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Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: March 13, 2018, 11:25:22 am »
It's me again. I recall finding an article on how some threads on gas cans do not fit some stoves. I have lost the link and hope  some of you can  remind me. Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: Bike friendly airlines
« on: January 30, 2018, 12:45:39 pm »
Thanks for that reply.

General Discussion / Re: Bike friendly airlines
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:08:31 am »
A maximum of one bicycle and one helmet are allowed per guest.
All applicable oversized, overweight and extra piece fees apply - please see below. For example, if a bicycle is more than 115 inches in combined dimensions both overweight and oversize, fees will be charged.

This is the info from WestJet just now.
This is the info from WestJet just now. Any comments?    You may check your bicycle and container with a maximum weight of 45 kg (100 lb.) without paying an excess weight fee
dimension of 292 cm (115 in.) without paying an oversize baggage fee
A bicycle (including the container) exceeding the maximum:
weight must be shipped by cargo
dimension of 292 cm (115 in.) is subject to oversize baggage fees
length of 3 m (118 in.) is not accepted
WestJet may refuse carriage of improperly packaged bicycles. A bicycle must be packed flat in a bicycle bag or box. Before flying with your bike, please:
Remove pedals.
Partially deflate your tires.
Fix handlebars sideways.
Pack the bicycle in a box or bag to protect your bike and prevent leakage from bicycles containing hydraulic fluid.

General Discussion / Bike friendly airlines
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:55:45 am »
I have a trip planned to the GDMBT this year in July. Just researching airlines. I'm flying from Glasgow UK to Calgary. First choice is British  Airways, but asking if any of you have good experience with WestJet, Air Canada or other airlines? I might just use a clear bike bag this time,  rather than a box.



Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:35:36 am »
Thanks for the input folks. I normally use multi-fuel stoves on big mountain climbing trips, such as Denali, where 'white gas' is available. For cycling I'll certainly be using bottled gas. I'll look more closely at places to restock en-route the GDMBR. If I run out, would a carefully laid open fire be allowed?

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:27:40 pm »
Thanks folks. I'll be using gas. My MSR multi-fuel stove is good for cold places, but heavy and not so simple to light as a gas stove. The MSR Reactor boils quicker than most (any?) stoves. It's good to hear the various opinions though and thanks for your time. If I run out of gas I can always light a fire, assuming the guidelines for the environment allow.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: December 31, 2017, 06:44:24 pm »
Thanks for the replies so far. It's good to get as many opinions as possible to form an opinion. I'll also plan ahead and contact the settlements in between and check the distances. Week long sea paddling trips in Scotland, away from towns can use up a couple of big cans, but that is with heavier food to prepare and cook. The MSR Reactor is a very quick stove to boil water for fast-cook food, so maybe five days between cans. As you say, I'll check it out on a week long Scottish off-road trip to see how much gas I use.

Gear Talk / Lightweight stoves
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:08:08 am »
Hi Folks,
I'm planning part of the GDMBT, south from Banff, next July. My 'go-to' stove is an MSR Reactor. I have either 1litre or 1.7litre pans. My question is..."How many gas canisters to carry, to see me through sections before buying another can?" I don't plan on rushing and will only have freeze-dried grub. One large canister okay between restock? Thanks Alan

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