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Cycle Touring Equipment

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If you're not keen on backpacks to carry your everyday essentials like tools, spare tubes, windproofs and a bite to eat, then this barbag-sized pack may be right up your street. It mounts securely on a seatpost via a small, quick release bracket and is suspended via a metal frame that encircles the bag and keeps its contents easy to get at....

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British-made and developed through the online Kickstarter scheme, the Bridge Street Saddlebag mounts to your seatpost via a quick-release bracket, and comes in a selection of five colours and three different sizes. The Small gives 4 litres of space and costs £60, Medium offers 8 litres for £70 and Large gives a capacious 15 litres for £80. We...

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Altura's Aero Drop Down Rack Pack attaches to a standard rear rack and offers - at first glance - a handy, semi-rigid box with about 6 litres of space. It opens and closes with a double zip running lengthways along the top, and the flap at the end is secured by Velcro. A similar size to a medium bar bag, it's ruggedly built from durable P-Tec...

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You can fit so much into these bags you could easily use them for touring around the world, but we used them much closer to home, cycling from the toe to the tip of the Outer Hebrides for a 5-day trip. I also used the Aqua Back Plus rear panniers on a 10-day cycle touring trip through Holland and Germany to Oktoberfest, so they have seen a fair...

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Vaude have a well-deserved reputation for making innovative, high quality tents, and the latest Terra Space model seeks to continue this. This 3-person tent - exclusive to the UK market - is based on the Vaude Space 3P which first appeared on the scene over 20 years ago, but comes in at a near-bargain price of £210 - almost one-third of the...

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A quality rear rack is essential if you want to carry a lot of gear on your bike, but with many bikes eschewing braze-ons and threaded holes for mounting one, life isn’t quite so easy. Until of course you find Old Man Mountain racks. This Californian company makes top-notch aluminium racks, and its Cold Springs model doesn’t require any...

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Watch any cycling expedition documentary on the TV, and chances are, you'll see four Ortlieb panniers hanging off the bike. They're easy to spot with their distinctive reflective panels and uncluttered designs, and though the company offers a number of different pannier types, the models of choice seems to be the Back Rollers and Front Rollers - named...

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It’s a tad ironic that the Tubus company slogan is ‘Just see the difference’ because to the casual observer the German made Tubus racks are pretty unremarkable things, just tubes bent into a shape and welded where they cross. There are no showy castings, flashy paint jobs or indeed, large logo’s. But Tubus racks and especially...

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If you've never used a barbag, you're missing out on one of the most convenient ways of carrying all the essentials you need when you're out on a ride. As the name suggests, a barbag clamps to your bars giving you quick and easy access to the contents, but it uses a quick release bracket, so when you stop at the shops, the café or the...

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Since I first used a barbag many years ago, I've been hooked. My initial reason for getting one was to hold my camera kit on a bike-packing C2C trip, but a barbag will do a lot more than that. Provided you're not hurling the front end around doing drop-offs or pulling wheelies, it's actually one of the most versatile carrying systems you can...

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Front racks and the associated front panniers are often seen as an option for proper ‘grown-up’ continental touring, but if you’re going bike-packing, taking tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, stove and the general full works, then you’d be surprised how useful they are. By getting some of the load onto the front end of the bike,...