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by brianleach
25 Oct 2008, 3:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prohibitive train fares
Replies: 30
Views: 7235

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: 7235

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: 2292

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: 4909

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: 3307

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: 2885

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: 2885

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: 11184

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: 11184

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: 650

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: 1977

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: 1977

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...
by brianleach
8 Sep 2008, 3:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle camping in Brittany - Lessons learned
Replies: 9
Views: 1977

Cycle camping in Brittany - Lessons learned

I am just getting over my weekend in Brittany over the August Bank Holiday and am taking stock of the lessons learned. 1 Portsmouth to St Malo is too long a ferry route in my opinion. If I go next year its back to Portsmouth to Ouistreham. 2 Do more research of the intended area. Do not rely on prev...
by brianleach
28 Aug 2008, 8:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: st malo-portsmouth ferry, how long to get off?
Replies: 13
Views: 1773

Sorry for the late response but my internet went down yesterday afternoon. Fortunately for me the lift was still working so I'm not exactly sure but I think it was two short flights enough to get up about twenty feet. Not easy I suspect if fully loaded. In fact when I arrived at my home station of W...
by brianleach
28 Aug 2008, 8:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle repair
Replies: 0
Views: 256

Saddle repair

Can anyone help please. As a result of a cleat related incident at the ferry port in St Malo whilst overloaded I have managed to remove the top of the saddle from my Claud Butler Regent. If I get the two prongs in at the back I cannot quite get the tongue in at the front. If I get the tongue in ther...