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by AMC
21 Feb 2009, 12:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: lidl
Replies: 85
Views: 8510

my lidl puter lasted about a month, although that was a wireless one


Si, I'm still using that very computer which you sent me when I put out a request to replace my Lidl one that I lost - works perfectly with my magnety transmitter thing. Still most grateful for your generosity!
by AMC
19 Feb 2009, 10:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Traffic free routes near Berkshire? (Family Ride)
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Our favourite loop was out via caversham (which you can do mostly traffic free until you get into caversham) up into the chilterns, once out of caversham the traffic disapears, loop round the chilterns back down crossing the bridge at sonning (you can follow the river its off road but very smooth).


Sorry to come over all nostalgic but that loop was my favourite childhood route - done regularly (& lethally I suspect) on a Raleigh Shopper. But it wasn't a bad off road bike so the river bits were easy. Ah, those were the days... I'd have killed then for the bikes I have now though!
by AMC
17 Feb 2009, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which cooker?
Replies: 14
Views: 1075

Never needed to look in Spain, but I expect it's about the same - you just need to know where to start looking. Hardware stores, not sports stores!


I really struggled to find meths for my Trangia in Southern Spain, but it all got a lot easier when I discovered it's bright turquoise & available in large department stores (eg Cortes de Ingles) & - bizarrely - hairdressing supply shops...
by AMC
11 Feb 2009, 3:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ideas for a 1940s styled tour
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Hereford/Worcester area? Pretty, tea-roomie & not too hilly. I recall seeing some kind of retro-touring club cycling there years ago - all black shoes, white socks and twill. Lovely!
by AMC
8 Feb 2009, 10:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Would anyone be interested in...?
Replies: 19
Views: 1627

Me too - I hope he's put in lots of contemporary descriptions of food and clothes! (I'm hoping for beehives on bikes, that sort of thing...) Please do let us know with a link, & thanks for going to the trouble.
by AMC
6 Feb 2009, 3:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring tent
Replies: 91
Views: 20104

No - that's a new one on me, although it sounds very Reading: Whitley vernacular (Coley as was)? Just plain old tatting for us...
by AMC
5 Feb 2009, 10:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring tent
Replies: 91
Views: 20104

FWIW it's extraordinary what people will abandon after festivals, especially in bad weather where there's a lot of lugging home wet kit involved. Glastonbury used to be astonishing; we'd go around afterwards tatting camping gear & wellies & then distribute what we didn't need locally via our own freecycle. I still have all sorts of little indespensible bits of kit which I'd previously considered too much of a luxury to buy, & friends have tents we rescued but didn't need ourselves. I think now, though, that the charities do this after festivals which is a good thing - it's terrible seeing so much stuff left to rot. But keep your eyes peeled, you never know what can turn up on Freecycle or anywhere else if you're determined & patient.
by AMC
20 Jan 2009, 11:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4492

Thanks Slowroad - I wish I'd looked at this page first! The sad truth is that we're now going to fly, quite unwelcome but we've decided that as time's a bit limited it's better than not going at all (for us that is, not the temperature of the planet. My environmental head hangs in shame...)
by AMC
5 Jan 2009, 10:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4492

Well, after some enquiries no luck finding a ferry crossing. Samskip do indeed take luggage, & suggested that their 'rival' Eimskip would take passengers. However, Eimskip were firm that they wouldn't. So it looks like a trip to Rotterdam, Bergen or Denmark would be required, ok but time consuming & probably rather expensive on top of a ferry ticket. Never mind. Further suggestions welcome though!
by AMC
23 Dec 2008, 5:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4492

Of course - Some time in Jan if I get any useful info
Cheers
AM
by AMC
23 Dec 2008, 10:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4492

Thanks for that info Dougie & the link - depressing but seems to confirm the change. I'll check it out later in the year though in case they change their mind. I'll give Dick Phillips a try too E - other people on the forum have recommended him, I'm sure he can give us useful info even if we do end up flying.
by AMC
23 Dec 2008, 12:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4492

Ferry service to Iceland?

Hi - have been trying to get info about getting a ferry to Iceland next June, but it seems that "due to financial reasons" there will no longer be a service from Scrabster, or anywhere else in Scotland. I've tried one of the the freight line websites but no joy there either. One of the passenger ferry websites does have a map that appears to show a route stopping at Lerwick, but no mention of this stop in the timetable, & I'm too tight to phone Smyril Line directly in their Scandinavia office. Does anyone know anything about this? It'll take too long to travel to Denmark or Rotterdam for us. Shame, as we'd rather not fly & I was looking forward to a couple of days seasickness & being abandoned in the Faroe Isles!
by AMC
16 Jul 2008, 4:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone know if I should live in Canada
Replies: 41
Views: 4525

Sorry, what I meant to say was
digital kid wrote:I've been out with two Candians girls, both of them being very hot...

Did you take their temperatures?
by AMC
16 Jul 2008, 4:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone know if I should live in Canada
Replies: 41
Views: 4525

Did you take their temperatures?
by AMC
14 Jul 2008, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trailers!
Replies: 164
Views: 182455

I've got a Bike Box Y-Frame trailer - the pre-cursor to the Carry Freedom one - with an aluminium (waterproof & lockable til I lost the key) instrument flight case which attaches onto the base with 2 bolts (now changed to wing-nuts for quicker removal.) I use panniers, bar-bag & rack bag for touring, but use the trailer with panniers on my hack bike for carrying all sorts of stuff, mainly video equipment, tripod etc for work (camera carefully padded into the bar-bag.) It's fantastically stable on the road & at speed (also ok on not too rough tracks), with only a slight 'tugging' experienced when I carried a large leisure battery. Instead of the aluminium box it's also easy to strap on a big rucsac or dry bag onto the base through the holes provided, & with the wheels popped off the thing folds flat to go into a shoulder bag for use on the train (I've been trying to email Carry Freedom to source smaller pop-off wheels - as found on the City trailer - to make this even easier, to no avail so far.) It's pretty flexible, & I've been really happy with it. Only 2 minor issues: the need for a stand on the bike as it's easy with a 2 wheel trailer on to forget the bike won't stand on its own; & don't jump the bike off kerbs at an angle or the trailer tips over! Best thing is that the alu box is plastered in reflective tape which seems to really freak out following motorists - on our fast, dangerous roads at night they always stop before they pass me - I think they don't know what the hell is in front of them. Bliss!