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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?