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by ericonabike
2 Jul 2013, 4:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Boxes; General Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: Bike Boxes; General Advice

A different take on this, perhaps, having had to handle all sorts of bike boxes during two weeks working in the Pyrenees with Marmot Tours: 1. Go hard, not soft! Soft boxes seem to invite problems IMHO - baggage handlers see no reason to treat them with care, and they are patently not as protective ...
by ericonabike
21 May 2013, 9:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padding gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 955

Re: Padding gloves

Thanks for all the replies. Yes, the bars are certainly less ergonomic than more modern designs: a much sharper curve, and a sharp slope down to the hoods. Trying to get the top part horizontal would leave the brake levers pawing the air, and they won't easily be repositioned further round the bend,...
by ericonabike
19 May 2013, 5:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padding gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 955

Re: Padding gloves

Maybe..I was hoping to avoid padding the hoods or bars as the ride I'm doing is the Retroronde in Belgium - specifically for older machines. And so I wanted to avoid spoiling the lines and original condition of the bike! My thinking was to use some sort of foam padding inside the glove, but this may...
by ericonabike
19 May 2013, 3:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padding gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 955

Padding gloves

I'm using a 30-year-old bike on a 100km ride next Sunday. Iwas out today for 40 km or so, and found that both brakes and bars made my hands really sore! The key area is that between thumb and adjacent finger, which when braking, from the hoods in particular, got really sore. I don't get this problem...
by ericonabike
7 Apr 2013, 9:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Campaigning in Leeds
Replies: 6
Views: 1678

Re: Cycle Campaigning in Leeds

Snap - Leicester Cycling Campaign Group was formed last year out of a similar sense of frustration. Am admiring your web site, which somewhat shades ours at http://leicesterccg.wordpress.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/leicester.cyclecampaign Twitter @LeicesterCCG If there exists a networking...
by ericonabike
6 Apr 2013, 9:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime extension
Replies: 76
Views: 5985

Re: Hate crime extension

Interesting - Leicester Cycling Campaign Group is meeting with our Police Commissioner on Monday. One of the issues we'll be raising is the abuse received from motorists. As an example, I'll be taking along a print out of the Tweets retweeted by @CycleHatred. Whilst on the one hand they can be dismi...
by ericonabike
12 Feb 2013, 9:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High speed train service London - Dover: cycle policy?
Replies: 7
Views: 2738

Re: High speed train service London - Dover: cycle policy?

Bit of a late update, but...I was delighted with this service. My son and I had booked advance tickets from Dover to Leicester for £23 each, including HST. No problem getting bikes on board [once we'd worked out where they went] and a speedy train.
by ericonabike
16 Aug 2012, 6:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips
Replies: 29
Views: 2363

Re: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips

24 - a recent convert to cycling...
by ericonabike
16 Aug 2012, 11:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pont de Normandie experience
Replies: 5
Views: 4121

Pont de Normandie experience

Just back from a tour from St Malo to Calais. I decided to add the Pont de Normandie to my list of bridges cycled across as I knew it had a cycle path on it. It did, but... Imagine going over a reasonable [3%?] hill alongside a motorway on a metre wide cycle track. There were signs asking traffic to...
by ericonabike
16 Aug 2012, 10:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips
Replies: 29
Views: 2363

Re: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips

From an enjoyment point of view - excellent! The weather was fantastic, up in high 20s/low 30s all the time. Son and I got on well, but fair to say a week was probably long enough...we mixed camping and 2 star hotels in the end, as sometimes campsites weren't where we wanted to be, and on one occasi...
by ericonabike
29 Jul 2012, 11:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Let us praise parish councils...
Replies: 6
Views: 3920

Let us praise parish councils...

...for installing and [generally] maintaining such a variety of wayside benches for weary cyclists to rest upon awhile. Whilst doing just that the other day, and chewing on a cheese sandwich for mental inspiration, it dawned on me that these are probably unique amongst roadside artefacts, in that th...
by ericonabike
26 Jul 2012, 9:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Victoria station query
Replies: 12
Views: 4802

Re: Victoria station query

Update - had to defer trip at last minute due to son being involved in RTA [car passenger, not seriously hurt luckily]. Rebooked ferries and both train journeys for outbound travel on 6 August. Then found out that: - ASLEF have called a strike on East Midlands Trains for 6 - 8 August; and - Southern...
by ericonabike
24 Jul 2012, 9:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 5 Day Trip around Leicestershire Begining Earl Shilton
Replies: 7
Views: 3247

Re: 5 Day Trip around Leicestershire Begining Earl Shilton

You're just up the road from me - at Kirby Muxloe. Try the Sustrans Guthlaxton Trail to Market Harborough, then the Gartee Ride to Melton Mowbray, then the National Byway Oakham Loop. Catching a train back from Oakham to finish it off in comfort. Nice quiet roads and good scenery.
by ericonabike
16 Jul 2012, 10:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in France
Replies: 16
Views: 12505

Re: Cycling in France

I rode from St Malo to Montpellier in six days in 2010, returning via Bike Express. Not actually that hard, always following white and yellow roads on pages from the Michelin inch to 3.5 miles 'big scale' road atlas. Stayed at 2 star hotels or chambres d'hote so no camping kit, but campsite directio...
by ericonabike
16 Jul 2012, 10:36am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips
Replies: 29
Views: 2363

Re: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips

Enjoyed reading the replies - have decided to go without cooking kit and, as suggested, maybe buy cheap stove etc there if I feel the need. Also impressed by the idea of subtly encouraging caravanners/motorhomers to come to our aid. As I own one, shall happily accept any offers of liquid/edible assi...