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by brianleach
18 Jun 2014, 11:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folders that ride like a normal bike
Replies: 37
Views: 4402

Re: Folders that ride like a normal bike

I've had a Dahon Espresso for years. Now called the Tern something or other following the company bust up. As has been said earlier it is great to fold up and put in the back of the car if you are going somewhere not accessable by train. However I only use a light pannier or two on the rear and woul...
by brianleach
30 May 2014, 1:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurodespatch/Eurostar
Replies: 4
Views: 2660

Re: Eurodespatch/Eurostar

http://www.seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm ... 20Brussels

A good place for information. I think you are right, Eurostar to Paris only. It's better now for an assembled bike but I still don't like the bike going separately even on the same train.
by brianleach
26 May 2014, 2:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nice lady,
Replies: 24
Views: 14423

Re: Nice lady,

Sadly happens to me almost every time I cycle home from the train station and usually outside the Winchester test centre. Often but not necessarily drivers under instruction. I am amazed at the number of vehicles which overtaking parked cars force me into about two feet of space. I often think about...
by brianleach
19 May 2014, 1:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FIRST TIME FRANCE
Replies: 28
Views: 7780

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

I'm never bothered about the others going off first - for me there is nothing worse than 150 HGV's overtaking me in the first half hour.


A good point but I usually find I am not going the same way as the HGVs!! And certainly not at Portsmouth when you heading for the railway station.
by brianleach
18 May 2014, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FIRST TIME FRANCE
Replies: 28
Views: 7780

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

One of my first trips was camping at Luc-sur-Mer which you can almost see from the Ouistreham ferry port. It's only about 9 miles but plenty of easy cycling from there. If the weather is fine I wouldn't worry about camping. I was about 60 when I started!!! If the weather is rotten of course you"...
by brianleach
18 May 2014, 5:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FIRST TIME FRANCE
Replies: 28
Views: 7780

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

All but the last cycle and motorcyle arrivals were directed to the lowest deck. Consequently all other cars and freight had to be unloaded before the deck could be opened for us to disembark. It took some time ads you can imagine. I see the ship has been taken over by Brittany Ferries and I am booke...
by brianleach
18 May 2014, 1:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FIRST TIME FRANCE
Replies: 28
Views: 7780

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

I wouldn't recommend Le Havre for a first timer. In my view it is by far the least attractive port and the cycle out and trying to cross the Pont de Normandie is not a great introduction. Either Ouistreham(Caen) or Cherbourg pitch you straight into much more appealing cycling terrain. I did a couple...
by brianleach
9 May 2014, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cotentin peninsula west coast
Replies: 10
Views: 2268

Re: Cotentin peninsula west coast

Cycled from Cherbourg to St Malo in May 2010. Not helped by rotten ie damp weather whole time but found it rather boring. Certainly wouldn't repeat it. Not a patch on the Normandy Beaches (Cherbourg to Caen) trip I did which I would repeat any day. Didn't have enough time to see everything on that o...
by brianleach
17 Apr 2014, 2:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lazy drivers
Replies: 17
Views: 7420

Re: Lazy drivers

I don't think it has increased. It is just as bad as it has always been. For many years I have been playing the "game" whilst touring in France of guessing the nationality of the driver approaching from behind. As a sweeping generalisation, if the driver approaches with caution ready to st...
by brianleach
17 Apr 2014, 8:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What bad luck
Replies: 14
Views: 3495

What bad luck

Poor chap!! If only he'd known one was a police officer he would obviously have been much more considerate!!

http://www.courier.co.uk/Marden-motoris ... story.html
by brianleach
4 Apr 2014, 3:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Interesting blog
Replies: 6
Views: 3060

Interesting blog

I thought this a particularly interesting blog and perhaps helps to explain some of the apparently perverse verdicts of late.

http://thecyclingsilk.blogspot.co.uk/20 ... cases.html
by brianleach
13 Mar 2014, 1:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bilbao to St Malo 2 Week Trip
Replies: 19
Views: 7822

Re: Bilbao to St Malo 2 Week Trip

Just to update this one. I checked on line today (and yesterday!) and found that there were still no bicycle options. I therefore rang to get a quote and a cheerful lady told me that as the boat had limited bicycle space they could make more money in August and September taking other passengers pres...
by brianleach
7 Mar 2014, 3:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Rail Companies Letting Down Cyclists
Replies: 75
Views: 13773

Re: Rail Companies Letting Down Cyclists

Every carriage had actual racks for three bicycles


Sorry but I think you will find that is one carriage in 5, certainly not every carriage sadly.
by brianleach
3 Dec 2013, 8:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Urgent!
Replies: 26
Views: 2824

Re: Urgent!

It wasn't when I looked - there was a very big price difference. You may be right, I was looking at the trainline site. However having travelled from Hampshire to London for over 40 years I have only found price differences if you have a railcard or travel at specific times of day. At that time of ...
by brianleach
29 Nov 2013, 6:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Urgent!
Replies: 26
Views: 2824

Re: Urgent!

I wasn't suggesting wasting money just interested in what prices you had been given. A single B'mouth to Waterloo next Friday looks to be around £25 so if you are really concerned just get that and not go for a specific train. However I would expect there to space on any at that time.