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by Vorpal
16 Apr 2021, 12:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent cleaning and winter storage
Replies: 16
Views: 684

Re: Tent cleaning and winter storage

I don't normally clean or wash a tent, except to get slug slime or something off it. Then, I just use water, or, more often dew or rain water :lol:

As for storing it, I just make sure it's not dirty; I brush off & shake out anything from my last trip, and hang it over a pile of boxes in our (dry) cellar.

I shake it out again before I pack it up for a trip. I do think that packed in dust could abrade it, so I wouldn't recommend storing it unprotected in a dusty place, nor packing it without shaking it out.

I would think that it would be okay to use a washing machine if one were attempting a renewal with NikWax or something.

The only time I ever put a tent in a washing machine, the coating on the floor/ground cloth was disintegrating and I was thinking of attempting repair, so I wanted to get as much off as possible. In the end, I just bought a second hand tent in better condition.
by Vorpal
16 Apr 2021, 11:27am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How light can you go?
Replies: 126
Views: 4996

Re: How light can you go?

In 2007, The Guardian listed the Space Packer as
expert's choice
even though it was 22 years 'out of date'.
by Vorpal
14 Apr 2021, 7:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good trousers.
Replies: 49
Views: 1150

Re: Good trousers.

mjr wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 5:12pm
Vorpal wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 7:45amI generally avoid cotton for cycling just because it's horrid if I get caught in the rain or something.
I like it but then I wear waterproofs (ideally a full rain cape if it's not too windy) when it rains, which seems to be frowned upon by old-fashioned cyclists here!
Actually, I have a full rain cape, but I'm not likely to take it it along on a warm summer evening for a 3 km pootle to a restaurant for a meal.
by Vorpal
14 Apr 2021, 3:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How light can you go?
Replies: 126
Views: 4996

Re: How light can you go?

I have to admit that I'm too fond of comfort to engage in extreme weight-cutting. I'll happily carry a 2 kg tent to have a bit more room. On the other hand, I usually carry a plastic plate, and never use it because I eat out of the pan. :lol:
by Vorpal
14 Apr 2021, 11:46am
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Sales methods - should prices be included?
Replies: 52
Views: 625

Re: Sales methods - should prices be included?

Jdsk wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 5:31pm
PH wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 5:18pmIf we're going to change rules, maybe the first ought to be that a for sale thread is between the seller and potential buyers.
That's a good principle. But I'd make exceptions for safety and legal issues, and for a third party praising an item.

Jonathan
Some people don't want even positive comments on a for sale thread.

And if it's more than a couple of sentences, they should probably post in the 'Cycling good & services - your reviews' area and post a link on the for sale item.
by Vorpal
14 Apr 2021, 11:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good trousers.
Replies: 49
Views: 1150

Re: Good trousers.

Paulatic wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 8:07am Can I ask the trouser wearers How are your knees?
Top half of me now is usually a woolly jumper but as yet I’m still a tights man below the waist. Often wonder if I’ve got very sensitive knees as I hate the drag, caused by trousers, over them. A lot of walking or cycling I wear tights. I’d gladly wear a skirt or dress all week and not just Friday nights if it was acceptable. :wink: Anything to avoid that pull over the knees and not being a postman I only wear shorts on days over 12C.
Anyone suffered this and overcome it?
This work from home thing has taught me that I don't much like trousers, and when we go back to working in the office, I'm just going to buy a load of tights & tunic style things to wear every day. I guess that might be harder for men to get away with. My son likes to wear shorts with long underwear or leggings and I've seen teenagers and young men doing the same. So that might be something you could try?

I think you should be able to wear whatever you want, but the problem is, of course, that many folks have other opinions.
by Vorpal
14 Apr 2021, 11:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good trousers.
Replies: 49
Views: 1150

Re: Good trousers.

Jdsk wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 8:49am
Vorpal wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 7:45amI generally avoid cotton for cycling just because it's horrid if I get caught in the rain or something.
francovendee wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 7:52am Another vote for walking kit, trousers and shorts, they are hard wearing and comfortable. In hot weather I prefer cotton.
A bit more on materials, please.

The problem with denim is well known. But aside from that are you both referring to pure cotton as opposed to polyester/cotton mixes?

Thanks

Jonathan
Anything cotton, or a blend that is mostly cotton & not treated to be shower proof or fast drying. It's a little difficult to say specific blends will be problematic, because I have a mostly cotton (60%?) Columbia shirt that is tight woven & treated to be be fast drying & it is fanstastic. I also have a pair of 3/4 length trousers that are a similar proportion of cotton and woven to look like a technical material that might as well be cotton terry for the water they absorb. :(

A cotton t-shirt can be cooler in hot weather, partly because it absorbs sweat, and the wet material increases cooling. The problem is that the same thing occurs in colder temperatures & can leave one chilled.

edited to add: in one of the links above, I recounted a time when I had worn 3/4 length cotton cargo trouser for a meal out. We got caught in a brief rain shower, and I sat and froze in the air conditioned restaurant. It was a Chinese restaurant, & I was practically hugging the complimentary tea pot to warm up. The worst was I couldn't complain because I made everyone cycle there, in the first place!

I'm not normally someone who easily feels the cold, either.
by Vorpal
14 Apr 2021, 8:04am
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Sales methods - should prices be included?
Replies: 52
Views: 625

Re: Sales methods - should prices be included?

Bogawski wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 8:02am Quite, I sent an e-mail to Graham about a poster who seems to get an inordinate amount of bikes for sale and didn't get a reply.
Graham isn't doing much here these days.
by Vorpal
14 Apr 2021, 7:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good trousers.
Replies: 49
Views: 1150

Re: Good trousers.

In general, trousers made for activities such as walking, playing golf, running, etc. will be suitable as long as they are high waisted enough that they don't show a builder's bum when you are in a cycling position. I recommend trying discount racks at outfitters, or someplace like TK Maxx. Shower proof or fast drying materials seem to hold up well & stay looking nice.

I generally avoid cotton for cycling just because it's horrid if I get caught in the rain or something.

There are some earlier threads with this sort of discussion...

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=117244
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=118324

Obviously, they are older, so the products may no longer be available.
by Vorpal
13 Apr 2021, 4:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 225
Views: 4485

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

mjr wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 3:41pm
slowster wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 2:50pm
661-Pete wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 1:51pm I'm afraid, those of my years or older, and with memories as sieve-like as yours truly's, do sometimes need that sort of reminder.... :oops:
Reminder of what?
Don't know. I think it's been removed! ;)

More seriously, silently-vanishing posts were really unhelpful when I was having medication-induced memory problems. Please could markers be left, in the interests of equality of access for people suffering memory problems?
Apologies, but I had not given that any thought. I will bring it up with the others.
by Vorpal
13 Apr 2021, 2:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Replacement Saddle
Replies: 22
Views: 631

Re: Replacement Saddle

Audax67 wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 1:59pm That saddle isn't compatible with that seatpost.

Questions to consider:

1. Does the pain come from abrasion or are there specific pressure points?
2. Do you cycle in ordinary clothes or proper cycling shorts?
3. If cycling shorts, with or without underpants?
It wasn't obvious to me that the saddle & seatpost weren't compatible. I must have missed some information.

Regarding the comfort & type of saddle.... it's really rather personal. Audax67 has asked some important questions. I can add some general information.

Firstly, a saddle problem is seldom just a saddle problem. Being comfortable on the saddle has several factors:
-position; have a look at member 531colin's DIY bike set-up http://wheel-easy.org.uk/wp-content/upl ... -2017a.pdf
-shape & material; I don't get on with hard saddles. My favourite is Serfas RX, but many experienced cyclists prefer leather saddles. It is in any case important that the shape and material suit the individual & there are many different varieties available.
-clothing; cycling clothes are designed for comfort, but not everyone gets on with cycling shorts. I prefer a minimal pad myself & no seams, but other people cycle comfortably in jeans.
-being used to it; there is a certain amount of breaking in that needs to be done, but if short trips (a few miles) are painful, look at the points above this one
by Vorpal
13 Apr 2021, 1:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 225
Views: 4485

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

I have reviewed the series of posts for which Ride-sleep-repeat was banned & sent them a pm to clarify.
by Vorpal
13 Apr 2021, 1:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 225
Views: 4485

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

661-Pete wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 11:49am
thirdcrank wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 10:17am IMO reinstating something verbatim after it had been removed by a moderator would qualify for a permanent ban (without benefit of clergy.)
I wasn't suggesting they do that. But it may help to keep a record, just so as to remind oneself how one has offended....
I would like to think that no one needs such a record.
by Vorpal
13 Apr 2021, 1:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Replacement Saddle
Replies: 22
Views: 631

Re: Replacement Saddle

By wide, do you mean the diameter of the rail, rather than the spacing?

I don't see that sort of information given on the link for the seat post, but if your original saddle fits, perhaps you could take some measurements and post them here?