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Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

12 October 2014 - 10:10am
Depends on the Drybag

The lightweight ones are not robust enough and often designed to waterproof items rather than an outright bag

The more durable Ortlieb and similar will do the job

Re: Motorhome Support

12 October 2014 - 9:51am
I'm not sure if you are new to cycling or camping in a van. What now have is a high degree of flexibility.

Basically you have a number of options, you just choose the one(s) that appeal.These might be different on different days,depending on what you want to do that day.

You can pre book your campsites and then meet there. Alternatively you can meet at an arranged place, load on your bike and drive to where you want to camp. The former means you cycle all the way and the latter enables you to choose camping places off your cycle route.

If you are unsure of how far you will cycle you can liaise via mobile phone to arrange an end of day pick up, then find a site.

Obviously your wife will have a say in this (??). She might prefer to have a fixed destination so she can set up camp and have your dinner cooking! Perhaps you should ask her how she wants to play it.

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

12 October 2014 - 9:36am
I tour a lot in Asia and have seen all sorts of ways of carrying stuff on a bike. Yours is quite sophisticated in comparison and should work well. I do have one problem and one suggestion.

The straps holding the bags on are presumably tightened around the stuff in the bag. This is fine if it is something !like a sleeping bag, but could be problem if it was tensioning around something more fragile, easily damaged or bent.

Regardless, I can see the bags slowly slipping down, particularly on rough roads. Obviously you could keep tightening the straps, but as I said above, I would be wary of damaging my stuff. My suggestion therefore is to put a strap running all round the bag but from top to bottom . This could be fixed to the pannier rack to stop downward slippage. To make it even more secure you could put a sort of platform, like shoulder pad that shoulder baag straps have.

I don't think this is really an option for long haul rough touring. My panniers take a real hammering, particularly on rough roads. I don't think your attachments would ever be really adequate.

Re: Motorhome Support

12 October 2014 - 9:02am
We have used the motorhome as a base for travelling different parts of the country. We used Caravan Club sites or CLs mostly & set up "Camp" for a few days and explored that area on our bikes. We then moved to another venue & explored another area.
Makes for a variety of different road/terrain types & if you really like an area you can just stay longer.

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

12 October 2014 - 8:16am
Sooper8 wrote:...on Alpkit site at moment, in clearance, they have a few dry bags with slight faults at discount price?
Good for trying a few ideas, AKA prototypes, but given their prices are so low anyway...

Re: Chepstow to Portsmouth cycle route.

12 October 2014 - 7:04am
My route is primarily minor roads. I lived in Portsmouth for 25 years and in Bristol for 8, so know those ends of the trip. I certainly used my suggestion as far as Cranborne Chase from the Bristol end and know the New Forest part as well. These days I would simply avoid the Eastleigh/Southampton/Portsmouth type route because it is all built up and I would consider popping over to the Isle of Wight for a bit of peace. I suppose your route will also be dependant on how far you want to ride. Mine is probably further and certainly more hilly.

Re: Chepstow to Portsmouth cycle route.

12 October 2014 - 6:46am
I was stationed in the Portsmouth area many times in my RN career and often went out riding at the weekends. Many was the time I'd gone out in the Devizes direction and back. I would ride out most evenings and my favourite ride was up the Meon Valley and cross over to Winchester and back either via Botley or Bishops Waltham.

I still have the map of "London to the South Coast", and I drew pencil radii at 10miles, 25miles and 50miles from Pompey so I could pick destinations and know approx how far away they were.

Devizes itself is a bit too far for a day out because it's a little beyond the 50mile radius. (Just looked at the map).

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