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by bikes4two
19 Jun 2011, 8:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Park the Car in France then Cycle Tour
Replies: 17
Views: 994

Re: Park the Car in France then Cycle Tour

I don't understand why anybody would pay for parking when you have a bike. I leave my car in a decent residential neighbourhood and cycle away. Left it for 2 weeks at a time with no problems. My car is not worth that much but if it was, thats what insurance is for. Simple answer: peace of mind. You...
by bikes4two
17 Jun 2011, 10:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Park the Car in France then Cycle Tour
Replies: 17
Views: 994

Park the Car in France then Cycle Tour

A last minute decision to take the tandem off somewhere warm for a two week cycle camp left us with the usual question of how to get to a warm destination quickly (tandems and trains don't go together). It was far too late to book the EBE so we contacted a Brit run campsite in Airvault, France and m...
by bikes4two
17 Jun 2011, 9:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?
Replies: 54
Views: 7166

Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Maybe 'cos I'm getting older but I now prefer an Exped Synmat to the Thermarest as they are for me, a lot more comfortable although heavier and much better insulation from the ground. The Synmat chair is rather heavy duty so I use my Thermarest Trekker chair instead. It's a bit of a squeeze to get t...
by bikes4two
7 Jun 2011, 11:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Electricity on French campsites
Replies: 4
Views: 650

Re: Electricity on French campsites

I've cycle camped in France a good few times and managed to get things charged easily by (a) asking Brits with caravans/campers if they'd help (and never had a 'no' nor a scowl), (b) the reception office (and my French is non-existant so holding up the item along with the charger plus travel adaptor...
by bikes4two
3 May 2011, 5:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Conservatory Confusion.
Replies: 13
Views: 775

Re: New Conservatory Confusion.

I must be very lucky then? I built a new conservatory over the winter and it's fully operational and I did the second bike clean just a few days ago. The first bike clean was on my good lady's bike as her request, so precedence set then! That's tandem riding for you - mutual interests (but not mutua...
by bikes4two
3 May 2011, 5:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Osama Bin swimming.
Replies: 76
Views: 3752

Re: Osama Bin swimming.

As the papers are saying, what he stood for is most definitely not dead. Until 9/11 I guess I lived in blissful ignorance of what those not in the western world thought of us. After 9/11 I asked myself why would someone hate westerners so much? And then I started to look around me with a different s...
by bikes4two
28 Apr 2011, 9:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train
Replies: 50
Views: 5361

Re: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train

Looks like a fair mix of good and bad experiences here, but to add mine to the pile: 1. Try to avoid travelling peak week-day times and especially sunny week-ends. 2. DEFINITELY book if you can and going too a rail ticket office seems easier than on-line. Get to know the best booking office clerk in...
by bikes4two
17 Apr 2011, 7:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Away in Malta
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: Away in Malta

Hi Mick, Malta was always a good run ashore but I guess it's changed a lot since my last visit in the 70's? Has the Marsovin improved? We used to say the bottle ws worth more than the contents of the cheapest wine, but that was probably an unfair assessment made by the average matelot who didn't alw...
by bikes4two
15 Apr 2011, 4:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Secret of Longevity
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: The Secret of Longevity

Actuallly Jonty, I drive a sub 1000 pound car and am not averse to charity shop clothes or cheap razors, but that was so I could buy a decent tandem for us both at more thousands than you'd care to think about - got to get your priorities right eh? Getting back to the topic though. Two and a half ye...
by bikes4two
29 Mar 2011, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trek Pilot 1.2
Replies: 21
Views: 3254

Re: Trek Pilot 1.2

My wife loves her pilot 1.2 and would like to use it for light touring - have any of you put a rear rack on with panniers (and which ones?).

I fitted Giant Defy black fenders to the pilot and they go very nicely with the burgundy frame.
by bikes4two
29 Mar 2011, 10:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What would be a fair price?
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: What would be a fair price?

You could try tracking a few galaxies on ebay to get an idea of price. I'd be suprised if something like that went for less than 400-450 GBP
by bikes4two
18 Mar 2011, 6:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which GPS?
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: Which GPS?

There's lots of discussion on this topic, so crack out a search and enjoy the differing views. I've done a 1200 mile trip in Europe just with pages torn from a road atlas plus hand-held compass and not had any navigation difficulties. On the other hand when doing LeJog, I plotted every twist and tur...
by bikes4two
9 Mar 2011, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap bike odometers
Replies: 21
Views: 1402

Re: Cheap bike odometers

I've been using a couple of ASDA 12 function wired ones made by Bell on my tandem for the past four years. They currently sell for £7 each. after a few years I did notice a bit of 'fogging' on one of them after a torrential down-pour and I just ruined both of them by forgetting to put my usual cling...
by bikes4two
31 Jan 2011, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 7774

Re: Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences

Funny Old World isn't it? I have a Dawes KaraKum - it came with Butterfly Bars, which I suspect could be of a lesser quality than some that are available. Anyway, a couple of thousand miles later I went to straight bars with bar-end grips. I found this more comfortable all round (back, and wrists ma...
by bikes4two
17 Oct 2010, 10:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Pannier Bags
Replies: 99
Views: 29628

Re: Touring Pannier Bags

I can't comment on the range of different panniers mentioned in this thread, other than the ones I've used which are Altura Dryliners. I have not found it necessary to pack the contents in plastic bags although I do use the Altura flourescent covers, both for visibility and to minimise dirty and abr...