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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2015, 07:32:53 pm »
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=54369.0 You can only survive that long punishing yourself...

... and then you say WTF  :lol8:
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« Reply #41 on: December 21, 2015, 08:27:03 pm »
Mr Z. I liked the comment earlier about duct tape and the pillion. It turns No No No into Mm Mm Mm!

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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #42 on: December 21, 2015, 11:26:22 pm »
Ok, so I strapped my sleeping bag on top of the pannier.  If it rained any more than it did, it wouldn't have had time to dry. 
Any good advice on waterproof kit to store it in next time or perhaps alternatives to what I did?

KtmK, have a look here:   http://www.helen2wheels.com/

Not the products per se, but the principles of sorting stuff from each other.
Soft + Dry together in waterproof roll-top bags.
That "useless" foam yoga mat makes a great tube to stuff your sleeping bag inside when you put it in the waterproof bag.
I use the yoga mat on top of a ribz stretcher.



Thanks FM, getting some great tips off this thread and hope there's more benefiting from the wealth of experience shared  :thumleft:
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2015, 06:09:47 am »
I'm one of those guys . . . love my gear and gadgets (Not fancy hi-tech stuff, practical stuff)

Here is a few of my favourites. (Use it not only on bike trips, but also hiking, camping and kayak trips)

Water purification:




Braai-grid in a pipe:








Kovea Titanium Stove:
Tried a lot, found this one the best. Small and powerful. Different size containers available that can be matched with the duration of the trip.



Go NOWHERE without my Kikoy:
Ten zillion uses.



Even use it to cover the bread dough (deeg) to rise  ;D





For Blitz (fire starting), I use cotton mixed with Vaseline, stored in a pill holder. (Bit of a mess to mix, but light and small to take with)





Something quite new(ish) I found in the coffee department:

Cup a Ground from Coffee Excellence.
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2015, 07:09:36 am »
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=54369.0 You can only survive that long punishing yourself...

... and then you say WTF  :lol8:


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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #45 on: December 22, 2015, 07:41:39 am »
my needs are slightly different, since my G450X 'Adventure Light cannot carry that much cargo, so most everything is miniaturized/optimized...!
(bikes can generally carry WEIGHT, but not BULK...)

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1. an ultra small - yet effective - sleeping bag, sometimes called Adventure Lite, sometimes called 'Amplify/Down-light' but the identical product.
rated down to a real 5-degrees C, it works for me nearly year-round, and when it is colder, I then use the item below...
2. a sleeping bag liner - serves 3 purposes - this one I have had around 20 years, bought it in Saudi Arabia, desert nites can be chilly: it lowers the temp rating of the sleeping bag even further, it allows you to climb filthy into a sleeping bag, keeping the sleeping bag clean, and it is useful on warm nights, as a mosquito defense system INSTEAD of a sleeping bag...
3. an army drinking bottle 'wif' in-built 'fire-bucket: this goes in my tank-bag, so I do not need a hot 7 heavy Camelback on my back. it has the Camelbak tube though, so I can still drink easily....  M-U-C-H easier to fill my bottle from a handy tap while even on the bike, than the old over-hyped Camelbak (my opinion  ;D ) Trail running - Camelbak! Adventure biking - let the donkey (beneath your legs - carry the flipping weight - NOT your back!)
the benefit of the 'fire-bucket' is that when taking the water bottle out, everything else stays in place inside the tank bag...
4. Ultra-small braai grid, take me 2 minutes flat to erect, and here it is pictured with a 9.5kg roll of brown paper on top, so yes, it CAN handle your wors and chops!
more to follow...
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #46 on: December 22, 2015, 07:53:17 am »
here is the fire-bucket/water-bottle idea....
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #47 on: December 22, 2015, 07:55:39 am »
and BOER Stealth tent...
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #48 on: December 22, 2015, 08:17:19 am »
Chris, I'm envious of your braai grid ! Even smaller than mine !!!  ;D ;D ;D

Sleeping bag liner is also on my "to get" list
 

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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #49 on: December 22, 2015, 08:24:33 am »
Chris, I'm envious of your braai grid ! Even smaller than mine !!!  ;D ;D ;D

Sleeping bag liner is also on my "to get" list

Spend the extra money once, and get the proper sleeping bag liner. Mine is silk, cost a fortune, has lasted many years so far, packs up as small as a wallet, light as a feather, and works a dream.  :thumleft:
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #50 on: December 22, 2015, 08:36:26 am »
Chris, I'm envious of your braai grid ! Even smaller than mine !!!  ;D ;D ;D

Sleeping bag liner is also on my "to get" list

Spend the extra money once, and get the proper sleeping bag liner. Mine is silk, cost a fortune, has lasted many years so far, packs up as small as a wallet, light as a feather, and works a dream.  :thumleft:
could not agree more, mine is 15+ years old, works a treat!  :thumleft:
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #51 on: December 22, 2015, 08:47:33 am »
My requirements are slightly different - I have the missus on the bike with me.....(got to remember the duct tape advice!!).....which means she commands the panniers and I'm limited to the top-box and the tank bag.  As a consequence we need a bigger tent (3-man) which gets strapped to the top of the right pannier with the toolbag and medic kit on the left pannier - keeping weight as low as possible.  My clothing kept to absolute minimum - she takes a bit more....She enjoys the camping thing but at least every third or fourth night stay in a B&B.....

My best investment was to get pannier bags - makes packing much easier and certainly makes her happier.  She likes to pack for all seasons so invest in lightweight warm clothing - most of our stuff is First Ascent.  make sure you can make her a proper cup of coffee in the morning - and most importantly - pack your sense of humour - nothing worse than having a 'domestic' while on your dream adventure.  If you end up forgetting something then laugh about it - it's part of the story  ;D
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #52 on: December 22, 2015, 09:00:49 am »
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=54369.0 You can only survive that long punishing yourself...

... and then you say WTF  :lol8:


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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #53 on: December 22, 2015, 09:12:39 am »
As my vrou daai "karretjie" sien is ek in groot bol! Sy sal dadelik n paar van my organe op eBay sit om die storie te finasier!
 

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« Reply #54 on: December 22, 2015, 09:52:28 am »
As my vrou daai "karretjie" sien is ek in groot bol! Sy sal dadelik n paar van my organe op eBay sit om die storie te finasier!

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« Reply #55 on: December 22, 2015, 11:05:26 am »
Sy is nogal slim, mooi en oulik! Wys jou net; n blinde hoender pik ook n pit raak so nou en dan!
 

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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #56 on: December 22, 2015, 11:34:27 am »
A packet of washing powder. Cut the amount of clothing you carry to a minimum and do a bit of washing every other day :-)
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Re: Share what works and what not - adventure biking travels
« Reply #57 on: December 22, 2015, 12:47:47 pm »
I always pack a small and basic First Aid kit
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« Reply #58 on: December 22, 2015, 02:28:44 pm »
By the way - if you're looking for a cheap alternative to pannier bags then go get those Pick 'n Pay shopping bags that zip closed - think they cost about R15 each and fit perfectly into the 37l panniers......
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« Reply #59 on: December 22, 2015, 02:50:52 pm »
Ek pak self 'n zillion goettertjies, maar die foelie Survival blanket kom nou in my gedagtes.  Ons gooi dit onder ons matrasse.  Dit keer dat die koue en vog nie "deurslaan" matras toe nie.
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