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Carradice Camper questions..

jalapenojalapeno Posts: 1,009
edited March 2009 in Tour & expedition
Hi, heading to Bosnia and Croatia this spring, rather than take my heavy Nomad I'm going to go light and credit-card tour. Thinking of using my 'cross bike which has no rack provision at all so looking at a Carradice Camper long-flap, before I buy can you squeeze in enough for a 2week trip OK? Also, imagine I'll need a bag support to stop it fouling the canti brakes and so on but I have no idea which model of 'bagman' I need... any tips gratefully received!

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  • flashman469flashman469 Posts: 102
    Hi Jalapeno,
    I have the Camper Long Flap and the SQR system which I will be using on a 5 day JOGLE in May. They are surprisingly roomy but obviously you will need to keep your kit list down. I would imagine, if you are happy travelling fairly light and double up with a small handlebar bag for your valuables you will find it sufficient.
    Whereabouts are you in Cornwall? I live in Newlyn and will b working in Camborne on Friday and Saturday if you want to check the bag out for size?
    Cheers
    Nick
  • jalapenojalapeno Posts: 1,009
    Hi Jalapeno,
    I have the Camper Long Flap and the SQR system which I will be using on a 5 day JOGLE in May. They are surprisingly roomy but obviously you will need to keep your kit list down. I would imagine, if you are happy travelling fairly light and double up with a small handlebar bag for your valuables you will find it sufficient.
    Whereabouts are you in Cornwall? I live in Newlyn and will b working in Camborne on Friday and Saturday if you want to check the bag out for size?
    Cheers
    Nick
    hey Nick, cool, I live in Camborne but easy for me to cycle down to Newlyn at the weekend too.

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  • flashman469flashman469 Posts: 102
    Hi Jalapeno, you have mail.
  • nunnun Posts: 434
    With a handle bar bag for valuables you'll have lots of room with the Camper.
    Assuming you have a Brooks or similar saddle with bag loops you'll need the Expedition Bagman for the Camper.

    I credit card tour with a Nelson Longflap and an Acorn handlebar bag

    http://www.acornbags.com/hdlbarbag.html

    Here's what I pack

    Handlebar bag

    Asus eeePC
    Camera
    iPhone
    Wallet
    Documents and maps
    Snacks
    Rain Jacket
    First Aid Kit
    Toiletries, toothbrush, sunscreen etc.
    Small travel umbrella
    BIC lighter
    Leatherman Juice
    Notebook and pen
    Sewing kit


    Longflap
    Wool long sleve T-shirt (shirt)
    Long sleeve Casual shirt (off bike)
    Riding shorts
    Long light weight pants (off bike)
    Shorts for off bike and swimming etc.
    Deck shoes for off bike
    Multi tool
    Bigger items of food
    2x socks
    Padded cycling underwear
    Wool hat
    Gloves
    Toilet paper and wet wipes
    Bike Cable Lock
    Multitool
    2 x Kevlar Spokes
    2 x inner tubes
    Pump
    2 x Patch Kits
    Tire boots
    2x Powerlink
    Brake cable
    Gear cable
    Brake Pads
    Misc Nuts and Bolts
    4x AA batteries
    Plastic Bags
    Latex Gloves
    Duct tape
    50' of cord
  • jalapenojalapeno Posts: 1,009
    wow, that's a lot of gear, aside from bivy bag it's more than I used in S America last year, the Camper sounds ideal.!

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  • nunnun Posts: 434
    It looks a lot, but it's not a lot of volume or weight. The total is around 16lbs (including bags). The eeePC has added 2 lbs to my gear, but it's worth it.
  • jalapenojalapeno Posts: 1,009
    edited March 2009
    thanks for all the info, i did think about an eepc, my ideal would be if Apple would stick blutooth in the tPod Touch so I could use it with a portable keyboard :)

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  • nunnun Posts: 434
    I don't find the keyboard on the iPhone/iTouch to be the biggest issue when blogging or web surfing, it's the size of the screen and the inability to interface to other devices like a camera. If I'm on tour I like to take pictures and the iPhone's camera isn't great and getting the photos to a website is a pain. So I take the eeePC as the screen is big enough to see all of a web page at decent resolution and I can drag and drop photos from my camera.
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