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by mongoose
11 Aug 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on an electric bike?
Replies: 60
Views: 2249

Re: Touring on an electric bike?

I don't have an e-bike but some in our group do and we toured along the Mosel, Rhine and Hunsruck in June with 2 e-bikes in the group [both Cube Touring Pro 500's] - max daily distance 56 miles. These bikes have a good 11 speed gear range, so are still OK to ride without power. We have had no proble...
by mongoose
29 Jul 2019, 10:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files
Replies: 6
Views: 1843

Re: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files

I use Oruxmaps on my phone with offline maps as a backup to the Garmin. Works well and I have toured UK, France, Germany, Austria and Italy with this setup. Oruxmaps on the phone is handy when the Garmin throws a wobbly or I have missed a turn and am off track as you get a better overview. I use the...
by mongoose
29 Jul 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano
Replies: 57
Views: 6195

Re: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano

Shimano do make touring gears, just they are harder to find in the UK but no problem in Germany. I built my tourer using Shimano kit - a T671 chainset - 48/36/26, T671 RD, T781 FD with an XT 10 speed 11-36 cassette all sourced in the UK but from different suppliers. On 700C/35 tyres this gives a ran...
by mongoose
9 May 2019, 8:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 754
Views: 110744

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Hi Richard, now that I'm doing more tracks, bridleways and byways, I find I often can't use cycle.travel to plan - even with 'Paths and roads' toggled on. It just won't let me select certain routes - which is a shame, even if I try and 'force' a route by adding dense via pins. e.g. https://cycle.tr...
by mongoose
18 Apr 2019, 10:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 53
Views: 2421

Re: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.

The last time I used Basel airport [2015] they cardboard bike boxes at the airport - €17 then. In fact my brother and I had flown into Basel with the bikes in CTC poly bags from Edinburgh and Gatwick respectively. On the return leg his flight was much earlier than mine and when he got to Basel airpo...
by mongoose
8 Mar 2019, 9:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags
Replies: 21
Views: 4265

Re: Easyjet and CTC Poly bike bags

80cm scanner would mean we'd both need to remove front wheels (& my front rack to avoid shredding the bike bag). But better than both wheels off. ( is making box out, bag back seem a safer option) Do the bikes have to go through scanners at all airports now .....or just some? More importantly h...
by mongoose
14 Jan 2019, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trans Penine
Replies: 20
Views: 878

Re: Trans Penine

I have done the TPT once on my own from Southport to Hornsea and again later with a group from Southport to York - http://basu3acycling.joomla.com/past-rides/trans-pennine-trail-2016 It is mostly off-road tracks that are easily rideable on a touring bike with no steep climbs except the short off-roa...
by mongoose
2 Aug 2018, 5:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woodtourer - french tour - ongoing
Replies: 54
Views: 1284

Re: Creative help needed!! Bke bagging once again!

I found the trolleys too narrow to support the bagged bike - one wheel tends to drag on the floor with the bike across the trolley. It is also difficult to manoeuvre the loaded trolley around the barriers at the check-in/bag drop queues. I found it was easier to just carry the bagged bike by the sad...
by mongoose
17 Jul 2018, 10:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which touring bike . .again probably !
Replies: 37
Views: 1876

Re: Which touring bike . .again probably !

I agree with whoof it sounds as if a CX type bike such as the Ribble CGR would suit light touring as well as give a lighter bike for general use and Ribble do the Cycle to Work scheme without a premium [ Planet X charge an additional 15% for Cycle to Work]. For similar light touring I built a flat b...
by mongoose
17 Jul 2018, 10:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 49
Views: 2764

Re: Airports on your own

The CTC bag should fold up and fit on or under you pannier rack using a bungee so that it does not take up space in your panniers. I have found it easier to wheel the bike to departures and fit it into the CTC bag there but that was not using APH. I flew from Gatwick to Munich a month ago and found ...
by mongoose
16 Jul 2018, 9:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......
Replies: 95
Views: 45039

Re: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......

Gatwick to Basle by Easyjet - bike in CTC bag, pedals removed, handlebars turned - bike arrived OK Basle to Gatwick by Easyjet - airport wanted bike boxed but I insisted it didn't showing them the Easyjet information which they then accepted so bike in CTC bag - bike arrived OK Gatwick to Lyon by Ea...
by mongoose
15 Jul 2018, 8:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 49
Views: 2764

Re: Airports on your own

I flew from Gatwick a month ago, took my bike by car and used the Valet Parking where you drive to the short term car park opposite the terminal and leave the car there. On the way back the car is returned to the same car park. When I booked the parking in advance it was not much different in price ...
by mongoose
29 Jun 2018, 9:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Southern France / Northern Italy July / Aug 2 weeks
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Southern France / Northern Italy July / Aug 2 weeks

Just back yesterday from a tour on part of the Via Augusta. Was intending to start in Fussen but the most direct rail link from Munich is diverted via Augsburg for a while so opted to start at Oberau. The route went Oberau - Ehrwald - Innsbruck via Fernpass and Meiming Plateau to meet the rest of th...
by mongoose
13 Jun 2018, 8:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 396
Views: 31528

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Our cycling group, all retired, regularly stop at different Wetherspoons on our group rides. We find the service is quick, the food reasonable, the coffee [ with free refills] brilliant and very good value. Some of the group, particularly the ladies, would not have dreamt of going into a Wetherspoon...
by mongoose
28 Apr 2018, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhone cycle route- through Lyon
Replies: 5
Views: 852

Re: Rhone cycle route- through Lyon

Cycling through Lyon is easy with lots of dedicated cycle paths. you can follow the viaRhona until you reach the D315 south of Lyon when the cycle paths run out and the route is on a busy road, although some sections have marked bike lanes. The via Rhona website recommends taking the train from Lyon...