Author Topic: handle bar bags, one-man tent, mitts, front fork water bottle cages ????????  (Read 1582 times)

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Offline drake

hi,

new to this. cycling Cairo-Cape Town in December. could anyone kindly recommend a strong handle bar bag with a large maximum load?

Also, the lightest, breeziest one-man tent?;

Maximum hard wearing, comfortable mitts?;

and anywhere i can buy front fork water bottle cages - or how to attach them?

Many thanks

Offline SilasTarr

Wow, that's quite a variety of topics you've brought up.  Not trying to be rude or anything, but have you browsed any good gear stores (and/or online sites) to get a feel for the options available?  If so, were there any products you liked, but aren't sure if it's exactly what you want?  If not, here's a good place to start:

Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI):
http://www.rei.com/

For example, you mentioned that you're looking for a lightweight tent.  You can browse REI's selection of Tents and Shelters and then narrow this search down to one-person tents and weight categories.  However, keep in mind that the "lightest, breeziest one-man tent" available may not be a good tent at all!  Personally, I usually decide to sacrifice saving some weight in order to get a more durable, better quality product.

For handlebar bags, I have the Ortlib Ultimate5 Plus.  Matches my panniers and just looks awesome.  Plus, it can hold up to 3 kg (105 oz).  There may be handlebar bags out there with more features and that can hold more weight, but it's not really a good idea to have much weight above the wheels, anyway.

Don't know about mitts or front fork water bottle cages, but hopefully I've given you some leads to get started.  Good luck!

Offline whittierider

If you don't have a rack on the fork, you could put water bottle cages on it with hoseclamps.  Put cloth handlebar tape underneath to protect the paint.

Incidentally, there's only one fork on a bike, and it's always in the front, so you don't have to specify.

Offline NCMJ

cycling Cairo-Cape Town in December.

Cairo EGYPT to Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA?   Google tells me its 4500 miles but won't even give me a route.

What route do you imagine?   Please keep a blog;  I would love to follow that trip.