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by pal
16 Aug 2020, 3:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pennine Cycleway
Replies: 9
Views: 849

Re: Pennine Cycleway

Popping in quickly to say that I was inspired by this thread to take a quick trip to Coquetdale this weekend, and would 100% agree with Richard F. about the Amazingness of the ride through the valley (the fog was down when I came through the Otterburn Range, so I didn't see much of it -- but the roa...
by pal
29 Jul 2020, 2:05pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Saddle sores..
Replies: 35
Views: 1922

Re: Saddle sores..

Thought I'd revive this thread to say that here was quite an interesting discussion of saddles, saddle-sores, bike fitting, etc on 'Woman's Hour' yesterday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000l8lh
by pal
3 Jul 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best and cheapest way to transport bike from NL to UK
Replies: 20
Views: 681

Re: Best and cheapest way to transport bike from NL to UK

Slightly hi-jacking this thread (sorry) to ask if anyone's had any experience with this company (they talk a good game, and are surprisingly -- though perhaps worryingly! -- reasonably priced...): https://luggagemule.co.uk/ship-my-luggage/bicycle-shipping-service/ (I am exploring alternative options...
by pal
30 Jun 2020, 6:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Munich to Venice
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: Munich to Venice

Hi, thinking of doing this next year. There are two versions of the initial leg from Munich, an east and a west version. Does anyone know the pros and cons of either? Both seem pretty similar in profile, just wondering if one was more scenic or different to the other? Cheers I've only tried the eas...
by pal
27 Jun 2020, 4:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling London to Brighton, overnight stay/rest stop suggestions along the way?
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: Cycling London to Brighton, overnight stay/rest stop suggestions along the way?

I'm not quite sure why you'd need to fill in (or even: out) a form when cycling to Brighton, but hey! Back on topic: the very excellent route planner https://cycle.travel/ will not only plot you a route, but also suggest accommodation along it: here's their suggested London-Brighton route: https://c...
by pal
22 Jun 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Munich to Venice
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: Munich to Venice

I rode this route last summer (early September), and v. much enjoyed it. From Munich, I took the eastern branch (via the Tegernsee), which was very pleasant (though I imagine the other option might be just as nice!). The Austrian section was good: not super-scenic, but still pleasant riding; I know ...
by pal
26 Feb 2020, 4:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aegean Airlines
Replies: 6
Views: 394

Re: Aegean Airlines

I've flown a few times with Aegean with a bike, always using a soft, unpadded bag (I use the ground effect 'Body Bag'), and I've never had a problem. (The only small hitch I've ever had was at Kalamata airport, where the bag was too big for the x-ray machine, but they were happy enough to let it thr...
by pal
11 Feb 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any recommendations of Companies that organise Cycle holidays in Denmark
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: Any recommendations of Companies that organise Cycle holidays in Denmark

Inntravel do a couple of cycle tours in Denmark -- neither are very long, but perhaps that's ok, if you're just dipping a toe in the cycle-touring water? I haven't used them for a cycling holiday, but for other things I've had very good experiences (in terms of communications, organisation, etc). Ho...
by pal
30 Jan 2020, 10:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Journal of my ride from Bolzano to Vienna
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Journal of my ride from Bolzano to Vienna

I enjoyed this -- thanks. (And in spite of everything, you've made me think I should add the Grossglockner to my list of passes to ride...!)
by pal
28 Jan 2020, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Munich to Venice options
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: Munich to Venice options

I did the Munich-Venice route (the one which Whoof linked to) last September. I took the eastern branch between Munich and the Austrian border, which was very pleasant (esp. round the Tegernsee). The ride down into the Inn Valley has a stretch of gravel hairpins which were a bit tricky going downhil...
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: 2836

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: 2836

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: 2836

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: 786

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: 786

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...).