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by 4wils
1 Sep 2016, 1:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: South Shields Ferry
Replies: 4
Views: 1496

South Shields Ferry

Does anyone have experience of using the South Shields ferry with recumbent trikes? When I phoned they seemed to take recumbents, with some provisos, but I am not sure they understood what a recumbent trike is. As we are taking the Newcastle - Ijmuiden ferry crossing I would not like to get there an...
by 4wils
11 Jun 2016, 7:01am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?
Replies: 19
Views: 6854

Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

I would think twice about selecting a Big Agnes tent for British conditions. We have one, great for France, light and well ventilated. However, my son has used it as a three season tent in this country and found the mesh inner too well ventilated, particularly given that there is quite a gap between...
by 4wils
23 Feb 2016, 9:39pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: ICE VTX seat swap
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: ICE VTX seat swap

I have a vortex hardshell seat (medium) and Ventisit cushion. from 2012 trike so not a VTX The seat has the side restraints and headrest. I have just purchased a mesh seat as I use the trike for touring rather than fast riding so find the mesh seat more comfortable. I have been considering selling t...
by 4wils
11 Jan 2016, 8:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When to avoid peak times in France?
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: When to avoid peak times in France?

It depends so much on the area. The Vendee coast in early August forced a change of route for us when we found all the campsites fully booked. We were on bikes with small tents and had to ride ten miles inland to find a pitch.
by 4wils
18 Sep 2015, 3:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Exped Synmat Delamination
Replies: 24
Views: 2198

Re: Exped Synmat Delamination

De-lamination is not just a problem with the UL versions. We have had two Downmats delaminate. Very frustrating as the down then clogs the deflate valve making it very difficult to collapse the mat and the tent fills with down. A couple camping next to us asked if we had had chicken for supper the n...
by 4wils
25 Jul 2015, 10:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Mallet?
Replies: 24
Views: 1790

Re: Mallet?

We carry a leather sailmaker's palm - simply a leather strap with hole for thumb and substantial "thimble" in the middle of the palm - good for most pegs and quite hard ground. Obviously not good for traditional pegs with the shepherd's crook shape. The "palm" is small, light and...
by 4wils
9 Apr 2015, 6:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon
Replies: 43
Views: 6797

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

A neighbour of mine who, has considerable walking experience, suggests taking a vitamin supplement for a couple of weeks before venturing into midge territory and then taking a daily dose whilst on the trip. Vitamin B1 I think. On one trip with, some on the supplement and some not, he reported a mar...
by 4wils
6 Apr 2015, 9:13pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: My New (to me ) Recumbent
Replies: 16
Views: 14399

Re: My New (to me ) Recumbent

I ride a Bacchetta (also from Dtek), initially it fitted with grip shifters. This has similar bars to your Furia. I changed to thumb shifters in order to be able to apply the front brake whilst changing gear on the approach to junctions. The main downside for me is the difficulty fitting them so tha...
by 4wils
6 Apr 2015, 8:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike on a ferry
Replies: 15
Views: 14516

Re: Trike on a ferry

Always just booked the trikes as bikes when using DFDS. Never had any problem. I suspect the trikes they refer to are motorised.
by 4wils
9 Mar 2015, 7:40am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: choices choices ( if you are bored this may be a good read)
Replies: 35
Views: 10230

Re: choices choices ( if you are bored this may be a good re

I ride a Bacchetta and an Ice VortexFS trike . If you want comfort I would suggest supension, on the Ice I can hit potholes at speed without any issue. Doing the same on the Bacchetta is not a nice experience!
by 4wils
9 Mar 2015, 7:35am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone use a Caravan hook-up lead ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2380

Re: Anyone use a Caravan hook-up lead ?

I have been thinking about this for a while. My wife now rides an e-trike (DIY conversion of an Ice Q). We tour with a Carry Freedom trailer and my intention is to make a custom waterproof box for that and to fit a short hook up lead to it. The two batteries (for range) could then be charged in the ...
by 4wils
22 Feb 2015, 7:43am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: M5 High Racer
Replies: 7
Views: 9999

Re: M5 High Racer

Tried one of these whilst on holiday in the Netherlands a couple of years back. Don't remember heel strike being a problem and I do not have a long legs. I do remember contact between chain and wheel when turning. However I was riding around a built up area and not out on the open road when that wou...
by 4wils
13 Nov 2014, 8:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North Sea route - Rotterdam to Esbjerg
Replies: 13
Views: 1926

Re: North Sea route - Rotterdam to Esbjerg

The website for the Texel-Vlieland crossing is in Dutch but I had a very helpful response in English when I emailed about using the crossing with recumbent trikes. We decided that it was a no go on our trikes, very disappointing as I was looking forward to that crossing. We cycled over the Afsluitdi...
by 4wils
22 Apr 2013, 10:06pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric conversion kits
Replies: 51
Views: 24088

Re: Electric conversion kits

All this talk of DIY is very tempting to a self confessed DIY addict, however, I'm interested in order to help the family ride together when we tour. For that I need something reliable with good range (not that I'm suggesting the home builds aren't, just that I'm not sure about my own skills in this...
by 4wils
16 May 2012, 10:09pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Light, roomy, family tent for mummy, daddy and toddler
Replies: 10
Views: 2586

Re: Light, roomy, family tent for mummy, daddy and toddler

The Terra Nova Laser Space 5 is a big tent for its weight. Standing headroom.
Certainly worth a look, we've used ours for two summer tours of the Netherlands. We were particularly glad of the room last year given the wet weather. Plenty of room to cook etc, even with both sleeping compartments up.