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by carlislemike
30 Dec 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How much YOU have spent This year on Bike related stuff?
Replies: 123
Views: 7471

Re: How much YOU have spent This year on Bike related stuff?

Well, bugger all. Obvious innit, dudes?
by carlislemike
22 Dec 2019, 7:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Folding bicycle choice for London commute
Replies: 23
Views: 1044

Re: Folding bicycle choice for London commute

I don’t train and cycle commute but I think the idea of leaving a cheap bike at Paddington overnight is probably the easiest. Whatever you spend on a cheap hack from a knacker’s yard ( sorry, police pound resale centre) will save the worry over a new, highly filchable Brompton.
by carlislemike
3 Nov 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express??
Replies: 15
Views: 1665

Re: Bike Express??

The routes are much more limited these days. I guess it's take up pressure. Wanted to use Med B to access Moselle but the option has gone. Good luck to the company who provide a good service on Med A and Atlantic routes.
by carlislemike
23 Oct 2019, 4:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire
Replies: 14
Views: 713

Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Dries, I am thinking of the South out of London routes I take. I live in Forest Hill but can’t help on accommodation, sorry. Here are a few of the trips I have made and recommend. Something to see/do, somewhere to eat/drink and access to trains via Greenwich, Bromley or Lewisham. Right, someone sugg...
by carlislemike
23 Oct 2019, 2:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire
Replies: 14
Views: 713

Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Have you thought of University Halls of Residence? They are often empty and take in tourists at reasonable rates. Greenwich, Goldsmiths, Kings, etc to name a few in South London.
by carlislemike
15 Oct 2019, 9:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays
Replies: 8
Views: 631

Re: London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays

mjr, that seems a plan which also seems to be the Cycle Travel option. I agree, Liverpool Street is awfully designed for access or even visibility. Mike
by carlislemike
12 Oct 2019, 7:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays
Replies: 8
Views: 631

London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays

Any one able to give me an idea of the traffic around London Bridge to Liverpool Street or Hoxton to Liverpool Street at about 06.30 on a Monday or Tuesday? Need to get to Liverpool Street Station to catch a train up to Ipswich. I don't commute in London, in any shape or form and haven't been in tha...
by carlislemike
11 Oct 2019, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 3 Day Suffolk Tour
Replies: 33
Views: 1134

Re: 3 Day Suffolk Tour

Overwhelmed by response and the suggestions made. As for accommodation, I’ll try to sort things when my plan is drawn. Strangely, the places suggested, in the main have been seen, mainly by car, with extended family. A solo visit should make them all more understandable. As for the suggestions re st...
by carlislemike
9 Oct 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 3 Day Suffolk Tour
Replies: 33
Views: 1134

Re: 3 Day Suffolk Tour

brynpoeth wrote:Worth reading 'The Rings of Saturn' by W G Sebald, travel and musings in Norfolk + Suffolk

Absolutely my first inspiration. Now I need to find decent b&bs!
by carlislemike
9 Oct 2019, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 3 Day Suffolk Tour
Replies: 33
Views: 1134

3 Day Suffolk Tour

Just been reading the 4 Day Norfolk Tour recommendations. As I’m thinking of doing nearly similar length in Suffolk. I thought train from Liverpool Street, London to Darsham and riding on from there, via the coast, to Norwich (via Lowestoft). Already had a couple of great suggestions re a plan to co...
by carlislemike
6 Oct 2019, 7:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Churches - interesting
Replies: 84
Views: 6015

Re: Churches - interesting

This is a fascinating thread. I am not religious per se but do recognise their role in our common history. I also like the architecture and art they embody. May I throw in my two pennyworth? This site is absolutely a great starter http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk and it leads from Suffolk to Essex a...
by carlislemike
29 Sep 2019, 9:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow and car rental question
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Heathrow and car rental question

This link may help; and NO, I don’t work in Car Hire. https://www.rentalcars.com/SearchResults.do?country=United+Kingdom&doYear=2019&puTimeCombined=10%3A0&doFiltering=true&dropFtsIata=LHR&filterTo=49&dropLocationName=Heathrow+Airport+%28LHR%29&emptySearchResults=false&...
by carlislemike
29 Sep 2019, 9:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow and car rental question
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Heathrow and car rental question

sorry VW not BW as above. Alamo, Herz, Avis or other major Car Rentals all operate from Heathrow
by carlislemike
29 Sep 2019, 9:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow and car rental question
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Heathrow and car rental question

I agree with the above but go with a Vauxhall Zafira, VW Transporter or similar. The former if it’s just 2 of you plus bike boxes, the latter if there are more than 2 folk aboard. With the Vauxhall, you should get away with moving the rear seats forward and removing and placing the parcel shelf dire...
by carlislemike
25 Sep 2019, 8:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

A fascinating find on this website. Immediately struck how interesting it would be to visit for a couple of nights but access without the car wouldn’t be fun; means a train trip to Ayr as nearest mainline station. Getting to Ayr is a beggar from anywhere down South ie Watford and lower. Anyway, than...