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by Graham O
4 Jul 2017, 7:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time UK!
Replies: 45
Views: 2371

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: 9997

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: 9997

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: 4333

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: 1751

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: 6448

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: 6448

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: 6448

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: 856

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.
by Graham O
14 May 2017, 6:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb Bar Bag and Rixen Kaul Mount
Replies: 3
Views: 856

Ortlieb Bar Bag and Rixen Kaul Mount

I was test packing my bike for an upcoming flight this afternoon and had to take the handlebars off. To release the stem front clamp, I had to loosen the cable fastening on my Ortlieb Bar Bag and frankly, to put it back on was a bit of a struggle and more than I want to do when rebuilding it in the ...
by Graham O
21 Apr 2017, 8:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's
Replies: 19
Views: 3212

Re: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's

simonhill wrote:
Have a great trip.


Thanks. 5 weeks today, I'll be quivering with excitement at Liverpool Airport. :D

Just got the panniers and bike bag to make now.
by Graham O
21 Apr 2017, 7:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's
Replies: 19
Views: 3212

Re: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's

Hopefully, this is now sorted. The answer back this morning is that the size does not matter, only the weight restriction. That should make life easier.
by Graham O
20 Apr 2017, 3:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's
Replies: 19
Views: 3212

Re: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's

I've just found this on a generic travel website: "(Ryanair) Exceptional items Sporting equipment, such as snowboards, skis, golf clubs or bikes, and large musical instruments may be checked into the hold in addition to other checked baggage, as long as each item does not exceed 20 kg (or 30 kg...
by Graham O
20 Apr 2017, 3:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's
Replies: 19
Views: 3212

Re: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's

It does sound a bit small and as you say, could apply to normal luggage. When I was looking at flights, I certainly came across a set of dimensions which would take the bike with wheels on, but that could have been Easyjet. I'll check it tonight. Rualexander - presumably you ship your bike with whee...
by Graham O
20 Apr 2017, 2:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's
Replies: 19
Views: 3212

Re: Flying with Ryanair - T&C's

Managed to get a chat with Ryanair's Live Chat and their only extra information over the T&Cs is that the maximum size for the packed bike is 119 *119* 81cm. Will have to measure if I can fit my bike in a bag that long without taking the wheels off. (Edit, just realised that is too short with wh...