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Favourite bits of stuff

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Magna, 23 Feb 2008.

  1. Magna

    Magna New Member

    What are your favourite bits of touring gear and why? I've never been materialistic but find myself attracted to so much bike/camping gear at the mo.
     
  2. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    My favourite thing for my bike is a little widget that converts presta valves to schraeder ones. I know it's a humble little thing but it's changed my world, I adore it!!!

    On a more touring theme...Assos cream...makes every morning worth getting up for ;)
     
  3. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Cathryn where can I get such a lifesaving gizmo? I am fed up with those Presta valves ripping my tubes. Ta

    ...I like all my gear:
    Dawes Galaxy
    Brookes B17 Champion
    Shimano spds
    Carradice overlander Panniers and bar bag
    Decathlon ultra lite T2 pro tent
    Schwalbe marathon + tyres (the fitting was a pig though)
    Gore wind stopper longs
    Nike walkable road shoes
    Altura night vision jacket
    Dhb waterproof trousers
    Dhb base layer
    Aldi jacket
    Aldi gloves
    Trangia 27 cookset
    Air mat
    Blacks xxl sleep bag
    Topeak mini morph pump
    Halfords track pump
    Specialized saddlebag
    and some othe rstuff I forget I have...

    ...my next purchase will be a gps set up like Brocks got.
     
  4. friedel

    friedel New Member

    Location:
    On our bikes!
    We have a lot of favourites but perhaps at the top of the list is our Roberts SW radio. I know not everyone wants to keep up with the news on tour, but for us on a long trip it's essential and the Roberts radio has never let us down. We almost always manage to get reception on it, even in hotel rooms, and it runs forever on two AA batteries. We got it for 15 quid barely used on eBay!

    Gotta mention the Ortlieb panniers too, 21000km and they're still as good as the day we bought them. The Hilleberg tent gets the thumb up for similar reasons.

    Oh, and our Merino Wool socks. You can wear them for 3+ days and they don't feel grotty. We don't want to wear anything else. Anything Merino wool is worth the investment.
     
  5. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Got mine at my local Edinburgh Bike shop. I'm heading up there next weekend if a top i've ordered comes in. Do you want me to get you one? PM me if so.
     
  6. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
     
  7. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    A radio - some thing to listen to just before nodding off to sleep.
    A thermarest - greatest comfort improvement in my 30 years of camping
    A trangia - foolproof and windproof cooking tool
     
  8. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Thankyou for the offer Cathryn I appreciate it...however Vernons comments make sense so I dont think it will solve my problem. Thanks again.
     
  9. Definitely my collapsible bucket. It makes a huge difference to the quality of life when we are camping.
     
  10. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I got a mini (palm sized) Digital tv for Christmas...it has a 4 hour battery life ...i'm looking forward to using it on tour this year. The picture I get at home via the supplied mini antenna is stunningly sharp. I suppose I will only use it for the weather and news etc as well mostly. It also has lots of digital radio stations.
     
  11. P.H

    P.H Über Member

    Jetboil, so quick and easy to brew up I use it far more than I used to use a stove. Used it yesterday while another rider fixed a puncture, tea was ready by the time the tyre was off.
     
  12. just jim

    just jim Guest

    My fleecy neckerchief thing for those wet/windy descents. it also doubles up as a vital pillow constituent, so it really "saves my neck". Heheh..heh...hmm.
     
  13. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Swiss army knife has come in handy on many occasions
     
  14. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Delta Cargo Net, stretchy and hooky, can shove just about anything under it.
     
  15. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Swiss Army knife. Anything that will get you into any known food or alcohol container is worth it's weight in gold, let alone a tenner.
    OS maps are truly a thing of beauty. Really, they are.
    The humble bungee. Lost without them.
    The Logis de France website.
    And finally but most importantly, long downhill roads with a tailwind, through stunning scenery with good company. The road down the west bank of the Rhone is a good one. Not too busy, enough villages to keep you fed and watered, wined and dined, and goes past the Cote Roti, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf du Papes and down towards Mont Ventoux. Utter bliss.:wacko:
    *goes to pack. If only...*