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by bikepacker
21 Apr 2019, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 59
Views: 2789

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

I have done three tours with Airnimal Joeys using Eurostar and TGV changing at Lille. Interesting - Did you just carry the bagged Airnimals on, or need to book them? Carried on and put on the luggage racks at the end of the carriage. Same for the suitcase. Can I just add: For the Tubus bike racks I...
by bikepacker
21 Apr 2019, 1:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 59
Views: 2789

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

I have done three tours with Airnimal Joeys using Eurostar and TGV changing at Lille. The first time with my wife we had the bikes in the Carradice made bags and everything else in light weight nylon holdalls. We carried all in this picture that way. http://www.bikepacker.co.uk/pictures/airnimal03.j...
by bikepacker
18 Apr 2019, 11:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Upgrading my Tent....looking at Hilleberg options.
Replies: 42
Views: 2089

Re: Upgrading my Tent....looking at Hilleberg options.

No, I don't think so. My Hilleberg Stalon died from UV degradation after 18 years of maybe four weeks use per year plus a four month trip in NZ summer (high UV). My 30 year old Saunders Jetpacker Plus is still going and although I rarely use it nowadays, it has probably had double the amount of use...
by bikepacker
17 Apr 2019, 9:28am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Upgrading my Tent....looking at Hilleberg options.
Replies: 42
Views: 2089

Re: Upgrading my Tent....looking at Hilleberg options.

The only experience I had with MSR tents was using a Carbon Reflex for backpacking. For that it was very good but for cycle camping I much preferred Hillebergs of which I have considerable experience. You mentioned the Anjan 2. I was loaned an Anjan 2GT to try out and it was my least favorite Hilleb...
by bikepacker
16 Apr 2019, 9:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2656

Re: Ireland E2E

I did Strabane to Malin Head via Derry Peace Bridge, in one day. I left my camping gear at Foyleside campsite and rode up to Malin and back without panniers.
by bikepacker
28 Mar 2019, 4:58pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Mildenhall Rally
Replies: 6
Views: 3701

Re: Mildenhall Rally

Thanks. Curious. I missed last year but went the year before and get no emails. I wish they'd put news on one of their three web pages as well as emailing. They will eventually put it on their website but there is an embargo on the news until tomorrow. It is sad news, speaking to Maggie last year I...
by bikepacker
22 Mar 2019, 9:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2656

Re: Ireland E2E

Hi, are the N roads safe to cycle on in the Irish Republic. I am thinking in particular of the N71 between Bantry and Kenmare. Hope you are taking the detour to climb the Healy Pass. One of the best climbs in Ireland. I did the Ireland E2E in 2012 and if it is any help my diary notes are here: http...
by bikepacker
4 Mar 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK cardinal points
Replies: 13
Views: 1495

Re: UK cardinal points

On one of my E2Es I went via all the mainland cardinal points in the order of south, east, west and north. Touring in a very leisurely manner it took me four weeks.
by bikepacker
22 Feb 2019, 7:32pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Of Cysts and Hysterectomies.
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: Of Cysts and Hysterectomies.

eileithyia. I feel for you as my wife was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst in September and has had a really bad time. On 23rd of October they removed a tumour the size of a melon from her ovaries. Because of the spread of cancer she also had a full hysterectomy plus removing her appendix and part of ...
by bikepacker
9 Feb 2019, 11:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 2898

Re: Solid shampoo bars

There are a few companies that sell similar items, if you google melt and pour solid shampoo some will come up. I got mine from a shop in Bury St Edmunds (no longer there) in a 1kg tub.

My friend in Leeds got some from here: https://www.stephensonpersonalcare.com/ ... crystal-ss
by bikepacker
7 Feb 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 2898

Re: Solid shampoo bars

I have been advocating and using solid shampoo/shower gel, on tours for years. I buy it in a big tub and either cut off pieces to size or melt some in a plastic mould in the microwave.
Doing the latter your can add some fragrance a method often liked by the ladies, lavender being my wife's favourite.
by bikepacker
6 Feb 2019, 12:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avoiding Kessock Bridge
Replies: 12
Views: 1665

Re: Avoiding Kessock Bridge

Don't get me wrong I wasn't implying Kessock Bridge should be avoided, I have used it a few times via the cycle path and it is good. I was just outlining my preferred route for the one the OP had stated.
by bikepacker
5 Feb 2019, 4:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avoiding Kessock Bridge
Replies: 12
Views: 1665

Re: Avoiding Kessock Bridge

I have cycled between Ullapool and Inverness quite a few times and never used Kessock Bridge. I would always use the Beauly route and along the south of the firth.
by bikepacker
25 Jan 2019, 11:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Alex Salmond Charged with Attempted Rape
Replies: 56
Views: 2734

Re: Alex Salmond Charged with Attempted Rape

Canuk wrote:
landsurfer wrote:++1 ... It's almost as if "someone" is keeping past misdemeanours in a bag waiting to pounce at the right time .....


A charming fellow to be sure, but not my cup of tea.


I once met him at a wedding in Banff and found him to be anything but charming.
by bikepacker
18 Jan 2019, 2:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands Trains/London North Western
Replies: 22
Views: 2612

Re: West Midlands Trains

I have never had a problem with the bike on WM trains as one of the main companies serving Worcester I often use them. One example; last September whilst on a short 4 day tour I received an urgent phone call to return home quickly. At the time I was 8 miles from Rugby at 3.30 in the afternoon. As yo...