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by biscaystorm
1 Jun 2016, 10:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Do you actually like camping?
Replies: 118
Views: 8821

Re: Do you actually like camping?

Out of interest (I know Sardinia well) can I ask where in Sardinia that was biscay? I trust you enjoyed the rest of the trip. Me and camping - the girlfriend thinks herself above it these days and would only consider it with a portable set of dining room furniture, so its solo from now on. It was M...
by biscaystorm
29 May 2016, 11:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Transporting bike via Air: Factors to minimise damage
Replies: 19
Views: 1084

Transporting bike via Air: Factors to minimise damage

If you had the option of NOT putting your bike in a bag would you? Rationale: When a bike is not bagged a baggage handler can just wheel it to the luggage buggy. But when it is bagged, they might be more tempted to fling it on a conveyor belt. Do you think the risk of damage is actually higher than ...
by biscaystorm
29 May 2016, 10:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Do you actually like camping?
Replies: 118
Views: 8821

Re: Do you actually like camping?

I have a love-hate relationship with camping. Some of my most memorable stops on cycle tours have been camping with a tent at a campsite. You get to camp at great locations beside beaches, rivers, mountains etc and you get to meet fellow campers. Having said that some of my most miserable stops have...
by biscaystorm
12 Jun 2015, 10:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?
Replies: 8
Views: 582

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

Cycled in and out of most of them on your list. Absolutely no problems.

French cities in general are very easy to cycle in. British cities...scary in comparison.
by biscaystorm
23 May 2015, 5:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

Try to do this from Caen to LaRochelle and then to Santander. There are prevailing South Easterly winds in Northern France which make north-bound cycling tough going at times. Moreover, starting your journey in Santander means you are starting with the toughest climbs of the whole trip... (relative ...
by biscaystorm
17 May 2015, 12:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains in Spain
Replies: 6
Views: 1378

Re: Bikes on Trains in Spain

Interesting post Martin. But happens if your front wheel is without packaging? Just going back to the OP's question. The Euskatren only runs as far as Bilbao. For West bound passengers (Santiago) you have to get a Feve train. These take bikes without any problems ( but do be warned these narrow gaug...
by biscaystorm
14 May 2015, 2:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best phone sim for touring abroad?
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Best phone sim for touring abroad?

I bought a local Vodafone SIM for Spain. The initial €20 was gobbled up in just 3 or 4 short off-peak phone calls. On further reading of the T+C's - cheaper international calls could be made - but you had to follow instructions and then phone some automated system which was in Spanish only to activa...
by biscaystorm
9 May 2015, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North Sea Cycle Route
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: North Sea Cycle Route

I've thought about doing parts of the North Sea Cycle route several times but I cannot
muster any enthusiasm for it...from looking at You Tube videos of the NSC route, it just seems like riding
in a windswept landscape for a couple of days.
by biscaystorm
6 May 2015, 9:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent recommendation.
Replies: 4
Views: 568

Re: Tent recommendation.

I started off with Vaude as my first touring tent...tried a few different makes after that like Vango and Robens.

But ultimately, came back to Vaude for their lightness and intuitive designs. Currently have a Hogan UL which has served
me well so for the last 3 years.
by biscaystorm
5 May 2015, 9:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bike storage Belgian hotels
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: bike storage Belgian hotels

As a last resort offer to take it to your room, this can go one of two ways they will either be relieved you are willing to share with your bike or aghast that filthy thing is going to be rolling down their corridor! That is my experience exactly. Its either relieved or aghast reaction when it come...
by biscaystorm
1 May 2015, 12:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: where can I buy a bike box in Nice
Replies: 17
Views: 2438

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

There is a GoSport shop in the middle of the town - just N of the big square where the trams are ... or it may be a Decathlon? - whatever, pretty good chance of blagging a cardboard bike carrton. Rob I asked very nicely (en Francais) the in-store bike mechanics of GoSport in Lyon for 2 cable-ties. ...
by biscaystorm
30 Apr 2015, 8:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...
Replies: 28
Views: 2478

Re: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...

The way you make brakes survive a trip through an airport is to disconnect them, ie take the curved metal tube out of the catch on the brake arm on V-brakes; on cantilever brakes this can usually be done by taking the cable out of the brake hanger, but there can be other options, if for example you...
by biscaystorm
29 Apr 2015, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...
Replies: 28
Views: 2478

Re: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...

Interesting...but looking at cantilever brakes - they look like a simpler mechanism to repair than Vee brakes?
by biscaystorm
29 Apr 2015, 9:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...
Replies: 28
Views: 2478

Re: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...

Ok last question, which brake types are most likely to give the least trouble on a touring bike?

Cantilever or V-Brakes

i.e. which brakes are most likely to survive a trip through an airport? at least :D
by biscaystorm
29 Apr 2015, 9:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...
Replies: 28
Views: 2478

Re: I think I found the perfect touring bike but...

That is Well, I'm certainly biased on your second question, so I'll just quote Chris Juden who wrote "this is probably the best touring bike you can buy for under a grand.".... Quite an endorsement alright! But going back to Fuji Tourer, another poster on the Evanscycles site (when you cli...