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by toontra
13 Feb 2019, 4:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Resprayer recommendation South East London ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1064

Re: Frame Resprayer recommendation South East London ?

As a footnote, I need a frame respraying after a poor job by Mario Vaz which has largely chipped off. Just rang Armourtex who quoted £185 for powder coating a single colour steel frame - no forks. :shock: They did the same job a couple of years ago for £80. I'm amazed that people will pay such price...
by toontra
29 Jan 2019, 10:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Jaden Moodie
Replies: 144
Views: 6944

Re: Jaden Moodie

Another stabbing murder just a few hundred yards from my house and a couple of miles from the Jason Moodie incident.

I doubt this one will make any national headlines as he's 19. As I mentioned upthread this is becoming a weekly event and hardly even news locally.
by toontra
29 Jan 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclists banned from using local recycling centres
Replies: 29
Views: 2548

Re: Cyclists banned from using local recycling centres

My recycling centre does have cycle/pedestrian access but it's not well advertised or signposted (down an unmarked lane at the back of the building several hundred metres from the main entrance). You have to press a buzzer and wait to be let in and then put your stuff in a small trunk which is often...
by toontra
24 Jan 2019, 7:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Well, after taking into consideration the experiences of those who've kindly posted here (especially simonhill, tmac and Eman Resu) I've totally redrawn my 3-week schedule :D I've changed the daily routes to avoid where at all possible the "yellow" main roads (not always possible). The kno...
by toontra
17 Jan 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Indeed - many tourist attractions in Asia charge foreign visitors 10 times what locals pay. The worst example was a road through a national park in Sri Lanka (unavoidable without a 50 mile detour) that charged Brits £30 - locals paid £1.
by toontra
17 Jan 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Found the state ferry site. Yes, they are still running and only £5 for a whole-day ride from Kollam to Alappuzha.

https://www.swtd.kerala.gov.in/pages-en-IN/alpy-kollam-boatservice.php
by toontra
17 Jan 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Not cycling, but.....The boat trip up the inland waters of Kerala used to be a standard and necessary part of a trip there. They have now built roads and bridges, but I reckon the boat trip is still worth it. It goes from Allepey to Quillon (old names). I've done it a few times - there used to be a...
by toontra
16 Jan 2019, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

PDQ Mobile wrote:And never forget that when faced with difficulties getting a bike on a train that a discrete "tip" with the right person can literally open doors!
Good luck.


:wink:
by toontra
16 Jan 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Hotels marked in Google maps are not all sleeping places. Hotels in the hinterland are almost all eating places: there sleeping places are generally called lodges or sometimes mahals. Hah - yes, I found that out in Sri Lanka (after quite a bit of confusion). Hotels are actually restaurants and not ...
by toontra
16 Jan 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Just returned from touring Tamil Nadu. My experience suggests avoiding the national highways (shown in Google maps within a yellow icon): these are largely bereft of trees, so no shade, and lots of truck traffic causing all manner of organised anarachy. The state highways (shown within a white icon...
by toontra
16 Jan 2019, 7:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Thanks again, tmac. Really helpful.

Any other general observations about cycle touring in India - what to expect or things to avoid?

Cheers.
by toontra
16 Jan 2019, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Thanks tmac - that's really useful info. 2AC overnight is probably what I'll go for. When you say "wrap" the bike, what is the best way to do that and what materials did you use? Are there any specific requirements. Also, do you reckon it would be necessary to book the train in advance? I'...
by toontra
14 Jan 2019, 8:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Fly back from Kochi to Chennai must be the easiest solution? All the gear for suitably packing the bike for flying will be in Chennai. Get some more. Still easier than getting a train or bus Certainly worth considering. 25kg checked baggage allowance on Air India domestic flights apparently (not su...
by toontra
14 Jan 2019, 6:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

rualexander wrote:Fly back from Kochi to Chennai must be the easiest solution?


All the gear for suitably packing the bike for flying will be in Chennai.
by toontra
14 Jan 2019, 5:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

My knowledge is out of date but bikes + express trains used to be a complete non-starter. A better bet will be the buses, with the added bonus that you won't have to get a ticket months in advance you can pretty much turn up at the bus stand on the day. Rickety state buses will have roof racks, lux...