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08. Jul, 2014

Review of Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring

Review of Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring

We recently got a copy of Tom Allen’s new Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring and thought it was such a great guide that we should share it with you.

gold backdropsThe guide focuses on all the gear you could possibly need for a cycle tour – long or short distance. It is the kind of thing we would really have benefited from reading when we were planning our South America trip, as we got very lost scanning through endless websites and forums for advice.

Essential Gear is split into two parts. The first looks at making decisions based on your situation. Do you have money to spend? What kind of trip are you planning? Do you really need expensive gear? Does an item do more than one thing?

These are really good points to consider. Some of the kit we bought, at not inconsiderable cost, like our water filter, turned out to get little use. Whereas, cheap electrical tape was one of the best things we took with us. It fixed holes in our bags, patched up chips on our bike frames and we even used it as rim tape.trustopt 挂靠

essential-gear-v2194The second part of the guide looks in detail at the different kinds of gear you might need. If, like us, you love kit then this is a salivating section to read through. However, Tom sensibly takes readers through all the decisions to be made, emphasising that many of the questions that are so easy to get hung up on – like should I take a steel or aluminium frame – are really not that important, and there is no right answer.

The guide is packed with great photographs and tips from other cyclists, which illustrates the really sensible points that Tom makes. If you are new to cycle touring or are planning a long trip for the first time, this guide is going to be invaluable to helping you through the organisational phase. It will also get you very excited about the adventures that lay ahead.

Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring is available to download at gearforcycletouring.com.

23. Oct, 2012

Stove reviews: MSR Whisperlite versus Primus Omnifuel

Stove reviews: MSR Whisperlite versus Primus Omnifuel

During our cycle ride around South America, we used our stove to cook most of our meals.  Initially, we had the MSR Whisperlite but changed to the Primus Omnistove after the former developed an ‘unfixable’ fault in Colombia (and the resulting fireball almost burnt down the hostel we were staying in), when we were roughly halfway through the 15 month trip.

Both are multi-fuel stoves – meaning that they work with a number of both liquid and gas fuels – yet we for the vast majority of the time used ours with unleaded fuel as it was easy, reliable and relatively cheap to come by. (more…)

25. Jun, 2012

Review of the Hilleberg Nallo 3GT tent

Review of the Hilleberg Nallo 3GT tent

Our rating: 7.5/10

The Nallo 3GT tent from Hilleberg has a fantastic reputation and for that reason we decided it was worth splashing out on for our trip around South America. We’ve discovered its good points but have been disappointed by its performance in hotter climates and in the end we switched to hammocks for a decent night’s sleep.

Many cycle tourists choose the Nallo for long distance bike trips in spite of it being pricey and it’s easy to see why. At less than 3kg (plus optional footprint) it is one of the lightest tents around that will live up to life on the road. It fits neatly into a roll bag (in our case an Ortlieb) to go on the top of your back rack and has a reputation for being hard wearing. (more…)