Message posted by Bramston on 29/4/2014 at 10:31am
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Since my timing belt broke and I gave up using cars I have been cycle and hike camping.
Several people have shown an interest but when invited they never seem to have the right kit to join me on a trip. So the objective of my current project is to build up a guest set.
Over the years one upgrades and replaces camping gear as stuff wears out, loses components or you simply want better. Not wishing to throw out serviceable or repairable equipment I have most of what is needed. My Coleman Vail tent lost it's poles so I am replacing them at last (really difficult to do cheaply in aluminium). Having replaced my cycle panniers and big rucksack I still have the old ones in a worn but useable condition. I have had to buy a nearly new Vango sleeping bag on Ebay, complete with inner washable liner, and got the cheapest sleeping mat from Sports Direct. While I was there I couldn't resist the pocket magnetic chess set.
I have a spare mess kit, since I bought myself a new non stick one but had to buy a cheap cutlery set.
I already have 3 lightweight gas stoves so don't need any more.
In the late 1970's my brother bought an already old 2nd hand bike when he went to Cambridge, he gave it to my father, who asked me to throw it away before he died. Last week I stripped off the mudguards and Ever Ready back light, painted it in Hammeright Smooth to hide the rust and replaced the front tyre, it already has a rear luggage rack, but no water bottle screw holes.
Once the new tent poles arrive and are cut to size I will have a complete guest set ready for cycling or walking.
Somewhere in the loft are 2 more 1970's pack frames, all I need to do is make bags to go on them, match them up with my 3 man tent and get a few more bits ........
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