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by JJF
8 Dec 2014, 9:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Code for buying from Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 6
Views: 1127

Re: Code for buying from Cotswold Outdoor

Thanks for all responses.
I emailed my question to CTC HQ and learned the procedure.
by JJF
4 Dec 2014, 10:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Code for buying from Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 6
Views: 1127

Code for buying from Cotswold Outdoor

I've been trying to get the code to buy from Cotswold Outdoor. When I enter my username to log in it tells me that the username is reserved. Hopefully it is me. I thought maybe the problem was that I was already logged in to the forum so I would be logged in twice which might not work. So I l...
by JJF
2 Dec 2014, 5:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Family cycling holiday recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 1462

Re: Family cycling holiday recommendations

The river Avon from Avonmouth thro' Bristol, Bath, Kennet and Avon canal and river Thames to just to the west of London provide a continuous cycle route. Mostly towpaths but with occasional bits of road. If you camp somewhere in the middle then you can have two days of very attractive out-and-back r...
by JJF
20 Oct 2014, 9:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Portuguese coastline
Replies: 11
Views: 3012

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

I cycled a small part of the Portugese coast about 15 years ago. I crossed the Tagus from Lisbon and headed south. I stayed in a B&B in Sesimbra then went to Setubal and took the ferry across the Rio Sado. From there I cycled down the coast to Villa Nova de Milfontes. As borisface says, it is an...
by JJF
14 Oct 2014, 9:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scientific Calculator
Replies: 81
Views: 3348

Re: Scientific Calculator

I have a slide rule. In getting it out to remind myself what it looked like I discovered that in its box there is an instruction booklet that cost 9d.
I also have book of Log tables with my military number stamped on it.
by JJF
7 Oct 2014, 7:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.
Replies: 12
Views: 1561

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

I recognise the situation described by greyhead. My partner and I crossed on the ferry to Ouistreham in mid Sept. As we left the ferry itself there were half a dozen or so cyclists about 20 yards in front of us. They responded to the marshals' pointing hands by walking along the road/ramp which was ...
by JJF
29 Sep 2014, 8:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to Scandinavia 2
Replies: 3
Views: 499

Getting to Scandinavia 2

BBC TV for eastern counties reported this evening (6.30pm 29 Sept) that a ferry company proposes to start a service Harwich-Esbjerg at Easter 2015. I did a quick search but couldn't find confirmation.
Let's hope that this does happen.
by JJF
25 Jun 2014, 9:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mersey Tunnel
Replies: 38
Views: 16578

Re: Mersey Tunnel

" We built The Mersey Tunnel boys...
Way back in thirty three...
Dug an 'ole in the ground
Until we found
An 'ole called Wallasey...

RIP Stan Kelly died 16 April 2014
by JJF
20 Jun 2014, 10:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Swiss: Short steep descent or not
Replies: 11
Views: 4936

Re: Swiss: Short steep descent or not

Remember to use both brakes on your descent. On a tour with a Swiss woman, going down a long descent, her rear tyre came off. I deflated it, replaced it and the same thing happened again. On questioning I found that she only used the rear brake for fear of going over the handlebars. I concluded that...
by JJF
20 Jun 2014, 9:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Street Machine
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

Re: Dawes Street Machine

I have a few pages of Dawes catalogue which I acquired in May 1995. They list four models, Street Wise (Reynolds 501), Street Lite (Reynolds 500), Street Spirit and Street Free (both described as "Tig welded. HI-TEN Steel Frame Tubing").
There isn't mention of "Street Machine"
by JJF
6 Jun 2014, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Accomodation Ypres, Bergues, Dunkirk
Replies: 4
Views: 5543

Re: Accomodation Ypres, Bergues, Dunkirk

About a fortnight ago my partner and I stayed in a small hotel in Grande Synthe, a suburb of Dunkirk. We found it very satisfactory. Called "Best Hotel", about 6 miles from the ferry port. It cost 62 euro inc buffet breakfast. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. En suite loo and sho...
by JJF
20 May 2014, 7:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Grounded
Replies: 31
Views: 8745

Re: Grounded

Are you sure your bike's not insured for these circumstances?
I've just taken a look at my new home and contents insurance policy.
The bike is specified under the heading...Personal Possessions (outside the home).
There is no stipulation about location. Hope this helps.
by JJF
14 May 2014, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Replies: 28
Views: 7872


Living near Portsmouth you are spoilt for choice of crossings. Look at and Between them they offer destinations: Le Havre, or St Malo, or Cherbourg, or Ouistreham. Find a crossing which suits your timetable. A single centre trip would be ideal ...
by JJF
7 May 2014, 3:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Trains - Caen to Nantes
Replies: 13
Views: 9328

Re: French Trains - Caen to Nantes

I did a search on the German rail website for trains from Caen to Nantes. That link is for pages in English. My chosen random day was 8 May. There were 4 trains in the day (dep 0905, 1246, 1650 and 1745) each requiring a change at Le Mans. No need to go to P...
by JJF
23 Apr 2014, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shabby small town French hotels
Replies: 8
Views: 2150

Re: Shabby small town French hotels

No doubt there are "Shabby small town French hotels" as there are shabby hotels in many countries. However there are reasonable hotels too. For example there are "Logis Hotels", a collection of about 2,600 independent hotels in rural France. They advertise jointly but the hotels ...