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by Mattie
24 Mar 2014, 8:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?
Replies: 28
Views: 5788

Re: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?

Well, we have heard all about it and discussed its merits, but we have not seen enough pictures of the thing itself ! So a couple from me: One in Venice. Temperature during the day of 35'C and with the sun on the tent it rose to 50'C. Trying to shade it and not using the inner - notice ant powder as...
by Mattie
21 Mar 2014, 7:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?
Replies: 28
Views: 5788

Re: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?

Yes I have. I sold ny Terra Nova Solar 2.2, which is inner first. Given it had two poles to sort out and peg down, before you got the fly sheet over the top, it could take a few minutes in the pouring rain - not ideal I still have an all mesh inner MSR Hubba which, is quicker to erect, but still wou...
by Mattie
18 Mar 2014, 10:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?
Replies: 28
Views: 5788

Re: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?

Personally, I would steer clear of tents that pitch inner first. At least the Laser Comp pitches the correct way, outer first :D
by Mattie
14 Mar 2014, 7:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?
Replies: 28
Views: 5788

Re: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent - Good choice?

Certainly not good for southern Europe in the summer, I sent mine home from Venice as it was like an oven. It also suffered with condensation, but the thing is quite small so quite easy to wipe it dry before setting off in the morning. Those are its faults really, not enough ventilation causing cond...
by Mattie
13 Mar 2014, 8:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: FYI: North Face Blue Kazoo sleeping bag on sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Re: FYI: North Face Blue Kazoo sleeping bag on sale

If anyone is looking for an affordable 3-season down bag for cycle touring, LD Mountain Centre currently have this on sale for 129 quid + free shipping until Monday.. http://www.ldmountaincentre.com/camping-c13/sleeping-c56/sleeping-bags-c91/north-face-blue-kazoo-sleeping-bag-p794?utm_source=google...
by Mattie
4 Mar 2014, 8:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: A good nights sleep
Replies: 36
Views: 2527

Re: A good nights sleep

Ear plugs are travel esssentials I reckon, not just for camping. Recommend : HEAROS EAR PLUGS - Extreme Protection Series - highest 33 NRR - Trusted since 1992 ! I have tried lots of different ones over the years and these are among the best. On the downside a lion could be eating your leg and you p...
by Mattie
31 Jan 2014, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry
Replies: 16
Views: 12514

Re: Aberdeen to Lerwick ferry

I reckon sleeping on the floor is better than trying to curl up on those torture chairs: 1. Use your sleeping mat 2. Sleeping bag 3. Ear plugs 4. inflatable pillow if possible 5. something to cover the eyes like a beany or similar neck roll thingy, you can just wrap it round your eyes to keep the li...
by Mattie
20 Jan 2014, 7:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63409

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

I was watching this docu about the Russians in Antartica, and this guy said that the only food that kept him warm was butter, he would eat pure butter and he said he could feel the warmth radiate out. It is pure energy, if you think about it, and should be easy to transport in the cold, and it is pr...
by Mattie
20 Jan 2014, 7:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I'm off....(again)
Replies: 19
Views: 43035

Re: I'm off....(again)

I thought you were going to be eaten by starving and ravenous Coyotes :D and we were going to read about it in - The Sun newspaper (strangely !). Seriously, I think there was a particularly cold snap at that time as it was in the news, all of the US was frozen and we have clients in Canada who were ...
by Mattie
14 Jan 2014, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Paris to Amsterdam
Replies: 13
Views: 61654

Re: Paris to Amsterdam

How about a trip through France ? if you can manage a trip to Budapest you could choose anything in France. I have found cycle touring in France to be almost perfect. The country is not too small, and the distances between towns is also about right. Lots of campsites, mostly good roads. The only dow...
by Mattie
13 Jan 2014, 10:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Paris to Amsterdam
Replies: 13
Views: 61654

Re: Paris to Amsterdam

I did St Malo - Paris - Amsterdam about 3 years ago. From Paris headed east to Chalons en Champagne - Charleville-Mezieres - the Ardennes - then followed the river Meuse round to Liege. Then on to Maastricht - Breda - Amsterdam - flight home. The land across Champagne was rolling open land that coul...
by Mattie
2 Dec 2013, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I'm off....(again)
Replies: 19
Views: 43035

Re: I'm off....(again)

You are probably right, the main danger will be traffic ! But the reason I ask is because I saw a NatGeo program about Coyotes. It seems that normally they are smallish in size and hunt alone, so there is no real issue for an adult human. However, it seems that in Eastern Canada and US, there is a s...
by Mattie
1 Dec 2013, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I'm off....(again)
Replies: 19
Views: 43035

Re: I'm off....(again)

So what is the old wildlife situation in that part of Canada - anything with big teeth that you need to worry about ? :D
by Mattie
12 Nov 2013, 7:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland Islands - Between Christmas and New Year
Replies: 10
Views: 24132

Re: Shetland Islands - Between Christmas and New Year

I did this a few years ago - not on a bike but rented a car. It struck me as how much colder it was than down in the south where I come from. My synthetic woollen jumpers were almost useless. The days were much shorter and you would end up returning from a day's exploring in the pitch dark. Coming b...
by Mattie
4 Nov 2013, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tripod tourists?
Replies: 19
Views: 3720

Re: Any tripod tourists?

My new camera (Panasonic Lumix LF1) has WiFi. When you want a 'self' shot you can mount the camera on its tripod, start the wifi and link to your smartphone. You can then adjust the zoom to frame the shot and control the self timer, white balance, iso and shutter from the phone. This function will ...