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by nirakaro
15 Sep 2019, 12:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 train Q: Eurostar LNER
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: 4 train Q: Eurostar LNER


Last year I took my bike on an ancient train in Bulgaria. The design of the bike storage was similar to that, but not quite as bad. :shock:
by nirakaro
12 Sep 2019, 9:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 train Q: Eurostar LNER
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: 4 train Q: Eurostar LNER

I've always understood that Eurostar works to airport-like security levels, so no knives would mean no knives. Should be fine in your toolkit on your bike though, where you don't have access to it. I've taken a bike on LNER between London and Leeds several times, and never taken the panniers off. Th...
by nirakaro
12 Sep 2019, 8:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking trains in Italy
Replies: 24
Views: 692

Re: Booking trains in Italy

MarcusT wrote: ... the best plan is to go to the ticket booth and advise them you have a bicycle and for which train...

Depending on your facility with the language. You can also buy tickets - for you and the bike - from the ticket machines, which offer to talk to you in English.
by nirakaro
11 Sep 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking trains in Italy
Replies: 24
Views: 692

Re: Booking trains in Italy

We were touring in Italy in June/July, two of us with two bikes. We took them on about twenty trains without any advance booking, never a hint of a problem.
by nirakaro
7 Sep 2019, 12:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travelling by canal routes
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Re: Travelling by canal routes

In a perfect world, you'd follow the Leeds & Liverpool's Rufford branch to the sea-lock at Tarleton, then hitch a ride on a boat up the Ribble to Preston, where you can join the Lancaster canal. Failing that, you probably follow the L&L up to maybe Riley Green, then do a few miles on-road in...
by nirakaro
2 Sep 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best technician in Leeds?
Replies: 15
Views: 928

Re: Best technician in Leeds?

Drakes Cycles – excellent shop, but they're in Harehills, not Meanwood. Couple of miles different.
by nirakaro
29 Aug 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dunkirk to Strasbourg EV4 - EV15
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: Dunkirk to Strasbourg EV4 - EV15

Call me a pedant, but it's worth remembering that it's Strasbourg not Strasberg. And in French the pronunciation would be completely different. :D
by nirakaro
27 Aug 2019, 8:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Campsites in/near Paris
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Campsites in/near Paris

There's a campsite at Lyons-la-Foret, which is a reasonable halfway point if you're doing Dieppe-Paris in two days. Nice place, but the night I was there, there were a few bars open, no shop, and no restaurant/takeaway. I had a bag of salted peanuts for dinner IIRC.
by nirakaro
27 Aug 2019, 5:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 6993

Re: McDonald's

Third Opinion: Kentucky Fried Chicken changed its name to KFC in 1991.
by nirakaro
23 Aug 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sleeping matts
Replies: 16
Views: 936

Re: Sleeping matts

Thermarest have a reputation for being very good about warranties – they replaced my first thermarest without question when it failed after five or six years – so it's worth going down that route initially if you can. I had two Thermarest Prolites, that both failed in exactly the way you describe, a...
by nirakaro
21 Aug 2019, 2:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 6993

Re: McDonald's

What is McDonalds? It is run by the Cardiac Surgeons Union in a cabal with the Dieticians Trust to guarantee full employment for their members. I've not used McDonalds in the UK, but I've often had the sense in small-town France that it's not only the only place in town that's doing good business, ...
by nirakaro
17 Aug 2019, 6:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New verb
Replies: 30
Views: 1310

Re: New verb

brynpoeth wrote: How do they taste?

Personally, I think they taste horrible. Yet strangely, whenever I eat one, I find myself wanting another. And another. And another. That's a genius piece of product design.
by nirakaro
16 Aug 2019, 10:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada
Replies: 14
Views: 955

Re: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada

Jamesh wrote:13 years time when my youngest is off to uni and before the oldest has any grandchildren!!!

There's many a slip...
twixt cup and lip
by nirakaro
8 Aug 2019, 7:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear Deralleur and 42 tooth sprocket
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: Rear Deralleur and 42 tooth sprocket

I have half a recollection that I once solved a similar problem by putting the bolt in from the other side, so that the – slightly larger – head contacted the stopper. Or I may have imagined it! Maybe worth a try?
by nirakaro
6 Aug 2019, 7:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3138

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

Pneumant wrote: the Venice of the north no less

Nobody - neither Brummies nor northerners - is going to thank you for suggesting that Birmingham is in the north!