 908

Re: Leaving a Bike In Europe

All of those are possible. I have left my campervan at a campsite while going off cycling. I have also left my bike in a hotel while returning to the UK for a wedding. However, unless you know the campsite/hotel etc well, what I would do is to search out a local club and get one of their members to ...
by simonhill
3 Apr 2018, 7:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone work in wholesale?
Replies: 12
Views: 1103

Re: Anyone work in wholesale?

"Think of the cost of servicing these village stores - they're few and far between, aren't they?" ...............and in my experience most village shops shut at lunchtime Saturday and don't open till Monday morning. Perfectly timed for the average cyclist. In Taiwan as part of their push t...
by simonhill
3 Apr 2018, 7:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Charging for bike parking
Replies: 11
Views: 1087

Re: Charging for bike parking

I've been to plenty of countries where they charge for bike parking. Normally the countries where there are lots of (city/commuter) bikes, eg Japan, Cuba, Vietnam, China, etc. Most are just large covered areas where you can park your bike securely, often manned. Their bikes usually have stands so no...
by simonhill
30 Mar 2018, 10:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......
Replies: 67
Views: 40558

Re: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......

Please remember to date any info posted. Things change and sometimes people's experiences are a few years old.
by simonhill
29 Mar 2018, 2:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag. What is Packed Size When New
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: CTC Bike Bag. What is Packed Size When New

Thanks for the info. 800 GM's is a bit heavier than I was expecting.

I'll think about it.

A couple of years ago, I was going to buy a Groundforce bag. Very light and folds up A4 size. Got put off by 20% price hike post Brexit vote (bag only for sale in NZ).
by simonhill
28 Mar 2018, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag. What is Packed Size When New
Replies: 4
Views: 625

CTC Bike Bag. What is Packed Size When New

Anyone got one to measure and weigh?

I've used something similar before, but it was a mattress cover and as not packed new was much bulkier.

Having just had a stressful time getting a box, I was wondering if carrying a virgin CTC bike bag may be a good safety fallback.

Ta.
by simonhill
26 Mar 2018, 11:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Misunderstood terminology
Replies: 86
Views: 5490

Re: Misunderstood terminology

The trouble with gear inches is that it means little to most people and isn't instantly obvious. Remove the "inches" and it would make more sense. A gear of 60 is lower/easier/etc than one of 90. Job done. Alternatively you could also add a bit of pie to the equation to correctly give dist...
by simonhill
24 Mar 2018, 10:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: AirAsia filmed rough handling bikes. Apologises and bikes go free in April
Replies: 7
Views: 803

AirAsia filmed rough handling bikes. Apologises and bikes go free in April

The title says it all. See it here. https://www.google.com/amp/s/coconuts.co/kl/news/air-asia-says-sorry-bike-baggage-throwing-lets-bikes-fly-free-april/amp/#ampshare=https://coconuts.co/kl/news/air-asia-says-sorry-bike-baggage-throwing-lets-bikes-fly-free-april/ I doubt many other airlines would do...
by simonhill
23 Mar 2018, 11:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Verdun Battlefield Area
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Verdun Battlefield Area

I went about 20 years ago. Don't suppose much has changed. I cycled it using my campervan as a base. I camped somewhere near the town and rode out each day. I can't remember how long I was there for, probably about 3 days, but managed to see all the 'sights'. I think it was more moving than The Somm...