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by simonhill
15 Jul 2018, 7:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good place to find UK bikepacking routes?
Replies: 23
Views: 335

Re: Good place to find UK bikepacking routes?

Just thought of something easy and fairly near home. The Flitch Way from near Bishops Stortford (train station) to Braintree. Almost all off road on good surface. Pretty flat as it follows an old railway line. Plenty of places to rough camp and it goes through Hatfield Forest.
by simonhill
15 Jul 2018, 12:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good place to find UK bikepacking routes?
Replies: 23
Views: 335

Re: Good place to find UK bikepacking routes?

Look at some of the long distance national Trails that are bridleways or equivalent. I don't know about GPSX routes, I rode most of mine long before them, but you can get good small size guides that include complete coverage on OS maps. South Downs Way is popular and once away from any carparks you ...
by simonhill
14 Jul 2018, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......
Replies: 93
Views: 43445

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

I've had my bike chemically scanned when it wouldn't fit through the scanner. Sometimes using a swap and another time it was a sort of vacuum cleaner.

Might be worth asking if these exist at your departure airport.
by simonhill
14 Jul 2018, 12:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why put safety/info stickers all over a new bike ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1157

Re: Why put safety/info stickers all over a new bike ?

I for one put forward the immediate action of painting all pavement kerb edges with a continuous thick yellow line and the words 'BEWARE OF TRAFFIC' six feet long and two feet apart. Sorry, but it wouldn't work unless it was linked to an app that displayed a big warning message on the screen of the...
by simonhill
14 Jul 2018, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Cycling to Australia

It is possible and plenty of people do it. Some would say its almost become a cycle highway on some stretches. You have to plan a route where you will be allowed to cycle, eg Iran won't let solo Brits; Burma is a no at the moment, etc. You also have to plan a route that you want to cycle. With bits ...
by simonhill
13 Jul 2018, 1:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 15
Views: 485

Re: Airports on your own

Hoisted by my own petard - use google if in doubt. Just googled it and found this on easyjet London Gatwick page http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/preparing-to-fly/gatwick-airport " Can I drop my hold luggage off the night before? If the flight you have booked leaves London Gatwick before 08.30 yo...
by simonhill
13 Jul 2018, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 15
Views: 485

Re: Airports on your own

Antonish - where did you find out about pre booking in your bike and how did you arrange it ? Sounds great, but I wasn't aware that it was available at Gatwick. Vorpal. I was going to stay in one of those hotels, but the budget one I looked at was away from airport and a bus was needed to get you to...
by simonhill
12 Jul 2018, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof cover for bike on hatchback rack
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: Waterproof cover for bike on hatchback rack

Wanna, wanna know who told you to get a cover.

Don't s'pose we'll ever find out. Joined 6 July at 10 pm-ish. Only other login 7 July 10 pm-ish.
by simonhill
12 Jul 2018, 9:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why put safety/info stickers all over a new bike ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1157

Re: Why put safety/info stickers all over a new bike ?

Maybe because bikes can be delivered directly to the consumer in a box. Yet to see a car distributed like this.
by simonhill
12 Jul 2018, 9:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof cover for bike on hatchback rack
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: Waterproof cover for bike on hatchback rack

I've been transporting my bike on the back of VW vans for over 30 years and never bothered with a cover. As said above, I cover the saddle but not the bike. Even a poly bag on the saddle can get shredded by the wind and turbulence, so make sure any cover is very tightly secured. Of course, it won't ...
by simonhill
11 Jul 2018, 5:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 15
Views: 485

Re: Airports on your own

Another option.

If you fly Emirates business class you get free chauffeur driven car (or people carrier on request). Probably not for everyone.
by simonhill
11 Jul 2018, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 15
Views: 485

Re: Airports on your own

Park in short term carpark which is a trolley push from terminal. Take bike to left luggage. Return to car, take to long stay, return. Depending on who you are flying with you may have time to check in then do the car transfer to save left luggage charge. I've battled with this many times so maybe c...
by simonhill
9 Jul 2018, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 1634

Re: Pannier Advice

I would get Ortleib, Carradice or Crosso panniers, although I think I'm right that only the Ortleib panniers have hooks that actually lock around the top rail of the rack. It's a big deal for me as I tend to go over some quite rough terrain. My Super Cs have locking hooks. The earlier ones just had...
by simonhill
5 Jul 2018, 8:48pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Eco-friendly tent
Replies: 25
Views: 605

Re: Eco-friendly tent

Define Eco friendly.

Construction and composition?
Minimal damage to ground?
Locally made, ie no airmiles?
'Green' factory?
Etc, etc, etc?

Sorry to be picky, but I think it would help if you explain what you mean and what you want.
by simonhill
4 Jul 2018, 8:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......
Replies: 93
Views: 43445

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

AirAsia offers wrapping as an acceptable means of packing for a bike. I couldn't find a box in Saigon, so bought a few rolls of clingfilm and wrapped the bike. Not easy, not very resilient, but it got me on the plane. NB Wrapping is a heavier grade than domestic clingfilm. You can buy it but it come...