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:
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→
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→
So you’re thinking about a tour, and wondering how to carry all the equipment you’re going to need? Well, with a bicycle there are perhaps three main options when it comes to stashing all your gear onboard. Continue reading How to carry your equipment→
Panniers are essential for comfortably carrying things on bikes, they attach straight to bike itself so sparing your back and shoulders and can come in volumes exceeding 56 Litres. Below I’ve shortlisted some of the panniers that I’ve seen and liked or had good experiences with. Continue reading Panniers→
There are specific racks that can be found for use with suspension bikes, I had to find one for my own bike but it was quite a challenge. There’s little choice when it comes to racks designed for suspension bikes and the available options are usually heavier, more difficult to repair, have lower carrying capacities and are more complicated and so more prone to breaking. In the end my front rack has been OK; it’s overcomplicated, very heavy and is incompatible with all but the most diverse pannier mounting systems, yet it’s one of the best I have ever seen for use with front shocks. Continue reading Racks and Suspension→
Cycle Touring Handlebars can include any common type of bicycle handlebar but there are also some more specialist options.
Riding a bike with straight handlebars for long durations can become uncomfortable due to placing your wrists and palms in the same weight-bearing position for too long. Discomfort can even turn to numbness by affecting nerves and circulation.