The new and interesting gear thread...

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Warin » Mon May 15, 2017 1:46 pm

rifraf wrote:I was interested in an article in todays news, as reported on the ABC website.
It seems very thin Solar Panel has been developed which will likely see a lot of new developments in the field of solar power.

The implications of this thin and light panelling suggest some of this continuing developing will see positive outcomes for cycle touring.


Also 'cheap'.

But may not be very efficient at converting solar energy to electrical energy. Some years to product launch.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby rifraf » Mon May 15, 2017 2:40 pm

Warin wrote:
rifraf wrote:I was interested in an article in todays news, as reported on the ABC website.
It seems very thin Solar Panel has been developed which will likely see a lot of new developments in the field of solar power.

The implications of this thin and light panelling suggest some of this continuing developing will see positive outcomes for cycle touring.


Also 'cheap'.

But may not be very efficient at converting solar energy to electrical energy. Some years to product launch.

From Newcastle uni.


A suggested 3 years to launch isn't very long to someone like me whose been around since prior to mobile phones, which had you suggested them whence I was young, you'd have been told you were watching too much Star-trek and were running the risk of being taken away in pyjamas whose long sleeves tied up at the back. :)

After all it seems to take Garmin years after a product launch to get its firmware straightened out and the bugs mostly ironed out from my Edge 1000.

I'm going to be a glass half full kind of guy on this news.

I'm simply pleased that power capture is heading in a direction of cheap and light, rather than listen to Scot Morrison pointing me in the direction of a lump of coal to take with me bike touring. :D :lol: :lol:
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Wed May 17, 2017 9:52 am

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For the bicycle tourer who has everything :) we offer you the titanium cat shovel ... the Suluk 46 Titanium Shovel no less, available from Massdrop for a mere ~ AU$51 delivered to your door.

Oh if you only need a small shovel you can get the small one weighing in at 13g and if you are have a need for a more substantive product the large one is available for an extra US$3.00 and weighs in a humongous 18 grams.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby rifraf » Wed May 17, 2017 1:15 pm

Looks like a good idea.

I've been hauling an unnecessarily heavy gardening trowel.

I'm somewhat less sure about the $51 :lol: :lol:
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Wed May 17, 2017 1:34 pm

Meh - I already have a ti trowel I bought from Tier Gear in Tasmania. It was around $35 including shipping.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Wed May 17, 2017 2:57 pm

rifraf wrote:I'm somewhat less sure about the $51 :lol: :lol:


:lol: Same here ... I am not quite yet in the "I got everything" category :)
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby baabaa » Wed May 17, 2017 4:44 pm

Hmmm, looks like it is the evil twin of an under saddle mud/ wet bum guard.

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Postby Cheesewheel » Wed May 17, 2017 6:02 pm

Actually i find these designs useless. Ground in australia (or at least the east coast) is like concrete. I got a doubleheaded folding trowel/pick with an extendable handle off fleabay for about $10 .... admittedly its not the lightest (although it folds down to something palm sized )).
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Postby RonK » Wed May 17, 2017 6:23 pm

Cheesewheel wrote:Actually i find these designs useless. Ground in australia (or at least the east coast) is like concrete. I got a doubleheaded folding trowel/pick with an extendable handle off fleabay for about $10 .... admittedly its not the lightest (although it folds down to something palm sized )).

True - my Tier Gear ti trowel is pretty useless for digging hard ground, but still more effective than the common plastic variety.

The new Vargo Dig Dig Tool is cheaper and dual purpose.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby tmac100 » Wed May 17, 2017 9:42 pm

A plastic (gardening) one has worked for me. Cheap and light.
Lime green mine was. More "stealthy" that a shiny Ti one..... if that matters to the user :roll:

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sun May 21, 2017 10:29 pm

Years ago when I started high altitude trekking the minimalist guide I frequently walked with shared one of his secrets to reducing his pack weight. He did not carry a heavy camp jacket - instead he would wrap his sleeping bag around his shoulders when he felt cold.

So the Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy sleeping bag from Sierra Designs reminded me of his strategy. It's not exactly new, but it is an interesting and innovative design, and just what I would have loved to have a few weeks ago at my very cold Mavora Lakes camp when I had to get up to answer the call of nature during the night. It comes in a number of rating in both mens and womens sizes with either synthetic or down fill.



They were offered on Massdrop last year but I missed the offer.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Wed May 24, 2017 9:08 am

At 150g and it seems a small package this OTTOLOCK bike lock might be an option for those times when you need to lock up your bike when touring. It is available at Massdrop for ~$65 attached to your bike. Not exactly cheap but.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:23 pm

Not sure what to say about this, but at least it lightens my day :)

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Postby }SkOrPn--7 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:12 pm

Aushiker wrote:Not sure what to say about this, but at least it lightens my day :)

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Wow I'm not sure either I know that it's definitely not my cup of tea.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:21 am

From Bikepacking.com the OneUp EDC Top Cap Tool.

EDC stores essential trail tools inside the steerer tube keeping them at an easy to access position. For the most part it looks as if the EDC has most of the standard multi-tool functions covered (see list below) as well as a sealed storage capsule (or CO2 cartridge). It also includes quick link storage and a compact chain breaker.


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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Mugglechops » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:53 am

Seeing I have now fitted a 24 pack rack to my ECR, I just ordered one of these bags.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:35 am

Sinewave Cycles have introduced the Beacon, a dynamo light with integrated USB charger.

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It has some very interesting features - see the Beacon FAQ

It might just be the thing to eliminate the clutter of light, switch, charger and wiring from my handlebars.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby avolve » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:58 am

RonK wrote:Sinewave Cycles have introduced the Beacon, a dynamo light with integrated USB charger...


Interesting. My Jones Plus build is close to done, and I will start looking at dynamo light (and charging) options soon.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Mugglechops » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:03 pm

Another solution for bag sway

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby coyote » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:50 pm

Aushiker wrote:From Bikepacking.com the OneUp EDC Top Cap Tool.

EDC stores essential trail tools inside the steerer tube keeping them at an easy to access position. For the most part it looks as if the EDC has most of the standard multi-tool functions covered (see list below) as well as a sealed storage capsule (or CO2 cartridge). It also includes quick link storage and a compact chain breaker.


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Mountain bike direct have it have you read the details what you have do to install it and it only usable with some forks. Though it was a good idea until looking further, got to buy a tap and guide too. 8)

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby avolve » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:28 pm

Mugglechops wrote:Another solution for bag sway

Certainly interested in a couple (or three) of these! Maybe a group buy??

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Mugglechops » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:33 am

avolve wrote:
Mugglechops wrote:Another solution for bag sway

Certainly interested in a couple (or three) of these! Maybe a group buy??


Yes sounds like an a good idea. I have a few mates keen.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Uncle Just » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:35 am

EDC stores essential trail tools inside the steerer tube keeping them at an easy to access position. For the most part it looks as if the EDC has most of the standard multi-tool functions covered (see list below) as well as a sealed storage capsule (or CO2 cartridge). It also includes quick link storage and a compact chain breaker.


Only about 10 years after Cannondale released their version. It's neat bit of kit all the same and mine has been very handy on tours tucked away inside the Lefty's steerer.

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Re the bag sway, seems like a good idea although the sway I get with my Viscacha doesn't faze me. I'd be more chary of adding weight to the saddle rails particularly two full bidons and possible abrasion against the saddle bag. I'll wait for longer term reviews before committing.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:55 am

Uncle Just wrote:I'd be more chary of adding weight to the saddle rails particularly two full bidons and possible abrasion against the saddle bag.

I'm even more concerned about adding any more weight to the seatpost.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Mugglechops » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:03 pm

I am 20kgs lighter than this time last year so in reality, I am not adding anymore weight :D
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