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by nmnm
17 Dec 2016, 8:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: High centre of gravity for touring
Replies: 36
Views: 4917

Re: High centre of gravity for touring

As I see it, if you try to balance a pool cue upright in the palm of your hand, it's much harder with the thick end at the bottom. Balance is maintained by moving the base point around, same with cycling. I carried a big bag of clothes on my crossbar once, was struck by the stability when moving (no...
by nmnm
10 Dec 2016, 2:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: where to go 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 4400

Re: where to go 2017

Maybe the top of Scotland, Sutherland, via a sleeper north, then over to Orkney for a visit. But if I lived in south I'd be tempted to grab a ferry, pedal south, fly back from Nice after a month of cakes and quiet roads and a few big name mountains taken at a leisurely pace. Maybe you've done that t...
by nmnm
12 Sep 2016, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight rack options.......
Replies: 16
Views: 1772

Re: Lightweight rack options.......

meic wrote:Doing a quick search, I see that we have had this conversation a few times before..
Haha, well spotted! That explains the familiarity of it. We should do this again in a few years! :D
by nmnm
12 Sep 2016, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight rack options.......
Replies: 16
Views: 1772

Re: Lightweight rack options.......

Bit like the Carry Ti - you can weigh the rack on its own at @ 250g but add in your fixings and it could reach 400g easily! I ended up using Ti bolts and dumping the heavy stainless fixings for Tubus' own al blocks which had an added benefit of making it easier to fit on my bikes! SJS lists Carry T...
by nmnm
12 Sep 2016, 12:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight rack options.......
Replies: 16
Views: 1772

Re: Lightweight rack options.......

Tortec ultralights... They only weigh 400g ish. Did you buy at sjs by any chance? It's a fine rack but Wiggle and evans both fixed that 400g "typo" a few years back. Real weight is 560g, I think. I feel a bit sheepish mentioning this - I'm not sure there's great honour in knowing the weig...
by nmnm
1 Sep 2016, 10:52pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: trangia copy, £12.49
Replies: 52
Views: 3625

Re: trangia copy, £12.49

willem jongman wrote:This is a shameless copyright infringement of the Trangia original
I wonder if it is possible the relevant copyrights / patents have expired.
by nmnm
29 Aug 2016, 4:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3433

Re: Painful hip when camping

Just for those talking about blowing up tube mats - I recommend the £35 thermarest air pump, terrific. 60g or so, reduces my puffs from 16 puffs per inflate to just the one topper-upper. If weight isn't a particular interest for you, you can use a bit of hose and a Maplin keyboard vacuum for £3 to a...
by nmnm
13 Aug 2016, 12:59am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 67403

Re: Pictures of your tents.

Great bargain, that lux mini and the hexpeak too. It's good they sell the bits separately. My old "silLite" Golite Sangri-la 3 (way back on page 2 in this thread) was £250ish, I think, with the pole and inner, with taped seams (the sil is on the outside and steeped through, I think). Not t...
by nmnm
1 Aug 2016, 4:33pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Patching up small groundsheet holes
Replies: 19
Views: 1146

Re: Patching up small groundsheet holes

In similar situation to the OP story before the Fabsil bit, and looking to invest as little effort as possible, I used bike puncture repair patches, the small square self-adhesive ones, not the traditional ones, stuck to outside of groundsheet. Very fast, worked fine.
by nmnm
21 Jul 2016, 11:37pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: NatureHike Tents
Replies: 83
Views: 13201

Re: NatureHike Tents

I think giving weights excluding pegs is a good thing, as the pegs are easily changed but the fly and inner and poles are not. Also it sidesteps the tendency of manufacturers to issue tiny pegs with tents to improve the weight statistics. I just need to add 5g x the number of pegs required to be abl...
by nmnm
15 Jul 2016, 2:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sub 1kilo 3 Season Sleeping Bag Recommendations.
Replies: 21
Views: 1747

Re: Sub 1kilo 3 Season Sleeping Bag Recommendations.

I have the alpkit pd 400, mentioned by OP. Nice bag, felt like good value. For me (thin, 45, big airy tent) it was fine in sheltered French campsites, early October, but just a bit higher up, on a clear night, I was fitfully dreaming of another 100g or 200g of down. OP mentions 1kg and £220gbp and 3...
by nmnm
6 Jul 2016, 10:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Numb fingers
Replies: 6
Views: 450

Re: Numb fingers

Consider also changes in your normal road surfaces and tyre pressure.
by nmnm
2 Jul 2016, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lightweight shoes for panniers
Replies: 55
Views: 4448

Re: lightweight shoes for panniers

As above, lightweight running shoes are a good bet, worth googling. Try also "aqua shoes". The sn706 for example is cheap and light (£30ish, claims 124g per foot, looks like a Toms slip on plimsol).
by nmnm
3 Jun 2016, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ferries - crazy prices
Replies: 35
Views: 3154

Re: Brittany ferries - crazy prices

Interesting promotional email received just now from BF, tying in with the TdF being in Brittany / Normandy - suggesting I buy a bike + rider crossing at £69, to watch the tour. Intriguing thing is that it says supplements apply to the bike price if I have a trailer or it's a tandem or... if I have ...
by nmnm
3 Jun 2016, 3:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Transporting bike via Air: Factors to minimise damage
Replies: 19
Views: 1032

Re: Transporting bike via Air: Factors to minimise damage

All damage in flight I've suffered has been from my own bodged bike re-assembly (almost stripped rear mech hanger bolt thread) or from trying to stuff wheels into the box beside the rear mech (bent rear mech). I take a spare hanger these days, ready for next self-inflicted catastrophe!