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  • was in devon last week, and saw a number of people cycling and camping and i have to say, hats off to them!!! i have never seen such loaded bikes - camping apparatus hanging from everywhere - and it rained pretty much all week. not really ideal.

    i will, however, definitely be taking a bike when i go back, rain or shine.

  • the way to go if you want to have a cheap holiday, spoke to a Dutch girl doing the same yesterday in Swanage.
    takes the fun out off riding for me though,I like speed and loaded touring is just that, touring.
    Once did a tour in south west and it pissed down every night, then dried out again in morning--wierd, but good news at the time.
    looking forward to 2 weeks under canvas soon though-simple life again, yay.

  • You haven't lived* since you've battled the wind and torrential rain across Dartmoor. Fingers numb from the cold in fucking August :o Still, you feel you've earned the cider each night.

    *this is a lie. Nice ponies though.

  • yeah ^ love that place, spent summer 2005 3 months under canvas in Okehampton exploring the north moor, where do you like most?
    Leaving Anthonys stile where the tens tors starts every year you can ride all the way to Hangingstone Hill 618862 on the dirt ..road...get out your single speed mtb,s crossers, hacks, fixed mtbs and have a real adventure in this country.

  • Oh, I can't remember any names. I'd love to go down that way again with some better weather, though.

  • i reckon may is the month - always seems to be sunny but not too hot. and everything is just starting to grow and look lush and green.

    camping is definitely the way forward, but would be so much better if we just could rely on a month of good weather.

  • thats nothing compared to a couple of the loaded bikes i saw!!! pots and pans and all sorts hanging off them and panniers on front and back...

  • I don't own front panniers and I'm smart enough to travel light. I saw people in France with front, rear and stuff on top of the rack, barbag AND a fully loaded trailer!! There were two of them and all!
    I mean, if you're going to carry that much shit you may as well take your motorhome.

  • I want to get it down to something like this but I think I'd have to be less sociable with fewer clothing options.

  • any one read or used to read dig? in it this guy went touring with a bmx and road bike, somehow connected the front of bmx to road bike so that could cycle road bike and drag bmx. cool stuff.

  • In Summer maybe possible to do it with ultra minimalist gear in the UK? Tarp instead of tent etc. US fast and 'lite' stylee....

  • In Summer maybe possible to do it with ultra minimalist gear in the UK? Tarp instead of tent etc. US fast and 'lite' stylee....

    ring up mr mears, he should be able to sort you out.

    then arrange a death fight between him and mr grylls.

  • true.^ get a bivvy bag and lightweight s.bag and youre good to go. alpkit.com for awesome gear at good prices.
    still have to eat out rather than carrying stove.
    other option suggested by hippy is good too, just doing day stages, b and b stays, means you can go out and sample several of the local brews, and work them off the next day on a nice likkle fifty miler.

  • Noice.......

  • true.^ get a bivvy bag and lightweight s.bag and youre good to go. alpkit.com for awesome gear at good prices.
    still have to eat out rather than carrying stove.
    other option suggested by hippy is good too, just doing day stages, b and b stays, means you can go out and sample several of the local brews, and work them off the next day on a nice likkle fifty miler.

    I thought Alpkit had a really bad rep - poor quality materials etc. Dont they sell loads of thier seconds every year on the cheap?

  • dont know that actually, only bought their dry bag/ backpack, bivvy bag and they great as well as reports from other users. bottom line is your own experience I guess.

  • Best thing, let's face it, is to forget the camping and just book in to B&Bs all along the route. And go when it's hot so you don't need many clotheses.

  • problem is, you never can tell when/if it's going to be hot in this damn country! i quite enjoy riding in the rain if it's warm, but it's no fun when it's cold and windy.

    i reckon light weight camping with every other night in a b&b so you can wash properly and try and dry out wet clothing if it rains....

  • ring up mr mears, he should be able to sort you out.

    then arrange a death fight between him and mr grylls.

    as long as you fix it so mr mears wins, or at least just shuts him up.

    i just love it when he is climbing up something, harping on about how tough it is, and yet the camera man is able to climb up beside him with a damn camera on his shoulder...

  • yeah ^ love that place, spent summer 2005 3 months under canvas in Okehampton exploring the north moor, where do you like most?
    Leaving Anthonys stile where the tens tors starts every year you can ride all the way to Hangingstone Hill 618862 on the dirt ..road...get out your single speed mtb,s crossers, hacks, fixed mtbs and have a real adventure in this country.

    ten tors ftw

  • wow old thread.

    Can anyone recommend a campsite in Surrey, ideally around Farnham way? And not Mellow Farm Adventure, ace as that looks, because it's fully booked the night I need it.

  • I am going to buy a fixie, need it to be under £200 really, any suggestions?

    Or how much do you think I could build a fixie for, baring in mind I have a racing frame knocking about with forks so don't worry about that part!

  • Phew, don't worry guys, he has the frame and forks!

  • I am going to buy a fixie, need it to be under £200 really, any suggestions?

    Or how much do you think I could build a fixie for, baring in mind I have a racing frame knocking about with forks so don't worry about that part!

    1) this is a thread about camping.

    2) have a look through the classifieds, you might get a bike for 200, certainly the parts.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrQvv1fUH­qA

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