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by Marco Panettone
9 Jun 2011, 6:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any Optimus Nova owners on here?
Replies: 22
Views: 1192

Any Optimus Nova owners on here?

I've recently gone and got myself an Optimus Nova+ stove which is great in that it has plenty of power for cooking and is easy to control the flame down to a simmer but there is one thing that's bothering me about it.... how do I turn the damn thing off?!! :shock: Not literally but I've followed the...
by Marco Panettone
7 Jun 2011, 4:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can I take a fuel bottle on a ferry?
Replies: 15
Views: 2573

Re: Can I take a fuel bottle on a ferry?

Good plan! :lol:

I suppose the main worry is that once I've lashed my bike to the side of the car deck and gone upstairs anyone could access it.
by Marco Panettone
7 Jun 2011, 3:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Map question- France
Replies: 17
Views: 1602

Re: Map question- France

I used an AA 1:250,000 A4 ring-bound atlas and just took the pages I needed and when I got back I put it all back together. Almost as good as new now. :lol:
by Marco Panettone
7 Jun 2011, 3:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can I take a fuel bottle on a ferry?
Replies: 15
Views: 2573

Re: Can I take a fuel bottle on a ferry?

Thanks for all the replies. It's a crossing I've done before so the bikes do go on the car deck and not up top with the passengers. Common sense would say it's not a problem, given that you can take up to 3 gas cylinders or 5l of diesel but when I contacted the ferry company to ask, they said no par...
by Marco Panettone
7 Jun 2011, 12:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can I take a fuel bottle on a ferry?
Replies: 15
Views: 2573

Can I take a fuel bottle on a ferry?

Has anyone ever taken a fuel bottle on a cross channel ferry with it in full view of the ferry staff at the port and if so, what was the outcome? I carry my fuel bottle attached to my frame by the bottom bracket rather than hidden away and was wondering if I'll be allowed to board if I have any fuel...
by Marco Panettone
11 Jan 2011, 5:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Solar chargers
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Solar chargers

Does anyone have any experience of solar chargers, good or bad? I'm off on an extended tour later in the year and will need an easy way of keeping my phone, camera (& possibly iPod) topped up without having to rely on a wall socket being readily available. It needs to be able to be clipped on to...
by Marco Panettone
5 Oct 2010, 1:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone carry a fuel bottle by the bottom bracket?
Replies: 3
Views: 632

Does anyone carry a fuel bottle by the bottom bracket?

And if you do, what cage do you use? I'm after a cage that mounts on the underside of the downtube to carry a 1 litre fuel bottle and am wondering which would be the better option of a Topeak Modula XL http://www.topeak.com/products/Bottle-Cages/ModulaCageXL or a Bikebuddy http://www.bikebuddy.co.uk...
by Marco Panettone
26 Aug 2010, 11:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best place to carry a tent? Rack or pannier?
Replies: 12
Views: 3999

Best place to carry a tent? Rack or pannier?

Possibly a silly question but I was wondering where the best place is to carry a tent out of in a pannier or on top of the rack in its own stuff sack as I can see advantages & disadvantages for each. If I roll it up and put it in its bag and store it in a pannier is the bag waterproof enough to ...
by Marco Panettone
14 May 2010, 5:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Magazines
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Cycling Magazines

I might buy ProCycling once in a blue moon if I'm catching a plane or train but mostly read stuff online.
by Marco Panettone
19 Mar 2010, 8:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar bag for Ridgeback Panorama
Replies: 11
Views: 5286

Re: Handlebar bag for Ridgeback Panorama

I use a Carradice Super C bag with a pair of crosstop levers no problem. I'd also recommend fitting a pair of 90 degree V-Brake noodles if you have STI levers to get the cables to clear the bag. It still fits without the noodles but the cables rub a bit and if you're going to spend £50 on a bag you ...
by Marco Panettone
19 Mar 2010, 6:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Identify this bike
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: Identify this bike

I've no idea but it might be worth asking over on www.retrobike.co.uk as the guys over there tend to know their stuff when it comes to old bikes.
by Marco Panettone
5 Feb 2010, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: user names
Replies: 100
Views: 6051

Re: user names

Thanks! :lol:
by Marco Panettone
4 Feb 2010, 11:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portsmouth-Bilbao: last chance not to fly
Replies: 18
Views: 1687

Re: Portsmouth-Bilbao: last chance not to fly

I also rang Brittany Ferries recently to book two people with bikes on their Portsmouth - Santander service in July and was told we could only take bikes to Santander if we went from Pymouth. This was no good to us so we're going to Bilbao with P&O instead now.
by Marco Panettone
4 Feb 2010, 10:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: user names
Replies: 100
Views: 6051

Re: user names

I chose mine because I like climbing & I like cake.
by Marco Panettone
3 Feb 2010, 10:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cleaning the chain while on tour
Replies: 23
Views: 987

Cleaning the chain while on tour

Hi All, I've been lurking for ages and there's loads of useful information on here so I thought it was about time I joined up to say hello. I've been a roadie for as long as I can remember, taking part in 100+ mile rides at the weekend, trips to the Alps, sportives etc. but just recently I've really...