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by Reigncloud
14 Apr 2012, 11:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow
Replies: 285
Views: 15337

Re: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow

We drove to Exeter airport to take a flight out to Majorca last week, then drove home again after the holiday. 60miles each way and we had to be at the airport for 4.30am. We could have taken a taxi, but it would have cost nearly £100 to get us there, and we could have taken the train to get us hom...
by Reigncloud
13 Apr 2012, 1:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow
Replies: 285
Views: 15337

Re: First day of NOT owning a car tomorrow

Many of the themes in this thread are quite nicely summed up here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/06/the-true-cost-of-commuting/ Admittedly an American perspective, so probably starting from a 'lower' (more car-addicted) situation. Good hard lesson on benefits of giving up the car. He's also...
by Reigncloud
13 Apr 2012, 12:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 1417

Re: Pannier suggestions

The excessively complicated spreadsheet I did when choosing my panniers strongly suggests Altura Arrans are the best value quality panniers. I chose Vaude Discover Pro, for quite a lot more money. Had I not had access to a staff discount to make the cost more reasonable, I'd have got the Arrans. Wo...
by Reigncloud
1 Apr 2012, 10:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Bag Postage
Replies: 6
Views: 5928

Re: Bike Bag Postage

We do this every year. Make sure you clear it with the hotel or campsite first of course, as some don't like to hold parcels for you. We've not stayed at some places purely on this basis before. In terms of sending your bag, we have used Transglobal Express in the past. These guys buy large amounts...
by Reigncloud
22 Mar 2012, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar bag bracket
Replies: 11
Views: 1529

Re: Handlebar bag bracket

I put my kickfix mounting on for tours and then take it off for the rest of the year's commuting. Yes, the cable gets chewed, but it's not usually terminal. And even if it does, it doesn't matter as the plastic that gets chewed is only for stopping the abrasion on the stem/bars and the chewing is do...
by Reigncloud
22 Mar 2012, 10:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long distance off-road tour England or Wales?
Replies: 11
Views: 7150

Re: Long distance off-road tour England or Wales?

Many thanks for all the responses. Will run these past my riding buddy and see what we come up with. Cheers!
by Reigncloud
20 Mar 2012, 2:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long distance off-road tour England or Wales?
Replies: 11
Views: 7150

Long distance off-road tour England or Wales?

Last Easter a colleague and I did the South Downs Way over 2 days, which was fantastic. This year we were planning on maybe taking on the North Downs Way, but I hear that this isn't fully cycle-able - is that correct? If so, does anyone know of another 2 day (about 100 miles) mostly off-road ride th...
by Reigncloud
20 Mar 2012, 1:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Bag Postage
Replies: 6
Views: 5928

Re: Bike Bag Postage

We do this every year. Make sure you clear it with the hotel or campsite first of course, as some don't like to hold parcels for you. We've not stayed at some places purely on this basis before. In terms of sending your bag, we have used Transglobal Express in the past. These guys buy large amounts ...
by Reigncloud
20 Mar 2012, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good read
Replies: 20
Views: 5082

Re: A good read

'Off the rails' is an entertaining read about two young Australians who cycle from Moscow to Beijing on recumbents. Through winter.

I saw their mini documentary on tv years ago and it looked very tough going!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Off-Rails-Mosco ... 1840243988
by Reigncloud
30 Jan 2012, 11:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPS?
Replies: 29
Views: 1676

Re: GPS?

Can anyone tell me from experience, not theoretical, but from actual experience how much it cost to use a smartphone as a mapping device on a two week tour in France or other mainland Europe cycling tour. Probably not for several reasons: 1) I don't think anyone uses smartphones like that i.e. to t...
by Reigncloud
19 Jan 2012, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPS?
Replies: 29
Views: 1676

Re: GPS?

I'll chime in here with my usual GPS response! My personal setup is linked below. Nokia 6120 with bluetooth GPS unit and TomTom software installed. Whole setup should cost you less than £50 (assuming a 2nd hand phone and cheap BT receiver off ebay). I pre-plan everything on google maps/bikeroutetoas...
by Reigncloud
19 Jan 2012, 5:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ride with GPS
Replies: 17
Views: 1816

Re: Ride with GPS

I just tried it but couldn't just point to a place on the route to identity distance and/or height. Am I missing something? Being able to get an idea how far to the next source of water is pretty important to me. Create your route by clicking on the map and then click on the Summary tab along the t...
by Reigncloud
17 Jan 2012, 1:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS Units in Europe
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Re: GPS Units in Europe

Positioning isn't the problem, but access to maps is. Although I believe some apps will dowload and store maps offline. I've posted about this before. Highly recommend the mobile-phone-as-a-satnav option. You don't need to have it connected to the network (which preserves battery and ££s) and it's ...
by Reigncloud
17 Jan 2012, 1:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ride with GPS
Replies: 17
Views: 1816

Re: Ride with GPS

+1 for bikeroutetoaster. Have planned and executed three or four tours with this, porbably totalling nearly 8,000 km. The interface is clear and to the point, and if you don't want it to authoroute you can switch this on and off at will.
by Reigncloud
22 Dec 2011, 11:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padlock Alarms
Replies: 15
Views: 2108

Re: Padlock Alarms

alanesq wrote:Best xmas present I could have hoped for :-)

so I am now looking to buy a decent lock as they seemed to have cut through the Tesco one I had very easily!


But you still have your bike so it did it's job (to a degree)!

Always great to hear about a recovered bike :)