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by John Holiday
13 Mar 2018, 4:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with a small and light folded bike
Replies: 26
Views: 1950

Re: Flying with a small and light folded bike

Have flown with Ryanair & others on numerous occasions with Brompton in a square shaped suitcase.
Obviously you pay extra for that, but Brompton front bag is carry on.
If using my heavier Thorn 'Raven ' tourer, then have usually used a heavy gauge polythene bag with extra reinforcement.
by John Holiday
13 Nov 2017, 9:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: turning right
Replies: 26
Views: 2076

Re: turning right

Unfortunately this happens all too often, the latest occasion last week. I was in Primary position about 30m from junction when idiot pulls into opposite lane & then stops at junction ahead. I pulled alongside his open window & queried what on earth he was doing? His response -"Get on t...
by John Holiday
11 Nov 2017, 5:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling World magazine
Replies: 31
Views: 5829

Re: Cycling World magazine

All rather puzzling!
In today’s post arrived a September edition of the magazine with a Complements slip from' Nichole'!
Still haven't been able to contact by phone, but appears slightly more optimistic?
by John Holiday
7 Nov 2017, 5:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Where do you store kit after flying to destination
Replies: 16
Views: 1297

Re: Where do you store kit after flying to destination

Have used a heavy polythene bag (CTC bike bag) with my Thorn Raven for most trips. This is a pretty robust cycle with Rohloff hub. Usually remove pedals & turn bars. Panniers go in separate bag to keep them together. As one of the earlier replies commented, much depends on individual airline/che...
by John Holiday
4 Nov 2017, 2:22pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Cleats
Replies: 19
Views: 6269

Re: Cleats

In several years of Bikeability training cannot recall having any child with clipless pedals,although the occasional lightweight cycle. A quick check on their riding skills, & obviously the likelihood is they will already have good skills. Certainly wouldn't stop them participating with these pe...
by John Holiday
4 Nov 2017, 1:12pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Transporting E-bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 1121

Re: Transporting E-bikes

I have a similar problem when towing my trailer tent. To get round it, I got a thick metal plate drilled to take two tow balls one above the other. The trailer sits on the lower ball & the scissor type cycle carrier sits on the upper one. The plate needs to be thick,otherwise it might flex when ...
by John Holiday
4 Nov 2017, 1:07pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Training needed?
Replies: 3
Views: 884

Re: Training needed?

As a NSI & occasional rider of a pedelec, don't really see a lot of difference in riding approach or style. It just takes a lot of the effort out of riding up hill! You still need to take the same position in the road & be constantly aware of what is going on around you. Not only drivers wou...
by John Holiday
4 Nov 2017, 12:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 20mph Study – People who cycle regularly Online Survey
Replies: 18
Views: 1981

Re: 20mph Study – People who cycle regularly Online Survey

Have completed survey but pointed out that 20mph is only any use if enforced, which generally it isn't.
by John Holiday
27 Oct 2017, 7:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling World magazine
Replies: 31
Views: 5829

Cycling World magazine

I recently renewed my subscription to this magazine, but have heard nothing since.
Their phone number seems permanently engaged.
Does anyone know what is or has happened?
by John Holiday
19 Oct 2017, 7:30pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Hovding Air Bag cycle helmet
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Hovding Air Bag cycle helmet

Watched an interesting demonstration of this alternative to a conventional cycle helmet today. It is worn around the neck like a collar and senses if an impact situation develops. It expands in milli seconds to protect the head & neck, as an air bag. They were developed in Sweden & have been...
by John Holiday
14 Oct 2017, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Poland

Flew Manchester -Gdansk via Ryanair & stayed in La Guitarra hostel near river. Rode along coast to Sopol & beyond. Caught train from Gdansk to Warsaw & stayed in Oki Doki hostel. (Not the similarly named hostel in Old Town ). Then bus to Modlin airport & returned to Manchester by Rya...
by John Holiday
11 Oct 2017, 9:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Poland

With regard to language, experienced little problem as most of the younger generation have some English,
I think that you may have a bigger problem in rural areas & with older generation who haven't learnt English.
All very friendly though.
Much more of a problem trying to decipher the signs!
by John Holiday
11 Oct 2017, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Poland

Flew from Manchester to Gdansk (with Ryanair! ), with the Brompton in a suitcase as Hold luggage and the front bag as Carry on. Obviously, that presents a problem of where to leave it, but was using public transport &staying in hostels. With regard to driving standards, I felt that respect for c...
by John Holiday
8 Oct 2017, 2:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Polite Endangerment At Crossroads
Replies: 34
Views: 2093

Re: Polite Endangerment At Crossroads

We often encounter this problem while doing 'Bikeability 'training in schools. Often drivers will stop to let a group of children across, but we have to explain to them that if cycling on their own, a motorist will rarely give way when they are turning across the oncoming traffic.
by John Holiday
8 Oct 2017, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Poland

Just enjoyed a week visiting Poland with my Brompton, mainly around Gdansk & Warsaw. Excellent cycling infrastructure, with priority when crossing intersections with lights. Any driver turning across the cycle lane gives way. None of this 'Cyclists dismount ' rubbish! At many of the lights, they...