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by Reigncloud
5 Aug 2011, 11:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: a good pillow (HELP)
Replies: 15
Views: 2049

Re: a good pillow (HELP)

just came across the thermarest compressible pillow looks the business ,anyone got one. Just came back from a 2 week tour through eastern Europe using one of these. I previously used a blow up pillow which I also found to not be that comfortable. The thermarest one is very comfy and highly recommen...
by Reigncloud
23 Jun 2011, 9:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight rain jacket
Replies: 11
Views: 1258

Re: Lightweight rain jacket

Thanks for all the responses everyone. I ended up going with a Gore Path II. Got it cheap(er) by finding one for sale on ebay then contacting the shop direct and making an offer, which they accepted. Was cheaper than any listed on 'normal' web stores like Wiggle etc.
by Reigncloud
21 Jun 2011, 4:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to take on tour = Cut That Kit!
Replies: 83
Views: 91488

Re: Cut That Kit!

I used to have a pretty heavy rear rack (Tortec expedition) but changed it for a Tortec velocity which saved a few hundred grams. It's a good sturdy rack too.
by Reigncloud
20 Jun 2011, 2:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: SAT NAVS FOR CYCLE TOURING
Replies: 25
Views: 5123

Re: SAT NAVS FOR CYCLE TOURING

Good points above, however: 1. the system I use doesn't need phone coverage at all - all maps are on the SD card. In fact I switch the phone reception off to save battery. 2. Maps for TomTom are generally really good, displaying all minor roads (and in some cases a bit too minor e.g. dirt tracks!). ...
by Reigncloud
20 Jun 2011, 2:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight rain jacket
Replies: 11
Views: 1258

Lightweight rain jacket

Looking for recommendations for a jacket for touring that: a) is lightweight (or relatively lightweight) b) is waterproof c) is breathable (e.eg goretex or similar fabric) d) doesn't have a hood (though I can live with one that does if necessary) My current Berghaus is good but slightly heavy. It's ...
by Reigncloud
20 Jun 2011, 2:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: SAT NAVS FOR CYCLE TOURING
Replies: 25
Views: 5123

Re: SAT NAVS FOR CYCLE TOURING

This is all discussed at length in this forum: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=46919 To repeat what I've said there, don't necessarily be put off by the map traditionalists. I use an older 'smartphone' with bluetooth GPS to tour with and it's awesome. I do pre-plan the routes on Bik...
by Reigncloud
20 Jun 2011, 1:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: That is what I call travelling light!
Replies: 16
Views: 1956

Re: That is what I call travelling light!

My wife and I have toured through Spain with only one pannier each and a handlebar bag on my bike. We were also staying in B&Bs, and pretty much just took clothes and tools. It was really liberating and highly recommended. When camping (admittedly without cooking equipment) we take two panniers ...
by Reigncloud
15 Jun 2011, 12:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Easyjet - max weight of bike box
Replies: 27
Views: 2445

Re: Easyjet - max weight of bike box

Oh man, this is confusing! This is what confuses me the most from the Carrier's Regulations: Sporting equipment Each passenger is allowed a maximum hold baggage weight of 50 Kgs including any sports equipment, subject to available space. The maximum weight for any single piece of baggage is 32 kgs. ...
by Reigncloud
14 Jun 2011, 1:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Easyjet - max weight of bike box
Replies: 27
Views: 2445

Re: Easyjet - max weight of bike box

horizon wrote:I don't know of any bike that would fall foul of the limit. What make is yours?


It's a downhill mountain bike that I'm taking to the alps, so is pretty heavy.

Thanks for the repsonse though. Has put my mind at ease!
by Reigncloud
14 Jun 2011, 12:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Easyjet - max weight of bike box
Replies: 27
Views: 2445

Re: Easyjet - max weight of bike box

Sorry not sure I got that. Were you hypothetically asking if it would be possible to stick a (lightweight) bike and gear together as a single package and check it in as normal baggage as long as the entire package was less than 20kg? Their website does specifically say: An additional non-refundable ...
by Reigncloud
14 Jun 2011, 10:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Easyjet - max weight of bike box
Replies: 27
Views: 2445

Easyjet - max weight of bike box

Have searched the forums but I couldn't see a clear answer for this. Does anyone know the maximum weight of a bicycle checked in as sports equipment on Easyjet? Their website doesn't say anything except that the maximum weight of any single piece of baggage is 32kg and that the overall limit per pas...
by Reigncloud
7 Jun 2011, 12:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easyjet staff told me I HAD TO HAVE CANVAS BIKE BAG
Replies: 19
Views: 4096

Re: Easyjet staff told me I HAD TO HAVE CANVAS BIKE BAG

Flew back from Zurich airport also last week, they insisted that the bike HAD to go in a box (which, conveniently, were available to purchase close to check in at a price of 25CHF) Must've gone up as it was 15CHF In July last year. Don't know if this is an airport scam to direct you to the excess b...
by Reigncloud
7 Jun 2011, 12:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leaving bike overnight when camping?
Replies: 39
Views: 6064

Re: Leaving bike overnight when camping?

I think we Brits massively over-react to the fear of theft - taking massive locks etc. Most European places I've been have been quite safe and I'd wager they have much lower crime rates than comparible places in the UK. Taking a massive heavy D-lock is simply dead weight in these places. Having said...
by Reigncloud
23 May 2011, 2:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to take on tour = Cut That Kit!
Replies: 83
Views: 91488

Re: Cut That Kit!

Don't think you need 2 pumps really.
by Reigncloud
12 May 2011, 3:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Compression straps
Replies: 15
Views: 3162

Re: Compression straps

tatanab wrote:Lots of manufacturers such as Gelert http://www.campingworld.co.uk/Models.aspx?ModelID=3412


+1 for these. Perfect touring accessory - light, strong and cheap! I usually take a couple spare in addition to the ones that hold the tent on the rack and they always cone in handy.