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by ericonabike
8 Jul 2012, 10:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Critical Mass - type ride
Replies: 13
Views: 12257

Re: Critical Mass - type ride

If this is still current, check out Leicester Critical Mass at http://www.facebook.com/leicester.criticalmass The 'non-organisers' started this up in October 2010 and it regularly attracts between 100 and 200 riders, of all ages, shapes and sizes. We see it as a cycling charm offensive, but we do bl...
by ericonabike
8 Jul 2012, 10:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trailer or Panniers
Replies: 29
Views: 10091

Re: Trailer or Panniers

My Carry Freedom City is in Leicester if anyone would like a trial run with one. Great piece of kit IMHO.
by ericonabike
8 Jul 2012, 10:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: P17 ROY the elbow clipper - my sweet revenge
Replies: 26
Views: 6593

Re: P17 ROY the elbow clipper - my sweet revenge

If you're into roof-slapping you need to be prepared for the consequences! Only done it once, out of sheer frustration, and the driver braked to a halt in front of me, got out and threatened to beat me to a pulp if I ever touched his car again. Not being too well-versed in ju-jitsu, and not having b...
by ericonabike
8 Jul 2012, 10:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Victoria station query
Replies: 12
Views: 4771

Re: Victoria station query

Thanks folks, useful advice. I suspect I'm being over-anxious, but getting two people, two bikes and a trailer from one train to another seems to take ages when it's all at the same station, leave alone cycling across London in between!
by ericonabike
7 Jul 2012, 2:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Victoria station query
Replies: 12
Views: 4771

Re: Victoria station query

Thanks for that. This one doesn't. departs Leicester at 12:57 travel by Train service provider East Midland Trains to station London St Pancras arrives 14:13 ( seats reserved: Coach: A Seats: 03A, 04A , and space for 2 bicycles ) departs London Victoria at 15:02 travel by Train service provider Sout...
by ericonabike
7 Jul 2012, 11:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Victoria station query
Replies: 12
Views: 4771

Victoria station query

I';ve booked a very cheap advance ticket from Leicester to Portsmouth next month. But the interchange time is only 50 minutes - to get the cheap fare I had to accept what I was given! I used to cycle from st Pancras to Embankment [Millbank] so know the [a] route. But the timing is still very tight. ...
by ericonabike
4 Jul 2012, 4:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carry Freedom trailers - rolling resistance
Replies: 10
Views: 3041

Re: Carry Freedom trailers - rolling resistance

We use a Carry Freedom City with a tandem and it's a joy! The bearings are butter-smooth and despite carrying enough kit to stock a clothes warehouse the weight is literally only noticeable uphill. At which point I call it resistance training...
by ericonabike
10 Jun 2012, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Racer with trailer for touring? bad or good?
Replies: 13
Views: 5415

Re: Racer with trailer for touring? bad or good?

That's cool - I bought a kinked valve extension but hadn't figured on the tubes being available. Will invest in one before French foray next week.
by ericonabike
9 Jun 2012, 7:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Returning to Calais by train
Replies: 4
Views: 3129

Re: Returning to Calais by train

Cheers for that. Heartened to know that some TGVs will take unpacked bikes. Reluctant to book in advance as I want to remain flexible - hopefully a chat at the station the day before I want to travel will produce a TGV/TER package that will do the trick!
by ericonabike
8 Jun 2012, 7:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Racer with trailer for touring? bad or good?
Replies: 13
Views: 5415

Re: Racer with trailer for touring? bad or good?

Its only downside is that it's not waterproof, only showerproof and Carry Freedom don't do a dedicated cover for it. I use a bin liner inside - put it on the bottom, pile everything in then fold it over again. It's lasted through torrential rain in Belgium that way with no moistness! Build quality i...
by ericonabike
8 Jun 2012, 2:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Returning to Calais by train
Replies: 4
Views: 3129

Returning to Calais by train

Youngest son and I [he's 24...] are off to St Malo via Portsmouth next Wednesday, arriving am Thursday. I had originally planned for us to travel up the coast to Calais, where we have the ferry booked [and more importantly the return rail tickets back to Leicester] the following Thursday. But given ...
by ericonabike
6 Jun 2012, 1:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Racer with trailer for touring? bad or good?
Replies: 13
Views: 5415

Re: Racer with trailer for touring? bad or good?

"I'm from Leicestershire so we don't really have proper hills here, I never use the granny gear!" Chapeau Sir! I too am from Leics but visit granny frequently. I'm off to France next week, towing a Carry Freedom City two-wheeled trailer behind my Airborne road bike. First time behind that ...
by ericonabike
6 Jun 2012, 1:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?
Replies: 10
Views: 4314

Re: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?

I used to be indecisive - but now I'm not so sure! FWIW +1 for North to south. I did St Malo to Montpellier in six days a year ago, coming back on Bike Express [well recommended for a hassle-free experience]. Riding towards the sunny side has a special appeal, as you gradually notice the transition ...
by ericonabike
6 Jun 2012, 1:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Guide des Voies Vertes et Véloroutes de France
Replies: 11
Views: 5004

Re: Guide des Voies Vertes et Véloroutes de France

Received the Guide - would not recommend it! As previous poster said, no info in it that doesn't appear on website as far as I can see. Most importantly there are no maps in it apart from the one of the whole of France that appears on the web, showing 'roughly' where the VVs are. Even a sketch map s...
by ericonabike
25 May 2012, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Axle slides in bottom bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 677

Re: Axle slides in bottom bracket

Doh! when I said 'no discernible play' it was after tugging at the drive side crank. When I tugged at the left hand crank it nearly came off in my hand! Retightening the crank on the axle solved the problem. [slinks away shamefacedly]