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by MartinBrice
1 Jan 2020, 9:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Experiences of ALSA buses
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: Experiences of ALSA buses

One pannier on board with one in the hold is what I did. You have paid for a ticket for the bike so there shouldn't be a problem. The cover for the bike is important, though. The driver will probably want that.
by MartinBrice
29 Dec 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Experiences of ALSA buses
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: Experiences of ALSA buses

I've done it a few times and its been a dream. Alsa is good, cheap, reliable, frequent and goes all over Spain. What is irritating about it is the fact that it is owned by Stagecoach, which is a UK company but nowhere near as good as Alsa. So: from Santiago to Santander with two people, two bikes. B...
by MartinBrice
18 Nov 2019, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carretera Austral
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Carretera Austral

I did this a few years ago. Flew Heathrow Santiago with brief stop in saõ paulo, spent day in the Santiago bus station, bought ticket on one of the very many buses going overnight to Puerto montt, rebuilt bike in the bus station, went to place to stay. Was away for seven weeks. Your main problem wil...
by MartinBrice
18 May 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source
Replies: 33
Views: 1721

Re: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source

A vote for Thorn from me. Found them helpful and friendly. Had three or four now, mostly secondhand but very happy with the ones I eventually bought new, to my personal spec. Took a Raven Tour to Patagonia in southern Chile, on unpaved roads for several weeks. Behaved perfectly. Could probably sell ...
by MartinBrice
18 May 2019, 11:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 133
Views: 8879

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

This is rather worrying. I've flown with the bike in a plastic bag many times. Ryanair do have a very poor reputation for customer service but when I flew without a bike, admittedly, from Spain to Stansted in November it was like any other airline. My only suggestion for those contemplating flying w...
by MartinBrice
22 Sep 2018, 5:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 57
Views: 2549

Re: After A Tour ...

meic wrote:I recognise the problem and dont know the answer.

Me too.
After a fortnight at home I have itchy feet.
by MartinBrice
20 Sep 2018, 12:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurotunnel or ferries?
Replies: 54
Views: 4201

Re: Eurotunnel or ferries?

be careful of Eurotunnel and bikes - it's a service only once or twice a day and it might not be at the time you want. The ferries go every 20 minutes or so, and you can go to dunkirk if you want. You can rock up and buy a ticket at te port, although you might pay a bit more for that. and you have t...
by MartinBrice
12 Aug 2018, 9:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can I take puncture repair spray on a plane?
Replies: 8
Views: 542

Re: Can I take puncture repair spray on a plane?

No. Not allowed. Same as gas canisters of any kind.
by MartinBrice
6 Aug 2018, 11:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Assembly of bikes at airports
Replies: 13
Views: 752

Re: Assembly of bikes at airports

It's worth at the very minimum a quick check that the bike hasn't been damaged in transit. If it has you need to report it before leaving the airport and obtain a piece of paper registering it as damaged. If you don't, as someone I was with once did, you'll find it very hard indeed to convince easyJ...
by MartinBrice
11 Jul 2018, 5:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......
Replies: 95
Views: 45142

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

Is it not the case that bike makers use boxes because the bikes can be reduced in size while in transit. There is hardly any protection in a cardboard box; it's insisted upon by the air carriers to protect luggage from oil and grease. What you're doing is protecting the bike frame from superficial d...
by MartinBrice
24 Jun 2018, 10:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please Report Any Security Check Problems When Boarding Ferries ex UK
Replies: 31
Views: 1973

Re: Please Report Any Security Check Problems When Boarding Ferries ex UK

Portsmouth security is a real pain. On the half dozen times I've been through there in a bike I've been searched and so have many of my companions - I'm in a big club and we have a couple of dozen on our tours. I'm convinced they search cyclists because we're a "vehicle" so count as a thor...
by MartinBrice
26 May 2018, 11:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Could someone inspire me about northern spain please!!
Replies: 11
Views: 770

Re: Could someone inspire me about northern spain please!!

Prepare to have your life changed. Spain has perfect tarmac, friendly people (i'm sure it's something to do with being run by Muslims for hundreds of years and on the entrance to Europe from Morocco) and it's cheaper than northern Europe by far. Not many campsites - it's too hot in summer and there'...
by MartinBrice
27 Apr 2018, 12:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: IBIS and F1 Hotels in France - Any Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1902

Re: IBIS and F1 Hotels in France - Any Advice?

you can't beat camping for flexibility and cheapness. and tbh it's usually quieter than a F1. I like Ibis hotels, they're excellent - clean, quiet, cool with aircon, reasonable restaurant and good staff - but i couldn't afford them very often. a lightweight tent, bag and mat won't weigh much, say 3k...
by MartinBrice
13 Apr 2018, 5:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire valley - suggestions.
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Loire valley - suggestions.

Good idea, it's a lovely area for riding. You might want to think of pitching near the middle, near a railway station, which means you can go down/up the river and use the train to return to your site in the evening.
by MartinBrice
30 Mar 2018, 11:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......
Replies: 95
Views: 45142

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

unnamed wrote:
MartinBrice wrote:
unnamed wrote:KLM sells them at Amsterdam Schipol.

That's the airline not the airport.

My point was, you CAN get one at Schipol.

Only if you fly with that specific airline.