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by RobinS
23 May 2020, 1:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New quarantine rules
Replies: 16
Views: 474

Re: New quarantine rules

These new quarantine rules will apply from 8th June, and yes they apply to ferries as well - and as France is now not excluded the French Government have said they will apply reciprocal rules from the same date. (and other countries are likely to do the same) Means that you would have quarantine for...
by RobinS
11 May 2020, 3:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?
Replies: 80
Views: 2820

Re: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?

On the BBC this lunchtime they specifically said you must return to your normal residence each night.
by RobinS
10 May 2020, 1:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?
Replies: 28
Views: 1383

Re: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?

I think the camping advice might not be thought through - in a self catered apartment or caravan with toilet and shower you could holiday without much risk of cross contamination with strangers, but a crowded campsite with toilets and showers shared between hundreds of people - one of the worst plac...
by RobinS
4 May 2020, 11:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: France: subsidies for bike repair
Replies: 12
Views: 488

Re: France: subsidies for bike repair

Is the bike being broken a major barrier to people cycling? Actually for previously irregular, or long time non-cyclists it is. As I have been stuck at home I have been able to get an old 3 speed Peugeot running for one of our lodgers, and also, at the request of my daughter fitted new tubes, tyres...
by RobinS
28 Apr 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel to Northern France
Replies: 27
Views: 1207

Re: Travel to Northern France

We spend half our time in France so keep informed of what is happening there. The government are not anticipating opening "tourism" until the middle of July at the earliest, and even then it is likely to be for French Nationals only. From our reading of the situation, and plans of various ...
by RobinS
24 Apr 2020, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Here is what I will miss the most this summer...
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Here is what I will miss the most this summer...

Exactly that, except "you have three months of total freedom to explore multiple countries!"
by RobinS
21 Apr 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this normal? (Tyre wobble)
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Is this normal? (Tyre wobble)

Fitted new Marathon Plus Tours on our touring bikes very recently. When they were delivered they were quite mis-shapen, making them tricky to fit, and when first on were a bit wobbly. Left inflated for a week and they were then absolutely fine and true.
by RobinS
19 Apr 2020, 4:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Enquiry for cyclists and drivers
Replies: 46
Views: 1416

Re: Enquiry for cyclists and drivers

Did my PCV test only a few years ago, and it was absolutely clear - give any other road user a signal to proceed is a fail, follow any other road users signal to proceed without being able to see clearly yourself it is safe to do so is a fail. In the real world, it is sometimes useful to signal othe...
by RobinS
17 Apr 2020, 12:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will you tour again in the uk?
Replies: 95
Views: 4051

Re: When will you tour again in the uk?

That's what I'd been hoping for. I'd assumed I'd lose the money on my paid for flights to do the Rhine RadWeg, but that we'd be able to do someting in the UK. But looking at Germany's cautious release, I can't see how we'd dare try different. From what was said yesterday, there'll be significant lo...
by RobinS
17 Apr 2020, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bus Lane width
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Bus Lane width

I am a bus driver - and I have never seen a bus lane that is wide enough for a bus to pass a cyclist at all, let alone safely. The quoted 2.55m width of most buses also does not include mirrors, so an overall width is more typically 2.85m. As a bus driver and cyclist I find it a bit silly that plann...
by RobinS
14 Apr 2020, 4:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will you tour again in the uk?
Replies: 95
Views: 4051

Re: When will you tour again in the uk?

Can people PLEASE not ignore the requirements of the lockdown, on the basis that they won't do any harm. People did this in France, and the next stage was to make it illegal for anyone to go more than 1km from home! We do not want that to happen here. Currently we are allowed to go out for a modest ...
by RobinS
14 Apr 2020, 4:49pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent for Brompton
Replies: 32
Views: 1138

Re: Tent for Brompton

We use a Force 10 Xenon 2+ for two of us, weighs 2.1kg, with a big porch and pack size is 46cm x 16cm (though we pack the poles separately). For one person the standard Xenon 2 with smaller porch would be fine, 1.7kg, 45cm x 15cm pack size. Ours has been used for one three month tour, and one of six...
by RobinS
13 Apr 2020, 10:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will you tour again in the uk?
Replies: 95
Views: 4051

Re: When will you tour again in the uk?

To un-drift there is nothing in the Regulations that prevents touring currently. It is exercise. Exercise is permitted. Staying in hotels is not, so you would have to wild camp. I am seriously contemplating my first ever tour shortly if the weather stays nice and I get the kit together and I can be...
by RobinS
13 Apr 2020, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap bag packing solution.
Replies: 7
Views: 908

Re: Cheap bag packing solution.

While we use good quality dry bags for some of our stuff, we have also bought super-cheap "waterproof stuffsacs" from Ebay. They are made of waterproof material, not seam sealed and just have a drawcord, so while they are not actually waterproof, they are splashproof, and stop contents get...
by RobinS
13 Apr 2020, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will you tour again in the uk?
Replies: 95
Views: 4051

Re: When will you tour again in the uk?

I know it's not "touring in the UK", But President Macron (of France) has just announced partial lifting of restrictions from 11th May, and tourism restarting from "mid-July" - presumably they are hoping to re-open for their main summer holiday season starting at Bastille Day. On...