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by mullinsm
19 Oct 2015, 12:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Zealand Tour
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

New Zealand Tour

As the nights draw in I'm finding that I'm pining for long days on the bike and don't think I can wait 'till next spring and summer in France to experience the satisfaction of a long tour, so I'm looking at the "swallow option" of flying south. Singapore airlines will take me from Heathrow...
by mullinsm
20 Aug 2015, 4:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French End to End
Replies: 18
Views: 7010

Re: French End to End

I finished this ride last week. 903 miles from Dunkirk to Perpignan in 13 days, including one day lost through heat stroke. I didn't do the bit from Perpignan to the border in the mountains due to the heat and if there's one thing I've learned from this tour it's to avoid France, especially central ...
by mullinsm
20 Aug 2015, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 10534

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

I managed to get the bike on the plane, but had to take the wheels off in order for it to fit through the scanner at Perpignan. I'd packed the bike and taped up the bag and checked-in the panniers (with my tools in) when the rather animated luggage handler said it wouldn't fit and I'd have to take t...
by mullinsm
23 Jul 2015, 9:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First 5 day Tour Ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 2117

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading about 260 miles. Use the LEJOG route to Bristol and then the Sustran 4 route up the Kennett and Avon Canal to Reading. Like the sound of this one :D I did LeJog in 2012. The first 4 days were hell and would be enough to put me off cycling for life,...
by mullinsm
21 Jul 2015, 4:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 10534

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

Flown loads of times with Ryanair and CTC plastic bag, no problems, most recently was last october prestwick to carcassonne and return. A plastic bag is a 'protective bag', it protects other luggage from your oily chain, thats what they are worried about, no bag protects your bike from anything. No...
by mullinsm
21 Jul 2015, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: santander to cherbourg
Replies: 13
Views: 2609

Re: santander to cherbourg

I did Santander to St Malo in 12 days and I didn't kill myself. What was your daily milage? I aimed for 100k most days apart from a short day to San Sebastian and a very short day from there to Biarritz and one long day from Tours towards Rennes via Angers when I did 100 miles on flat roads. 100k a...
by mullinsm
20 Jul 2015, 6:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 10534

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

Make no mistake that if I could choose to use another carrier I might consider it, but as Ryanair are the only operator that fly from Perpignan to Stansted it's largely academic how shoddy their customer service is.
by mullinsm
20 Jul 2015, 6:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: santander to cherbourg
Replies: 13
Views: 2609

Re: santander to cherbourg

I did Santander to St Malo in 12 days and I didn't kill myself.
by mullinsm
20 Jul 2015, 3:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 10534

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

Thanks for the replies. I'm planning on taking the wheels off just because it's easier to handle the bike on a luggage trolley and in taxi etc. I will, of course, use drop-out spacers to protect it from crushing. I'm not too concerned about scratches to the frame as I've promised myself a re-spray n...
by mullinsm
20 Jul 2015, 10:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 10534

CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

I'm flying back from Perpignan to Stanstead via Ryanair after my up-coming French end to end and am looking at using the CTC bike bag to pack the bike in for the journey. I'm planning to remove the pedals, turn the bars, drop the saddle and remove the wheels and zip-tie them to the frame for ease of...
by mullinsm
18 Jul 2015, 5:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French End to End
Replies: 18
Views: 7010

Re: French End to End

Just to the south of the city centre there is a Decathlon. They have always been very good to me when it comes to box giving. Watch out, though, there is also a Decathlon there which specialises in fishing (nature) and golf only..... :D Box in French is "boite" (b-w-at) What are my chance...
by mullinsm
17 Jul 2015, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: santander to cherbourg
Replies: 13
Views: 2609

Re: santander to cherbourg

I did the Santander to St Malo run I'm in Burgos and am heading to San Sebastián and then St Malo. Do you have a link of your route? I had a provisional plan as far as La Rochelle but originally I was going to Calais. I didn't plot it or plan it. I headed north east from Biarritz through Bordeaux t...
by mullinsm
17 Jul 2015, 7:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: santander to cherbourg
Replies: 13
Views: 2609

Re: santander to cherbourg

I had been told that the section across the border from San Sebastian was a nightmare with busy roads an tunnels to contend with. I did it on a Sunday morning And just set my Garmin to take me from one village on the route to the next and before I knew it I was in France having seen no traffic, no ...
by mullinsm
17 Jul 2015, 6:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French End to End
Replies: 18
Views: 7010

Re: French End to End

I'm setting off in two weeks but could do with some help getting home afterwards. I'm planning to cycle back to Perpignan and fly back to Stanstead. Does anyone know of any friendly, English speaking bike shops in Perpignan where I can maybe buy a box to pack the bike in? Failing that, where can I g...
by mullinsm
17 Jul 2015, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: santander to cherbourg
Replies: 13
Views: 2609

Re: santander to cherbourg

I did the Santander to St Malo run a couple of years ago and was getting quite stressed about the Spanish section until I actually did it. The roads from Santander to San Sebastian are fine apart from a short section on the run-in to San Sebastian itself where it was a bit busy. There are some hilly...