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by ericonabike
3 Mar 2017, 11:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Francigena Way :Canterbury-Rome pilgrim's path
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: The Francigena Way :Canterbury-Rome pilgrim's path

Third generation Quill I believe...
by ericonabike
28 Feb 2017, 8:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Francigena Way :Canterbury-Rome pilgrim's path
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: The Francigena Way :Canterbury-Rome pilgrim's path

I'm looking to do this in June - not least because it was walked by an Archbishop of Canterbury called Sig ERIC in 960 something - he listed his waypoints https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_Francigena#Sigeric.27s_itinerary on the return route and most of these translate well. Looking at taking three ...
by ericonabike
19 Dec 2016, 9:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding bike and Ryanair
Replies: 9
Views: 4056

Re: Folding bike and Ryanair

Thanks all - decided to follow Gattonero's advice, and have booked ticket plus 20 kg checked baggage - figured that if worst happened, I'd just have to pay an excess *crosses fingers*.
by ericonabike
18 Dec 2016, 1:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding bike and Ryanair
Replies: 9
Views: 4056

Folding bike and Ryanair

Planning next year's excursion, which will involve getting my Dahon PrestoLite folder back from Rome in June. Initially, wanted to train it, but then the lure of a £40 flight back to East Mids [20 miles from home] was too great... However, paying another £50 for the wee bike [16" wheels, folds ...
by ericonabike
1 Jul 2016, 10:15am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Helinox Chair 1 review
Replies: 16
Views: 2736

Helinox Chair 1 review

I've recently returned from a three week tour of Spain, which involved a mix of hotels, campsites and wildcamping. Before leaving, I bought a Helinox Chair 1 for £60 from Blacks - bright green hence £60 - the more subdued colours are £90! The best decision I ever made. It is supremely comfortable, l...
by ericonabike
22 May 2016, 8:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Funding for work shower
Replies: 21
Views: 1460

Re: Funding for work shower

Wet wipes...
by ericonabike
21 May 2016, 10:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on victoria - Portsmouth train
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Bikes on victoria - Portsmouth train

Much obliged all. I can picture the setup now, which I've used on other lines. The trailer is a Carry Freedom City, which is quite civilised, and looks more like a wheeled suitcase than a conventional bike trailer, so all should be well. Train is at around 13.00, so hopefully quiet and hassle free :...
by ericonabike
21 May 2016, 8:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on victoria - Portsmouth train
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Bikes on victoria - Portsmouth train

Am heading to Portsmouth in a week's time, taking bike and trailer on train. Am ok on the Leicester to St Pancras leg, and have checked bikes allowed unrestricted on Victoria -Portsmouth. But does anyone know details of the bike accom on the trains on that stretch? Time is a bit tight for the interc...
by ericonabike
26 Apr 2016, 8:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bicycle restrictor
Replies: 85
Views: 5089

Re: Bicycle restrictor

Can a wheelchair/mobility scooter/hand cycle user get through it? We have had some success with barriers by using a sympathetic disabled cyclist on a recumbent trike argue that they were discriminatory and hence illegaL More chance of succeeding than by saying that they inconvenience cyclists.
by ericonabike
15 Apr 2016, 1:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How the spirit of cycling has changed
Replies: 95
Views: 7938

Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

I recently gave up my part time job as a chauffeur, ferrying directors and senior managers of various organisations around the country. It surprised me at first how often they would turn out to be into cycling. But all too often I felt no real connection with them as fellow cyclists. They always mad...
by ericonabike
14 Apr 2016, 8:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 9/10 speed
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Shimano 9/10 speed

Just to update - became slightly lost when thinking about this and so took problem to LBS. They confirmed that despite it being >10 years old, shifter was indeed 10 speed. Chain rings deemed ok, so got away with replacing chain and having new [10 speed] cassette fitted. So now have 30 gears [!] rang...
by ericonabike
8 Apr 2016, 5:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 9/10 speed
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Shimano 9/10 speed

Fair point. Couldn't see a model number, but looking back to 2005 purchase docs, listed as 105 ST-5510L 9 speed. Yet there are nine clicks top to bottom rather than eight?
by ericonabike
8 Apr 2016, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 9/10 speed
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Shimano 9/10 speed

So...I have an Airborne Valkyrie of which I am very fond, and which I hope will outlast me [the ti frame anyway]. It has original Shimano 105 triple chainring, front mech and rear mech, but I changed the cassette some time back to an 11-32 MTB cassette [9 speed] giving me gear ratios from 25 - 125 i...
by ericonabike
1 Apr 2016, 8:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: veiculo longo
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: veiculo longo

True re it being Portuguese, but for some reason that seems to be the EU standard for LGVs. Have sat behind them whilst driving often enough! Will investigate diy route.
by ericonabike
31 Mar 2016, 6:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: veiculo longo
Replies: 4
Views: 520

veiculo longo

I'm touring Spain in June and towing a trailer. By way of a conversation piece [and possibly to improve visibility] I'm looking to get a 'veiculo longo' sign for the trailer, as found on LGVs. Tried a local signmaker, but they wanted £40 on thin plastic, whereas the real thing https://www.google.co....