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by Graham O
21 Jul 2017, 12:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's
Replies: 19
Views: 3464

Re: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's

Hi there people! Helpful thread thanks. Did anyone have direct experience this year flying with ryanair with 1x checked in bike? If so what were your dimensions? @ Graham O did you have a bike box in the end? and if so what were its dimensions and how was your experience all ok? The box i recycled ...
by Graham O
20 Jul 2017, 8:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightest Panniers In The Universe?
Replies: 25
Views: 4860

Re: Lightest Panniers In The Universe?

If you wanted really lightweight, and could remember to pack them properly so they didn't need a stiffened back, panniers made out of cuben fibre would be under 100g each, with most of the weight coming from the fittings. Unfortunately cuben fibre is very expensive and the abrasion resistance is not...
by Graham O
19 Jul 2017, 11:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightest Panniers In The Universe?
Replies: 25
Views: 4860

Re: Lightest Panniers In The Universe?

A fair bit of weight comes from the fixings and any stiffening. I recently made a pair of panniers with the intention of stiffening then with the plastic that signs are made from, (can't remember the name of it at present). 2 * 25litre in Cordura came to 480g the pair, but the plastic did not inspi...
by Graham O
14 Jul 2017, 10:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhyl to Ruthin route
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Rhyl to Ruthin route

Hi, Leaving Rhyl, the cycle path is pretty good. There are a couple of farm gates to open on the way to Rhuddlan, but they open wide, none of the cattle crush type IIRC. The route you have is not too bad. Yes, the climb to Trefnant is pretty steep (= very steep), but the main road from St. Asaph to ...
by Graham O
11 Jul 2017, 12:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are Some Headwinds Worse than Others?
Replies: 18
Views: 1626

Re: Are Some Headwinds Worse than Others?

a dry wind has less mass in it Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of the truth (!) Air density is proportional to the mass of the molecules making up the air. The majority of molecules are nitrogen (N2), mass 28 Water (H2O) has a mass of 18. So at any given temperature and pressure, a given ...
by Graham O
11 Jul 2017, 11:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are Some Headwinds Worse than Others?
Replies: 18
Views: 1626

Are Some Headwinds Worse than Others?

Hi, A question has been puzzling me for some weeks and I'd like to know other peoples opinions about headwinds and their strength. Most of my cycling is done in typical UK weather and headwinds are a fact of life and as the wind speed increases, so does the effort needed. However on a recent trip to...
by Graham O
4 Jul 2017, 7:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time UK!
Replies: 45
Views: 2487

Re: First time UK!

(I am huge fan of historical and geological landmark) For these reasons, consider North Wales. Great scenery, quiet roads away from the coast, medieval castles (Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech for example) and the glacial and volcanic scenery in Snowdonia National Park. Wales is sufficient...
by Graham O
30 Jun 2017, 12:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is the best Garmin or GPS (not smart phone) for touring
Replies: 97
Views: 10379

Re: What is the best Garmin or GPS (not smart phone) for touring

Garmin apparently still cannot make a device that reliably stays on throughout a ride, doesn’t crash, and records the whole ride One problem I have had with the Edge Touring is near Flint railway station in N. Wales. Whenever I cycle over a particular point, the Edge switches off, loses satellite f...
by Graham O
30 Jun 2017, 11:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is the best Garmin or GPS (not smart phone) for touring
Replies: 97
Views: 10379

Re: What is the best Garmin or GPS (not smart phone) for touring

I've got a Garmin Edge Touring and if I program it from a PC before a ride, it is faultless and provides turn by turn navigation. It's great. However, whenever I have tried to program it "on the road" it has never done the job properly. It could be that I am not doing it correctly, which i...
by Graham O
22 Jun 2017, 7:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding bike and Ryanair
Replies: 9
Views: 4746

Re: Folding bike and Ryanair

Actual experience of flying with Ryanair last month. The only conditions in Ryanair's published T&C's, associated with shipping a bike as a bike, is that it's weight must not be over 32kg. There is no stipulation about turning handlebars, removing pedals or not having anything in the bag with th...
by Graham O
30 May 2017, 6:36am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Footprint/Ground sheet protector which way up/down
Replies: 22
Views: 2046

Re: Footprint/Ground sheet protector which way up/down

It depends on what you consider to be the main purpose of the footprint. Is it to increase the overall waterproofness of the fabric which is under you or to prevent penetration? If the first, then use it coated side up, if the latter, then either way is okay, so on balance, coated side up. One sugge...
by Graham O
27 May 2017, 7:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike box storage at Porto airport
Replies: 6
Views: 6508

Re: Bike box storage at Porto airport

An update as promised. Bag storage including hard cases is not a problem. Go to Information on level 3 and a guy will take you to security and give you a voucher. Pay on recovery. The desk is open from 0500 to 2300. HTH Mrs Jones.
by Graham O
16 May 2017, 5:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike box storage at Porto airport
Replies: 6
Views: 6508

Re: Bike box storage at Porto airport

Hi, Yes, touring for a week. Heading east from Porto on the train then south along the Spanish border for 3 days, then west to hit the coast at Aveiro before north to Porto. From what we've seen in recent years, the smaller roads inland are very empty. Have you seen this page about left luggage at P...
by Graham O
15 May 2017, 8:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike box storage at Porto airport
Replies: 6
Views: 6508

Re: Bike box storage at Porto airport

Was only looking at that yesterday, but couldn't find an answer. My bike bag is quite small, so not a problem for me. It does refer to storage of bulky items, so probably (hopefully?) not a problem. Depending on when you are going, shall I ask them next week?
by Graham O
14 May 2017, 7:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb Bar Bag and Rixen Kaul Mount
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: Ortlieb Bar Bag and Rixen Kaul Mount

Thanks for the info. Again, AIUI, the cable only wraps around one side of the stem so it can rotated upwards. The Ortlieb one wraps both top and bottom of the stem and doesn't rotate so much.