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by bailout
14 Sep 2008, 5:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Tents
Replies: 131
Views: 11087

As for cheap tents, my cheap Vango has been pitched for the last two weeks on the edge of Salsbury Plain and the ferrals have gone rusty :cry: That is because it is a CHEAP TENT :evil: You are lucky you survived tbh and I hope you learned your lesson and will never again be so stupid as to use a CH...
by bailout
11 Sep 2008, 11:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Throwover' style of rear panniers?
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Thanks for the replies. I want them for tour use and would expect to leave them on the bike most if not all the time so was thinking that it wouldn't matter too much if they are a bit of a hassle to fit. Laurie, You sound pleased with yours, what brand/model are they? Do you use them for touring or ...
by bailout
11 Sep 2008, 2:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Throwover' style of rear panniers?
Replies: 8
Views: 773

'Throwover' style of rear panniers?

I am looking for some rear panniers and have seen the one piece throwover style ones. It seems most people seem to go for two seperate panniers but I can see some advantage with the throwover style. Firstly I have a limited budget and the throwover ones must be stronger and won't have any problems w...
by bailout
11 Sep 2008, 2:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar bag
Replies: 54
Views: 8800

Thanks for the pics. The bag looks good for the price. I am still weighing up the options. I am not sure whether to go for the one compartment style like the dhb or the toppeak style that has lots of pockets.
by bailout
11 Sep 2008, 2:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle camping in Brittany - Lessons learned
Replies: 9
Views: 1963

Just a quick comment on the 'pack lighter' point. I haven't cycle toured yet but considering doing so but I do come from a climbing/backpacking background and find the attitude to carrying gear on cycle forums quite shocking sometimes. It seems that many cycle tourists are years behind and have an a...
by bailout
6 Sep 2008, 7:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi - Bike-Mate.....Computer
Replies: 10
Views: 2139

Lidls had ones with similar specs but for £20.
by bailout
5 Sep 2008, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilding (again)
Replies: 50
Views: 5698

I have vaguely thought about this. I did consider whether just assembling the hub/rim/spokes and then taking it to a pro to tightn and true would be a reasonable middle route. However, I was recently looking at a site offerring wheels built to order and they seemed to be charging £20 above costs of ...
by bailout
4 Sep 2008, 7:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Tents
Replies: 131
Views: 11087

David, You are right in that cheap tents often aren't as strong as expensive ones, however, this one was noticed by the backpacking crowd and found to be very good (or at least the original green Tiger Paws one and this looks to be the same but in orange). Even the original Sierra Designs version is...
by bailout
3 Sep 2008, 11:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar bag
Replies: 54
Views: 8800

I am interested to hear what you think of the attachment system- does it look very robust? Also what is the material like? I saw one review of the dhb marsden panniers that said the material ws a bit flimsy. As the bargain msx ones seem unlikely to ever be back in stock I was considering the Marsden...
by bailout
3 Sep 2008, 7:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Tents
Replies: 131
Views: 11087

Tents are obviously always more expensive in summer and reduced in winter. Hence, now starts the winter of our discount tents :oops:
by bailout
3 Sep 2008, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar bag
Replies: 54
Views: 8800

Took the plunge and ordered a DHB Marsden barbag. Fits my bars fine. It is very good for the money. I am impressed. :D Interesting, any more details on the bag or pics of it on your bike? It is certainly a good price for a waterproof barbag. Barbags in general seem to be very expensive for their ca...
by bailout
2 Sep 2008, 11:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Tents
Replies: 131
Views: 11087

vernon wrote:I'm not sure if the bits are interchangeable.


AFAIK the current version is just the same but in different colour.

vernon wrote: I have my suspicions that they are clones of a much more expensive tent.


Does this look familiar ;)

http://sierradesigns.com/tents.display.php?id=45
by bailout
1 Sep 2008, 4:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Tents
Replies: 131
Views: 11087

I have one of the original ones I got for £15. Used it for the first time on Lundy a couple of months ago and it stood up to 3 days of strong winds and rain without a problem. I am tempted to buy another just for spares but not sure about the colour :shock: Why did they change from the nice green to...
by bailout
29 Aug 2008, 10:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: dieppe to Bergerac
Replies: 3
Views: 691

What were flybe like when it came to the bikes? ie what sort of packing do they insist on and did it arrive in good condition?
by bailout
29 Aug 2008, 10:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Paris (but not for charity!)
Replies: 15
Views: 5788

Looks like it was a good trip. How long did it take you? I don't know whether you mentioned it but where did you camp? ( I saw one mentioned in France) and did you overnight in Paris?