Top Touring Tips

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Maggot, 10 Jul 2007.

  1. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    In UK law, you can carry a knife without any reason if:
    1. It is folding (non-locking) AND
    2. Blade length <3"
    A fixed/locking blade of any length (<=>) 3" requires good reason to carry. Camping is a good reason.

    I use a Kuhn Rikon paring knife in a plastic sheath, and take a flexible plastic cutting board.
    On smaller and non-cooking tours I just use my Swiss Army knife for food, but cleaning it is harder than a paring knife.
    I prefer to use separate blades for food and dirty work.
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  2. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    If you get some dust or a fly in your eye, you need a mirror. I usually use a car wing mirror, but a Superdrug store card has a dinky makeup mirror on one side. Also good for signalling.
    A button compass is useful on a dull, overcast day in all kinds of terrain inc. cities and woodland.
    Effervescent vitamin tablets turn some of the more chemical-tasting water into nice-chemical-tasting water.
    Carry an empty 1-2l water container in addition to your normal carry. You can fill up in the afternoon and be self-sufficient for 1 night of wild camping. A tough orange squash bottle works. Water bags pack better.
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  3. Eurostar

    Eurostar Über Member

    When low on water knock on someone's door and ask. This always seems to go better than you might think.

    Never ask anyone in America for directions. The only thing they know is how to get to the nearest Interstate.

    PaulSB mentioned vacuum bags for packing clothes. They're brilliant - not just for saving space but for speeding up packing and unpacking and generally reducing faff. Argos have them|rnd:8613663936046284535|dvc:c|adp:1o6|bku:1

    For a hot meal with no pans or plates or stove or boiling water, take a US army MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), a surprisingly tasty 1250 calorie meal, packed light and small, which comes with a Flameless Ration Heater - basically an envelope with clever chemicals in it. Each meal is about £10 on ebay. There are 24 different ones. Make sure the heater is included, some sellers don't provide them

    Fit a Mirrycle mirror to your bars. The best cycle mirror ever made - as good as a car mirror - and a far better contribution to your safety than a helmet if you ask me.

    Clip-on tri bar bars are soooo comfy and they give your hands a break. They also allow you to install hands-free drinking,q_80,w_636/17txbpd73i32cjpg.jpg Don't knock it til you've tried it!

    If you're masochistic enough to do high mileages in hot weather your sweaty, soaking shorts will start chafing your bits. It's agony, cos of the salt in your sweat. Even perfectly fitting flat seamed shorts do this. It's nappy rash, and is easily treated with any cream with zinc in it. If you can't get nappy rash cream, high factor sun block will do fine.

    A motion-sensitive alarmed cable lock is very small and light and may tell you when someone is rifling through your panniers when you're in the supermarket

    If you can't bear to be seen in Crocs there are lots of running shoes which weigh less than 300g per pair. They take less space in your bag than trainers or Crocs and you can use them for gentle hiking

    Some ultralight shoes: All the big name running shoe companies also have 'em.
  4. PaulSB

    PaulSB Guru

    Sudocream is great for the nappy rash........... also works on babies.
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  5. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    'Each meal is about £10 on ebay'

    They'd have to be a damn site more than 'surprisingly' tasty for me to fork out ten quid for one, I like a nice three course meal with wine for that kind of money.
  6. Eurostar

    Eurostar Über Member

    It's a lot, but think how many high-tech chemicals you're getting! They have a shelf life of 3 years or something. And they have a spoon.
  7. Run your spare brake cables alongside the originals. It saves having to pack them elsewhere and makes it quicker to swap them into the bike when you need them.
  8. geoffnelder

    geoffnelder New Member

    Careful with a standard magnetic compass if you have steel bike frame!
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  9. tomshooter

    tomshooter Regular

    Hi all,
    A couple of years ago I wrote this book as a beginner's guide to cycle touring.
    It highlights a lot of the pitfalls I made when I first started touring and has plenty of hints and tips on equipment, training, nutrition, cooking, wild camping and loads more.
    If you could read and kindly write a review that would be excellent! Many thanks in advance.
  10. Twowheelxtc

    Twowheelxtc Active Member

    shower caps from hotels make great user/over covers for helmets in wet weather
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  11. JohnClimber

    JohnClimber Veteran

    Quilts like the Cumulus 250 which I used for the first time are so much better than the restrictive normal sleeping bags.

    You can't buy it from the UK, because of an agreement with a UK supplier who won't stock quilts but I got mine from here.

    Smaller, lighter, more room for movement for your arms, elastic to hold it to your sleeping mat so it stays put, no hood getting in the way (wear a beanie hat).
  12. JohnClimber

    JohnClimber Veteran

    Is your mobile phone on EE?

    If so you can get a rechargeable portable 2600mAh power battery pack good enough to re charge my mobile 3000mAh mobile up from 15% to 90% for the cost of a 35p text
    So text the word POWER to 365
    Walk into any EE shop and collect your battery pack.

    Info here

    This is a similar battery for £12.99

    I picked mine up today and it even has a mini torch built in. Perfect for a single night bivi/camping wild ride
  13. robing

    robing Senior Member

    A spare water bottle makes a great container for a pump, spares, keys etc. Particularly useful if you are leaving your luggage at hotel, campsite whatever and just want something to hold these items securely.
  14. Puddles

    Puddles Do I need to get the spray plaster out?

    If you have small people with you do not give them a treat of hot choclate too near bed time. They will piddle in your sleeping bag and you will wake up damp!
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  15. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Fair weathered,fair minded but easily persuaded. Staff Member

    Currently going through Europe ( The Netherlands,Belgium and France )

    We are now using google maps (cycle mode) whilst using roaming ( via vodafone £3 a day ) and GPS.

    I mention this purely as we had difficulty using either or google on pure GPS.

    Google maps has been brilliant through Holland. Belgium next week so lets hope it continues.
    Biscuit and Rocky like this.
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