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by crazyferret
5 May 2014, 1:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What to take on tour = Am I missing anything?
Replies: 42
Views: 61703

Re: Am I missing anything?

Hi You seem to have most of it covered, by the time you have been on the road for a bit you will realise that a lot of it you can do without. Before our first LEJOG 3 years ago my friend and I planned our kit as much as you did. http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=48438 Here is the thre...
by crazyferret
26 Apr 2014, 8:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tourmalet vs Ventoux
Replies: 14
Views: 3945

Re: Tourmalet vs Ventoux

anyone done these fully loaded on a tourer or do you leave your kit at the campsite. Yes when we did the climbs we did them with full camping gear, we had to get to the next site so leaving them at the bottom wasn't really an option. The only time we did in fact go back to the same site was in bour...
by crazyferret
22 Apr 2014, 6:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tourmalet vs Ventoux
Replies: 14
Views: 3945

Re: Tourmalet vs Ventoux

I did them both on a tour a few years ago along with some other big climbs. Personally I found Ventoux more difficult but that is almost entirely down to the fact the weather was boiling. Overall i think they are fairly similar but it all depends on what happens on the day. Based on the fact you hav...
by crazyferret
4 Apr 2014, 12:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What is a good, mid-range camping stove nowadays?
Replies: 32
Views: 3065

Re: What is a good, mid-range camping stove nowadays?

I recently got the new alpkit one. Its super tiny and light and i have managed to cook proper meals on it. Best part is its only £25 and it being titanium its a bit like a spaceship. https://www.alpkit.com/products/kraku In all seriousness I can't recommend this enough, its fast relatively efficient...
by crazyferret
24 Mar 2014, 6:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Milk on tour
Replies: 47
Views: 3838

Re: Milk on tour

Just go without, coffee is nicer without milk anyway and tea tastes pretty similar, you just get used to it. This from a student who gave up on milk after it kept on going off before I could use it, now I just don't bother.
by crazyferret
24 Mar 2014, 6:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: As fast as we can
Replies: 7
Views: 6878

Re: As fast as we can

Thanks for the advice so far, I've made a few changes. What are your opinions on my current route through Devon and Cornwall. When leaving Hayle how long Is best to stay on the A30, how long before it becomes terrible. For the section near Newquay is it better to go on the A30 and just brave the sma...
by crazyferret
23 Mar 2014, 11:09am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: sleeping bag buying advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1555

Re: sleeping bag buying advice

It all depends when you are going to be doing it. For summer I use a tiny (~800g) Karrimor synthetic one that was about £30 from sports direct, I think its rated to 8 degrees. It works really well for most of the sumer till about as late as October, you just have to wear your clothes to bed if it is...
by crazyferret
23 Mar 2014, 10:55am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: As fast as we can
Replies: 7
Views: 6878

As fast as we can

This year a friend and I are planning to do LEJOG unsupported and in as few days as possible. We did it a few years back on a longer scenic route but this time we want simple navigation and good roads so we can concentrate on getting there. What route would everyone recommend, we don't mind A roads ...
by crazyferret
21 Jan 2014, 6:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: saddle pack
Replies: 14
Views: 25814

Re: saddle pack

I'd be a bit concerned that the backs of my legs/backside would hit the pack. Plus they look awful. Have you considered a handlebar bag as an alternative? The base of the bag is an oval so its profile is quite narrow, also they are made out of really tough stuff. Im really pleased with it at least.
by crazyferret
20 Jan 2014, 10:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: saddle pack
Replies: 14
Views: 25814

Re: saddle pack

I use one of the alpkit drybags that have loops for attaching straps. It actually works pretty well, you just have to work out what size would fit best. Least expensive method by far and also 100% waterproof. I got the 13L version.
Here is the link.
https://www.alpkit.com/products/airlok-xtra
by crazyferret
16 Jan 2014, 11:58am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)
Replies: 30
Views: 46097

Re: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)

Like i said, we are students so needs to be cheap. We did it on B roads a few years back, hopefully we can cycle back the scenic way. How about doing it as a charity ride. Wont cost you anything then. Well it would. The money would go to charity rather than the cost of a fun trip that I would have ...
by crazyferret
15 Jan 2014, 1:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 71680

Re: Pictures of your tents.

Vango Banshee 200 just after the Bognes - Skaberget ferry en route to Nordkapp during our Scandinavian end to end this summer.

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by crazyferret
14 Jan 2014, 6:21pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)
Replies: 30
Views: 46097

Re: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)

Like i said, we are students so needs to be cheap. We did it on B roads a few years back, hopefully we can cycle back the scenic way.
by crazyferret
28 Dec 2013, 1:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping bag and matt
Replies: 24
Views: 62978

Re: Sleeping bag and matt

You can get tiny ones rated to about 10 degrees in sports direct. They are warm enough for me until about 0, weigh about 800g and don't cost much at all. For a mat I use closed cell foam mats, probably not for everyone as they aren't that comfy but are bomb proof and last for ages.
by crazyferret
15 Dec 2013, 10:53am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)
Replies: 30
Views: 46097

Re: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)

What sort of foam mat is 90g? Ah sorry my bad, I meant to say 190g. Its the lightest multimat I could find. I have no problem sleeping on next to no padding, its the temperature that gets me but this one is fine for anything above 0 for me. With foam it has always been the price and reliability tha...