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by khain
21 Aug 2016, 5:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Another) Saddle Question....
Replies: 41
Views: 2029

Re: (Another) Saddle Question....

Thanks - although I'm a bit confused now. So the saddle will wear in or won't it? As andymiller says, if it's not comfortable now and if it doesn't wear in, it follows logic it's never going to be comfortable? Regarding tightening - is there a trick whereby one can remove the screw and then re-tigh...
by khain
21 Aug 2016, 5:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Another) Saddle Question....
Replies: 41
Views: 2029

Re: (Another) Saddle Question....

Get yourself some decent cycle shorts or put a gel pad on the saddle until it wears in a bit. The reason leather is comfortable is that over time it moulds to the shape of your behind, so standing on it isn't going to have any benefit, and could ruin it. If you wear shorts or put a pad on a leather...
by khain
21 Aug 2016, 1:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Another) Saddle Question....
Replies: 41
Views: 2029

Re: (Another) Saddle Question....

If this saddle is anything like a Brooks be very careful about over-stretching the leather. While the saddle might seem more comfortable at first it will adversely affect the saddle's long-term use. Do some research on leather saddles. Sheldon Brown, a celebrated cycle guru, recommends never using t...
by khain
20 Aug 2016, 11:23am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Issue with Thermarest Evolite
Replies: 4
Views: 939

Re: Issue with Thermarest Evolite

It's probable you were unlucky. Delamination is pretty common with airbeds but two failing in the space of a month is probably just bad luck. On the other hand, maybe Thermarest have put out a dud. There is such pressure to make lighter and lighter products some are bound to be prone to failure. The...
by khain
19 Aug 2016, 10:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Millets Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1212

Re: Millets Sale

http://www.millets.co.uk/tents-camping/163077-backpacker-deluxe-tent.html Is this any good? I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbly bog brush using hovercraft full of eels I had a Eurohike tent very similar to that but without the windows on the porch. It was pretty solid in rough weather but...
by khain
18 Aug 2016, 3:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling on and near Skye
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Cycling on and near Skye

A cycle to Plockton is quite nice. I presume you have a vehicle to carry the bikes. It's hard to avoid steep hills and traffic otherwise.
by khain
18 Aug 2016, 1:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Another) Saddle Question....
Replies: 41
Views: 2029

Re: (Another) Saddle Question....

You can usually soften the leather a little with a suitable cream, e.g proofide for Brooks. However, making your saddle too supple might allow the fibres to get overstretched which could ruin the saddle so tread cautiously. Brooks saddles are pretty hard as well. Their comfort is somewhat overrated ...
by khain
18 Aug 2016, 1:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Will bicycle puncture repair glue work on thermarests?
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Re: Will bicycle puncture repair glue work on thermarests?

I wouldn't expect puncture kit glue to work well (at least not as a longer term fix), though in an emergency you'll try anything. I'd suggest McNett Seam Grip for sticking on patches or filling small punctures. It's also available as 1x28g instead of 2x7g, but I'd get the double pack on the basic t...
by khain
17 Aug 2016, 9:49pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Will bicycle puncture repair glue work on thermarests?
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Will bicycle puncture repair glue work on thermarests?

It occurred to me I should get a repair kit for my thermarest but they're not that cheap. I have some material left from my old expel repair kit but no glue so wondered if puncture repair glue (for bicycle punctures) would work. I was also wondering if you could use it as seam sealer as that's kind ...
by khain
13 Aug 2016, 1:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lofoten Islands Norway
Replies: 40
Views: 4739

Re: Lofoten Islands Norway

Lofoten is stunning. However, the roads can be quite busy with lots of narrow bridges. There aren't very many roads so your choices are limited, particularly if you want to avoid the big tunnels on Hinnoya. Many people rate Senja so if you have plenty of time that is an option. It didn't do that muc...
by khain
13 Aug 2016, 12:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 71192

Re: Pictures of your tents.

It seems strange to me (as a camping luddite) to purchase a tent that cannot be used for the intended purpose until you buy a pole (extra 20 odd quid) and then have to mess about with sealant. I talked myself out of buying what looks like a great piece of kit. Many in the target audience will own a...
by khain
12 Aug 2016, 8:47pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 71192

Re: Pictures of your tents.

Actually a lot of tents need seam sealing to be 100% rainproof. Including Hillebergs though publicly they claim otherwise. At least this company are letting people know up front and providing seam sealer, rather than claiming the tents are 100% waterproof then telling you to buy seam sealer when th...
by khain
12 Aug 2016, 6:37pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 71192

Re: Pictures of your tents.

... looks a nice tent, shame it aint silicon coated - why do they use pu these days still? I think if that was my tent I would wake up with it collapsed and the pole broken :lol: They do the Sil-HexPeak: http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/shelters-1/WF129.html Slightly more expensive (£30?) and exag...
by khain
3 Aug 2016, 11:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight, robust waterproof jacket for touring
Replies: 37
Views: 4199

Re: Lightweight, robust waterproof jacket for touring

I use a Paramo Quito and have never got soaked even in constant heavy rain. It's been a lot better than a Gore Paclite though is a fair bit heavier and bulkier. It's an odd jacket though. I like the loose fit but it's a bit short and a bit too warm for summer use though the massive vents are fantast...
by khain
14 Jun 2016, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling To India from Scottish Highlands
Replies: 30
Views: 2398

Re: Cycling To India from Scottish Highlands

How are you going to get from Tajikistan to India? Aren't there a few countries in the way? The whole area between Turkey and India is problematic, or has been in the past. There are obviously safety concerns but visas can be hard to get too. I presume Iran is now open for travellers? It was closed ...