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by hufty
14 Jan 2019, 5:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 36
Views: 5703

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

My knowledge is out of date but bikes + express trains used to be a complete non-starter. A better bet will be the buses, with the added bonus that you won't have to get a ticket months in advance you can pretty much turn up at the bus stand on the day. Rickety state buses will have roof racks, luxu...
by hufty
13 Jan 2019, 6:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: SIM card and plans -Finland??
Replies: 12
Views: 981

Re: SIM card and plans -Finland??

There are no roaming charges in the EU anymore, so in theory any EU provider should work. However, given the nature of Finland, it might be better to find out the best provider there and make sure that your provider has a reciprocal arrangement (if not using the Finnish provider). Also, just bear i...
by hufty
2 Jan 2019, 8:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking Europe with kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1414

Re: Bikepacking Europe with kids

No real advice other than to go for it. But just to check early on in the thread, do you mean bikepacking as in carrying minimal kit in frame bags and tying stuff to the forks and so on, or did you have the "more traditional" pannier racks and panniers set up in mind? [EDIT: or maybe a tra...
by hufty
24 Dec 2018, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: "What you bring on your ride needs to go home with you."
Replies: 179
Views: 5642

Re: "What you bring on your ride needs to go home with you."

Discard banana skins on the road and let car tyres do the work of grinding them down into a paste.
by hufty
27 Oct 2018, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?
Replies: 101
Views: 5707

Re: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?

Just a recommendation for Soundpeats bluetooth ear buds. I have the Q30s. Anyway, they stay in my ears pretty well, they have a degree of water- and sweatproofedness, the sound quality is good enough for the gym so I'm guessing fine for riding along a road. The important bit is they only cost £20 or...
by hufty
15 Sep 2018, 12:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!
Replies: 50
Views: 2815

Re: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!

Welcome to the forum. What a lovely lady you are... I just wonder .... if it was a bloke posting that he was going to build a surprise bike for his partner of the female gender, would there be all this "ask her first" talk? Just wondering. :-) Welcome to the 21st Century. You both assume ...
by hufty
28 Aug 2018, 9:30am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Geraint Thomas....
Replies: 216
Views: 7743

Re: Geraint Thomas....

Cyril Haearn wrote:Will he be allowed to stay in Monaco after Black Friday 29.3.2019?

Just to point out that Monaco is not in the EU and not even in the EEA, so there is no freedom of movement for EU citizens in the first place. Not really the best thread to shoehorn a remainer whinge into, Cyril Haearn.
by hufty
27 Aug 2018, 9:09am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Celebrity Practice What You Preach
Replies: 28
Views: 2616

Re: Celebrity Practice What You Preach

Geraint Thomas:
by hufty
18 Aug 2018, 1:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2467

Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

matt2matt: you promptly posted the fact on an internet forum for posterity. Genius!
by hufty
8 Aug 2018, 7:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Insurance for a trip >100 days
Replies: 9
Views: 621

Re: Insurance for a trip >100 days

You might want to look at "backpacker" insurance policies as these are aimed at longer trips. They used to be aimed at students but less so now and they they don't seem to have low age limits any more. You would want to make sure that cycle touring is covered as a non-incidental activity (...
by hufty
4 Aug 2018, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Toe clips & straps
Replies: 22
Views: 1724

Re: Toe clips & straps

A quick suggestion of Restrap Diagonal Straps (also google Powergrips). You'll have no problem flicking the pedal to get into them if you're used to toe clips, getting out of them is lightening fast, when you straighten your foot that snugs them up. I did have cleats on my tourer but I prefer to wea...
by hufty
2 Aug 2018, 8:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woodtourer - french tour - ongoing
Replies: 54
Views: 1381

Re: Creative help needed!! Bke bagging once again!

Do you need a trolley - I generally manage without by having the bike prepped in its bag. I don't tape up the bottom until I get to oversized check in. Or I just carry it by the cross bar with my laundry bag full of panniers in the other hand. You are allowed to put them down for a rest! Alternative...
by hufty
18 Jun 2018, 4:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which currency for India?
Replies: 34
Views: 1211

Re: Which currency for India?

I don't know if there's still a street level black market for foreign exchange, Mick F, but in any case I wouldn't get involved on a two week trip as you'd probably end up with a fistful of demonetised notes or something. There are cash machines throughout India so I would expect to do it all via AT...
by hufty
11 Jun 2018, 11:37am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Midge watch
Replies: 24
Views: 2007

Re: Midge watch

If the website you are looking at shows no midges for your route then obviously you will not encounter any midges hence no need to pack any repellent. Have a nice trip!
by hufty
23 May 2018, 2:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gas canisters in Bishkek.
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Gas canisters in Bishkek.

Thanks. I'll have to take another look. Maybe flying from Edinburgh added the extra. Good luck. Very envious. Route,? Khorog, Murgarb.....? Bartang valley appeals to me. Alichur was remote and for me summed up the whole way. Keep trying is all I can say. I also was getting double prices compared to...