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by JJF
9 Aug 2018, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: are small-wheeled tyres always a tight fit?
Replies: 23
Views: 542

Re: are small-wheeled tyres always a tight fit?

I too am mystified by the problem of fitting tyres on 20" wheels. I didn't used to be. For a few years my partner and I have used Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres (20x1.35 or 35 406). I found them easy to remove with 2 tyre levers and replace using fingers only. Easy to cope with out on the road. F...
by JJF
22 Jun 2018, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 weeks tour from Dunkirk and back - where to go?
Replies: 15
Views: 697

Re: 2 weeks tour from Dunkirk and back - where to go?

There is a posting in this thread (10 June) which suggests the possibility of returning from Ijmuiden to Harwich. I'm afraid this is not possible. The ferry from Ijmuiden goes to Newcastle. The only ferry to Harwich is from Hoek van Holland. On another point, I have been told by a Belgian Friend tha...
by JJF
10 Jun 2018, 8:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bike racks on buses
Replies: 45
Views: 1259

Re: Bike racks on buses

I have seen (but not used) bike racks on the front of buses. This was in Hawaii.
I have seen and used bike racks on the back of Post Buses in Switzerland. The system seemed to work ok. You had to make sure you communicated with the driver both when loading and unloading.
by JJF
17 May 2018, 12:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any routes in Newham?
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: Any routes in Newham?

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is suitable for short casual rides. It also give access, travelling northwards, to the off-road Lea Valley route to Ware and Hertford. Going south via canal towpaths, such as Limehouse Cut, and minor roads you can cycle by the Thames to Tower Bridge. Some interesting...
by JJF
19 Feb 2018, 10:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring in Holland
Replies: 23
Views: 1438

Re: Touring in Holland

I'm afraid I can't remember how much were the bike-only tickets on the ferry. My recollection is that I thought it was reasonable.
by JJF
19 Feb 2018, 5:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring in Holland
Replies: 23
Views: 1438

Re: Touring in Holland

I suspect that Mercalia has drawn the wrong conclusion to the FAQs relating to Dutch Flyer It says "....unable to include cycles as part of this product". I have on occasions bought Dutch Flyer for 2 people to go from anywhere in the England catchment area to anywhere in Holland. At the ca...
by JJF
15 May 2017, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eurostar: bikes: Brussels
Replies: 6
Views: 3829

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: 3829

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: 2423

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: 2310

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: 734

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: 236

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: 4832

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: 2774

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: 2820

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...