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first cycling trip abroad !!!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gezza, 10 Apr 2008.

  1. i am flying out of Luton on Monday morning with sleezyjet on my first cycling venture abroad (majawca-puerto pollensa:becool:) are there any golden rules/etiquette to follow:ohmy:,
    all i know is that 2 of my club members have a liking for san miguel:ohmy: and so with that in mind i have learnt the phrase "DOS SAN MIGUEL POVAFOR" or was it "AQUA CON GAZ POVAFOR"

    any other hints greatfully welcome
     
  2. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Ride on the right hand side of the road - simple rule but often difficult to remember the first time - especially after too much beer :biggrin:
     
  3. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Staff Member

    I try to start my requests, questions etc with the word for please, when using a foreign language. This means that if you make a mistake or forget the end of the sentence, or get interrupted, then you have still given the impression of being polite. You will also need the word for Thank you.:biggrin:
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Dos botellas de San Miguel, por favor=2 bottles of SanMiguel, please.
    Agua mineral con gas=carbonated mineral water
    Agua mineral sin gas=still mineral water
    others:
    ¿Hablas inglés? = Do you speak English?
    He tenido un pinchazo, ¿puedes ayudarme?=I've had a puncture, can you help me?

    Let me know if you need some more.
     
  5. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Hola! = Hello
    Gracias = Thank you
    Vino Tinto = red wine
    Vino BLanco = White wine
    Jamon (pronounced Ham on) = Ham
    Mas pan, por favor = More bread, please.
     
  6. No gezza doesn't :angry: (sorry Gerry - couldn't resist!) :angry:
     
  7. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    A quick toot from a following car is usually to warn of the presence of the car not a 'get out of my way' toot. Therefore do not reply to a toot with a one fingered salute.
     
  8. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Good luck for your trip. I would be interested to hear your comments on how easy it is to fly easyjet with a bike and panniers etc...maybe when you get back you could let us know how this part of the trip went? Ta.
     
  9. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    There is a golden rule: Be really careful cycling in the rain or even when the road is slightly damp.

    At first we were really sceptical when the 'old hands' refused to go out on wet days from Pollensa (and also on the Costa Blanca). What complete wusses we thought - we ride all winter at home!

    But the tarmac out there is made with limestone chippings and these get polished where they stick up through the black stuff until they are as slippery as marble. Add in the tyre rubber and spilt diesel that accumulates in the long dry spells, and it's no wonder riders hit the deck so often.

    Buy a couple of different maps between you (as they show different details!) and ask around to find (IIRC) what is called the 'pipeline' (?) road. It's the key to being able to get back to Pollensa from the middle of the island on traffic free(ish) roads.

    Have fun.
     
  10. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    Location:
    East London
    Last time I flew Easyjet out of Luton with a bike it was for the Marmotte in 2005. We had a minicab estate booked to take us from the centre of London to the airport but the guy turns up in a bloody nissan micra. After about an hour of faffing about, we managed to get a black cab to take us the whole way. Made check-in with about 30 seconds to spare.

    We were due to fly two days before and had just got out of a cab at Kings Cross with the bike bags when everything went a bit mental. It was 7/7/2005. :angry:
     
  11. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    I've done easyjet with a bike. Out to Geneva in a huge cardboard box, back in a polythene bag. No problems at all. Check in early if you can, as you'll be faffing about with the oversize luggage bit too.

    Slightly alarmed when it came through on the conveyor belt at Luton though.:biggrin: I'd been expecting an oversize trolley or something.
     
  12. Querría dos bocadillos de queso por favor - I would like two cheese sandwiches please.

    :blush:
     
  13. OP
    OP
    gezza

    gezza New Member

    ahem, should of spoken to yours truly:thumbsup: one of your more biker friendly cabbies:thumbsup::biggrin:

    Doctor - absolutely correct,my flight is at 8am and i'll make sure that i am there at 6am bang on check-in opening time,if there 's one thing i hate ,it's being late !! so much so that i've paid for priorty check in and speedy boarding;) (emergency exit row seat 12a more leg room:biggrin:)

    Cheers Tim,the club members i am going with are seasoned campaigners,dont know whether thats a good thing or not !!!

    BTFB - will do
     
  14. OP
    OP
    gezza

    gezza New Member

    :biggrin: