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by leelovesbikestoo
8 Aug 2012, 3:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

mcallaghan wrote:What sleeping pad is that? Mine rolls up to the same size as my tent (roughly) so it goes on the rack with the tent on the back.


It's a 3/4 Gelert one. Like a Thermarest, just a lot cheaper, and probably not as good. I've used a few times and it's perfectly adequate. It's bulky but weighs nothing.
by leelovesbikestoo
8 Aug 2012, 3:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

What about wet weather gear? Is that included in the clothes? Do you carry any sort of spare shoes, for when not on the bike? It's not going to rain :wink: I'll be taking a hi-viz wind/waterproof, some waterproof MTB baggies, waterproof socks, and crocs for the small amount of time I'll be off the ...
by leelovesbikestoo
8 Aug 2012, 2:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

The Camelbak will be used as a makeshift shower. The tent is a Gelert solo, without bag and re-rolled shorter/fatter to fit between the drops. With steel pegs swapped for good plastic ones the weight is a touch over 1kg. I'll be swapping the fibre poles for alloy for the next trip to save even more ...
by leelovesbikestoo
8 Aug 2012, 1:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conti Ultra tyre - cracking?
Replies: 8
Views: 989

Re: Conti Ultra tyre - cracking?

Ok, thanks guys. Certainly never been under- (or over-) inflated. Tyre pressure is something I always keep right. They looked fresh when I bought them, no dust etc, and I think it was from a big retailer like Wiggle or CRC which should have good stock room conditions. I'll keep and eye on them durin...
by leelovesbikestoo
8 Aug 2012, 1:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

Finally managed to get 5 mins to snap my kit... Top row: Inflatable mat, Sleeping bag, Tent, Pegs, Silk bag liner, Towel, Camelbak bladder Middle row: Fuel, Trangia (with utensils, tea/coffee, folding cup etc), toiletries, food (dried meals, oats, fruit/nut) Bottom row: First aid kit, batteries, cam...
by leelovesbikestoo
8 Aug 2012, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conti Ultra tyre - cracking?
Replies: 8
Views: 989

Conti Ultra tyre - cracking?

I have a pair of Continental Ultra Sport tyres (27x1 1/4" - 32x630mm) which appear to be cracking where the decal has been applied. The tyres are approx 5 months old and are used regularly for city commutes and longer road rides (<60miles), and always inflated to 70-80psi. I've inspected the ty...
by leelovesbikestoo
7 Aug 2012, 10:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

Vorpal wrote:I don't figure 1 pair of shorts is enough difference in weight to bother about.


True, but my shorts are bibs and 2 pairs looked a bit bulky. I'd rather be comfy, clean and boil-free though!
by leelovesbikestoo
7 Aug 2012, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

Cheers guys, some good advice there. I'll post up my final kit list soon. One final question: For a 3-day trip, how many pairs of shorts would you guys take? I've always believed that 'used' shorts are a breeding ground for bacteria and I'd just be asking for trouble if I wore them twice... I always...
by leelovesbikestoo
30 Jul 2012, 11:24am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping list
Replies: 7
Views: 1507

Re: Camping list

The 'halve the kit, double the money' post was in response to my own question about cycle touring/camping kit here :) http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=65957
by leelovesbikestoo
23 Jul 2012, 9:21am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Phone charging whilst cycle camping in France
Replies: 17
Views: 2262

Re: Phone charging whilst cycle camping in France

Do you really need to take your iPhone? I use a HTC DHD which needs charged every day, and for an upcoming cycle tour have dug out my old Sony Ericsson phone; its tiny and the battery has lasted for about a week on one charge, even with making calls and text messaging! It's function is limited in te...
by leelovesbikestoo
18 Jul 2012, 8:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Plotting a Route
Replies: 7
Views: 4026

Re: Plotting a Route

Use Google Earth - everything you need to plot routes I'm plotting one just now. I also have an OS map overlay (all scales) and a campsite layer which makes route finding a breeze. When done export a kml, convert to your GPS format and load onto your unit, or host the file and link to a Google map t...
by leelovesbikestoo
17 Jul 2012, 1:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

Haha, I'm very familiar with the midge! I've chosen beaches to camp for 2nd and 3rd nights, but the first night has to be loch-side; There is a wood so hopefully will be able to build a smoky fire to keep them at bay. That, and my trusty bottle of Smidge http://2010.midgeforecast.co.uk/ - read good ...
by leelovesbikestoo
17 Jul 2012, 9:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13128

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

Thanks for all your advice, been a great help.

I'll post back with my final kit list and pics. Can't wait :D
by leelovesbikestoo
16 Jul 2012, 3:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Current weather around Oban/Kintyre peninsula?
Replies: 0
Views: 3066

Current weather around Oban/Kintyre peninsula?

Heading over that way soon and wondered what the recent weather has been like (posting from Glasgow).
by leelovesbikestoo
16 Jul 2012, 3:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks saddle care
Replies: 15
Views: 3094

Re: Brooks saddle care

Second Proofide. On occasion my B17 gets a soaking, and although odd drops bead, after a big downpour the leather is properly wet. It always dries out without marks or adverse effects to the surface of the leather.

Given the quality and price of a Brooks I wouldn't use anything else.