The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby Justin » 27 Apr 2012, 1:51pm

Plenty of big chunky flapjacks of various flavours. A bag of Fox's Glacier Fruits and a bag of Fox's Glacier Mints. Petzl Tika XP Headtorch.

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 27 Apr 2012, 2:03pm

The relevant pages torn out of/photocopied from the Good Beer Guide.

And yes, pen and paper.
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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby alicej » 27 Apr 2012, 2:32pm

Richard Fairhurst wrote:The relevant pages torn out of/photocopied from the Good Beer Guide.

And yes, pen and paper.

The Good Beer Guide is now available as an app for iphones and Android phones, which not only tells you about good real ale pubs nearby but also uses your GPS to show which is the nearest to wherever you're standing http://www.camra.org.uk/gbgmobile

Beats photocopies until your battery runs out.

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby johnb » 27 Apr 2012, 4:04pm

PaulCumbria wrote:The empty space at the top of the pannier. I'm amazed by how many tourists feel obliged to fill up all available storage space. I've done plenty of touring (including cycle-camping in Orkney in October, brrr!) and I've still not found a need for any more than two rear panniers and a cargo net on the racktop. I'm mystified by what people find to fill front panniers, barbags and trailers with...



Let me be the first to help you understand what others pack into four panniers.

Front Carradice super C.

Left pannier, thermarest prolite 4 mat.in outside pouch, tool kit, puncture kit.

Right pannier, snugpak merlin 3 sleeping bag, outside pocket, spare batteries, matches, lighter.



Rear, Carradice super c,

Left pannier, Terra Nova superlight solar 2.2 tent, set of pots, utensils cutting board, stove, emergency food for 2 days,

Right pannier, 3 cycling shirts, 3 cycling shorts, 2 pair socks, 3 pair boxer shorts, fleece, zip off trousers, 1 pair shoes, 1 shirt, waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers.

Hope your somewhat enlightened.
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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby PaulCumbria » 27 Apr 2012, 4:08pm

Thanks Johnb, most helpful. It would seem that what you put in front panniers, I put on top of the rack. Now if only I can find out what people put in their barbags and trailers...

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby meic » 27 Apr 2012, 4:14pm

I tend to put my daughter in the trailer when I am touring (or otherwise), she wriggles too much to go in the panniers. :lol:
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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby johnb » 27 Apr 2012, 4:16pm

PaulCumbria wrote:Thanks Johnb, most helpful. It would seem that what you put in front panniers, I put on top of the rack. Now if only I can find out what people put in their barbags and trailers...




Sometimes put them on the rack myself.

Barbag, wallet, camera, passport, snacks, glasses, sunglasses, sunscreen
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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby takeonafrica » 27 Apr 2012, 4:44pm

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby andrewjoseph » 27 Apr 2012, 6:10pm

bungees and old inner tubes.
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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby welshwoodsman » 27 Apr 2012, 9:57pm

i second the baby wipes. 1001 uses. also cable ties,perfect for instant repairs.

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby jags » 27 Apr 2012, 10:40pm

how many baby wipes that is the question. :wink:

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby jags » 27 Apr 2012, 10:42pm

all my gear is high tech or so they told me when i bought it.

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby johnb » 27 Apr 2012, 11:16pm

jags wrote:all my gear is high tech or so they told me when i bought it.




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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby Mattie » 28 Apr 2012, 9:01am

Bag of sweets :D

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Re: The most underrated pieces of cycle touring kit

Postby MarkF » 28 Apr 2012, 12:17pm

alicej wrote:A spork.


Yep, a spork is now essentail kit for me along with Asda folding toothbrushes.