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by Antbrewer
5 Jul 2019, 3:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Seeking information about the Grossglockner Pass
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: Seeking information about the Grossglockner Pass

A little bit of nostalgia? Reading these comments brings back happy albeit distant memories. Back in 1959 my father ( a widower on one year) took my 15 yr old sister and myself and twin brother at 11yrs old touring in Austria. Along with many many passes some on some very rough roads the highlight o...
by Antbrewer
1 Jul 2019, 6:26pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Ortler Pedelec Review
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: Ortler Pedelec Review

Hi Al, I guess that was quite a gamble ordering the bike from Germany. I read through your post and thought perhaps I was the one that mentioned having hired the Ortler in Austria and then I saw you had mentioned my name at the end of your post so I knew it was me. It does sound a very good bike ind...
by Antbrewer
10 Jun 2019, 10:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pamir 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 664

Re: Pamir 2019

As much as I would like to cycle though such places I cannot. However I have come across a new touring couple on the net called Tristan Bogaard and his delightful girlfriend. Have a look at their website and youtube clips of their Central Asia tours. 'tristanbogaard'. These are a dutch couple who ha...
by Antbrewer
10 Jun 2019, 9:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lon Las Cymru on a road bike
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Lon Las Cymru on a road bike

Back in 2000 I bought myself a Claude Butler 'city hybrid' bike call it what you will. This was to get myself back into cycling. I fancied a challenge so I had my wife drive me and the bike with two large panniers to Holyhead and I then spent 4 glorious days making my way to Chepstow. I stayed at ra...
by Antbrewer
27 May 2019, 12:30pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Ortler and Bikester
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: Ortler and Bikester

Being interested in buying an Ebike I have just come across the Ortler range at Bikester. I then realised this was the make of bike I hired when I cycled along the river Inn Austria a couple of years ago. An excellent bike. I have just phoned their number to see where I could see and try one here in...
by Antbrewer
25 May 2019, 4:33pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 25
Views: 1470

Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Although a few months since my initial question I can now say how my purchase of the Thule Velocompact 2 bike tow rack performed. Absolutely brilliant. A very 'negative' friend of mine didn't believe that just a towbar attachment would be sufficient to hold and balance the weight. How wrong was he? ...
by Antbrewer
16 May 2019, 5:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)

Hi mjr,

During the conversation I had with the Easyjet lady I thought I would ask that very question,
ie, ''Could she email her answer?'' Then I completely forgot as the conversation went on. I will try again.
Thanks
Anthony
by Antbrewer
16 May 2019, 3:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)

Still wondering the best way to start the Loire trip this September. So considering the above posts on Easyjet not allowing Polybags for bikes I telephoned them. The very pleasant girl I spoke to assured me that a polybag would be okay as their policy doesn't state that the''bicycle bag'' in their r...
by Antbrewer
15 May 2019, 7:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6
Replies: 24
Views: 2222

Re: Euro Velo 6

May I ask is it better to ride the EV6 East to West or West to East? Looking at the profile it would appear that there is a slight downhill towards the Atlantic but do the prevailing winds come from the west?? Then a possible headwind???? I can start at Nantes via St Malo or fly to Basel and start v...
by Antbrewer
29 Apr 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire Valley Tours this August ....
Replies: 10
Views: 2004

Re: Loire Valley Tours this August ....

I am thinking of cycling the Velo 6 this September and found the above posts interesting. For me the issue is how and where to come back to the UK from?
Any thoughts please?
Anthony
by Antbrewer
24 Apr 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags
Replies: 21
Views: 4092

Re: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags

I flew from Gatwick to Salzburg last September (2018). I packed the bike in a CTC poly bag with the bars off and turned along the crossbar and the front wheel off and taped to the frame. All very neat I thought. The rather stroppy baggage handler at the oversize scanner said I should remove the cran...
by Antbrewer
22 Apr 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag
Replies: 34
Views: 1466

Re: handlebar bag

I use an Altura bar bag.. Very stable and spacious. With drops there is no problem Only one slight issue would be the velcro flap at the front opening. Could be a little larger perhaps? But would certainly suggest looking at them Re ' Honesty ' suggests in their reply that, Quote ''' The picture qua...
by Antbrewer
21 Feb 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 25
Views: 1470

Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Thanks to all who made suggestions to my original question. I bought a Thule Velocompact 925 2 bike carrier that will carry the weight of my wife's Ebike. Minimal assembly from the box and sits tightly and securely on towbar. Excellent so far. Ordered 'Click and collect ' from local Halfords at 10.0...
by Antbrewer
4 Feb 2019, 9:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 25
Views: 1470

Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

More thoughts and suggestions....Thank you. I have tried to fit both my touring Ridgeback and my wife's new Ebike minus the front wheels into the Jazz but with great difficulty and failing. So a towbar rack it will be especially as the towbar was fitted on Friday last week. Seeing the link to Screwf...
by Antbrewer
29 Jan 2019, 8:01pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: New E Bike Purchase
Replies: 12
Views: 1178

Re: New E Bike Purchase

Today we went across to Halfords and my wife bought her E bike and received the 10% discount on showing the CTC voucher. Excellent.
Anthony