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by JJF
15 May 2017, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eurostar: bikes: Brussels
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Re: Eurostar: bikes: Brussels

Thanks for the reply.

"As a matter of interest, what are you doing when you get here?"

I'll continue by train to Bruges to visit friends. Then, as yet unspecified bike tour which will include Ghent.
by JJF
15 May 2017, 4:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eurostar: bikes: Brussels
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Eurostar: bikes: Brussels

I have booked my bike on Eurostar. They send maps of St Pancras and Brussels Midi. The St P map shows the bike handover location at the end of line of arrows marked Eurodespatch Centre. The Brussels map has a line of arrows that seem to lead out of the station to the Coach set-down area. Elsewhere w...
by JJF
8 May 2017, 8:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking cycles on non-reservable trains
Replies: 10
Views: 2352

Re: Taking cycles on non-reservable trains

When you get off the train at Harwich International port you go up in the lift to the bridge over the lines. Foot passengers turn north towards the Arrivals/Departures areas. Cyclists turn south to the lift at the end of the bridge. Go down in that lift and exit into the car park. This is the car pa...
by JJF
22 Apr 2017, 9:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Urgent help needed - Dahon Folding Bikes!
Replies: 24
Views: 1653

Re: Urgent help needed - Dahon Folding Bikes!

My cycling partner bought her Dahon at Fudge's cycles in Chiswick. They stock various models. She has had the bike for (guess) 5 or six years and has used it for local rides and short tours in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Hers is a Speed 7.
by JJF
28 Mar 2017, 8:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ride-on lawn mower
Replies: 19
Views: 639

Re: Ride-on lawn mower

I have walk behind mower which is fine going in a straight line. However I now find it is quite heavy when trying to mow under low trees and close to tree trunks. There's a lot of pressing on the handles and heaving the machine round and pulling backwards. I have thought of a hover mower (petrol) bu...
by JJF
20 Mar 2017, 8:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Helmets for cycling children in France
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Helmets for cycling children in France

According to an item in the French newspaper Ouest France, from 22 March children less than 12 will be required to wear helmets. This applies to a child riding a bike or passenger. There is a potential fine of 90 Euro.
by JJF
5 Feb 2017, 8:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What tent to use?
Replies: 100
Views: 4184

Re: What tent to use?

I've been to Tornio in June but I was in a hostel, not camping. There was no lying snow and I walked about in late evening in light clothes. I travelled then to hostels at Gallivare and Narvik. There was no precipitation and the wind was light. However, one short experience might be a bit unreliable.
by JJF
23 Jan 2017, 7:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How difficult it is to find a stolen bike?
Replies: 33
Views: 2334

Re: How difficult it is to find a stolen bike?

I have had 2 bikes stolen (one was stolen twice) over a period of about 35 years. As a youth I had an old utility bike. I loaned it to someone. They left it unattended. It disappeared and was never seen again. Many years later I left my home-to-station bike parked rather carelessly against a tall po...
by JJF
1 Jan 2017, 7:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: longest cyclable uk bridges
Replies: 35
Views: 2660

Re: longest cyclable uk bridges

The M5 viaduct over the River Avon might be worth considering. Below is a quote from Wiki. Although it says that the main span is 164m, the cycleable bit comprises a number of spans....but is probably less than the total 1388m. " The Avonmouth Bridge is a road bridge that carries the M5 motorwa...
by JJF
28 Nov 2016, 5:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small 20 inch wheeled folder that rides well?
Replies: 83
Views: 4992

Re: Small 20 inch wheeled folder that rides well?

I have a Bike Friday New World Tourist (NWT) which I bought new in 1998 and I agree with Richard Fairhurst's assessment above. My tours haven't been as extensive as Richard's but include a collection of European countries. My choice was based on a very positive recommendation in Chris Juden's articl...
by JJF
13 Jun 2016, 8:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Non folding bike on London Liverpool Street to Ipswich/Colchester (Abellio/Greater Anglia)
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Non folding bike on London Liverpool Street to Ipswich/Colchester (Abellio/Greater Anglia)

I use the Liverpool St/Colchester etc line fairly frequently and can confirm JamesE's response. Bikes are normally put in the vestibule. You need to keep an eye on it because in many journey's the platform isn't always on the same side so you might have to be on hand to let passengers in and out.
by JJF
2 Apr 2016, 8:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Still waiting for spring to arrive.
Replies: 24
Views: 860

Re: Still waiting for spring to arrive.

I saw a duck with nine ducklings on my local river a couple of days ago.
Blackbirds are taking food to their nests. (Essex)
by JJF
31 Aug 2015, 7:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: View from the bridge
Replies: 91
Views: 15349

Re: View from the bridge

Llama 3.jpg


A view of a Llama from a bridge over a little stream.
by JJF
21 Aug 2015, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone use a prepaid currency card?
Replies: 13
Views: 4886

Re: Anyone use a prepaid currency card?

I use Caxton fx Euro card and have done so in several European countries. It has worked very well. One of the earlier posters mentioned that on changing from Visa to MasterCard they have dropped the facility to check your balance and to load the card by text message. At the moment you have to use th...
by JJF
5 Jul 2015, 3:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycles from Britain to Continent
Replies: 26
Views: 2370

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

Eurotunnel is £22 in July and Aug. Other times it is £18.