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by Graham O
22 Apr 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Pillow
Replies: 43
Views: 2480

Re: Camping Pillow

I spplashed out on a Sea to Summit, Aeros Premium Large Pillow and love it. It inflates by mouth or using the same pump as my mattress and I've had some of the best sleeps I've ever had outdoors. Should have bought one years ago.
by Graham O
26 Mar 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 126
Views: 6262

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

Petrol is dangerous. Having seen a couple of incidents with the stuff it would be hard to convince me to give it a try. I've seen more incidents with gas than I have with petrol and even 2 with Trangias. If you follow the correct procedures, then the risks are probably about the same with any of th...
by Graham O
25 Mar 2019, 4:22pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buffalo clothing and sleep systems.
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Buffalo clothing and sleep systems.

The Buffalo sleeping system is a difficult one to quantify. I used to have a single bag and always found it quite cold, but adding another layer made it much warmer than I would have expected. It was almost a case of 1 + 1 =3. They do work well in cold wet environments and I designed some for offsho...
by Graham O
11 Mar 2019, 12:47pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK
Replies: 65
Views: 3062

Re: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK

So much interest in a camping stove! It is the same model as this one https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/monitor-no-1-high-speed.40625/, but the box is "painted" brown inside and out. On that website, there is a list of things to look for in deciding if a Monitor is pre 50s or post 50s....
by Graham O
10 Mar 2019, 10:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK
Replies: 65
Views: 3062

Re: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK

Hi Graham, if you know your old stove was made in 1936 then I assume its a primus 71??? It's a Monitor stove still in the box with original instructions. You'll probably tell me now that Monitors weren't made until the 50's :) My dad said that his mum used to cook on it in Malta when they moved out...
by Graham O
7 Mar 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK
Replies: 65
Views: 3062

Re: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK

When it comes to priming a petrol stove, I always used Optimus priming paste which was "jellified meths" or a piece of Esbit solid fuel. It saves having to carry 2 liquids around with you and they can be used as a heat source on their own. The priming paste is no longer available, but meth...
by Graham O
6 Mar 2019, 12:02pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2441

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

Yes, I'd like to sew some classic design paniers out of cotton duck cloth. Where could I buy it? Thank you? That and waxed cotton are two of the outdoor fabrics I've steered clear of, but I think that British Millerain in Rochdale are the manufacturers, but whether you can buy it in small quantitie...
by Graham O
24 Feb 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2441

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

I've not shortened a down bag, but have done a couple of synthetics. I have re-stuffed a down bag and it can make a lot of mess; if you aren't careful, you will be finding down around the house for weeks. When I re-stuffed a bag, I put everything inside a large poly bag and did all the manipulation ...
by Graham O
24 Jan 2019, 12:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2441

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

John,

If you, or anyone else, needs any help or pointers with fabric suppliers, designing etc John feel free to ask.
by Graham O
22 Jan 2019, 10:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2441

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

I too was a bit surprised that there was so little interest in MYOG, but, at the risk of being contentious, it could be something I have seen in many sporting sectors. Cycling is all about the bike and there are many people out there who will spend large amounts of money on the latest bike, but when...
by Graham O
4 Jan 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portugal
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: Portugal

My last 2 tours have been in Central Portugal, on the Spanish border and it is a fantastic place to ride. Condensing both trips, heading northwards, I went through Elvas, Portalegre, Nisa, Castelo Branco, Idanha y Nova, Monsanto, Sabugal, Guarda, Pinhel and Vila Nova de Foz Coa, before heading west ...
by Graham O
22 Dec 2018, 5:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2441

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

For a first attempt, it looks promising. The trick now is to work out where the problems are and try to cure them for the Mk II, III and so on; design is a never ending process. Your pattern is a basic Tee shape, hence the horizontal shoulders. If you angle the shoulder seams downwards, you'll get a...
by Graham O
5 Nov 2018, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Four bike choice (so far) Spa and Surly
Replies: 48
Views: 3587

Re: Four bike choice (so far) Spa and Surly

OP, you don't say how much load you will be carrying on your tours, but for lighterweight/less extreme touring, I love my Surly Cross Check. Front and back pannier rack fittings, wide tyre clearance and although a bit of a lump in full winter kit, I still prefer it to my Kinesis as it is so comforta...
by Graham O
5 Nov 2018, 3:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sweden
Replies: 19
Views: 1067

Re: Sweden

Sweden has been changing some of their currency in recent years and I had a lot of the old stuff which would be out of date by the time of my next visit. Took it to the bank and they wouldn't change it, only pay it into an account which was no use to me. In the end I changed it to Euros. So plastic ...
by Graham O
15 Oct 2018, 2:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tights for the vertically challenged.
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: Winter tights for the vertically challenged.

The problem with a lot of tights is that they come with leg zips which make taking them up a real pain. We make gear for outdoor activities at work, have sewing machines all set up and ready to go, but even I shy away from removing zips, shorten the legs and putting the zips back in. It's a lot easi...