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by Winders
23 Jun 2020, 2:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Folding bike train commuter?
Replies: 46
Views: 1261

Re: Folding bike train commuter?

There’s a secondhamd Dahon Impulse on eBay right now with the SRAM Dual Drive setup that gives you the equivalent of a triple. Looks in good condition if you can collect from Norwich. In my experience with a similarly geared Dahon Speed TR they can take the hills easily and with a decent sized rear ...
by Winders
15 May 2020, 1:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM DD2 3x8 dual drive with drop bars?
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: SRAM DD2 3x8 dual drive with drop bars?

Thanks Brucey, that’s definitely for thought. Just to compare, how does the pull length for the SA SLS-30 B3 bar end shifter match up? I’m a bit concerned about how easy it might be to damage a brifter when the bike is folded up whereas bar ends would be tucked inside the fold. For context, I’m curr...
by Winders
10 May 2020, 4:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM DD2 3x8 dual drive with drop bars?
Replies: 4
Views: 233

SRAM DD2 3x8 dual drive with drop bars?

So I've picked up a Dahon Speed TR secondhand which I'm toying with changing to drop bars. It's fitted with the right-hand SRAM combo shifter, so I'm looking at either bar-end shifters and long-travel brake levers or a cheap pair of 3x8 STI brifters and some mini-vee brakes. Either way the SRAM X5 r...
by Winders
21 Nov 2019, 10:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rumania - bears?
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Rumania - bears?

I’ve camped in grizzly and black bear backcountry in Canada and Alaska and was trained for bear awareness for work there. General advice out there for Central Europe seems similar. The main thing is to understand bear behaviour and avoid doing things that bring you into contact with them. So don’t c...
by Winders
18 Oct 2019, 9:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar + bell
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Handlebar + bell

Maybe trim down a grip slightly and install a Knog Oi bell?
by Winders
5 Jan 2017, 9:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: European Trains
Replies: 25
Views: 2807

Re: European Trains

Bikes on the Eurostar aren't banned but it's not as easy as other services: http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-in ... gage/bikes

Otherwise maybe the Harwich-Holland ferry and trains either end?


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by Winders
2 Jan 2017, 11:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Residents parking
Replies: 173
Views: 18813

Re: Residents parking

Planning policy these days is not keen on oversupplying off-street car parking - my local authority considers 1.5 spaces per dwelling a maximum figure for development outside of the city centre and wants much less in the centre or at locations close to public transport. The theory is that if you mak...
by Winders
2 Jan 2017, 6:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 60 year old threatened by cyclist...
Replies: 20
Views: 3002

Re: 60 year old threatened by cyclist...

I found that when reporting close passes etc to the local police they weren't bothered about the standard of driving but would investigate threatening behaviour including verbal abuse from drivers. Turns out you can be driven at threateningly without a problem but if they give you some verbal then t...
by Winders
9 Dec 2016, 12:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying a bike for two weeks
Replies: 11
Views: 1570

Re: Buying a bike for two weeks

Auckland right? Check http://www.trademe.co.nz and see how much decent second hand bikes are in NZ first.




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by Winders
12 Nov 2016, 10:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: East coast trains
Replies: 4
Views: 974

Re: East coast trains

You'll be changing at Grantham between East Midlands Trains services. The Skegness-Grantham run is not bookable but you'll need reservations between Grantham and Thetford as there's only two spots for bikes on the train and some guards on that part of the route get fussy about squeezing more on. Bik...
by Winders
8 Sep 2016, 8:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Disability - what are the laws surrounding access to public places
Replies: 18
Views: 810

Re: Disability - what are the laws surrounding access to public places

The other trigger that requires access improvements to modern standards is a change of use of a building to a more public accessed use - for example, converting an office to a restaurant. There is no get out for making the necessary upgrades for this on the grounds of cost or difficulty. Part M of t...
by Winders
4 Sep 2016, 10:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: An easy 2-3 Hour-ish Ride from Schiphol
Replies: 15
Views: 724

Re: An easy 2-3 Hour-ish Ride from Schiphol

Haarlem is on a cycle route direct from Schiphol, so minimal navigation required. If you're delayed or whatever and need somewhere to camp close by the airport on arrival, Camping Het Amsterdamse Bos is nearby in the forest park. I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbly bog brush using hovercra...
by Winders
4 Sep 2016, 10:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reserving a bicycle space on GWR trains
Replies: 9
Views: 3880

Re: Reserving a bicycle space on GWR trains

Any staffed station, regardless of train company will be able to reserve a bike space on your reserved trains - it's all the same booking system.


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by Winders
3 Sep 2016, 8:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reserving a bicycle space on GWR trains
Replies: 9
Views: 3880

Re: Reserving a bicycle space on GWR trains

Go to your local staffed railway station and show the booking staff them your existing tickets. If there's space they can reserve you a bike space and print you the reservations.


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by Winders
23 Aug 2016, 12:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike owner - can I store my bike in a 'bike tent'?
Replies: 14
Views: 1657

Re: New bike owner - can I store my bike in a 'bike tent'?

Are talking about the bike tent from Argos that can attach to a wall? They usually come with an anchor with one way screws to fix to the wall. Ours lasted for a couple of years before the zip died and we replaced it. You can fit a couple of bikes in them. I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbl...