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Offline Lord Knormoer

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #40 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 Iíve barely ridden given work and other challenges. Lockdown didnít help either.

I need to change this.
 

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #41 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.


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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #42 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.
'Tis the timeís plague, when madmen lead the blind.

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #43 on: September 17, 2020, 03:04:02 pm »
DroŽwors or chilli bites from Vaalbaas  :drif:
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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #44 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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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #45 on: September 17, 2020, 05:37:31 pm »
Time
My camera
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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #46 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.

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #47 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
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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #48 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!!!
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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #49 on: September 17, 2020, 08:48:22 pm »
A working headlight.
 

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #50 on: September 17, 2020, 09:09:57 pm »
A decent pillow
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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #51 on: September 17, 2020, 10:40:31 pm »
These days .................. a buff
or a lekker gravel road there in cheeseland


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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #52 on: September 17, 2020, 10:42:18 pm »
Tequila or rum for me


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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #53 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.
 

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #54 on: September 18, 2020, 08:21:47 am »
 

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #55 on: September 18, 2020, 08:41:03 am »
A working headlight.
That must be a nice to have for some bikes...
 

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #56 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:
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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #57 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.

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #58 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. Letís 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 whoís 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. Itís 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, itís getting dark and itís raining; Iím 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 heís 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 heís 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: Iíve 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.
 

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Re: "Nice to have" for adventure riding
« Reply #59 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.
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