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by Andrew-l
15 Jan 2020, 12:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to Andermatt for the Rhine Cycle Route
Replies: 52
Views: 5624

Re: Getting to Andermatt for the Rhine Cycle Route

Summer 2019 I came back from Basel to London with a non-folding bike. I removed the front wheel, turned the handlebars and put it in a cut-down CTC plastic bike bag for the TGV LYRIA from Basel to Paris. There was no problem doing this, other than v limited space on the train!
by Andrew-l
11 Jan 2020, 11:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 22
Views: 1108

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

So how did it go? And did you have a good time? :D The trip was absolutely fantastic. Hot, but incredible. 750 miles in 15 days. Lots of it beautiful. All of it changing all the time. Bagged bike on train was a bit stressful. I ended up having to do it twice - once Paris to Nantes on the way out, a...
by Andrew-l
3 Oct 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Billy no mates, channel to the med
Replies: 28
Views: 1930

Re: Billy no mates, channel to the med

Just wondering about which direction you're going to pick - is there a prevailing gradient to the route? No - it's sea level both ends :) Haha. I walked into that one. Just back from doing a chunk of the EV6 so still had my head in that space. What about wind? I keep hearing things about the Mistra...
by Andrew-l
1 Oct 2019, 9:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Billy no mates, channel to the med
Replies: 28
Views: 1930

Re: Billy no mates, channel to the med

Just wondering about which direction you're going to pick - is there a prevailing wind / gradient to the route?
by Andrew-l
6 Jul 2019, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2878

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

What have you found to be the limit. I've found that about 120miles to be reasonable. When I did 160 miles Cardiff to Chester I was well into the night which wasn't much fun! Cheers James For me, I planned to do no more than 50-60 miles a day, every day for two weeks. Now one week in, it's feeling ...
by Andrew-l
3 Jul 2019, 7:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2878

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

I'm currently riding the EV6 with a bike packing setup, having previously done chunks of this with panniers when touring with the kids. Why not panniers this time? Basically because I'm stretching the limits of how far unfit me can go each day, so bike packing bags mean I can take the lightweight bi...
by Andrew-l
25 Apr 2019, 6:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Baggage - order of priority?
Replies: 23
Views: 801

Re: Baggage - order of priority?

When touring with the family, I usually go for two rear panniers, a rack-top insulated bag for all our lunch, and a small seatpack for tools.

For my latest solo tour I'm just planning on an 11l Ortlieb bikepacking seat pack and a 1.5l Alpkit top-tube bag. But I'm not camping!
by Andrew-l
19 Apr 2019, 5:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 22
Views: 1108

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

I've ordered one of the CTC plastic bags and booked the TGVs without a bike booking.

I'll cut the bag down to as small as I need to minimise the weight, and just grit my teeth!
by Andrew-l
14 Apr 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 22
Views: 1108

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

I flew Gatwick to Basle last year to start my WW 1 ride. easyjet take bagged bikes. Three flights a day. Current price for mid July is £28, plus £30 to 40 for bike and about a tenner for luggage. How do they treat the bikes Simon? Have to confess the thought of putting my bike in the hands of airpo...
by Andrew-l
14 Apr 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 22
Views: 1108

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

There is a really nice cycleroute from Basel to Hook of Holland (Rhine route), we found it an ideal way to get our bikes home! (More seriously, it does seem that unless you are a determined expert it is a real pain trying to transport a loaded tourer by public transport, so we are generally doing c...
by Andrew-l
14 Apr 2019, 3:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 53
Views: 2666

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

That looks perfect - have you got a link to where you got them?

Note - checked the Scicon fabric bags. Weight is apparently 1kg, so I'm back to looking at plastic!.
by Andrew-l
14 Apr 2019, 2:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 53
Views: 2666

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

Has anyone tried one of these Scicon bags from pro bike kit? I'm a little suspicious of the quoted 500g weight!

For some reason it won't let me post the link!
by Andrew-l
14 Apr 2019, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 22
Views: 1108

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

Thanks All - I'll investigate from your suggestions! For info, here's the inaccurate SNCF page - https://en.oui.sncf/en/train-services/bicycle-on-board And here's the one that is the latest info - https://en.oui.sncf/en/help-en/transporting-your-bike-train I'm leaning towards a plastic rubbish bag a...
by Andrew-l
14 Apr 2019, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 22
Views: 1108

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

Thanks - that's an interesting thought. Gets me away from Basle, but not necessarily closer to Britain!

Is there a good cycle-carrying route to Paris from Germany that you know of?

Thanks

Andrew