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Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

9 February 2016 - 8:57pm
we did eurostar to paris then train to orleans to start the trip. then to get back from the end took the TGV at 6am from nantes to lille for a ridiculously small price. then euorstar to UK. But bikes are extra money and hassle on eurostar now.

Re: Trains in Ireland

9 February 2016 - 8:53pm
take off the wheels and put them in a bag, remove pedals and possibly handlebars, wrap in a roll of clingfilm and take it on as a steel frame you plan, one day, to build into a full bike. works well on UK East Coast mainline.

Re: A review of the newest bone conduction headphones

9 February 2016 - 8:11pm
andymiller wrote:raybo wrote:They work as advertised.

Your head vibrates?

I think it is more some bones in your head vibrate. You can't actually feel the vibrations unless you turn the volume up full.

Re: A review of the newest bone conduction headphones

9 February 2016 - 6:17pm
raybo wrote:They work as advertised.

Your head vibrates?

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

9 February 2016 - 6:00pm
Paulatic wrote:Mine is quite dark in appearance, I've seen others which appear lighter in colour. Must have missed / forgotten the bit about removing the plunger I leave mine in.

It's OK if you leave it pushed right through to the bottom, so that the rubber is not enclosed in the tube of the sleeve. It's if you leave it part way down there can be an issue.

A review of the newest bone conduction headphones

9 February 2016 - 5:23pm
In 2012, I started a thread about a review I did of bone conduction headphones. I like how they worked but didn't like their design.

In January, 2016, I had the opportunity to follow-up on this review by using the newest, wireless bone conduction headphones offered by Aftershokz.

I've written a new review of these newest bone conduction headphone. For those interested. They are quite pricey ($130), but I really like them.

Some highlights of the review:

The headphones are wireless, which is a real improvement over wired earbuds.

Controlling the audio is easier using the button next to my ears than the controller on the earbud wire.

They work as advertised. I could hear my audio clearly and also any ambient sound.

They use an on-board battery and can operate about 6 hours on a charge.

They require Bluetooth.

Like earbuds, you can receive and make calls with them.

They aren't adjustable and with certain kinds of clothes (those with high collars) the "slapping" can be a bit annoying.

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

9 February 2016 - 4:50pm
Mine is quite dark in appearance, I've seen others which appear lighter in colour. Must have missed / forgotten the bit about removing the plunger I leave mine in.
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Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

9 February 2016 - 4:36pm
thelambkin1 wrote:Unfortunately the book does not contain detailed route information...AndyNeither does mine. I don't wish to rain on your parade, Andy, but time has left this particular resource behind. You can get a lot more relevant info. quicker online.
EDIT - having said that, my copy did kick-start my whole Cycle Touring in Northern France thing, so I owe the authors a big Thank You!

Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

9 February 2016 - 3:29pm
The green ways offer beautiful and quiet cycling. Look in the section for Brittany:

http://www.freewheelingfrance.com/

Red Dog publishing provide good books that pack easily.

http://www.reddogbooks.com/

Breton Bikes has a really good website, they're based in the middle of Brittany and know what they're talking about.

http://www.bretonbikes.com/

Enjoy the ride.

Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

9 February 2016 - 2:20pm
I hope you strike lucky, but I'd be cautious about relying too heavily on route cards that are now over 20 years old. I'd maybe use the book more as inspiration.

There are now tonnes of resources on the internet to help you. Especially:

http://en.francevelotourisme.com

which is quite probably the best official cycle-tourism website out there.

Also I found touring Brittany that the Michelin maps were very useful: look for the roads that are marked as scenic (in green) - this was very reliable.

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

9 February 2016 - 1:35pm
Paulatic wrote:Are there different manufacturers of the Aeropress?
No, not legally anyway, and presumably a bit too niche for anyone to have bothered with illegal ripoffs. It's a patented item, and made only by the inventor, who makes only that one thing.

I have access to two of the items, bought at different times. I think he must have changed the fabrication material at some point, because crazing has occurred on the newer one but not the older one, and the material doesn't quite feel the same to the touch.

It does warn you to make sure you remove the plunger from the body after use. I think if you leave the plunger confined in the body for extended periods it can become permanently compressed and hence loose. But if that isn't the reason, Heitor, I think you just got a faulty one.

It's one of those things you appreciate or you don't. For me, it shows off high quality, freshly roasted, single origin coffees very well, and I don't need to occupy my worktop space with a large expensive espresso machine, in addition to the microwave, food processor and bread maker that are already there. We have one in the office, and there's a small minority of us who like to use it.

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

9 February 2016 - 1:10pm
This is what we use, cheap, light, compact and makes a nice brew
http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/smart-cafe- ... re-hot-mug
Not as good as a bieletti, but what is?

Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

9 February 2016 - 1:06pm
Hello

I recently purchased a second had copy of 'Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany' hoping to use it to plan a tour of Brittany planned for this summer. Unfortunately the book does not contain detailed route information but rather directs you to a series of route cards that were available (back in the early 90's when the book was published) for purchase from the CTC.

I've spoken to the CTC who said they don't have a stock of the cards and suggested I post a note on the forum to ask if anyone here knows where I might be able to find the cards? I've tried a Google search but this only returned references to the book not the cards.

yours, in hope

Andy

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

9 February 2016 - 12:54pm
Had to give up on rescuing HedgeHogs - they all left in disgust one day after I revealed my plans to start charging for their meals - have you seen the price of fresh earth-worms these days?!

Re: Child friendly, car camping and cycling, Northern Europe

9 February 2016 - 12:51pm
Both good suggestions - thanks!

Sorry did not mean to sound arrogant - France is a big place and we have not covered all of it by any means! But my wife and I have ridden a lot in the Alps, Pyrenees, from Calais to St Jean Pied de Porte (and on into Spain) and up Ventoux.... so just looking to spread our wings and try something new. We've not been to the Alsace region so may well make that one of our stopping points.

Re: Trains in Ireland

9 February 2016 - 8:59am
Bus Eireann is the main state owned bus company operating intercity bus travel but there are also a number of private independents that operate on some routes. Dublin Coach run a service (M7) to Killarney. You would need to enquire about their bicycle policy.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

9 February 2016 - 8:29am
Thanks for the write up, looks like a great trip + all the more satisfying to be doing it in January!

Re: Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 10:58pm
I use the bus regularly, train services in Ireland are quite limited. I think Bus Eireann charge a 12 euro fee for normal bikes, i got a Dahon for my usual trip as there is no additional charge for folding bikes.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 9:58pm
I use the Topeak Mini Morph on the bike and it is a good pump. But it can take over 250 strokes to inflate a 25mm road tyre to full pressure! If a long way from home I now take 2 pumps, I did have what appeared to be a nice, solid Bontranger pump crack on me, luckily only 5 miles from home so walkable.

Regarding sealing on the bike I use a ring of old inner tube around the head of the Topeak, it helps but in a real wet long ride water still seems to find it's way into the pump when frame mounted.

Tempted to try a Lezyne pump for the bike, I have one of their track pumps for the shed and it is very nice indeed, though the chuck is slow to fit and as already mentioned can unscrew some valves.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

8 February 2016 - 8:53pm
Lucky you conrad to live in such a beautiful country where you can cycle in such temperatures in mid "winter". Italy truly does have a broad range of terrains/climates. That last pic of yours rather reminds me of the beach Montalbano's house appears to front onto.
 
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