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by brianleach
27 Oct 2008, 9:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists lIves and Long Vehicles
Replies: 27
Views: 2257

by brianleach
26 Oct 2008, 3:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prohibitive train fares
Replies: 30
Views: 7197

Many thanks for taking the trouble to check this.

I have made a note and will check again in January next year.

Brian
by brianleach
25 Oct 2008, 3:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dealing with dogs whilst cycling
Replies: 32
Views: 5298

Have only just found this thread via another post and can recall this was a problem maqy years ago when I used to cycle to school as a lad of 6 or 7 with my mum. Now deceased but a very kind and gentle lady. In fact she almost killed our family when she grabbed the wheel of the car my Dad was drivin...
by brianleach
25 Oct 2008, 3:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prohibitive train fares
Replies: 30
Views: 7197

Thanks for the responses. I would be travelling from Winchester and sadly I have to go on Friday and come back Sunday. Yes I did simplify rather. I tried to check February 2009 and as has been mentioned only three months ahead is possible so I used November 2008 which can't be very much different fr...
by brianleach
24 Oct 2008, 5:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prohibitive train fares
Replies: 30
Views: 7197

Prohibitive train fares

I do not know if this is the right section for this but is it any wonder car usage is so high. I need to get to Pembroke for the weekend next February and I thought why not take the bike on the train. I look at the trainline site and would you believe that the fare is over £250 for an advance return...
by brianleach
24 Oct 2008, 5:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists lIves and Long Vehicles
Replies: 27
Views: 2257

Saw an interesting sign on the back left hand side of a largish van in London yesterday. It read something along the lines of Cyclist do not filter this site of this vehicle. Has anyone else seen anything like this before and is it perhaps an attempt to avoid liability in the event of problem/death?...
by brianleach
22 Oct 2008, 8:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Normandy Landing Beaches
Replies: 20
Views: 4870

By a coincidence this is exactly the route as far as Caen that I thought I would take next August as my weekend trip to recover from this year's disastrous August Brittany trip. Looks like I shall definitely have to do it. I went to Normandy in 2007 and as has been mentioned already I am sure you wi...
by brianleach
23 Sep 2008, 8:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike safety whilst camping
Replies: 23
Views: 3282

I have camped in France a couple of times and generally use the D lock overnight. I also take a Halfords cheap bike cover which not only keeps the elements off but prevents the bike being visible at all unless you lift up the cover. It packs quite small and is pretty light. I also take a cable lock ...
by brianleach
22 Sep 2008, 1:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: This is just a thought.... Cleats
Replies: 43
Views: 2844

I thought it was just me. If I was getting new pedal I think I would go for the two sided type. The Shimano SPDs I have can be used on the "wrong" clipless side but its not much fun, arguably worse than "normal" pedals. Also sod's law appears again. When you are trying to attach ...
by brianleach
22 Sep 2008, 11:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: This is just a thought.... Cleats
Replies: 43
Views: 2844

I have to say I have somewhat mixed views on cleats. I suspect they are brilliant if you cycle long distances but I find them a bit of a nuisance in towns and the like because you are always having to declip. I usually declip the left hand pedal because its nearer the kerb but you have to be careful...
by brianleach
11 Sep 2008, 10:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Tents
Replies: 131
Views: 11055

and would have to be laid on its side

Is that a problem?


Never tried it but I would expect it to be pretty tricky getting it in and out of the tent on its side. There just isn't that much room.

I maay be quite wrong.

Brian
by brianleach
11 Sep 2008, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Tents
Replies: 131
Views: 11055

I took the Vango Spirit 200 to Brittany last month and I would not seriously consider taking anything bigger unless I had a trailer. The tent plus sleeping bag and airmat gives a pretty top heavy load on the rack and led to a couple of mishaps. Certainly the bike would not go in it I don't think eve...
by brianleach
10 Sep 2008, 3:35pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Claude Butler Comfort Saddle
Replies: 1
Views: 644

Claude Butler Comfort Saddle

Does anyone know please where I can get a replacement Claude Butler Comfort Saddle. No response so far from Falcon Cycles.

Thanks

Brian
by brianleach
10 Sep 2008, 3:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle camping in Brittany - Lessons learned
Replies: 9
Views: 1942

No I'm not defeated I shall learn from my mistakes and perhaps do an end to end one round the port next year. I think I was set up by beginners luck last year when almost everything went right. On the other hand I might have had higher expectations this year! I hated the journey from and especially ...
by brianleach
9 Sep 2008, 8:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle camping in Brittany - Lessons learned
Replies: 9
Views: 1942

I think the problem was it did not compare with last year's brilliant trip to Normandy. This is strange because having visited both before I preferred Brittany to Normandy so it just goes to show you get a different perspective from the saddle. 1. Make the journey to the start/back from the finish p...