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Re: Heathrow airport by bike

8 February 2016 - 10:45am
Great reply thanks. I hadn't realised it was temporary.

Re: Heathrow airport by bike

8 February 2016 - 10:03am
We fell foul of this last year arriving into T3 with a tandem. Not sure I can answer all your questions because the web pages I got information from seem to have disappeared, but from what I can remember...

This is a temporary arrangement while the tunnels are refurbished. The intention is to bring the service tunnels back into use as a cycle route when the refurbishment is finished. Not sure if its going to be one dedicated tunnel two way for cyclists (which I encountered in 2014) or one way tunnels shared with taxis as before.

For us, the best route in/out was via T5 and Heathrow Express (fast, frequent and free between terminals). Cycle paths to T5 are excellent.

Heathrow seem genuinely keen that their workforce cycle (to do with targets they have for air pollution/CO2 I think). I think the bus you mentioned is primarily for Heathrow workers who are encouraged to park at the Cycle Hub and get the bus in. (Not sure if it's the same bus to actually take your bike in.) It might be worth contacting the Cycle Hub with your questions. http://www.heathrow.com/company/heathrow-jobs/commuting-to-heathrow/cycle-hub

This page http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2015/08/about-85-million-spent-to-update-heathrow-tunnels-and-reinforce-them-against-heavy-a380s-above/ says the work is to be completed this month, so depending on when you are travelling, you may not have a problem.

Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 9:37am
Hi all,
We have booked our ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and we have our accommodation booked in Kenmare (Kerry). We now have to get 3 cyclists and their bikes from Dublin to Killarney (and back). Our preference is not to use a car but it seems the Irish inter city trains only have space for 2 bikes? Although there seems to be differing opinion on this one?

Is this true?

We are considering hiring a car with rack / van but didn't really want to drive all week.

Anyone got any ideas?

Cheers
Dave

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 9:14am
Thanks both, I have something similar to the road morph for touring which I carry in my panniers, so the lezyne seems a good compliment for day rides

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

8 February 2016 - 9:10am
My experience with the hand built wheels is that the spokes aren't tensioned as tight, which means that they absorb more, are more comfortable and more suitable to carry a load. The spokes are also less likely to break (IMHO), but they feel sluggish

My experience with the mavics is that the spokes are really tight, transfer power really effectively, and feel really fast, but the spokes are more likely to break and not designed to carry a load. Comfort is not a problem when paired with 28mm tyres

I have Ultegra hubs on the hand built wheels and these roll brilliantly,hence why I'm considering the Ultegra Wheels, at £200 they seem a bargain

The Mavics are great, but already have a pair, and the Ultegra is £300 cheaper

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

8 February 2016 - 8:46am
you guys know the Porlex grinder (small) fits inside the Aeropress body?

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

8 February 2016 - 8:40am
That's not good to hear H
Think I'd be inclined to take it back.
I bought mine in June last year and has been used daily since. Showing no sign of degradation I can see at the moment. Still a clean way to brew and dispose of grounds. Always used inverted after the first week.
Are there different manufacturers of the Aeropress?

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

8 February 2016 - 8:19am
The Aeropress. Not my cup of tea I'm afraid. Ahem.

I wouldn't give the Aeropress a second chance. Useless after 6 months.

Aside from it's low weight and initial ability to make a clean cup of coffee, I feel as if I have wasted nearly £30. After 6 months the rubber seal has degraded to a point where it leaks in the 'upright' position or collapses in the 'inverted' position. As for the mess it makes: All very well in a campsite but I'm fed up with the extra wiping up I have to do in my kitchen

For the cost of postage, you are welcome to any spares: funnel, chamber, paddle, filters and holder. PM if you'd like anything.

For the extra few grams I'm back to my Bialetti....b

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

8 February 2016 - 8:11am
mnichols wrote:My current wheels are hand built on Ultegra hubs, I forget the rims as I type, but have been told that they are heavy due to the spokes rather than the rims. They are heavy and springy and therefore lose a bit of power. Also I don't need 32 spokes. I only weight 75kilos when I'm touring and carry one change of clothes. When I refer to heavy this is more to do with feel rather than actual weight. On a recent tour I swapped the hand-built wheels for Mavic Kysrium Elites from my carbon bike and this made an 'ell of difference. It flew up the hills - and this was on 2500 mile ride with 100k of climbing.

The Mavics are back on the racer, and now I want something similar, for the Enigma (bought frame only and built up a component at a time - so no wheels)

At the moment, I'm probably going to go with Ultegra 6800 wheelset which I can get for £201 = seems like a bargain

After 3 punctures today in my GP4s, I think I'll go back to GP 4 seasons.

Sounds like you have pretty much sorted what you need. But you raise a question that has always interested me. Do some wheels deflect vertically more than others. Is this all down to rim design (deep = stiff; shallow= flexy)? And how does this affect efficiency and comfort? Anybody know?

Assuming your choice of wheel will be vertically stiff and possibly tending towards a harsh ride, the GP4 Seasons are good at absorbing road chatter and giving a smoother ride. So that might be a good combination.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 5:14am
I've had a Topeak Road Morph for years and it's bullet proof. You can get 120 psi no problem. I believe the Mountain Morph is the same thing with a bigger piston so if you have large volume, lower pressure tyres it may be a better bet, the Road Morph takes a lot of strokes to pump up my wife's 1 1/2" tyres.

Re: Pump Recommendations

7 February 2016 - 11:08pm
Got the Lezyne - excellent!

Pump Recommendations

7 February 2016 - 9:49pm
My much loved, and much used pump has finally given up

I've been supergluing and sticking it back together all summer and it's time to say good bye

It was an amazon special and sadly no longer available

Any recommendations?

I like to carry it on the bike so it doesn't have to fit in my jersey pocket. I like them with a hose

I'm thinking of the Lezyne Road Drive L

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

7 February 2016 - 9:40pm
My current wheels are hand built on Ultegra hubs, I forget the rims as I type, but have been told that they are heavy due to the spokes rather than the rims. They are heavy and springy and therefore lose a bit of power. Also I don't need 32 spokes. I only weight 75kilos when I'm touring and carry one change of clothes. When I refer to heavy this is more to do with feel rather than actual weight. On a recent tour I swapped the hand-built wheels for Mavic Kysrium Elites from my carbon bike and this made an 'ell of difference. It flew up the hills - and this was on 2500 mile ride with 100k of climbing.

The Mavics are back on the racer, and now I want something similar, for the Enigma (bought frame only and built up a component at a time - so no wheels)

At the moment, I'm probably going to go with Ultegra 6800 wheelset which I can get for £201 = seems like a bargain

After 3 punctures today in my GP4s, I think I'll go back to GP 4 seasons.

Child friendly, car camping and cycling, Northern Europe

7 February 2016 - 8:50pm
Hoping for some advice/suggestions as to a few good places to go to on a trip this June.

I will be in Roubaix, France having hopefully completed the Paris Roubaix ride and am then taking the family for a holiday in Europe. Youngest will be 18 months so we don't want to drive too far in one go - say 2 or 3 six hour drives in the two weeks would be good.

Vague plan is to base ourselves in 2 or three decent campsites and explore the local area on bikes. So places with decent camping, child friendly cycling for a nearly 4 year old and not too many hills for dad towing the other.....

We have "done" France, Belgium and the Netherlands and I am thinking Germany may be the best bet.....

Would love to head to Austria and ride along the Danube but too far to drive for this trip!

Suggestions very welcome!

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

7 February 2016 - 6:23pm
mnichols wrote:I was going to use Continental Grand Prix 4 seasons, although on a recent tour where my friends were on 4 seasons, I had far fewer punctures than them with Grand Prix 4sii

anyone found anything better than the above, and views on whether the 4s is actually better than the 4 seasons

I was on 28mm, they were on 25mm

Of the Conti range, I've only used the GP4 Seasons in recent years, but for audax type cycling I cannot see why anyone would need to forsake the extra protection of the 4 Season version, given that it is already so light, fast and supple.

Re: Sri Lanka

7 February 2016 - 5:35pm
I have returned a couple of days ago from a one month cycle tour of Sri Lanka. I would thoroughly recommend it as a touring destination, There is plenty of cheap accommodation and food is good and cheap too. The people are incredibly kind and helpful, and many speak some English even in the rural areas. The main roads are excellent, most of the B roads are good quality too, though there are quite a lot of road works, where the roads are rough, and some tarmac can be broken up quite badly. The mountain areas are incredibly beautiful, and the infamous road from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, climbing up through the tea plantations, is one of the most beautiful rides you can do. At this time of year the weather was really good, in a month we only had half a day of rain. All the accommodation we stayed in had mosquito nets, so that wasn't a problem. We found the other road users were considerate and left us a lot of space, though their style of driving is different to ours and takes a little getting used to. The towns are a bit hectic, but as soon as you are a kilometer out of the town, there is little traffic. I cant comment on the weather in July, but I believe that the North and East have a different wet season, so maybe that is the place to go.

Re: Heathrow airport by bike

7 February 2016 - 3:36pm
Not really, that's what I read.

I'm used to cycling to terminal three. Now I have to find an infrequent bus to take me a few hundred yards. Why? And where is the bus?

Re: Bikes & trains in France - any experience?

7 February 2016 - 3:08pm
You should be fine, but bear in mind that travelling back into Paris on a weekday is going to be less busy than say coming back on a summer Sunday afternoon.

A quick look at the timetables suggests that you should be able to get back into Paris using the TER (regional) trains which are easier than the TGVs.

It's worth considering booking by capitaine-train.com so you could book a day or two before the end of the tour when you have a clearer idea of the finish point. If you need to you can book bike places on line. capitaine-train.com are also a much better and cheaper option than booking via the SNCF whose website aimed at the UK market is not only more expensive than its normal website but also doesn't give information about which trains take bikes.

Re: Bikes & trains in France - any experience?

7 February 2016 - 2:48pm
Hi, there have been quite a few useful posts on the topic recent - key words 'France' TGV' 'book' are fruitful. See for example: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=90047
The rule of thumb for French railways is: local train, no need to book; TGVs, better book first.

Bikes & trains in France - any experience?

7 February 2016 - 1:50pm
Looking to do a cycle tour in France on the Eurovelo 6 route in the summer. We're booking the eurostar home from Paris OK, but unsure whether to book a train from end point to Paris.

Has anyone any experience of just rocking up on the day and getting on French trains, with loaded bikes without booking? As this is our first long tour, we are unsure how far we will get and don't want to turn it into a chore by having to get to X trainstation in Y days...

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