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DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 14, 2014 at 9:45
Oct 14, 2014
Video: 8 Essentials for Bike Adventure - Trail Doctor
Yep the lock-ons sure do hurt when you get one in the gob. If you carry your bike the other way around (with chainrings forward) this avoids this issue. I do get tired of my lock-ons denting the inside of my van when my bike falls over too! Centre locks work, and are quicker than 6-bolt discs to remove (and you should take them off when you haul the bike..) but then you do have to haul the tool about too and it ain't light. Most of these tips are not so much what to carry in your day pack (thats another episode!) but what to take on an adventure, mostly geared towards self-supported trips rather than guided trips that provide transport for your bike. Just stuff I've learned in 30+ years of foreign bike trips.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 12, 2014 at 1:35
Oct 12, 2014
Video: 8 Essentials for Bike Adventure - Trail Doctor
..Or you're heading somewhere where it rains. Cardboard boxes don't last long on a bus/taxi roof when a storm hits (and boy do they hit in these places!). The Evoc is my current bag and it works great. Its expensive I know. I've used boxes, cheaper (bigger and too bulky) bags and the Polaris pod over the years. I know which I reach for now, although I have the luxury of choice. The most important thing is not which bag to pack, but that you go on the trip and ride and experience new places :-). I'm doing an episode on 'how to pack your bike for a flight' soon, with a few essentials I learned over the ydecades on how to save your pride and joy from the bag handlers... Plus a few more tips here: http://danmilner.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/dont-leave-home-without-adventure-bikings-top-12-essentials/
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 15:16
Oct 11, 2014
Video: 8 Essentials for Bike Adventure - Trail Doctor
Thanks attentive-nice-eager-person!
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 15:15
Oct 11, 2014
Video: 8 Essentials for Bike Adventure - Trail Doctor
Yep we're lucky in Europe, where we can drink from most of our mountain streams. It's not my same experience in other places though, where Giardia can smack you down in a day after filling up in the local stream. Keep clean, keep riding the bike, not the bog.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 15:14
Oct 11, 2014
Video: 8 Essentials for Bike Adventure - Trail Doctor
So according to you lot, I should have added hot sauce, a condom and wet wipes. Hmm.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 15:13
Oct 11, 2014
Video: 8 Essentials for Bike Adventure - Trail Doctor
yep the free cardboard bike box does the job -CJ's boxed bike survived several days of jeep travel with the jeep's spare wheel strapped on top of it during our Afghanistan trip. But there are a lot of times when a compact bike bag will make life easier. I've had plenty of moments in Nepal, India, Argentina, Morocco etc where I've needed taxi travel across the city etc and a normal cardboard bike box would not have been carried by the taxi. This year in March, in Buenos Aires (Argentina) my compact EVOC bag would go into any taxi we found on the street, but Tibor's bike in a bike box would not. It took more than an hour to get a taxi to take his bike box and we nearly missed our flight. If we had, Hans Rey would have been pedalling on his own for 2 weeks! So bear that in mind when heading somewhere long haul. Oh and yes Nepal has great dentists. It might be my excuse to go back there next year again.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 11:05
Oct 11, 2014
Video: 8 Essentials for Bike Adventure - Trail Doctor
Nice one for sharing links to similar gear that will keep you healthy out there. Any water filter that is good is better than none. I use the katadyn as shown as I have had it a while and its always done the job and we usually share it among the group so only carry one between all of us on any expedition. But yep, clean water is key to keeping riding.
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Oct 10, 2014 at 1:36
Oct 10, 2014
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 3, 2014 at 14:44
Oct 3, 2014
Video: Weir and Hunter - Harmonious Backcountry Adventures in Europe
Damn, this IS a serious video. There is no room in our sport for fun. laughter and levity.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 3, 2014 at 14:43
Oct 3, 2014
Video: Weir and Hunter - Harmonious Backcountry Adventures in Europe
Thats funny. A little while ago it was us Brits that ruled there. I just wish it had gone on long enough for me to have the chance to learn your accent authoritatively.
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