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by cjs
6 Jul 2015, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front panniers debate and wizz air
Replies: 11
Views: 1452

Re: Front panniers debate and wizz air

I use cheap ikea zipper bags all the time and not only for the panniers, I.e. 2 kites (kitesurf) fit in, clothes, whatever......

I get them from Ikea but here's an ebay link to give an idea....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/201353271480?clk_rvr_id=862389948832&rmvSB=true
by cjs
25 May 2015, 12:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1499

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

....... Are there any good stands that people would recommend for a fully loaded bike with front and rear panniers ..... Mike I have used the click-stand http://www.click-stand.com/ for several years. It works for me, of course you have to engage the grey matter on soft ground... My bike is very we...
by cjs
18 Apr 2015, 11:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team
Replies: 8
Views: 3631

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

Unless you expect night riding would not worry too much about lights... a headtorch around the drybag or barbag is more than good enough. And if it is on path or track away from other users pop it on your head....
by cjs
18 Apr 2015, 6:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team
Replies: 8
Views: 3631

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

...... The purpose is to balance the bike front-back while (light) touring. Panniers would be nice, but something to support a stuffed dri-bag would probably do the job. ....... Have a look at https://www.alpkit.com/products/kanga Will do what you want without hassle... only down side I can see is ...
by cjs
9 Oct 2014, 1:01am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?
Replies: 43
Views: 2961

Re: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?

Last year a W-Sh. guest who had just traveled across Asia then Europe found a lot of bother with them in Germany, especially in the woods. Wild camping was the preference.. Regular checks were in order and one of the blighters was discovered attached to his personal lower appendage - if you get my d...
by cjs
30 Sep 2014, 6:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers
Replies: 36
Views: 4344

Re: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers

Thanks Chris, very helpful comments. The best video I can find is this, but I am not sure if he is attaching to Ortlieb panniers? He is... they are just rollers with a fancy print. I never found rollers convenient to access bits and pieces frequently on the road - one of the reasons I suppose peopl...
by cjs
30 Sep 2014, 3:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers
Replies: 36
Views: 4344

Re: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers

No. Undo 2 pinch clips and slide to one side then you have normal access. 54cm is the Medium size. It will be basically the same width as your attached panniers - outside to outside.... in reality it will be not as wide but if you stuff it full then certainly no wider.. Re you dilemma on the tent, e...
by cjs
25 Sep 2014, 9:15pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: German & Dutch Camping
Replies: 16
Views: 1909

Re: German & Dutch Camping

.....Can anyone direct me to a useful source of Dutch & German campsites, ..... Thanks. This page will sort you out for Holland.... http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/holland.shtml and also this if you want free sites, https://sites.google.com/site/paalkampeerders/English I've used them ...
by cjs
19 Sep 2014, 8:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers
Replies: 36
Views: 4344

Re: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers

Perhaps mail order via Wiggle, they have both in stock and do free returns re a simple returns service from a local store (Works well even in N.Ire!)

You could have a look at both at your leiesure and return 1 or t'other or both...

Just a thought....
by cjs
18 Sep 2014, 1:32am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers
Replies: 36
Views: 4344

Re: Ortlieb rack pack - which size for back rollers

Looking forward to answers, particularly from folk with practical experience of this set up. I have the M 31L. It is a fine bag, the main advantage being the wide opening which allows easy access / retrieval of any item. The bag secures well via the straps to two rear rollers although at first you ...
by cjs
9 Sep 2014, 10:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Equipment lists
Replies: 21
Views: 2033

Re: Equipment lists

Just an extra thing if you do not mind the weight :roll: , if you are camping or cooking then a clatter of good ole Rubber Bands are very usefull... keeps open packets closed, plastic bags over seat and over shoes as well for quick waterproofing, handbrake for brake levers when parked, bits and piec...
by cjs
6 Sep 2014, 8:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I need front panniers for touring?
Replies: 46
Views: 6733

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

My Tuppence: To the OP, no you don't need front panniers, in fact there is very little you actually need to go bike touring... others have mentioned a particular phase many times before . ....it depends..... Location, weather, season, money, experiences .. etc.. etc... There is only one way to find ...
by cjs
31 Aug 2014, 8:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?
Replies: 23
Views: 2873

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

Interesting thread as I'm thinking of getting some Back Rollers - already have Bike Packers - very neat but the lack of flexibility in stuffing in that bit extra at the top can be a problem..... I would be the opposite here...had the Classics for around 15 well used years (now relegated to occasion...
by cjs
6 Aug 2014, 5:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?
Replies: 29
Views: 2685

Re: Quick poll: Your touring accomm - tent, hostel, hotel?

realcycling wrote:Roughly how many nights would you say you spend away per year on cycle tours?

40
realcycling wrote:And roughly what proportion of those nights are camping, in hostels, hotels, at friends or relatives, or other places?

80% camping - wild.. whenever available
20% spread over the other options..
by cjs
28 Jul 2014, 11:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: rough camping in Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Re: rough camping in Germany

Germany loves rules and regulations.... I know several who have 'stealth sleeped' successfully without hassle but of course using plenty of common sense ... here's a handy link which may clarify things a little http://www.donfeidner.de/html/wilderness_camping.html if indeed this may be your intention.