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by brianleach
7 Nov 2019, 3:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield

I only know the Voyager but never use the "reserved' side. How you are supposed to get two bikes in there defeats me. When taking my Dawes Galaxy there is usually no problem if you can get into the unreserved side and even though there is a heater in there there is usually room for two panniers...
by brianleach
4 Nov 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panel
Replies: 19
Views: 953

Re: Solar panel

I've tried all sorts of solar panels over the years with very limited results. Consequently, and I know this is not environmentally friendly, I also take a battery charger. This uses 4 AA batteries which could be rechargeable but as my trips are usually quite short I don't usually use more than a se...
by brianleach
16 Sep 2019, 3:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 59
Views: 3071

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

Strangely enough John I also have the Vulpine Harrington in blue. It's a very good jacket and it is my go to for social/town/shopping riding. However it is quite heavy ie hot and I am not sure how long it would stay waterproof for!!
by brianleach
12 Jul 2019, 4:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know
Replies: 42
Views: 2710

Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

I had this on a Cross Country service from Sheffield to Winchester last year. I stood the whole way moving my bike from side to side as necessary at each station. Apparently I became famous as each guard called ahead to his replacement to let them know I was on the train!! I gave my seat reservation...
by brianleach
18 Apr 2019, 6:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: German wants to reserve bikespace
Replies: 63
Views: 3007

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace

Perhaps we're talking about different stock. I meant in terms of convenience travelling with a bike. I went from Kings X to Edinburgh last year. As I recall up to 6 bike spaces in the engine behind the driver. Standing on the floor and no need to remove panniers unless all 6 racks full. The door is ...
by brianleach
18 Apr 2019, 2:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: German wants to reserve bikespace
Replies: 63
Views: 3007

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace

I may have missed this in the thread but I use the GWR web site for all journeys. My experience is that you can book the tickets and the bike spaces at the same time. Not always easy to travel though especially CrossCountry. Reverting to the Scottish journeys my understanding is that the lovely old ...
by brianleach
3 Apr 2019, 3:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Oxford to Portsmouth: how to book trains
Replies: 27
Views: 3961

Re: Oxford to Portsmouth: how to book trains

I think that is the best you can do but as I live in Winchester I might have changed trains there. SWR should not be a problem and if you are lucky you may not even need to remove panniers. Cross Country trains are always a lottery leaving aside having to take everything off the bike to hang it. Get...
by brianleach
21 Jun 2018, 2:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another bad train company
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: Another bad train company

Many thanks,that is very helpful.

Brian
by brianleach
21 Jun 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another bad train company
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: Another bad train company

+1 for using the GWR web site which enables bike booking at the same time as ticket booking. I see furbo says that it is 2 bike spaces per 2 coach train. Can someone tell me how this is organised please. I recently travelled to and from Sheffield by Cross Country trains but will not be doing so in t...
by brianleach
6 Jun 2018, 3:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 3310

Re: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?

The last time I was on this ferry I was not in a good state following a crash so my information will obviously be out of date. The Brittany Ferries cabin policy is however the same as it has always been. As you say it is per cabin not per person. Personally I always have a cabin on day and night cro...
by brianleach
16 Apr 2018, 12:34pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 3632

Re: Distance on battery

I think that is absolutely right from my experience and the sales promotions are rather misleading. Until battery life improves I rather doubt that they are much use for touring except for short distances. Having had heart issues recently I thought an ebike conversion would be a way of still being a...
by brianleach
16 Apr 2018, 7:31am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 3632

Re: Distance on battery

I don't know how the GTech works. Do you switch the power on and off or is it on all the time under 25?

If it was on all the time it was presumably using power even on the flat in which case I would have thought 21 was pretty good. As I said in my previous post I reckon I only get 12 to 17 k of use.
by brianleach
26 Mar 2018, 7:43am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 3632

Re: Distance on battery

Silly question I know but are the figures shown just the time using the motor or the total distance travelled. I ask because I have had my bike converted recently and using a fairly low level of assistance I would think I am lucky to get 15 miles on power but that is about 1/2 to a 1/3 of the total ...
by brianleach
9 Apr 2017, 9:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 3310

Re: Anyone taken their bicycle on the portsmouth-bilbao ferry?

I presume you mean the booking process not being easy as boarding is usually very straightforward and cycles often board before cars (as an aside I will always remember cycling up the ferry ramp in spendid isolation on a beautiful afternoon in Ouistreham). I would only travel on the economy service ...