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by ericonabike
10 Jul 2012, 10:49pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips
Replies: 29
Views: 2363

Re: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips

Thanks all - and I've not taken offence at anything said! It's a judgement call as to what, if anything, to take for cooking, and all the comments made have been helpful. I guess I'm being influenced by a weekend Mrs E and I spent in La Rochelle last year - cost me an arm and a leg eating out. Where...
by ericonabike
10 Jul 2012, 3:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips
Replies: 29
Views: 2363

Dumbo camper seeks cooking kit tips

Next month I'm going on a week's cycle tour in France with grown-up son. We'll be camping, but I initially hadn't planned on doing any cooking. However, since it now seems I'll be mostly financing the trip [!] the idea of saving money by camp cooking appeals. Vaguely thinking of coffee and croissant...
by ericonabike
8 Jul 2012, 10:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Critical Mass - type ride
Replies: 13
Views: 12286

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: 10139

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: 6607

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: 4802

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: 4802

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: 4802

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: 3067

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: 5431

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: 3156

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: 5431

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: 3156

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: 5431

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: 4408

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 ...