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by Thehairs1970
14 Jan 2019, 5:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

I don't know and it's a long time since I was in India. However, if the trains are anything like they were, you couldn't take your bike on a passenger compartment. It's too damn busy. You might have mor luck if you went first class. This is just like second class with less people. I wonder if you mi...
by Thehairs1970
13 Jan 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best exhibition for lightweight gear
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Best exhibition for lightweight gear

We are trying to buy a bit of new lighter weight gear and would love to see it en masses so we can make comparisons and priorities. Which exhibitions would you recommend? Is the bike show any good or would we be better at the caravan Andy camping exhibition?

Cheers
by Thehairs1970
2 Jan 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking Europe with kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Re: Bikepacking Europe with kids

We used the Velodyssey to go south this year. The road sections were fine but the old railway sections were very slow. They have a sandy top surface and this gets very soft if it rains. We switched to the side roads on the second day and they were quiet and much faster which led to more relaxed days...
by Thehairs1970
2 Jan 2019, 10:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Annecy + tour
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Annecy + tour

So a new year is here and so are our family touring plans. Here's what we have so far: 1) Drive to Geneva area and visit CERN for physics mad child. 2) Leave car somewhere and cycle with kit to a Annecy. Explore town for a day and cycle round the lake. 3) Head to Ugine. 4) Cycle the Gorge d'Arly to ...
by Thehairs1970
6 Oct 2018, 4:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: All You Wood Burners, Wet Wood.
Replies: 100
Views: 2705

Re: All You Wood Burners, Wet Wood.

Why would anyone buy wet wood? We're lucky in that we're self-sufficient in wood, and we could do a "pick your own but bring your own chainsaw" business we have so much of it. Any wood we see for sale round here is advertised as "seasoned". I for one would take you up on a bring...
by Thehairs1970
6 Oct 2018, 4:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: Anyone toured near Chamonix?

Thanks for those who have tried to help. I am really surprised by the lack of questions on the forum regarding the alps. I was expecting there to be more.
by Thehairs1970
29 Sep 2018, 11:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: Anyone toured near Chamonix?

I've learned something anyway. Fora is plural of forum. :lol:
by Thehairs1970
29 Sep 2018, 9:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: Anyone toured near Chamonix?

Thanks. I thought there would be loads of people available to offer advice about this area but replies to my posts have been few. The V61 is what I am looking at. I'm also trying to find out about the trains up to Chamonix but that's been difficult to find. We cycle as a family with two teenagers so...
by Thehairs1970
26 Sep 2018, 9:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Anyone toured near Chamonix?

Ok. Despite the lack of replies, :( , I have a kind of plan. Train to Chamonix, descend back down, tour around Annecy etc, back to car, take physics geek son to see CERN. Has anyone descended down the Chamonix Valley? There's obviously the big A road but we won't be doing that. There also seems to b...
by Thehairs1970
9 Sep 2018, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1598

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

Holland has lots of bikes so you might be going to the wrong place if you don't want to meet too many! :lol: Seriously, we have only been in the school holidays and apart from Amsterdam, there are no problems. Do keep an ear out for mopeds as they can use some paths too. Only camped, so can't help w...
by Thehairs1970
9 Sep 2018, 6:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chamonix to Ugine or Annemasse
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Chamonix to Ugine or Annemasse

Has anyone cycled from Chamonix to Annemasse or Ugine? Wondering how it was. A internet search has suggested the Annemasse route is busy and a bit risky traffic-wise. We will be on touring rigs. Two adults and our kids - 15 and 17.
by Thehairs1970
9 Sep 2018, 6:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on the Chamonix train
Replies: 0
Views: 187

Bikes on the Chamonix train

Anyone taking bikes on the train to Chamonix from Annemasse or similar? Having experienced Dutch trains where you need to remove panniers on the intercity trains, I was wondering if we would need to do this on the Chamonix train. Cheers.
by Thehairs1970
30 Aug 2018, 5:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 5946

Re: Budget touring, I would be very grateful for advice on gear

Regarding towpaths. In addition to limiting your routes, they are really slow, generally make you very dirty and can be quite disconcerting in their narrowness. Use country lanes and you'll go further, easier and have more fun.
by Thehairs1970
22 Aug 2018, 4:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 112
Views: 3441

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

I though that four man tents were designed to take snow specifically rather than wind - i.e. snow piling up on them. They also tend to have a valance to stop snow intruding from below the flysheet. So yeah I think it's snow that is the main factor for four seasons.