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by skelo
15 Jul 2019, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flanders
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Flanders

Thanks guys, had a look on Google and the plan is to cycle in the morning from Ghent to Tyne-Cot and Passendale, onto Ieper to have a look around the various monuments and Menin Gate, take in the last post before a couple of decent Belgian Beers. Yorkshire Trench ans dug-out in the morning before he...
by skelo
15 Jul 2019, 10:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hat
Replies: 58
Views: 3361

Re: Hat

Ok so I know this is boring, but as a brain injury survivor I absolutely recommend a helmet. What's a sweaty head or a bit of sunburn every now and then compared to a life changing injury or at worst death? If you are going to wear something on your head make it a helmet!
by skelo
14 Jul 2019, 11:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flanders
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Flanders

From Ypres there is a very well signposted route - called the Peace Route - that takes in loads of the sites, cemeteries etc - doable in a day but two would be better with some good bars along the way. You could incorporate asome of the route into your day. Rob Thanks Rob, that's really useful will...
by skelo
13 Jul 2019, 12:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flanders
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Flanders

Next Friday i am heading for a weeks tour- ferry from Hull to Europoort easy 300km 'circular'to Zeebrugge and back to Hull. we are planning a penultimate day from Ghent to Bruges, probably via Ypres. other than the obvious Menin Gate, any tips for interesting WW1 memorials/sites to visit? any tip/ex...
by skelo
17 Jun 2019, 1:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2739

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

seems like sensible advice. If you don't have a helmet hi-vis gear and lights you are quite used to unnecessary risk, so what's the problem?
by skelo
28 Apr 2019, 10:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland tour
Replies: 22
Views: 955

Re: Holland tour

i have just booked ferry tickets or a tour of the 'low countries' (aka the Beer & Bong tour :shock: ) in July. Hull- Rotterdam, then Kinderdijk (possibly via Gouda for a free bed!) then south through Bergen op Zoom (just because of the great name) on to Antwerp Ghent and Bruges back on the ferry...
by skelo
20 Feb 2019, 9:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Port Appin loop
Replies: 11
Views: 6036

Re: Port Appin loop

[XAP]Bob wrote:In general I find most users sympathetic to the disabled bloke on a funny bike ;)

Likewise!
by skelo
12 Feb 2019, 9:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Cycling for Disabled People.
Replies: 14
Views: 7708

Re: Cycling for Disabled People.

I don't have a back problem but a paralysed left side following a stroke, so similar problems getting up and down I ride a kettweisel and it is ok to get in an out of, just sit down onto the seat and swing my good leg over the boom. you might want to talk to your specialist or physio about the seat ...
by skelo
26 Jan 2019, 6:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike
Replies: 17
Views: 1966

Re: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike

Thanks Mark. that is maybe an option but I have trouble with balance and walking (hence the trike) on longer rides I usually go accompanied, but I am planing to try this alone so don't mind detours around obstacles. It sounds like I will be generally ok in Yorkshire, but not so good on the wrong sid...
by skelo
25 Jan 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike
Replies: 17
Views: 1966

Re: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike

Thanks All, much as I feared. So it's probably back to Plan 'A' and the Way of the Roses from York and drop off south somewhere near Settle towards Chorley (not a choice destination - there is a reason!)
by skelo
16 Jan 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike
Replies: 17
Views: 1966

Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike

Looking for advice/observations from anyone who has followed the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. I am hoping to follow as much of the canal towpath as I can en route between York & Chorley , joining the canal in Leeds I ride a recumbent trike (Hase Kettweisel) 0.9m wide and 2.0m long. Looking for advice ...
by skelo
19 Dec 2018, 10:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric motor retrofit
Replies: 12
Views: 5358

Re: Electric motor retrofit

That's interesting. People seem to get a high mileage with careful use. I too would carry a 2nd smaller battery though it all adds to the weight & bulk. How & where do you charge yours? I'm told that batteries can take 7 hours to charge which means as there's 2 of us and 4 batteries we'd ha...
by skelo
17 Dec 2018, 9:07pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric motor retrofit
Replies: 12
Views: 5358

Re: Electric motor retrofit

I'm not sure that it is very comparable. but for what i's worth: i have a Heinzmann Direct Drive system on my kettweisel. 8 speed Nexus Hub (wish I had a Rohloff) and diff on the rear. and single chainring up front. I am 6'3" 110kg with a paralysed left leg. on tour with two full 20L panniers a...
by skelo
26 Nov 2018, 10:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent. A gadget?
Replies: 14
Views: 4909

Re: Recumbent. A gadget?

When I bought my Kett it was an essential (and only) form of independent transport I had for 3 years, now I can walk a mile again and drive too. The trike is now really just for pleasure & fitness but I would hesitate to call it a gadget. i think my electric tin opener is a gadget, how could I p...
by skelo
14 Oct 2018, 12:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1848

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

i hadn't thought about Newcastle so i am now thinking we could cheat a bit and get dropped off in Newcastle, or somewhere close, get the ferry and start in Amsterdam and go south towards either Europoort or Zeebrugge? I would do it the other way round, so you have the prevailing wind behind you. Ar...