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by nirakaro
15 Feb 2020, 3:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1053

Re: mapping

But, on a lot of the main cycling routes there can be large, outdoor maps along the way. Yes. I met a bloke who'd ridden from Stockholm to Rome in ten days, without smartphone, GPS or maps. He made notes from outdoor maps at petrol stations and such. He asked people for directions. IIRC he used a c...
by nirakaro
15 Feb 2020, 9:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1053

Re: mapping

a paper map (as available in shops along the route). I've never found it easy to buy maps while touring in the UK, and more so on the continent: actual bookshops are a very rare breed, petrol stations with a shop big enough to stock maps are few and far between (especially if you're avoiding major ...
by nirakaro
10 Feb 2020, 7:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping mat woes
Replies: 31
Views: 1393

Re: Sleeping mat woes

Morzedec wrote:Thermarest 'Basecamp': 13 years, and counting, no problems at all to date.
Happy days,

Yes, I've got one of those, and love it. Sleep on it out in the garden in summer. Not exactly lightweight though - I wouldn't take it with me on a cycle tour.
by nirakaro
10 Feb 2020, 6:41pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping mat woes
Replies: 31
Views: 1393

Re: Sleeping mat woes

Any follow up feedback on how the Sea-to-Summit Ultralight is after some use? So far so good - though it didn't get more than a few nights use last year. It's light, easy to in- and de-flate, and reasonably comfortable. I'm planning to use it quite a bit come the spring, and I'll come back and tell...
by nirakaro
25 Jan 2020, 11:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Yorkshire side
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Yorkshire side

Tom_B wrote: So, doable but I’m not sure I’d be in a hurry to do it again

Yeh, that's about how I felt about the Yorkshire side.
by nirakaro
25 Jan 2020, 1:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Yorkshire side
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Yorkshire side

OK, answering my own question – I rode the Huddersfield Broad and Narrow canals yesterday, and found – The broad canal towpath – six kilometres from Cooper Bridge to Huddersfield, is all ok, though much of it is made in rather casually-levelled concrete, giving a pretty bone-rattling ride. I'd want ...
by nirakaro
25 Jan 2020, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services
Replies: 25
Views: 1198

Re: Bikes no longer permitted on western TGV services

Which leaves the alternative of having to pack your bike in a small bag, like the Ground Effect Tardis, to continue to take the TGV or, as Simon suggests, fly. Or to travel with just your luggage and hire bikes at your destination... Or to take your time, and see getting there (or back) as part of ...
by nirakaro
24 Jan 2020, 5:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: pointless trying to get police to act on an immediate problem
Replies: 13
Views: 874

Re: What is the point?

But I was wondering, just which particular set of criminal activity are they focused on? I was chatting the other day with a friend who volunteers as a'daft old git' in police training events (he's very convincing :shock: ). He says that a large proportion of police time (and training) is spent dea...
by nirakaro
20 Jan 2020, 9:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike-and-train touring
Replies: 46
Views: 2632

Re: Bike-and-train touring

Yes, it was the adult version of Interrail, gave us fifteen days on trains over two months. Cost about £400 each IIRC – we could easily have spent half that just getting to the Channel and back. It was a hybrid kind of trip – she was on a course in Italy, so a mix of cycling, ten days in one place, ...
by nirakaro
16 Jan 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais to Brussels - navigation
Replies: 16
Views: 523

Re: Calais to Brussels - navigation

I've found a bar-mounted phone to do the job fine, except –
Even one raindrop plays havoc with the touch-screen
It can be hard to see the screen in bright sunlight.
Never asked it to do turn-by-turn navigation though.
by nirakaro
14 Jan 2020, 10:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to Andermatt for the Rhine Cycle Route
Replies: 52
Views: 5460

Re: Getting to Andermatt for the Rhine Cycle Route

If you go to the German railway website - https://reiseauskunft.bahn.de//bin/query.exe/e - you can restrict your search to trains that will carry bikes. It doesn't cover just Germany, and is thorough and easy to use. You'll generally find that the fast, long-distance trains exclude bikes, but the sl...
by nirakaro
14 Jan 2020, 5:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crash on Cyclepath
Replies: 31
Views: 1823

Re: Crash on Cyclepath

Street furniture! Don't get me started on street furniture. Someone should report me to Prevent for the strength of my views on street furniture. Look at a photo of a street scene from a century ago – it's not the lack of traffic that makes it look calm and peaceful, it's the lack of street furnitur...
by nirakaro
14 Jan 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike-and-train touring
Replies: 46
Views: 2632

Re: Bike-and-train touring

Certainly endless possibilities. Herself and I Interrailed from Leeds to Italy and back last summer, and had a great time. It did involve humping two loaded bikes on and off thirty-six trains – some easier than others – but you get used to it. TIP: If you don't want to cycle over the Alps, you can t...
by nirakaro
11 Jan 2020, 9:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sticky shifter
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Sticky shifter

Squirt of WD40
Leave overnight
Squirt of aerosol grease
All now good as new.
by nirakaro
11 Jan 2020, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement pedal dust caps
Replies: 19
Views: 592

Re: replacement pedal dust caps

I bought an M22 die – surprisingly cheap from Hong Kong – and cut a thread on the outside of a piece of copper plumbing pipe. Cut it off and soldered a penny on the end. Worked a dream!