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Continental Travel Contact Review – Destroyed!

I have finally squeezed the last mile out of my Continental Travel Contact tyres (Twice!). I can now give you the grim specifics on how long they lasted, how well they performed, and how gracefully they failed. Consider this the Continental Travel Contact review; tested to destruction! Continue reading Continental Travel Contact Review – Destroyed!

Eight useful cycle-touring items

Here’s my list of eight really useful cycle touring items that are sometimes overlooked. They’re the kind of tiny understated bits and bobs that make life on the road that bit easier or better but aren’t always significant enough to make it onto the average kit list:

Colour Zip Ties
The simple zip tie has a thousand uses

First up are zip ties; zip ties are perhaps an obvious tool for the cycle-tourer, but in case you didn’t know these cheap and tough little fasteners come in handy for all sorts of repair jobs. I’ve seen racks and bottle holders reattached, cycle computers re-secured and they can be even used as anti-theft devices by securing the wheels of the bike to the frame, or the frame to some other fixed object. That’s quite wasteful though and wouldn’t really be good environmental practice but it may get you out of a fix if you had no alternatives. I also use them for binding parts of the bikes together before taking them on a flights, such as the pedals, handlebars and seat posts and a really clever thing I have seen others do with them is tie them around the tyres and rims of their bike wheels to help with traction in snowy and icy conditions, brilliant! Continue reading Eight useful cycle-touring items

Sugru; what would you use it for?

Sugru has arrived
Sugru has arrived!

A few months ago I came across an interesting product called Sugru, a silicon based putty that air cures, and knew immediately that I wanted to play with some. The problem was I didn’t think I had any real uses for it, so I decided to make a list on my desktop and every time I came across a possible use for Sugru I scribbled it down. If I could find a reasonable amount of jobs that couldn’t be solved as well with other material’s then I’d get some to try.

As you may have guessed the list is now long and the Sugru has arrived so here’s my first use of it; On my approaching tour (3 days to go!) I’ll be cycling from Switzerland back to the UK with a couple of friends from Uni and I’ll be just taking a Bivy (the MSR AC Bivy) and a tarp for shelter. I have borrowed from a friend two collapsible tent poles to support my tarp, for when there are no trees or other supports, but there isn’t a simple way to hook my tarp to the ends of the poles. Continue reading Sugru; what would you use it for?

MSR AC Bivy Review – Updated

It’s time for me to update my MSR AC Bivy review. I’ve spent quite a few nights in this yellow cocoon and have formed some new opinions on it.

MSR AC Bivy Review

The MSR AC Bivy is generously sized, it’s the kind of bivy you can place a full-sized ground mat, a large sleeping bag and a daypack into and still have room to shuffle, it opens from the top with the zip going straight across the width of the upper side at about eye level. I’m only a mere 5ft10 or so but this bivy would be fine for people bigger than me as the pictures hopefully show. Continue reading MSR AC Bivy Review – Updated

Spork

Spork Broken
Stress fractures signal the imminent death of my second Spork

UPDATE | After having two Sporks develop stress fractures and snap in the middle, I’m hesitant to recommend Light my Fire’s spoon/fork combo. They’re fairly durable but don’t expect them to last more than a few months of continuous use.

For Cycle Far’s first review I thought I’d chose something simple and it doesn’t get much simpler than this. Introducing Light my Fire’s Spork, That’s right: it’s a spoon and it’s a fork, you get the idea. .  Continue reading Spork