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by pjclinch
20 Aug 2018, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring without cooking equipment?
Replies: 9
Views: 156

Re: Touring without cooking equipment?

Plenty of places to eat in the Netherlands. If you want breakfast you can go to a Albert Heijnand and some other supermarkets and buy a pastry and they have free coffee for people to drink whilst they shop. However don't bank in it as I think it might be dying out. Avoid the Karnemelk it's like dri...
by pjclinch
20 Aug 2018, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities
Replies: 16
Views: 415

Re: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities

Everyone seems a bit down on the idea on here. I followed the guy doing TCR on a Brompton (which I think had some custom work) and he seemed to have fun so why not? But didn't finish. Just depends on how competitive you want to be I know the OP said they just wanted to complete it, but it is a race...
by pjclinch
20 Aug 2018, 10:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities
Replies: 16
Views: 415

Re: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities

Anything is possible, of course, but I think you would be making something that is already hard work even harder work. OTOH if you look at e.g. the recent completion of the round the whole world on a unicycle (with touring luggage!) then you start to see that "because I can" is a pretty v...
by pjclinch
20 Aug 2018, 8:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities
Replies: 16
Views: 415

Re: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities

Purely hypothetical for now, but what are the pros/cons with doing it on a small wheeled Brompton? It'll work better than trying it on a large wheel Bropmtpon... (b-booom tssss!) My hunch is that if I plan on riding slowly (lets say at around 19km/h) then the aero drag (headwind aside) should be lo...
by pjclinch
19 Aug 2018, 4:37pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 70
Views: 1307

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

Helsport's 2 person Lofoten Pro Camp is a similar size and weight and uses very similar fabrics and poles yet costs £459! Interestingly, if you buy it in Norway at Helsport's RRP of 7,495 NKr that comes in at just shy of £700... So it looks like someone has decided to take a hit on the margins for ...
by pjclinch
19 Aug 2018, 8:15am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping Bag Advice
Replies: 23
Views: 505

Re: Sleeping Bag Advice

I keep all of ours in a large duvet storage bag. Dimwit daughter decided she didn't need the hassle of putting her bag in a stuff sack so took the only bag that was pre-stuff sacked to Spain last month. Got there and found it was a kids bag I'd put in the sack (ready to sell.) so had a too short ba...
by pjclinch
18 Aug 2018, 7:41pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 70
Views: 1307

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

Most of my mates are pretty indifferent to the sort of tent they use. The main criteria are weight and price. How long it lasts, how well it's made, and whether it goes icky don't seem to be part of the equation. However, I can't understand why there's such a big price difference between the Swedis...
by pjclinch
18 Aug 2018, 4:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 70
Views: 1307

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

The price isn't quite as simple as you suggest. If the tents over £500 are significantly longer lasting then I would be tempted to make that investment. But it's entirely possible you're paying for something that will last longer than you need. If you buy, say, a Keron 4 GT for family camping and y...
by pjclinch
18 Aug 2018, 9:34am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: "Best" panniers for cycle camping
Replies: 52
Views: 1671

Re: "Best" panniers for cycle camping

Of course, if you choose Ortlieb you don't need different bags for off bike - just get the rucksac converter. Works with any Ortlieb panniers, its light, takes up little space, adjustable and the 'back board' protects you from the fixings and dirt on the panniers. OTOH I actually own one of these, ...
by pjclinch
17 Aug 2018, 5:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: "Best" panniers for cycle camping
Replies: 52
Views: 1671

Re: "Best" panniers for cycle camping

We have one of the vau De convertibles from when my daughter cycled to school (school is closer now, she walks). And it's pretty good for what it is, but... ⋅ A lot of the target market is commute oriented, so plenty of laptop pouches, pen slots, document organisers which are all very well...
by pjclinch
17 Aug 2018, 5:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping Bag Advice
Replies: 23
Views: 505

Re: Sleeping Bag Advice

...They also come with a large storage bag so they arent compressed all the time which should help keep the loft. These are Good because the loose storage means that if there is any damp in there it'll evaporate and escape in its own time. If you're sure a bag is clean and completely dry then compr...
by pjclinch
17 Aug 2018, 10:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 43
Views: 1125

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

My wife and I have done long tours in NL, the Western Isles and NE Scotland that I wrote up as web diaries . We've also done around Norfolk and with our children NL and Angus but I never got around to writing those up. Not practical at the moment as one of our children is a bit of a velophobe and th...
by pjclinch
16 Aug 2018, 10:24am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 70
Views: 1307

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

As my kids get a bit older though we may lean towards separate tents. Separate tents good, separate continents perhaps better... :wink: (ours are at the teenage stage!) We found a mix of the Kaitum 3 and a Hubba Hubba very good. It gave them a separate bedroom and it gave us masses of space, and it...
by pjclinch
16 Aug 2018, 9:12am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 70
Views: 1307

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

Blimey! You think you've written a clear email Andy then people keep mentioning the bits I've forgotten! So here goes. We need a 2/3man tent with large vestibule, 3 season, lightweight, good waterproofing, mostly for one night stays (we can cope with a little discomfort if we stay longer) and for u...
by pjclinch
16 Aug 2018, 8:40am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 70
Views: 1307

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

One thing to consider carefully is the entrance(s). Some tents, like some Scandinavian tunnel types, have an opening on the side rather than at the front. A disadvantage of this style of tent is your view outside is very limited. Being able to take in the scenery without getting out of the tent is ...