I'd go for at least a 3 season bag, you can always undo the zip if you're too warm but it's a bugger trying to sleep if you're cold in spring/autumn when there's a chance of a bit of frost overnight.Yes I've been contimplating on down or synthetic but the drawbacks on down are price and if wet you're knackered though don't know what's different if a synthetic one gets wet? Synthetic ones are cheaper and so cheap, easily affordable to replace. I think it depends on how often you are going to use it.
I've also checked out the seasons of sleeping bags and for the summer only 1 to 2 season sleeping bags are advised. The only seasons I have found for down sleeping bags is as low as 3 so might be a bit warm for summer. Are there down 1 to 2 sleeping bags?
As I will probably only be planning on going on spring to early autumn trips, I think synthetic would be my choice
Well, you've been having an up and down experience!As it happens the cycle to work scheme refused me the money I needed so today Ive ordered the bike through Tredz on 0% finance along with a pair of QL2.1 Ortliebs pannier bags, waterproof trousers and a Ortliebs handlebar pack.
The last item I may have some problems with as the bike has butterfly handlebars and I don't know how the bag could be fitted, oops! So just a tent and sleeping bag now. I think a cheap tent and sleeping bag would do to practice with. It's gonna be winterish weather in about 3 months so you are right I need to hurry.
Good advice thanks. For the tour I am planning on buying a £200ish tent I've got 3 years to get that, but for practicing I think I will only need a cheap £50ish tent (I need to start practicing from this year and don't fancy winter camping so that gives me only 3 or 4 months tops this year).Well, you've been having an up and down experience!
That's a pity about the BTW scheme.
But you're going all out getting your gear!
I've an Arkel handlebar bag because I didn't like the Ortlieb. I'd be surprised if you can't mount the Ortlieb on butterfly bars. Remember, you can mount them frontways or backways. In any case, it shouldn't be an issue to change the handlebars to flats. I've done it with mine. I tried Butterflys, didn't like them, so went back to flats.
As for the tent/sleeping bag.... slow down! :-)
Issues to consider for the tent: (My own opinions)
Size. Just how big does it need to be, how big do you want it to be, and what is practical.
You can get teeny tiny tents ( I call 'em coffin tents) that are really light and have a small profile - really good for wild camping. But anymore than a couple of nights in one & I'd be going crazy! Or a long rainy day.,
Consider also space for cooking in inclement weather or space for your gear/bike if that's an issue for you.
Ease of erection (Ooooooh! Missus!!) No good having a tent that's a PITA to try to put up. Or take down. Or only good in certain situations and useless in others.
Groundsheet/Footprint. A lot of modern tents have thin floors so an extra footprint is advisable. More weight, cost and sometimes complicates the erection process.
Overall packsize & weight, because you do have carry the thing! (Remember you can split a tent into a couple of bags).
If you plan on being on the road for 3 months, a good tent choice is important to the success and enjoyment of your tour. Don't rush the purchase.
Down is lighter than synthetic, and supposed to be warmer.
Down is much less effective than synthetic when wet.
Down requires more care in terms of laundry/drying.
Down packs smaller than synthetic, so down gives more warmth value per space taken than synthetic. In theory.
Of course, there are improvements in tech all the time, so some of those statements are debatable.
The temp rating on the bag is very personal. If it says comfortable to 0C, that may work for me, but not for you.
And don't forget a sleeping pad/mat. In cooler temps a good mat will overcome the deficiencies of a poor bag.
Can you borrow a tent?
In these temps a sleeping bag may not even be necessary. A couple of nights in a tent will teach you a lot more than a few weeks online.
I've a 3 season synthetic bag. In winter I supplement that with a merino wool liner. I use a Thermarest pad. Not one of the ultralight ones. It packs a bit big. In winter aluminium foil wrap under the pad.
My longest tour was in a cheapy Coleman tunnel tent. Heavy, but a delight. Easy to put up, handled everything thrown at it. Tough as nails. I think it cost me about Euro 45.
I've since splashed out on a far more expensive 4 season tent. And hate it! Way too finnicky.
** apologies! The apostrophe seems to have disappeared from my keyboard!Good advice thanks. For the tour I am planning on buying a £200ish tent I've got 3 years to get that, but for practicing I think I will only need a cheap £50ish tent (I need to start practicing from this year and don't fancy winter camping so that gives me only 3 or 4 months tops this year).
The only reason I am buying the extra things with the bike is because I had to make the price up to over £850 to get finance from Tredz but I would have had to get them eventually anyway.
Good advice on the purchasing. Theres always the conflict between buying good once, or buying crappy several times. The problem is figuring out whats good for you!I use a 3 season down sleeping bag, I know some people will say that one of down's drawbacks is that when they get wet they are a nightmare to dry, I bought mine in 1982, and have used it for cycle touring and backpacking since then. and never had any problems. I know you want to buy cheap to practice, but buy cheap and you can have bad experainces as cheap can fail under poor conditions, buy more expensive gear and it will last a life time and will give you a much better experancie and if cycle touring you find is not for you it has a greater resale value.
I checked out Snugpak sleeping bags from an online site named Military Kit and found their sleeping bags catered for taller people (I'm 6' 3). The Snugpak Sleeper Light sounds good (2-3 season, 220cm length, £40)Getting into sale period for tents with biggest discounts(though narrowing choice) round about the turn of the year. Tents for cycling a big subject in itself - check out threads on here or start a new one if interested. Sleeping bags - a big debate between synthetic or down - worth checking out snugpak, particularly their factory shop if you ever get their way.
Personally, I'd go for a better sleeping bag. The specs I've seen for the Sleeper light says 2 season - Spring/Summer. You'll be gone for 3 months, maybe longer, covering a lot of different terrain. It get's cold in the mountains - even in the summertime. Or after a wet day it can be pretty luxurious to warm up inside a warm sleeping bag. You can always cool down in a warm sleeping bag, you can't always warm up in a cold one.I checked out Snugpak sleeping bags from an online site named Military Kit and found their sleeping bags catered for taller people (I'm 6' 3). The Snugpak Sleeper Light sounds good (2-3 season, 220cm length, £40)
From same site, they sell plenty other kinds of camping kit. Has anyone had any experience with Snugpak tents? There is one I've got my eyes on, the Snugpak Scorpion. I cannot decide on this or the Burghaus Peak 3.2 Pro, any suggestions?
So, are you saying to buy a cheap tent and a 3 season sleeping bag and cooking stuff and get out?Personally, I'd go for a better sleeping bag. The specs I've seen for the Sleeper light says 2 season - Spring/Summer. You'll be gone for 3 months, maybe longer, covering a lot of different terrain. It get's cold in the mountains - even in the summertime. Or after a wet day it can be pretty luxurious to warm up inside a warm sleeping bag. You can always cool down in a warm sleeping bag, you can't always warm up in a cold one.
As for the tent, rather than ask people what they like, how about you tell us what you're looking for, or why you like any of theses particular tents?
It really, really doesn't matter if I come on here and say, yeah, Snugpak Scorpion 2 is the best tent you can get. If I'm not using my tent in the same way you'll be using yours, then my advice isn't worth diddlysquat.
Of far more benefit to you will be to get out there and see these tents in the wild! And all the other types there are.
All the online discussion in the world won't really help you to understand how a tent works in the real world and what is important to you.
Every tent has its advantages and disadvantages. And they differ from person to person.
For example, both of the tents you suggested are tunnel type designs with a vestibule at the front. That's where you will store your gear. That's also your only entry and exit point. Is the vestibule big enough to accommodate your gear? is it big enough to let you in and out easily with your gear in it? You're not going to want to be dragging your wet gear into the sleeping area of your tent!
Normally, these tents are erected facing into the wind. In wet and windy weather then, there is little shelter if you need to cook in your vestibule.
Maybe neither of these things are important to you.
Maybe they will be later on (when you're cold after a long wet day on the bike, and you're eating a cold sandwich in your tent because you can't cook or even make a cup of tea without getting soaked and getting ready to climb into a 2 season bag)
You're going to be using your tent every night for at least 3 months. That is vastly different to the guy or gal who likes to take weekend trips.
It's pishing rain? Some tourers will take a hotel. I don't think that's in your budget, so you'll have to sit it out.
I understand that your budget is very tight. But you have at least 2 years to get your tent. A lot of bargains will come and go in that time - if you know what to look for. It could actually be a lot of fun!
I'd suggest you have a look around online to pick up a 2 man tent second hand and try your hand at that.
If you paid 40 quid for it and used it for 20 nights that works out at 2 quid per night. That strikes me as a very cheap way of learning.
Then, when you know what you want you can pay over some more money with confidence.
You've already learned the perils of buying in bulk from one supplier - buying a barbag that may not fit your handlebars. Don't be narrrowing your tent choice down to the same place that sells the sleeping bag you want.
There's not a lot of point in saving some money on delivery to get a tent that may not suit you.
Also, this thread is about "What bike" but we're discussing tents and sleeping bags.
Maybe it's time to start the mother of all "I'm getting my self ready for a big tour" type thread where all your posts can go. You'll get more answers then.
Finally, just about every post I make on your threads finishes with something like "just get out there and do it!"
And this one is no different.
You don't need the perfect tent or sleeping bag or bike to go away for a day or 2.
Get out. Feel the weather on your face. Turn your bike in a direction and follow it. Throw up whatever tent you can get your hands on, crawl into whatever sleeping gear you can find and enjoy a night away from everything!
Let your mind wander to Dutch canals, Rhine castles, to Austrian Alps, to Italian lakes, to French country lanes, to Spanish dusty ones.
You may not be 100% comfortable (in fact, that's kind of the point!), but it's not going to kill you!
And you'll learn so much more by doing just a little.
There were a few weeks there that you didn't even need a tent or sleeping bag!So, are you saying to buy a cheap tent and a 3 season sleeping bag and cooking stuff and get out?
There is one problem with these kinds of forums. There is so much differing points of views that it is hard to choose which is the correct one. Somebody stated earlier to buy a decent priced tent because a cheap one would be no good, hence why I was looking at the £200 mark for the tent that was going to take me on the big journey.
I've got to admit that the advice you have given me makes the most sense. I get paid in just under 2 weeks, so I will buy a cheapish tent, sleeping bag and things to allow me to get out and do it (practice) from the day I get the stuff.
P.S. The buying of bulk was not a pitfall. To get out and do it I would need Panniers. I changed the handlebar bag which I received yesterday and I am expecting the bike and the rest to be delivered tomorrow (13th Aug).
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