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by Barrenfluffit
7 Jul 2016, 12:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to the start of Danube - public transport!
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: Getting to the start of Danube - public transport!

avoiding complications while making an international journey by train with a bicycle I got caught out on a train between Germany and the Netherlands. I had a through train ticket and a bike reservation bought from a real person but the German bike ticket had to be bought separately from a machine. ...
by Barrenfluffit
3 Jul 2016, 10:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Helinox Chair 1 review
Replies: 16
Views: 2558

Re: Helinox Chair 1 review

you will find that the legs can sink in to the ground, As a temporary expedient a beer can over each leg is quite effective at spreading the weight. From a cycling pov this hints at a better approach but from a drinking pov it's great! The ringpull hole is a scraping fit and after a few days the ca...
by Barrenfluffit
24 Apr 2016, 1:37pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality, well priced freestanding tent?
Replies: 29
Views: 3230

Re: Good quality, well priced freestanding tent?

Mirage 300. I make sure its dry before packing away but keep it in its bag.
by Barrenfluffit
9 Apr 2016, 7:09pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Which chair for the campsite
Replies: 44
Views: 4822

Re: Which chair for the campsite

Just seen a version of the helinox where the four feet have a piece of material across them. I'm assuming the idea is to reduce point pressure and legs sinking in. No experience on how effective it is but you can get small plastic discs which stop motorcycle stands digging in.
by Barrenfluffit
9 Apr 2016, 7:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality, well priced freestanding tent?
Replies: 29
Views: 3230

Re: Good quality, well priced freestanding tent?

Porch design is really poor; it has entrance's at the side. You can't open a door in the rain without the inner getting wet; its quite a small area. Also with no center exit two people would always have to manoeuvre around each other. The top is covered by a flap with a pocket in it. It's a gimmick...
by Barrenfluffit
8 Apr 2016, 12:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS
Replies: 16
Views: 1399

Re: GPS

I've used a smartphone and Maps.me. If tree's (or anything) blocks the GPS signal it makes junctions rather difficult. A rarely encountered but quite awkward problem. Likewise I found it hard to see in direct sun. The battery problem was easily managed (power-packs / spare batteries) but did need ac...
by Barrenfluffit
22 Mar 2016, 6:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What should we have in our bunkhouse
Replies: 50
Views: 5821

Re: What should we have in our bunkhouse

In shared kitchens a dishwasher takes unwashed things off worktops and sinks.
Dorms are the saviour of single cyclists on a modest budget.
Agree re drying room.
Wifi.
Soft chairs are a nice luxury.
by Barrenfluffit
12 Mar 2016, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ortlieb panniers - dealing with the lack of nooks/crannies
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: Ortlieb panniers - dealing with the lack of nooks/cranni

Poundland do soft but brightly coloured drawstring bags. Otherwise small bits tend to end up in the interior pocket if not packed in something else (eg a washbag). Also use ziplock freezer bags.
by Barrenfluffit
10 Mar 2016, 9:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: getting to France/Holland
Replies: 38
Views: 2411

Re: getting to France/Holland

Before anyone gets the wrong impression, you only need to drop your bike off the night before if you book onto a very early eurostar from Saint Pancras. IIRC the people who load the bikes start work at 7.00 am so this applies to the first two or three departures.... But If you want to avoid the faf...
by Barrenfluffit
27 Feb 2016, 5:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Danube from its source to Budapest
Replies: 15
Views: 1356

Re: Danube from its source to Budapest

This is a well known route called Eurovelo 6. There are cycling maps / guidebooks and your doing the most developed bits. There are various posts on here about it. The route is not completely flat but doesn't go over mountains. I think a river boat will end up as a restriction with other peoples cho...
by Barrenfluffit
6 Feb 2016, 4:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brompton touring in Belgium
Replies: 15
Views: 1362

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

Not Brompton. Many main roads had a cycle path alongside and provision was quite good. Brussels was a bit tricky to get out of / onto the correct road. Its that bit beyond the centre but still built up, where your trying to find a specific road that's tricky. If you need gas there's a Decathlon at E...
by Barrenfluffit
3 Feb 2016, 7:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lighting in Germany
Replies: 7
Views: 961

Re: lighting in Germany

The reason I carry lights is for tunnels and to have a torch. It also helps in rain and where tree's overhang the road for long stretches.

Berlin hostels can fill on summer weekends; some advance booking is wise. Berlin can be hot!
by Barrenfluffit
28 Jan 2016, 10:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: Calais

Agreed that Boulogne is a nicer town but it doesn't have a ferry service any more. Closest alternative would be Le Shuttle or Dunkirk.
by Barrenfluffit
18 Jan 2016, 11:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best way to the Alps
Replies: 13
Views: 1071

Re: Best way to the Alps

You could take Donald Hirsch's route to paris as far as Versaille and then head SE from there. I don't know about it thereafter and maybe Versaille is too close to central paris.
by Barrenfluffit
8 Jan 2016, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping in the Netherlands
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

Re: Sleeping in the Netherlands

YHA cards accepted. Sorry if I wasn't being clear re Stayokay. They certainly do take families. And have a variety of room sizes so its feasible that you could occupy a whole room with the under sixteens ( in a 2/4/6 bedded room) . In Arnhem occupying a whole private room is cheaper than the equival...