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Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

36 min 6 sec ago
I have flown all over Europe with my bike and Ryanair and have never had any problems so here is my 2 penny worth,

Just because the staff at Ryanair in Stansted are satisfied how you have packed your bike to go to Paris, for example. Dont take it as a gimmie that the Ryanair staff in Paris are also satisfied when you come back. Even if you have packed it exactly the same way. I have always got it on the plane but have had to ask for the manager in the past. There is no uniformitet to ryanairs rules.

I pack my bike in a home made bag made of bright spinnaker material, it is not protective. Before putting it in the bag, I remove the pedals and handlebar. The pedals and handlebar spacers go in my hand luggage. I tape the handlebars to the frame as well as the empty water bottles and I do not deflate the tyres. Nothing else goes in the bag, but I have left empty panniers and empty bar bag attached in the past without problems.

Once the bike is secured in the bag I have a 5mm elastic rope which i wrap around the outside to give the handlers something to get hold of.

It always gets there and has never been damaged. Thats how I do it.

looking for a companion: BURMA/LAOS or BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA

1 hour 4 min ago
Hello!
I am looking for a companion for a cycling trip which I am planning to start on the end of November 2015 (20th-25th - its flexible, but dependent on the time when i finish the project I am working on at the moment). I will have about 2 months of free time for travelling.
I have 2 options, depending on finances, air fares and just decision :
1) coming to Bangkok and cycling around Burma and Laos and coming back to Bangkok.
2) coming to Buenos Aires and going down to the South to Ushuaia.
I am looking for a travel companion for this trip. I have no preference regarding male/female, I am just looking for cheerful easy-going person, who love adventures Probably around 30-38 y.o.
I am Ukrianian, but living in Poland, Warsaw. I am 33 y.o and I love adventures. I am a filmmaker.Vegetarian.
I plan this trip like a budget one, as I prefer not to stay in tourist places and hotels when I travel, but find close contacts with local people, stay with them and live like they live. But I like to afford myself comfort once in a while, rather like some extraordinary, not everyday I will not be in a rush, riding 60-70 km/day, exploring off the path places.
I love Asia, especially Nepal. This year I spent quite a lot of time there, I was in the mountains during the Earthquake and stayed in Nepal to help after it.
I am thinking of a long RTW trip after that, to go for travelling for a few years may be....

Re: Bought the bike!

29 August 2015 - 10:10pm
PH wrote:Thistle wrote:32s will definitely fit, and possibly 35s. There is a whole lot of clearance. If the main weight is on a carry freedom trailer, will it not be good for the long hauls?

Despite willem's opinion, that's what it was designed for. On another forum drossall has a photo of his loaded up with more stuff that most people will ever carry, maybe he'll post it here. If you're going to use a trailer, your bike is probably sturdier than it needs to be, MickF goes up and down the country with a more lightweight Mercian and a CF trailer. Enjoy your bike.

Sorry, been away on holiday (rode the bike, but not loaded like this, over Tan Hill and Buttertubs).

As I probably explained before, this was for a Scout camp. The front bags are full of stuff I'd never dream of taking on a normal cycle tour.

However, yes, I can't understand the advice on here that such a bike is only up to light touring. Before MTBs were invented, the Rough Stuff Fellowship dragged bikes like that over just about every square inch of the country. And it's easily capable of carrying a full load (which may mean more than that shown).

Re: New Route Planner

29 August 2015 - 7:16pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:Could you point me to the route (if you've saved it)? I suspect returning to its "preferred" route rather than the route you've dragged it to is kind of inevitable with the Contraction Hierarchies algorithm used by OSRM, the base routing software I use, but it might be tweakable!
The route is called "HW to WLW" (saved late last night) but isn't public. I presume as the admin of the site you can still access it. Let me know if that's a problem.

The aforementioned footpath is probably due to lack of data in OSM, I'll see if I can work out how to sort adding the stiles & mud!

The TCX file seemed to work fine in my 605. I thought I might get "off course" warnings but I got none on this route. But then I wasn't following meandering lanes. I was slightly surprised (but not upset) to find coursepoints had been added spontaneously (& without warning). They mostly worked OK, & usually gave the road name, but some were a bit random - a straight ahead as the road passed under the M61 (with no access between the two). Is that down to OSM data? A few roundabouts (there are quite a few on the main A6 route through Chorley) had no coursepoints added.

Hope that helps.

Rick.

Nutrition during P-B-P

29 August 2015 - 2:50pm
Just wondered if anyone who has recently taken part in P-B-P would make some notes on their nutrition, food and drinks intake. Any advice would be much appreciated, both good and bad things to be doing during such a long time in the saddle plus the day before's preparation.
I ask because I'm thinking about doing L-E-L and when I audax ride, I have along tradition of messing this aspect up!
Many thanks.

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

29 August 2015 - 10:59am
When I'm miserable and fed up what I don't want to see is someone grinning and having-the-time-of-their life! Strange! I want to see someone in full wet weather gear(sou'wester and full cape,spats,alongside bike)with rain,HEAVY RAIN,hammering down all around them.
I could look at those pictures for hours!

Pleased you had a good break

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

29 August 2015 - 10:53am
Colgrenfell wrote:Big fan of the Moon http://www.moon-sport.com/product-detail.php?id=72 lights, great mounts and steady or flashing states

I have a moon front light, the mounts are very solid and the angle can be adjusted so should work on a seatstay.

Re: New Route Planner

29 August 2015 - 10:34am
Apparently the next version of Android will have downloadable Google Maps (I am aware of this facility but currently its Beta). And, Android 6 will doze and extend battery life. I wonder whether it will allow .gpx import and navigation? Presently I use Osmand with cycle.travel and thats pretty good.

Al

Re: New Route Planner

29 August 2015 - 10:18am
Could you point me to the route (if you've saved it)? I suspect returning to its "preferred" route rather than the route you've dragged it to is kind of inevitable with the Contraction Hierarchies algorithm used by OSRM, the base routing software I use, but it might be tweakable!

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

29 August 2015 - 10:03am
Hi everyone,

Just writing a quick message to say that I am finally back at home after three weeks on the road. Scotland was (and still is!) absolutely incredible!

As for the weather: cycling from the Lake District the weather was glorious; one wet day in Ayrshire, an afternoon in the wet somewhere on the west coast, massive headwinds on the north coast dropping down past Tongue towards Lairg; three very wet days (all day) from near Inverness all the way down to Tyndrum; in and around Glasgow the weather was fine; all the way back to the Lakes not a drop of rain!

I was rescued by random strangers on a number of occasions who generously let me use some of their sun lotion - the only thing I hadn't thought of packing!

When warm and wet I just wore cycling shorts and a t-shirt. When cold and wet I wore seal skinz socks, leggings and waterproof trousers (Lowe Alpine), a not very waterproof 'waterproof' jacket and a thick base layer and an an ultra-lite t-shirt underneath, and was sort of fine.

The one thing that really got me through the bad weather was music. I rode for almost 9 hours from Inverness to Fort William using a lot of the Great Glen Way (over 30 miles of cycling without traffic!!) and listening to music just made the torrential rain have no affect on me. However, the day before I was cycling on roads and couldn't listen to music and I was thoroughly demoralised!

It's a tough cookie riding in the wet but I am not sure if it is any worse than riding into 40+ mph headwinds. During my ride from Durness to Tongue I was cycling downhill in some of the lowest gears I have and was still only going about 8-10 mph, if that!

Thank you for all your 'Good Luck' wishes because I think they paid off!

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

29 August 2015 - 8:30am
We are paying for these airlines and baggage handlers to respect our packages. They know what they are. They are making a profit on them. Fair does. But treat the baggage(bicycles) right,please!

We're an encumbrance! Well add £10 to the fare,then. Just make sure our kit arrives okay. Treat us ok;we're part of your bread and butter!

Re: New Route Planner

29 August 2015 - 12:16am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:Let me know if not - really keen to get this nailed. (And to nail Garmin's programmers to something.)
Saved TCX files from Cycle Travel opens up OK in BikeHike, but the route is much coarser than one created in BikeHike. They also appear to open in my old Edge 605 OK. Tomorrow I'm out recce-ing a route for Sunday so I've plotted a short route* to the start of that (I know most of it pretty well, except I possibly need a prompt to take the right turning at the end to get to the meet up point) so I'll see how it behaves "in the wild" & report back.

Rick.

(*Even if it did take over 30 via points to get a 9.5 mile route to go the way I wanted it to using direct roads & avoiding a muddy footpath with stiles! To follow a main(ish), but not that busy, road I needed to put a point in pretty much every block. It does seem slightly pointless to repeatedly suggest a doing a right turn onto back streets to get off an A road then after a block - perhaps only 100 yards long - want you to do another right turn back onto the road you just left )

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

28 August 2015 - 9:46pm
May be off topic but Bing got me using their maps by putting the OS maps on them.

Donana national park spain.

28 August 2015 - 8:49pm
Arriving in San Lucar I was told I could ride to Huelva but only on the beach

After paying the ferry €10 I,m given little time to ride the distance so opt to camp after 20kms on the dunes.

Anyone else daft as me done this?

33km of hell really. I run 1.6 inch tyres. I didnt want to ride the 200km to seville and then turn left.

I sure was glad to reach Matalascanas and tarmac, and a garage to wash the sand off, the chain was on its way out anyway, but in hindsight I,d prefer the longer route.

beautiful views though.

just a warning.

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

28 August 2015 - 7:37pm
I often fly back from Beziers with Ryanair. Will be doing again in September. I use a crappy £6 lightweight bike cover that offers little protection but it is covered in pictures of bikes so no argument about it being a bike bag.

I have never being refused though I was once asked to sign a waver. The bag tears easily but the bike will wheel in and I sometimes get two or three trips out of it. It is also very light.
However. The last time I travelled I suffered a dinted toptube and slightly bent frame that I had to scrap. Maybe could have happened with any bag.
In Faro airport it would initially not fit in the largest Xray machine [25" frame] and they wanted to open the bag to inspect but eventually juggled it through when I objected. I have used the CTC bag without damage but also being refused boarding in Biarritz when I was told it was not a bike bag. I've also had bags torn by staff to let down tyres that don't have to be let down. I don't know the answer to a hassle free flight with a bike. I often use a box when flying out but it is a pain to dismantle the bike to fit and then have to put it back together on arrival. Also it may be used as a platform to stack suitcases, although I have never suffered damage using a box. I find the CTC bag heavy and bulky to take on tour.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 7:34pm
martin113 wrote:It's that time of year again when a cyclist's mind turns to thoughts of lights. I want a rechargeable rear light with option to have it steady or flashing. Trouble is that buying on the internet it's hard to see what kind of bracket it comes with. Most just use a rubber ring to fit around the seatpost. Useless if you use a seat pack. I want to fit it to the seat stays but of course with a simple wrap around rubber thing it points mostly up in the air. I want to be able to adjust the direction of the beam to hit those motorists right in the eye. Tell me about your favourite and most powerful lights on your seat stays.

I have several Cateyes, there's a choice of brackets and which don't seem to have changed in years.
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/rear-light-b ... EYE&page=1

Allows me to swap lights between rack, seatpost and stay on different bikes.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 7:30pm
Therealsouthstander wrote:Well, when I'm cycling into work on a dark morning at 4.30 am on a rural road ,I have 2 flashing rear lights - the Cateye LT 1100.1 on my helmet and 1 on my saddle bag..


Apparently you're better off with one flashing and one steady, can't remember where I read it but think it was a reliable source. The theory is that the flashing light gets more attention but the steady light makes it easier to judge distance.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

28 August 2015 - 7:21pm
Whilst searching for a different topic that I'd posted in, I came across this one and thought I would note for anyone suffering slow performance from Google Maps that there is now a switchable ""Lite" version - a little lightning bolt down near the controls at the bottom right of the screen - that may (or may not) help with slow loading, etc.

Rick.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 5:53pm
Big fan of the Moon http://www.moon-sport.com/product-detail.php?id=72 lights, great mounts and steady or flashing states

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

28 August 2015 - 3:30pm
Well, when I'm cycling into work on a dark morning at 4.30 am on a rural road ,I have 2 flashing rear lights - the Cateye LT 1100.1 on my helmet and 1 on my saddle bag..

I want cars/ trucks to see me from as far back as possible.. Do you honestly think this is wrong. ?

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