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Member since Feb 2016 • Last active Sep 2020
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  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Pack list:

    Things I forgot! Coffee, washing up sponge
    Bought on site: eggs, sausages, milk, beer, firewood, marshmallows

    Breakfast: sausages, eggs, wheatabix
    Dinner night 1: (chorizo onion and garlic pre-chopped), pasta, (pesto, pepper and salt) - fry chorizo mix, cook pasta, mix in pesto.
    Dinner night 2: udon, eggs, sweetcorn -boil water add everything
    Desert both nights: hot chocolate

    GSI pinnacle 1p and 2p cook kits
    Kovea spider stove and Amazon windshield
    Gas canister
    Wooden spoon, leatherman knife
    3 titanium sporks

    Lanshan 1p and 2p tents plus carbon poles
    Naturehike sleeping bags
    3 small tarps and some extra lines and pegs
    Decathlon silk bag liners
    Exped lite sleeping mats

    Petzl head torches + lamp kits
    Anker cache batteries

    Pack of cards
    Kids activity book
    Phone with BBC school radio downloads
    Kids headphones

    1 change of clothes p/p
    Wash kit

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    My wife wants to go camping again, so, I'd give it 10/10. We were helped out by the weather; no rain and not too cold.

    I've got the boy on tow with a follow me. The tow bar weighs 4kg which is a bit of a challenge on the hills (when added to 17kg of camping gear, 8kg of child's bike, and 25kg of child), but, it works nicely with a rack and panniers. It is also easy to detach the tow bike for independent adventures or to get it onto smaller trains.

    We had a short ride to Victoria, then a 1h train to Plumpton station.

    The BlackBerry wood campsite is 2 miles from the station via quiet roads and gravel tracks. You get a clearing to yourself to pitch your tents and there were plenty of other kids there to share and enjoy the just-the-right-amount-of-danger playground. (Zipwire, massive swing, tree trunk bridges over a stream...)

    The campsite shop is open until 7pm and sells firewood and beer (plus other non-perishables) cutting down on what you need to pack.

    All in all it was a superb introduction to cycle touring, and a great step towards bigger adventures.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    The GWR bike cupboard location is shown on your bike reservation ticket.

    (The cupboards are are awful, but, giving you an individual reservation for an individual bike space isn't a bad idea.)

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Have just finished rinsing the dust off my lanshan (flames creed) 1 and 2 person tents after a two day shakedown trip to East Sussex.

    Both survived the attentions of an inattentive 4 year old, although I had packed a spare carbon tent pole in case of disaster.

    No issues pitching them, although the tent floor is so thin you do have to put some effort into clearing away stones.

    I'll probably invest in a proper tent footprint but otherwise 10/10 because my wife said she's happy to go on another trip.

    Still a bit surprised you can get camping gear, cook kit, and food for 3 people into two 20L panniers and a handlebar dry bag! A big departure from my DofE days.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    We are off on Sunday for 2 nights of cycle camping.

    Definitely apprehensive about logistics and what happens if something breaks.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    I've not noticed any chaos at Vauxhall. In fact it's much more pleasant than usual, with greatly reduced congestion.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Fox hill and most of the other Crystal Palace climbs have been closed to through traffic which is great.

  • in General
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    I tried out the new improvements to CS7 last night.

    Nearly didn't make it to Tooting due to a pair of horrific close passes near Oval.

    The improved sections are a lot better but they only seem to have done the easy bits. Still huge stretches full of parked cars.

    Hope they've got more to come!

  • in General
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    Think it's bad now, wait until Vauxhall Bridge is shut for four months.

    Hope they fix the stupid barriers that are half blocking the cycle lane.