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by pal
17 May 2019, 9:43pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Advice for buying a women’s Hybrid Bike
Replies: 11
Views: 3513

Re: Advice for buying a women’s Hybrid Bike

I can't offer advice on the Ridgeback Velocity, sorry (though generally I'm a fan of Ridgeback bikes). But Cycle Surgery currently have some heavily discounted small & extra-small Marin Fairfaxes: pretty light (aluminium frame and fork, so the ride is a little bit bumpy, but not unbearably so); ...
by pal
12 May 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 53
Views: 2398

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

In connection with one of your concerns, do airports tend to have a load of old cardboard they would let folks have access to? After all, they must be taking delivery of stuff by the hour in cardboard which they then just dump. They really should have a Cardboard Stash, you're right! But I've never...
by pal
9 Apr 2019, 8:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 53
Views: 2398

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

Pal - what's that bag like to carry around? I wouldn't want to walk too far with it -- but that's really because of the weight (and because I have typical cyclists' upper-body strength! Also: I've been known to stash a pannier in there as well...). Carrying it through airports is no problem, even o...
by pal
9 Apr 2019, 8:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 53
Views: 2398

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

I know people have already suggested the Ground Effect Tardis, but I'd also put in a word for their other bag -- the 'Dogsbody' (it used to be called the 'Body Bag'): https://www.groundeffect.co.nz/collections/bike-bags/products/dogsbody-compact-bike-bag It doesn't require as much dismantling as the...
by pal
2 Apr 2019, 8:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam Airport question
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: Amsterdam Airport question

Sounds like an excellent plan!
by pal
1 Apr 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam Airport question
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: Amsterdam Airport question

I've used a bag at Schipol without problems (but it was a Ground Effect bag, which disguises the bike slightly more effectively than the CTC one...).
by pal
26 Mar 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Bad nether squish!
Replies: 5
Views: 4307

Re: Bad nether squish!

I came here to post the same article! Definitely not one to read while eating -- but it's a really interesting piece, I thought...
by pal
14 Feb 2019, 10:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sweden - Oland bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 1318

Re: Sweden - Oland bridge

There's a bike ferry in the summer (I've never used it, but it looks good!) https://www.kalmar.com/en/ferry
by pal
28 Jan 2019, 5:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bergen to Trondheim?
Replies: 17
Views: 2422

Re: Bergen to Trondheim?

I don't know about legal penalties, but the serious danger (even more serious than Squishing, imo) is carbon monoxide poisoning in longer tunnels which don't have ventilation -- that's one of the reasons (perhaps the main reason?) that a tunnel might be closed to cyclists. As for detours: you might ...
by pal
13 Jan 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sweden - best paper maps?
Replies: 10
Views: 1363

Re: Sweden - best paper maps?

I cycled this route (in the other direction, and without the Gotland bit) a few years ago, and used this Cheerful Yellow Booklet: https://www.kartbutiken.se/cykelsparet-langs-ostkusten -- but I notice it hasn't been updated since 2006, so I'm not sure quite how useful it would be any more (esp. for ...
by pal
9 Jan 2019, 7:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gravel bike for touring?
Replies: 14
Views: 787

Re: Gravel bike for touring?

I have a Ridgeback Ramble (officially a 'gravel bike', I think...), which I use for light touring (though I think it could cope with a heavier load too). The gearing goes fairly low (it's a compact rather than a triple, but the range is reasonably wide), and I've found it a comfortable ride for long...
by pal
5 Jan 2019, 6:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hadrian's Cycleway transport?
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Hadrian's Cycleway transport?

The other thing about Northern Rail is they are still striking on selected days. I assume coach replacements won't cater for bikes. This is a good point. All the strikes so far have been on Saturdays, though, so I think you should be safe as long as you plan for your return trip to be on another da...
by pal
25 Nov 2018, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPAMMER : Manchester to Scarborough trains with a bike
Replies: 16
Views: 811

Re: Manchester to Scarborough trains with a bike

As others have said, the main issue with Transpennine at the moment is that the service is far from reliable (but the Scarborough line isn't too bad, I think; it's services which run through to the airport which seem to be especially flakey). If you have the choice of getting on at Manchester Picc. ...
by pal
13 Nov 2018, 3:29pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: short-ish women: what frame do you have for audax?
Replies: 29
Views: 14355

Re: short-ish women: what frame do you have for audax?

I thought I'd revive the Short Women Thread to post this (really useful & interesting, I thought) video from Emma Pooley, giving advice on things to think about when choosing & setting up a bike for shorter people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLnwR0ZxhcI&feature=youtu.be
by pal
26 Sep 2018, 4:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: Salzburg > Grado (via the Alps)

This has been on my routes-to-ride list for a bit too. Cyckelgalen (or other experts): do you have any views about whether it's best to cycle it north-south or south-north (or does it not make much difference)?