Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:35 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Tour de Kent and Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:35 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:33 am
Posts: 3587
Location: daaan saaaf
At the ripe old age of 50, I've just done my first cycle tour. I say tour, a friend and I strapped some stuff to our bikes, rode from Folkestone to Rye, found a campsite, pitched a tent, went to the pub for the evening and rode home the next day.

We were a bit unlucky with the wind, we rode into a headwind all the way there, the next day, the wind had moved around and we had a head wind all the way home, fun all the same and it was lovely and sunny - I now have a bright red face!

I will definately be doing it again, but I will make a few equipment changes. I definately want a sleeping mat and a warmer sleeping bag, it got cold in the night and crappy sleeping bag wasn't up to the job and to save space I didn't take a mat making for a lumpy night. It would be nice to have a frame bag or something so I don't have to wear a rucksack too.


Refreshment stop:

Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:06 am 
Old School Grand Master

Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:55 pm
Posts: 9208
Location: New Forest, UK
Good job...sounds like proper touring to me!
A decent mat often provides enough insulation that you don't need a thicker bag. The £15 Hi-Gear ones from Cotswold have lasted us well for the past three years. A 3/4 length one is all that's necessary.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:50 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:33 am
Posts: 3587
Location: daaan saaaf
The sleeping bag I took was one of those really basic square ones. I have a good 3 season bag, which is very warm, but quite bulky, so to save space and weight, I took the basic one. I'll get hold of a 2 season bag; should be warm enough without being too heavy or bulky.

I have a mat too, but it's one of those foam things, it weighs nothing, but when rolled up it's about two feet long and eight inches in diameter. I borrowed a Thermarest mat once and it was very good, so I'll get something along those lines, but possibly one of the cheaper brands.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:36 pm 
Old School Grand Master

Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:55 pm
Posts: 9208
Location: New Forest, UK
Agreed on the foam mats - effective but bulky. The self-inflating ones are really cheap now - the HiGear ones I referred to were the self inflating type. Obviously they fit the usual light/strong/cheap-pick-two tradeoff.

I bought one of the Lidl one season bags the other week - I've used it once, seems OK and kept me warm if awfully thin. Probably with a shirt and full leg cover it would be fully adequate in the summer.

SJS Cycles are doing asome very cheap panniers at present - someone on the CTC Foum just did a LeJOG with them, so they can't be too flimsy.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:47 pm 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Sat May 24, 2014 2:59 pm
Posts: 224
Location: Airstrip One
Nice little trip , last year i bike packed the coast from Herne bay to Rye ..
im 47 so its a nice achievement, i slept on the beaches ,and country parks
i took Alpkit self inflating mat ,hunker bivi bag , cheap karrimor sleeping bag.
the Alpkit mats are cheap as chips and i had no airleaks .
lucky for me i just picked up a exped down mat at local car boot sale for 3pound
which is nice as its a hundred pound new...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:05 pm 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Sat May 24, 2014 2:59 pm
Posts: 224
Location: Airstrip One
If your in Kent ,the River Medway is a nice ride , i start in Rochester and end up down Tonbridge way ,loads of places for sneaky wild camps...
Sustrans 21 from Greenwich to Eastbourne is a nice get away too.
And Downs link way from Guildford to Shoreham on sea is another favorite..

Thinking of the South Downs way this week looks to be descent Weather too.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:07 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:33 am
Posts: 3587
Location: daaan saaaf
Quote:
loads of places for sneaky wild camps...


Prior to departing I googled "Pubs with campsites near Rye", after a hard day in the saddle I like a few barley and hop based recovery drinks. :P


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:20 pm 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Sat May 24, 2014 2:59 pm
Posts: 224
Location: Airstrip One
I don't avoid the Inns , love pub grub , Ive woke up under beer garden tables..
you should try it..


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:39 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:07 pm
Posts: 464
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Lovely part of the world for a cycle tour. Can’t help you with the gear. While I’ve done a bit of ‘guerilla camping’ in my youth, mostly in pub gardens, that was largely to do with the beer consumed. No need for a mat in those circs. Have woken up bloody cold though!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:55 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Fri May 15, 2015 4:57 pm
Posts: 1795
a bivvy sack is also a great investment/piece of gear, imo ... as weights little, takes small space, and will add a season's rating to your comfort factor overnight, should the weather take a turn for the worse (also keeps the bugs out)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: kermitgreenkona88, Kevhl, Madsbh, pipmeister, rc200ti and 21 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group