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by 4wils
10 Feb 2011, 11:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tandems/trailers on Netherlands trains
Replies: 11
Views: 1418

Re: Tandems/trailers on Netherlands trains

Facing a similar problem myself, only with two recumbent trikes and a recumbent towing a trailer. From my search it seemed to be possible to take recumbents and tandems on if you bought a day pass (6 euros) for each bike. This appears to allow unlimited distance for the bike. Though not at peak time...
by 4wils
7 Feb 2011, 6:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Waterproof cycling jacket.
Replies: 20
Views: 5136

Re: Waterproof cycling jacket.

Having taken up the 'bent position' recently I have been having similar thoughts. Not only do I end up as wet inside as out (the sleaves are particularly bad) but the pockets/longer back of a traditional jacket tend to bunch up on the seat and are uncomfortable. A visit to Go Outdoors got me thinkin...
by 4wils
17 Jan 2011, 9:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trailers - two wheels or one?
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Trailers - two wheels or one?

Hi, We use both a Carry Freedom and a Bob Yak, both have their advantages and disadvantages. The Carry Freedom can be a bit noisy and you would certainly be advised to get the new hitch, the old one can come undone when braking suddenly over rough surfaces. However the flat load bed provides easy lo...
by 4wils
16 Jan 2011, 9:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: European Bike Express
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Re: European Bike Express

Hi,
We used EBE in 2009, the calf supports were retractable, though it was not easy until you got the hang of it.
Can't remember how to retract them, obviously there is a locking mechanism to hold them in place when extended.
We found EBE to be very helpful, a quick phonecall should sort it out.
Keith
by 4wils
16 Dec 2010, 8:35pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Opinions on the Optima Orca
Replies: 15
Views: 3619

Re: Opinions on the Optima Orca

Can't express an opinion of the Orca, however I would recommend the Bacchetta Giro 20 as a first recumbent. I bought a Grasshopper (big money by the time you've added in the extras) and didn't get on with it. The more reclined the position the harder it is to put a foot down, or perhaps the less sec...
by 4wils
24 Nov 2010, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trains in Belgium
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Re: Trains in Belgium

Thanks for the advice, overall it sounds quite positive.
I guess it's just like the first tour, you've just got to give it a go and see what happens.
by 4wils
22 Nov 2010, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trains in Belgium
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Trains in Belgium

Having used the North Sea Ferry last year to Ijmuiden I am considering using the route to Zeebrugge next summer. However, with just two weeks and cycling with my daughter using a solo bike for the first time (used tandems last year) I am considering using trains to get a little further onto the cont...
by 4wils
1 Nov 2010, 9:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Succumbing to the Dark Side
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Succumbing to the Dark Side

Squeaker, Probably the combination of new recumbent riding together with speedplay pedals - not the easiest to disengage from - the consequences were lying across the road in heavy traffic. My confidence took a knock and I didn't feel comfortable/secure when stopping. Plus, I probably didn't give my...
by 4wils
31 Oct 2010, 8:12pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Succumbing to the Dark Side
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Succumbing to the Dark Side

I tried a Grasshopper a few years back but after a couple of scary moments never really got on with it. However, after staring at the front wheel/tarmac for three weeks over the summer on our tour of The Netherlands (and still suffering from a bad neck!) I decided it was time to try again. Kevin at ...
by 4wils
29 Oct 2010, 7:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France or Spain family trip
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Re: France or Spain family trip

Hi The first cycle tour we did as a family was along the Loire. My wife and daughter were not cyclits but there were lots of places to stop and visit to keep up the interest for them. Nice flat cycling, on the whole good tracks. No problem finding campsites, even in the height of the season we were ...
by 4wils
1 Oct 2010, 9:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Family Cycle Camping
Replies: 8
Views: 1273

Re: Advice on Family Cycle Camping

How about a Laser Space 5, light weight, plenty of space and standing height in the centre section. There are some compromises to keep weight down, pegs are too small to hold well in anything other than heavy soil (we had to tie to a fence on one windy, sandy site in the Netherlands) but this can be...
by 4wils
29 Jul 2010, 6:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Three Rivers Route
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Three Rivers Route

We start our summer tour using the ferry from North Shields to The Netherlands and would like to ride to the ferry, finding an on road route is problematic but the Three Rivers route between Teesside and Newcastle would seem to offer an alternative. From my previous experience of Sustrans routes, th...
by 4wils
9 Jul 2010, 9:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Campsites in Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Campsites in Belgium

Thanks for the response, we will probably do what we mormally do, just go and take it as it comes.

Cheers
Keith
by 4wils
2 Jul 2010, 6:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Campsites in Belgium
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Campsites in Belgium

This summer's tour starts in Holland where small campsites can be found through the Natuurkampeerterreinen. Our intention is to head towards the Belgium Ardennes/Luxembourg. Does any one know of a similar organisation for smaller campsites in Belgium?

Cheers Keith
by 4wils
5 May 2010, 6:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weber monoporter
Replies: 0
Views: 297

Weber monoporter

Has anyone had any experience of these single wheel trailers.
Any durability issues?
What width dropouts will they suit, tandem dropout spacing of145mm?
I'm just looking at all the possibilities before investing a not inconsiderable sum in a new trailer.

Any help much appreciated.
Keith