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Re: Reassurance needed: Bikes on BA flights

6 May 2016 - 12:47pm
Gatwick to Naples and back 2 weeks ago with BA and no issues although that was with a bike box

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

6 May 2016 - 11:16am
LollyKat wrote:Of course it's much easier if you stick to the violin like I do!!!
Tehre have been many times that I wished I had picked a smaller instrument, but I love the cello, and I can always console myslef that it's not a bass. Or a harp!

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

6 May 2016 - 11:11am
I saw it once, when watching the European Broadcasting Union Young Musicians competition. In 1986 there was a cellist called Jan-Erik Gustafsson from Finland who came third. Each broadcast performance was preceded by a short biographical clip; in it he was shown getting on his bike, with his cello, and setting off to his lesson. There was snow on the ground...

The cello was upright and seemed to be supported on a little step at the bottom of the carrier. I don't remember if there was also a bungy, but he put the strap of the case over his shoulder. It looked as if the carrier took most of the weight, and he seemed quite comfortable. When I mentioned this to my Dutch pal (a pro violinist) he said casually that they had such carriers in NL. However that's 30 years ago and I can't find any pictures. Next time I see him I'll ask.

Of course it's much easier if you stick to the violin like I do!!!

Re: Maps Norway

6 May 2016 - 10:48am
thanks a lot, i think im going to go for the frytag and berndt ones. cheapest and 1:250,000 sounds doable.

Re: Reassurance needed: Bikes on BA flights

6 May 2016 - 10:34am
Used them a month ago LHR to Amsterdam with my son. All fine, very helpful, bikes were waiting by the time I got through immigration in the UK.

Re: Reassurance needed: Bikes on BA flights

6 May 2016 - 10:13am
They were v helpful with me 3 years back in Nice. They actually provided the poly bag and the brown tape themselves. It's a pity their webpage writing person doesn't fully reflect that on-the-ground helpfulness though. SAS are so much clearer & simpler in their instructions, those classy Nords! Top marks:
If you check in your bike without a bike carry case, turn the handlebars a quarter-turn, remove the pedals & reduce the tire pressure or deflate them entirely. We also recommend covering the chain.

Bikes on Stagecoach busses?

6 May 2016 - 9:11am
There was a [url="http://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=104714"]thread here[/url] a few years ago about the new Stagecoach busses that come with bike racks. Has anyone had any success bringing an unloaded touring bike on one of these, or have you encountered any problems?

Re: New Route Planner

6 May 2016 - 9:02am
Wow, this is a great app, thanks for your work. I'm sure you've got a long list of suggestions from this thread, but something I'd like to see (especially for mobile) is a viewing mode or some other way to prevent clicks on the map from adding or changing the route.

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

6 May 2016 - 8:36am
LollyKat wrote:I wonder if the Dutch have something available off the peg? A Dutch friend told me there is an attachment which will hold a cello on one side of the rear carrier.
If you can find out more about that, I would love to know. My son & I both play cello. I can get one cello in the bike trailer, but not two!

Re: Reassurance needed: Bikes on BA flights

6 May 2016 - 7:57am
It's boxes weighing over 25kg they take issue with. An average bike box weighs about 6kg, so as long as you're bike isn't made of lead...

Re: Reassurance needed: Bikes on BA flights

6 May 2016 - 7:51am
tis 5 years ago but absolutely no issues with BA, we did pack our bikes in boxes obtained from local bike shop and we weren't intending to fly back so just dumped the boxes. As we went into the check area a rep who was assisting sorting the queues spotted us, ushered us to a check in, asked what the boxes weighed, (18kg) no attempt to weigh them, and ensured we had tickets and the boxed bikes were labellled and delivered to the right collection place......

Highly recommended.

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

6 May 2016 - 7:50am
I've seen quite a few people touring Europe with a ukulele or a mandolin, but never a guitar!

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

6 May 2016 - 5:53am
khain wrote:I've been thinking about taking my acoustic guitar on tours for a while but although it only weighs about 1.5kg it's far from an easy shape to carry. A trailer would probably be the easiest way but I don't really fancy one.

Has anyone managed to carry a guitar on tour and if so how?

I think you've answered your own question really: if taking a guitar on tour was important enough to you the trailer wouldn't be an issue.

Re: GPS routes for France en Velo St Malo-Nice route

6 May 2016 - 5:47am
Good luck. But don't assume that because a file is on Ride with GPS that it's correct. When in doubt follow the map and/or that very handy pdf.

Re: Reassurance needed: Bikes on BA flights

5 May 2016 - 11:53pm
I sought similar assurance from BA and posted the query below using their on-line form, but got no answer.

I'm flying Gatwick to Genoa one-way so will most likely pack the bike in a cardboard bike box obtained from my LBS although I'm happy to use a CTC poly bag too if it comes to it.

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

5 May 2016 - 11:42pm
I wonder if the Dutch have something available off the peg? A Dutch friend told me there is an attachment which will hold a cello on one side of the rear carrier.

Re: GPS routes for France en Velo St Malo-Nice route

5 May 2016 - 11:00pm
Well thanks all for all your useful advice. The book is really good, particularly as an informative travel guide but will be left behind on that coffee table due to its weight! GPS files are indeed available at the 'riding with gps' site and will hopefully prove idiot proof once I get started.

Re: Rail: To Oban

5 May 2016 - 9:52pm
I know this may seem like heresy, but have you considered taking the car (if you have one that can carry your bikes)? This would give you the option of parking in Oban (various secure parking options or park on a quiet street), or even taking it out to the islands (easy and safe to park your car there). This would give you the option of and early return if you need it, or if you take the car out to the islands having an alternate way of getting around if the weather is not so good. I've toured on the islands a number of times and have always opted to drive to Oban (or sometimes to Uig on Skye). I've also stayed on the islands and have taken my car over (with bikes) and will be doing so again later this year. The ferry costs are not that high and it has always been pretty stress free.

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

5 May 2016 - 6:59pm
I met Joe on the World Naked Bike RIde in Brighton a few years ago. He was with the "Pleasant Revolution" that all had Surly Big Dummys carrying their instruments. it was amazing. We all ended up on Brighton beach pedalling to make juice for them to play.

http://www.pleasantrevolution.net/

I found this for carrying a guitar on a bike. Needs a good welder but I think if taking a guitar on tour is important to you then this is definitely worth a look :

http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/carr ... e-touring/

Re: Rail: To Oban

5 May 2016 - 6:56pm
First,many thanks for all those who have replied especially those who have detailed various computations and suggestions.

I think most of you guys(or girls)have more vim than myself these days. It comes to us all,but I'm getting a tad weary of all the varying complexities of catching rail and buying their tickets. To exaggerate: you can't put up with it all when you've jumped through so many hurdles in times gone by. And things seem to be getting more complex than simple these days.

I have a rough idea of how/when/where myself and my wife are going to the Hebrides. We'll go,and I tip my hat to those who will cycle thru x4 days of heaving rain with strong winds(you might bypass my window at the B+B where I shall be taking tea when you battle along!)

I will make an attempt at booking an advance ticket trying to guess whether station has lifts,stairs,another city to cross before getting access to said booked train.

Most recently I returned from a foreign trip wherein I was compelled to do all but everything in checking in to board my aeroplane. I think the only matter left out was me being pilot. I shall try self help manuals and relaxation tapes before going to Rail Ticketing sites. Ah progress!!
 
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