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by st599_uk
1 Apr 2020, 7:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 169
Views: 9269

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Big plans to cycle the Rhine with friends from UK and Germany this year.

Flights not cancelled yet, so waiting for that.

Can't see it happening, to be honest. May delay a year and just do a couple of long weekends in the UK.
by st599_uk
17 Mar 2020, 4:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 169
Views: 9269

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

What are other people seeing with their tour bookings? Nothing from European Bike Express yet. Am booked with them for 30th May, but I expect that won't happen now. More significant than my aborted tour is that excellent niche companies like EBE may not survive a whole lost summer of bookings, whic...
by st599_uk
16 Mar 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 4945

Re: Cycling during Corona virus pandemic.

Mick F wrote:
softlips wrote:At the moment you can. Other countries have stopped it.
What?

How far are you allowed to go from your front door?
How can you walk the dog?


Spain have quarantined most large cities - there are few valid reasons to be outside your house and a 25000 Euro max fine for transgressors.
by st599_uk
14 Mar 2020, 8:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book recommendations and why?
Replies: 88
Views: 12332

Re: Book recommendations and why?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/347 ... of-germany
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39077689-france

Both great for reading when touring - excellently written, entertaining and accessible.
by st599_uk
9 Mar 2020, 1:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 62
Views: 2804

Re: Prescription Sunglasses

You pays your money and you makes your choice. It’s just that £500 is a step too far for me, when Optilabs can do acceptable quality prescription sunglasses for £125. Oakleys Sunglasses are expensive for one reason only....they're "in" with the whole Surf "culture". :wink: They ...
by st599_uk
8 Mar 2020, 6:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 169
Views: 9269

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Would need to add some sort of raft around the bike.
by st599_uk
2 Mar 2020, 10:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breakdown Insurance in Holland
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: Breakdown Insurance in Holland

I've used ETA for this. https://www.eta.co.uk/breakdown/bicycle/

Get 90 days cover in Europe for about £20.

Covers rescue to a hotel/train station/home, vandalism, car hire if necessary. Doesn't cover fixing your bike.
by st599_uk
23 Feb 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal
Replies: 119
Views: 4303

Re: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal

Done by scanners these days. When I last cam back in, no queue at-all, just wander up to a machine, put your passport photo page on a glass scanner, wait a few seconds and the barrier open and you're in. Ian That's not how the e-borders barriers work, they're not automated. It's just a method for b...
by st599_uk
22 Feb 2020, 3:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 36
Views: 1576

Re: Re-inflating tyres post flight

I normally ride with about 85 psi in the tyres. The little hand pump I have would struggle to get up to that. As others have said, I would avoid garage forecourt compressors. The only other thing to add is, if you ride at 85psi, why would you have a mini pump which cannot of re-inflate a tyre to th...
by st599_uk
22 Feb 2020, 11:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 36
Views: 1576

Re-inflating tyres post flight

Due to the difficulty with trains, engineering works, rail replacement buses and time off work constraints. a group of us are having to fly to Basel. I'll be dropping the tyre pressure, just in case, but am wondering about re-inflating them. I normally ride with about 85 psi in the tyres. The little...
by st599_uk
17 Feb 2020, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast and Castles
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: Coast and Castles

Northumberland tourist board do a county wide cycling map which has the route on. It has some minor deviations to avoid some fast roads.

You may want to detour just south of Berwick. The path is non-existant, just some signs on a muddy bit of grass along a cliff top.
by st599_uk
17 Feb 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar
Replies: 13
Views: 760

Re: Gibraltar

Obviously it has stirred a few memories! The water supply comes from a desalination plant. Living in Gibraltar is very expensive, which is why are large proportion of the working population live in Spain and commute. With the hardening attitude following Brexit, will be interesting to see if this c...
by st599_uk
17 Feb 2020, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woodtourer's next Euro Tour
Replies: 53
Views: 1805

Re: National Express booked!!!

Not the tube. The train. See https://www.heathrow.com/at-the-airport/airport-maps/travel-between-terminals for instructions, including using the machines to get a free inter-terminal ticket. Thank you for reminding me to make that clear. See also https://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/by...
by st599_uk
17 Feb 2020, 2:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woodtourer's next Euro Tour
Replies: 53
Views: 1805

Re: National Express booked!!!

mjr, are you sure you can take a (built) bike on the tube at Heathrow? I thought they are classed as deep stations. Not the tube. The train. See https://www.heathrow.com/at-the-airport/airport-maps/travel-between-terminals for instructions, including using the machines to get a free inter-terminal ...
by st599_uk
14 Feb 2020, 4:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Safety Standards Post Brexit
Replies: 54
Views: 2035

Re: Safety Standards Post Brexit

There's also the issue that if we do follow European Engineering Norms (EN documents), then we (the UK) will no longer have a say over the contents. Did we have a say for the last 47 years? Yes, many of the current norms have had a huge input from UK industry, either with the initial idea or with a...