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Deafie

Veteran
Yep there is that too. :laugh:

The times it was really useful was in setting up a tent with sleeping bags and cooking gear etc then cycling back home leaving the trailer there in the tent in order that my partner and I plus the dog could travel up to it by Train/Bus without having to cart all that weight (neither of us drive) then after a week or so return home on public transport and I'd cycle back up there and pack the trailer up and cycle home again. You may think this a bit 'long winded' but I got to cycle around 100Km to the campsites (in the Peak district) which took most of a day with the trailer set up the tent and have a kip then have a bimble around on the bike before heading home the 3rd day. It's only about 4 hrs to get home 'sans trailer' so an early start for me meant we could all leave Leicester before lunch to arrive at a ready pitched tent in the evening. :becool: coming back was the same thing in reverse.
I like your style!
 

mudsticks

Obviously an Aubergine
I like the idea of a trailer for local load carrying, I had some plans for a DIY one.

I probs do more nights out backpacking, overall than cycle touring, so all my usual kit - tent / sleeping bag / stove / clothes food electrical etc comes to about 11 kg..

Plus I spose maybe half a kg of bike related kit, which all goes into my four square panniers, and back rack pretty neatly.

I often wonder what folks have got in those massive ortlieb cargo holds they lug everywhere.

Plus all the additional stuff strapped to the top :wacko:

But I'm far too polite to ask :stop:
 

iwantanewbike

Senior Member
When showering, spend a minute wiping down as much water off your head and body before using the towel. That way you can pack a smaller towel and give it the best chance of being dry for next time!
 

mjr

Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
A tip that I've learnt in the last few days :

If you buy a pie, pasty or other pastry product to eat en route, then try to eat it on the same day. They are very crumbly (and in hot weather, slimy) 2 days later.
Potentially rotten too. I've been unwell after keeping cheesy food half a day (30+°c) before eating it, when I didn't have my cool bag.
 

mudsticks

Obviously an Aubergine
When showering, spend a minute wiping down as much water off your head and body before using the towel. That way you can pack a smaller towel and give it the best chance of being dry for next time!
I take two micro fibre cloths about 8" square each..

They're fluorescent yellow

You can get perfectly dry after a shower using the 'mop and wring' method using one..
Including drying longish hair.

The other one* used in same way, for getting the worst of the wet off a tent in the morning, so as you're not lugging all that extra water up hills.

You then affix them to your back end luggage to dry more.. Or at least stay freshish..

Their flapping about adds to your general visibility on the road.

Thus.
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Oh and there appear to be some socks and undies to view too :whistle:

I was astounded, when my temporary (for two days) touring companion.

A high up carparts engineer working for Bosch, claimed that it would never have occurred to him, to dry his laundry this way..

I dunno.. The youth of today huh??

* I can't claim that I don't regularly interchange the two cloths' functions..
But neither I, nor the tent, seems to have suffered ill effect as a result.

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8mph

Über Member
Location
Devon
And summer too.

Clean dry bed socks give for camping luxe.

It's these small things that make all the difference when you're on the trail :rolleyes:
It also saves going through other bags at night when you may just want to crash out.
 
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