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by mullinsm
23 Feb 2016, 8:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Zealand Tour
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: New Zealand Tour

Well, I finished the tour last Friday and having flown back over the weekend am just getting over the jet lag. 11 days cycling took my 720 miles anti-clockwise around South Island from Christchurch via Arthurs pass to the west coast then down to Haast and inland to Lake Wanaker before heading back t...
by mullinsm
23 Feb 2016, 7:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality tent
Replies: 60
Views: 4272

Re: Good quality tent

I"ve just completed my first tour using the new Terra Nova Voyager and I found it to be a great tent and a marked improvement on the Banshee it replaced. It takes a little longer to erect but still under 5 mins from start to finish and it packs away really easily. Plenty of room for me and all ...
by mullinsm
27 Jan 2016, 4:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Zealand Tour
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: New Zealand Tour

In small town NZ, the dairy (small grocery shop) will usually sell hot pies, and often 'hot chips' as they call them over there. Cafes not so common except in tourist towns. Charging phones in 'motor camps' (kiwi for campsite) should be no problem. Most towns will have a 'motor camp' or one nearby,...
by mullinsm
27 Jan 2016, 9:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Zealand Tour
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: New Zealand Tour

Well, I'm off from Heathrow a week on Saturday for a 28 hour flight there and 32 back. Booked with Quantas (although the first two legs are with Emirates) for £1056 return. Two weeks away will give me 11 days cycling and I've been advised by a native Kiwi to take an anti-clockwise direction from Chr...
by mullinsm
14 Nov 2015, 9:28am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade
Replies: 85
Views: 4047

Re: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade

Milletts have 15% off everything today. Including tents...
by mullinsm
10 Nov 2015, 11:52am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade
Replies: 85
Views: 4047

Re: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade

Regards storage for the panniers, yes, the Terra Nova has plenty of space. This was one of the "must haves" for me as I once encountered a very scary centipede that had found its way into my pannier which I'd left overnight in the porch whilst in southern France. I don't know if it was poi...
by mullinsm
10 Nov 2015, 8:44am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade
Replies: 85
Views: 4047

Re: Trouble deciding on a tent upgrade

If it helps you at all, I've just upgraded my Vango Banshee 200, after some deliberation, to a Terra Nova Voyager. I'm really pleased with it, but despite the specs telling me it's quite a bit lighter I couldn't honestly tell the difference in terms of weight. Conclusion? Buy the tent that most suit...
by mullinsm
9 Nov 2015, 7:35pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality tent
Replies: 60
Views: 4272

Re: Good quality tent

Well the Terra Nova Voyager arrived today and my first impressions are really good. It's a lot roomier than the Banshee, with plenty of headroom and elbow room too. Lying with my feet at the door end, there's a lot more space between my face and the tent inner and it's a far less claustrophobic expe...
by mullinsm
5 Nov 2015, 1:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tyre recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Tyre recommendations

I have a set fo Conti cyclocross speeds which are a good tyre for on/off road IME. Also have a look at the new "gravel" range of tyres by Clement, MSO and USH Explorers come in wired and folding, are very/pretty lightweight dependant on which you buy, and have been designed to work on mix...
by mullinsm
5 Nov 2015, 1:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality tent
Replies: 60
Views: 4272

Re: Good quality tent

Thanks for the help and suggestions. I've gone with the Terra Nova Voyager 2 man as it looks to overcome the Vango's more serious shortcoming and is a bit lighter too. Managed to get one for £252 in the sale at Millets. Good time to buy a tent it would seem.....
by mullinsm
4 Nov 2015, 8:35am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality tent
Replies: 60
Views: 4272

Re: Good quality tent

Thanks for all the replies, some very useful things to consider already and thanks especially for pointing out that I might find the Hubba narrow after the Banshee. I had wondered about that myself. To clarify, I'm a cyclist who uses a tent to sleep as opposed to a camper on a bike. I tend to ride f...
by mullinsm
2 Nov 2015, 1:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tyre recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Tyre recommendations

I'm going to be touring New Zealand next year and may well be venturing off-road on gravel tracks. I've currently got Marathon Supreme tyres fitted but have found these to be a bit delicate on rough surfaces, having damaged one badly on a canal towpath earlier this year. Does anyone have any recomme...
by mullinsm
2 Nov 2015, 1:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality tent
Replies: 60
Views: 4272

Good quality tent

I've been using a Vango Banshee 200 tent for the last 3 years and have found it to be pretty good. It only cost about £100 and it's fully weatherproof, a doddle to erect, not too heavy at around 5lbs and has plenty of room for me and my gear. However, it's beginning to show signs of age and I'm look...
by mullinsm
26 Oct 2015, 12:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Zealand Tour
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: New Zealand Tour

Generally you should be able to ride most gravel roads (except perhaps after they've been graded) with that set up but Marathon Supreme sidewalls can be a bit fragile so maybe think about a tougher tyre . Yes most NZ main roads have a good shoulder that you can ride on but it often means that traff...
by mullinsm
25 Oct 2015, 9:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Zealand Tour
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: New Zealand Tour

Thanks for all the replies so far. I googled the holidays and the schools go back the first week of Feb, which is when I'll be starting so all good there. Yes, a return flight is currently £1089, but I may have to pay an excess baggage charge on top as it's a 30kg allowance. I'll let you know assumi...