Taifun in den Philippinen - Tobias Denzler, Koordinator der BMI in den Philippinen, berichtet.

"Der Megataifun ist vorüber und hat schreckliche Schäden und Verwüstungen auf den Visayas, den mittleren Inseln der Philippinen hinterlassen. Man rechnet dort mit 10'000 Toten oder mehr. Das ist die Gegend, die vor einem Monat bereits von einem schweren Erdbeben getroffen wurde.
 Bei uns in Manila und in den weiter nördlichen Teilen des Landes wo unsere Mitarbeiter stationiert sind, ist der Taifun glimpflich abgelaufen. Wir hatten nur starken Regen und Wind, aber keine Überschwemmungen oder Sturmschäden. Corinne und ich kamen am Freitag von einer Projektreise ganz im Norden, nach Manila zurück. Am Freitag waren hier alle Schulen und Büros geschlossen wegen der Taifunwarnung. Jetzt ist wieder Alltag eingekehrt aber die Folgen des Taifuns in den betroffenen Gebieten sind auch bei den Menschen hier spürbar und sind das Hauptgesprächsthema. Es liegt ein Schatten der Bedrücktheit und der Trauer über dem Land."

Nous sommes en pensées avec les Philippines!

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  • Rogue
    October 20, 2014 - 14:22

    I bought a used Pocket Llama from Bike Friday and it has werkod very well. To date it has saved me hundreds of dollars in airline baggage charges. I cannot comment on the quality of customer service since I simply selected an appropriate model that was my size from a list of clearance items, and the staff made few modifications to the existing components. A also tried using the suitcase as a trailer with less than stellar results. I tried towing it around the Gaspe peninsula in Quebec. The pavement was in poor condition in many places and the trailer bounced around too much on the bumpy surface. In a few places the road had a paved shoulder, but it had been paved at a different time than the travelled lanes of the highway. Over time, water got into the seam between the shoulder and the road and eroded longitudinal cracks that went on for miles. The left wheel of the trailer was constantly getting caught in the cracks and trying to slew the trailer around. Most roads in Canada lack paved shoulders and the severe winter weather creates frost cracks that little wheels don't like crossing. I won't use the trailer for long tours again.The bike is good for travel (not commuting) due to the length of time required to pack it up and unpack it. I have used it for trips in North America and Europe but wouldn't use it loaded on truly ghastly roads because over time it would shake it up too much, loosen the hinges and linkages, and fatigue the frame. Not sure how the small wheels would perform on badly-corrugated roads either.I'm glad I bought it, but I'm not throwing away my Stumpjumper or Wester Ross road bike any time soon!PD

  • Immaculate
    October 19, 2014 - 14:27

    (you need yer best Sean Connery accent here) You'll be lucky to get yer bike on the train it'll lielky be full' so I say with the verve of laying out a royal flush its a FOLDING bike' to which he says aye, and you've done yer homework there'. Too bloody right mate. So now when the gate dude say where are going?' I just say Folding Bike' FYI ScotRail permits only 2 bikes on any one train at anytime and its usually booked years ahead you can tell by the groups of cyclists leaving Invernesstwo at a time to get to Kyle of L. over the course of a day :~): see above. DBahn charge you but hey, yer on.So its fairly unblockable as a bike/transport option and this is a great bike to chuck in the car with tons of other camping crap for long days out in foreign fields. The brakes need a fair bit of optimising and clearly the wheel radius reduces the lever arm of same (less effective) The rear brake clearance is tight and after a fold and unfold, the gears need juggling. Oh, dont leave home without a very clear idea of DualDrive operations or instructions (if this is the story for you).The low COG is a bit hairy on slippy non-level sideway surfaces, is good for doing front-end wheelies to hop the rear up kerbs BUT The derailleur looks well vulnerable. It hasn't worn it yet, but having left my daughter to sleep away the day on the grass surrounded by our valuables at Morton on Marsh (Cotswolds) while I cycled to Cirencester and back by train (amazingly with the parts) after she tore hers off a regular, its worth noting. More Must Haves in obscure places.Its also fairly heavy (or sturdy) but locking it is a challenge compared to a diamond frame as there aren't many secure throughs that don't have a QR bolt defining them.Think I still have some collecting to do on the investment. Its got some real pluses: lots of conversations and a sense of adaptability. Yes thats it. Adaptability.Trips: Cologne down the Rhine, and Scotland where I would not have had a bike at all without the fold. That alone blunts the hassles.Lots of day circuits on tour. It takes a full load: front n rear Orts plus tent n stuff. I bought the case and soft bag but the logistics so far have discouraged me from attending airports.Folding it up makes no sense on trains unless you like pack-hauling four bags, handlebar bag, bundled tent / mat / etc, and a large metally thing and have to. A liesurely assemble with croissants and coffee would be the go at airports but things with wheels move around so much better, as the hosties demonstrate regularly.This sounds more -ve than +ve. Like most things there is a tool for the job (unless you are one already) and this has its place in life. Not sure I'd do 1500GBP again: the drops and STi's pushed it up but BritTax is in the Eq big time. There are times and places that you just wont get to without this. Select the correct spanner, and life is a downhill breezePhil