Wild Dog Adventure Riding

General => General Bike Related Banter => Topic started by: GSpot on September 16, 2020, 12:05:45 pm

Title: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: GSpot on September 16, 2020, 12:05:45 pm
Excluding an Adventure bike - duh
What is the one thing (there might be lots) that you cannot live without like accessories for yourself or your bike?
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Odd Dog on September 16, 2020, 12:09:14 pm
I can not live with an EFF sticker on my bike.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Edgar on September 16, 2020, 12:11:42 pm
I can not live with without an EFF sticker on my bike.

fix it for you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 16, 2020, 12:12:11 pm
Excluding an Adventure bike - duh
What is the one thing (there might be lots) that you cannot live with like accessories for yourself or your bike?
I assume you mean “cannot live without”

In that case, the one item that never leaves my bike is the puncture repair kit. The list gets longer the further I ride...
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: trevo on September 16, 2020, 12:23:00 pm
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Odd Dog on September 16, 2020, 12:34:23 pm
In that case then a throttle control like a Kaoko or similar.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Grunder on September 16, 2020, 12:36:35 pm
2 finger levers
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Gérrard on September 16, 2020, 12:38:09 pm
I suppose this means on trips ?... my anti-inflammatories. Otherwise I cant ride the next day.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Psycho Porra on September 16, 2020, 12:39:22 pm
Let’s seea helmet, glovesno just kidding.

I would say, like minded people to enjoy it with


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Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: bud500 on September 16, 2020, 12:40:18 pm
A sense of humour.
That will get you and friends through amazing shit.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 16, 2020, 12:41:02 pm
A watertight roll top bag that you can pick up a bag of ice & a 6-pack at your last town. Assuming Cyril will let you buy, of course. ATG Stretcher & mattress
A means to make GOOD coffee
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 16, 2020, 12:41:55 pm
A sense of humour.
That will get you and friends through amazing shit.

That’s a Must Have - not a Nice to Have.....😝
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Gérrard on September 16, 2020, 12:49:10 pm
Nice to have... ok I suppose my sidecar is an accessory on my bike. Wont go on any trip without it  :lol8:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Spectaitor on September 16, 2020, 02:01:42 pm
"Nice to have" and "Can't live without" do not go together in the same sentence.
Can't live without is a toolkit
Nice to have is a Handlebar Bag
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on September 16, 2020, 02:35:05 pm
Nice to have is boiling sweets  :color: , Beacon, preferably, those ones that are a bit tart/sharp!


Must have is a tow rope, both for myself as well as for helping others.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: GRIM on September 16, 2020, 03:08:05 pm
Credit card  O0
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Sprocketman on September 16, 2020, 03:10:15 pm

A means to make GOOD coffee

Couldn't agree more! And since this is a "nice to have" not an essential (although it could be classified as such on some days!)
(https://static3.handpresso.com/3025-large_default/handpresso-auto.jpg)
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Fransw on September 16, 2020, 04:08:02 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: petri oosthuizen on September 16, 2020, 04:09:39 pm
A Boxer engine with a diff and a clunky gearbox :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Grumpleton on September 16, 2020, 06:29:55 pm
grandpa headache powders, good for headaches, hangovers, cramp, grumpy-ness etc etc, never leave with out it oh and a bottle of spice gold.and a bottle of water.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Dorsland on September 16, 2020, 07:12:54 pm
A comfortable chair.

Trail snacks.

Time to enjoy the ride. No deadlines or commitments.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: jaybiker on September 16, 2020, 09:10:48 pm
Nice to have - company.

Essential to have - my snotty nose tablets.

Err, correction.......dry nose tablets!  :deal:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 17, 2020, 12:46:03 am
Right now, this second? ... a dry river bed to camp in. Man Alive how I miss that luxury in life!
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Grunder on September 17, 2020, 08:34:04 am
Sunglasses
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 17, 2020, 08:44:19 am
Sunglasses

Nope - thats Essential, not Nice to Have - for me anyway....  8)
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Grunder on September 17, 2020, 09:31:37 am
Sunglasses    music

Nope - thats Essential, not Nice to Have - for me anyway....  8)

hehe ok...changed then
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 17, 2020, 09:38:48 am
Must have.............?

Nice to have are the same rolls in two ply!! ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Cracker on September 17, 2020, 09:39:05 am
These days .................. a buff
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 17, 2020, 10:01:49 am
Sunglasses    music

Nope - thats Essential, not Nice to Have - for me anyway....  8)

hehe ok...changed then

Good Call actually, depending on where i am riding, I sometimes have music, also depending on my frame of mind, but yeah, definately nice to have the option!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: BullFrog on September 17, 2020, 10:10:14 am
I have this R 17.00 jobby that my fiancé got off WISH quite a while ago.

The battery lasts about 5 hours and takes about 25 minutes to charge.

They also work as an earplug for the wind noise.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: caconcepts on September 17, 2020, 11:19:47 am
Sadly, of late.....................my driving glasses. Amazing how many things I missed before I started riding with these. :3some: :3some:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Jacobsroodt on September 17, 2020, 11:22:28 am
I am lost without a GPS...
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 17, 2020, 11:39:44 am
From my point of view I read this as what do I take over and above what’s on the bike at all times.

On the bike:
1. GPS permanently mounted
2. Tyre repair kit, permanently stowed
3. Handlebar Bag: contains visor wipes, sunglasses and manual tyre pressure gauge.
4. Tailpack/Topbox: Basic tools, compressor, epoxy, cable ties, duct tape, insulation tape, radiator hose tape, tow strap, beadbreaker tyre levers and leatherman multitool.
5. Phone: Has all my music to play via BT headset.

Now if I’m going further than the shops I’ll add:
1. Hydration pack
2. Basic first aid kit

The above is the same whether I do single day or extended trips. Longer trips require some clothing and toiletries to be added and sometimes camping gear which consists of small tent, sleeping bag and lightweight chair.

My nice to have item, not always on the bike, is a very fast Primus hiking stove for a fresh cup of coffee. It boils water for two cups in a minute.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Oubones on September 17, 2020, 11:45:25 am
Cellphone and money!
The rest is just extras depending on the trip.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Grunder on September 17, 2020, 11:51:06 am
Must have: my wife

Nice to have: my girlfriend
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 17, 2020, 11:58:10 am
Must have: my wife

Nice to have: my girlfriend

You also got a sidecar?  8)
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Gérrard on September 17, 2020, 12:11:05 pm
Must have.............?

Nice to have are the same rolls in two ply!! ;) :lol8:

Ekstra gewig  :eek7:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Jacobsroodt on September 17, 2020, 01:00:25 pm
 ;
Cellphone and money!
The rest is just extras depending on the trip.
:thumleft:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: sidetrack on September 17, 2020, 01:35:34 pm
Time
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Grunder on September 17, 2020, 01:40:33 pm
Time

Now this hits home!!

The real pain is the ass issue for me.  Time.... 

With work, wife, and kids... mission to find time. 

I took a solo drive the other day (August) to Rusterburg to see my sister's newborn.  Before that was last year September to GS Trophy event in Dullstroom   :lamer:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 17, 2020, 01:49:41 pm
Time

Now this hit home!!

The real pain is the ass issue for me.  Time.... 

With work, wife, and kids... mission to find time. 

I took a solo drive the other day (August) to Rusterburg to see my sister's newborn.  Before that was last year September to GS Trophy event in Dullstroom   :lamer:
This is true!!

When we arrived back in SA last year I went from the airport to collect my bike. It was the first thing I had sorted while still abroad. Since then I’ve barely ridden given work and other challenges. Lockdown didn’t help either.

I need to change this.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Exploratio on September 17, 2020, 02:37:37 pm
A comfortable chair.

Trail snacks.

Time to enjoy the ride. No deadlines or commitments.
Most essential "nice to have" is time.

We are always racing to our destinations.


Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Dorsland on September 17, 2020, 03:00:30 pm
I am a stop and look rider. Never in a rush when I'm on a bike trip. It's the one time when my time is my own.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Mr D on September 17, 2020, 03:04:02 pm
Droëwors or chilli bites from Vaalbaas  :drif:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Wayne on September 17, 2020, 03:48:23 pm
I am a stop and look rider. Never in a rush when I'm on a bike trip. It's the one time when my time is my own.
So agree with you.

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Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: dw1 on September 17, 2020, 05:37:31 pm
Time
My camera
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: MildlyWild on September 17, 2020, 08:09:18 pm
I am a stop and look rider. Never in a rush when I'm on a bike trip. It's the one time when my time is my own.

  :thumleft:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: MildlyWild on September 17, 2020, 08:12:08 pm
I like the solitude of riding alone, but when I'm riding with a mate I really enjoy the shared experience that a rider to rider comm system adds
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: MildlyWild on September 17, 2020, 08:22:59 pm
A watertight roll top bag that you can pick up a bag of ice & a 6-pack at your last town. Assuming Cyril will let you buy, of course. ATG Stretcher & mattress
A means to make GOOD coffee

A+ on that coffee!!!
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: 2StrokeDan on September 17, 2020, 08:48:22 pm
A working headlight.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Saddle Up on September 17, 2020, 09:09:57 pm
A decent pillow
Instant ice
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Psycho Porra on September 17, 2020, 10:40:31 pm
These days .................. a buff
or a lekker gravel road there in cheeseland


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Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Psycho Porra on September 17, 2020, 10:42:18 pm
Tequila or rum for me


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Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Andyg on September 18, 2020, 12:32:06 am
Tequila or rum for me


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Second you on the rum.

Also nice to have good mates along or meet new riders.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Tabasco on September 18, 2020, 08:21:47 am
:thumleft:
Nou praat jy
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 18, 2020, 08:41:03 am
A working headlight.
That must be a nice to have for some bikes...
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: jaybiker on September 18, 2020, 09:58:47 am
A working headlight.
That must be a nice to have for some bikes...



Yeah....just imagine.  lighting up the road ahead at night and not just pleading to be seen by blind cage drivers in broad daylight just because the law puts the onus of vision on you instead of them. :patch:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: WNaude on September 18, 2020, 10:28:09 am
Maybe some patience as well...
One often stop to fix a puncture or need to fix some electrical wiring issue or something and then "strip you moer" for struggling and end up causing another issue or break a crucial piece of the puzzle. Even losing that one and only washer or nut.

Geduld manne... :dousing:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 18, 2020, 11:45:01 am
A few years ago my list of must have items was amended beyond what I need. This was prompted by two rides, one with a friend and another as part of a group. Let’s focus on the former.

It was early January and friend and I arrived at the office to find it mostly deserted. Over a cup of coffee we both decided to take a few days to explore and return along with everyone else. No real plan, we left CT traveling in a north eastern direction over Malgas and spent the night in Witsand. Day two, sticking to the dirt along the coast, just past Stilbaai friend has a flat. After riding for two decades and never once using his repair kit or spare tube, he decided to leave it at home this time. I phone a friend who’s vacationing in Stilbaai who fetches friend to have wheel repaired at the nearest tyre shop.

When we reach Mossel Bay we head inland through Gondwana nature reserve aiming in the general direction of Koedoeskloof. Shortly after passing Bonniedale Holiday Farm friend hits a rock leaving his front tyre flat. He uses my Wynns Tyre Fix to inflate it which lasts for about 5 km. FYI - his on an Africa Twin with tubes. Some more Wynns, this time only giving 2km. No nearby farm houses in sight he decides to limp on for about another KM before giving up. It’s getting late so I reach for the Garmin and see that the nearest town would be Riversdale. I leave friend to start removing the wheel.

I reach tar near Garcia Pass, it’s getting dark and it’s raining; I’m riding with a tinted visor making for an interesting experience. I manage to get hold of the owner of HiQ in Riversdale who sends someone to open the shop for patches, glue and tyre levers (borrowed to be returned). By the time I reach friend he’s made friends. A few farmers have pulled over to spectate. We fix the snakebites, inflate the wheel using my CO2 canister and head off.

Shortly after joining tar and turning towards Ladismith friend swears, swerves and disappear from my mirror. Front  wheel lost air, he lost control, luckily he’s OK. I call the friendly neighborhood Veldbrand who comes to the rescue in a pickup with trailer.

We got all sorted the next morning with the help from many others at Koedoeskloof. Borrowed tube, some bending and panel beating of levers and such on the AT and returned to CT.

This is the short version of a somewhat long story to explain why, even though I ride tubeless, I always carry tyre levers, patches, glue, a compressor and a tow strap.

PS: I’ve used that tow strap more than I ever thought I would.

PPS: Pumping Wynns Tyre Fix into a patched tube will dissolve the glue on the patches resulting in rather rapid deflation.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Dorsland on September 18, 2020, 11:53:05 am
I like the solitude of riding alone, but when I'm riding with a mate I really enjoy the shared experience that a rider to rider comm system adds

To carry on with my post above about time being important, it sort of defeats the object if you are with a group of guys and need to fit in with group arrangements.  Why I prefer solo rides.  But we are probably getting off topic now.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Dorsland on September 18, 2020, 11:53:57 am
Maybe some patience as well...
One often stop to fix a puncture or need to fix some electrical wiring issue or something and then "strip you moer" for struggling and end up causing another issue or break a crucial piece of the puzzle. Even losing that one and only washer or nut.

Geduld manne... :dousing:

Dan moet mens nog die gestripte moer ook herstel  :lol8:
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 18, 2020, 11:56:35 am
I like the solitude of riding alone, but when I'm riding with a mate I really enjoy the shared experience that a rider to rider comm system adds

To carry on with my post above about time being important, it sort of defeats the object if you are with a group of guys and need to fit in with group arrangements.  Why I prefer solo rides.  But we are probably getting off topic now.
Not entirely off topic...I prefer solo rides. The exception is with a friend I know well and who has the same riding style and preferences.

I’ve tried a few group rides and while the company is welcome, I normally get irritated by day two and head off in my own direction.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Dorsland on September 18, 2020, 11:59:47 am
 :lol8: :lol8:  do we have the same mother? O0 >:D
Title: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 18, 2020, 12:38:14 pm
:lol8: :lol8:  do we have the same mother? O0 >:D

 :lol8:

Ek word eens genooi deur kollegas na Clarens vir ‘n manne naweek. Ek is skepties maar die man wat reel praat mooi. Alles is gereel, blyplek, kos, roetes ens kom ry net saam dit gaan lekker wees.

Teensinnig stem ek in, is lus vir ry. Vrydag middag naby Bethlehem trek die man af. Fiets is morsdood. Ek haal die sleeptou uit en ons karring aan tot in die dorp. Sy battery is dood. Ek noem dat dit nogal eienaardig is, batterye vrek nie sommer sonder waarskuwing nie. Hy noem so terloops dat die ding al vir maande karring...F_K!

Ek bel ‘n kennis wat grassnyers en dinge verkoop, hy het ‘n battery. Gee instruksies van waar om battery te kry en gaan sit maar by die Wimpy en knaag aan iets. Klaar geknaag, betaal en kom buite om te sien die battery staan langs die fiets. Nou wat nou vra ek? Nee, ek het nie gereedskap nie, ek haal myne uit. Niks gebeur so ek staan nader, ek weet nie waar is die battery nie...F___K!!

Ek ruil vir hom die battery, pak weg, klim op Knormoer en mik na Fouriesburg. Op die grondpad op pad na die gasteplaas trek die man weer af...pap wiel. Het nie levers, patches of gom nie. Hy spuit snot in, dit borrel oral uit. Binneband het geskeur omdat hy nie vinnig genoeg gestop het nie of dalk te vinnig, ek weet nie.

Ek laai koordinate op my GPS en sny ‘n lyn gasteplaas toe, plek is verlate so ek bel die eienaar. Hy bly elders maar is op pad met die bakkie.

Saterdag is die man se fiets agter op die bakkie terug Bethlehem toe. Ons almal agterna...na te veel tyd verloop na my sin gaan vra ek oor vordering. Die manne by die wiele winkel werk aan karre en het nie gereedskap om die wiel af te haal nie...F___K en nog ‘n F___K!!

Ek help wiel afhaal en terug sit...ons is reg om te ry maar die man se roetes is beplan om by die gasteplaas te begin. Hy weet nie hoe van Bethlehem na Clarens behalwe teerpad nie. Ek bou gou grondpad roete met T4A na Golden Gate...skielik ry ek voor en is verantwoordelik...ek wou net saamry en ontspan maar teen die tyd het ek my verwagtinge aangepas.

Tussen Golden Gate en Clarens is die man se wiel weer effe pap en hy trek af...F_K werk nie meer nie. Ek sê bly sommer sit, ek blaas sy wiel op met CO2 canister, verduidelik: Clarens is so 10 km aan met die pad, sal julle daar sien.

Ek het in Clarens ‘n lekker stuk bees verorber terwyl die klonge by die vulstasie gehelp het met sy wiel. Van daar terug plaas toe, net omdat my duffle daar was.

Het almal sommer gegroet die aand langs die vuur en Sondag oggend 4:00 verkas op my eie missie.
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: BuRP on September 18, 2020, 01:53:35 pm
Pumping Wynns Tyre Fix into a ... tube will >>>

Let's hear it from the audience Gents, finish off the above sence with:

A: do absolutely zero wrt getting mobile again

B: will inflate the tyre so that one's journey can continue


I'm fair & square in the A-class, useless rubbish these things  :-\
Title: Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
Post by: Lord Knormoer on September 18, 2020, 02:46:44 pm
Pumping Wynns Tyre Fix into a ... tube will >>>

Let's hear it from the audience Gents, finish off the above sence with:

A: do absolutely zero wrt getting mobile again

B: will inflate the tyre so that one's journey can continue


I'm fair & square in the A-class, useless rubbish these things  :-\
In my opinion, definitely A

Some claim it works on heavy duty tubes, I personally make sure I have the correct repair kit for my bike at all times. Plugs for tubeless and patches for tubes with a means to inflate.