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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by TUCKERS, Jun 1, 2016.
That's the best tip I heard lately.
Out on the road....hold the spoon over a lighter.....then let it cool off to not burn yourself?
Or put spoon in hot cup of coffee or tea.
That might attract unwanted attention
You don’t need the spoon unless maybe it’s a zippo type lighter. Disposables (bic type) usually have a metal shroud that gets hot if you keep it lit for a minute.
Don’t pack cheap bottled water in your pannier. Ask me how I know.
Camel back or any hydration pack. If you have to stop and take a drink it may be too late. Sip as you go!
good advice. I use camelback, plastic flavor and all, on longer trips. I’ve always carried a few bottles of extra water in my top box. I won’t carry fragile grocery store bottles any more!
Closely related if you carry the little tube of rubber cement for plugging tires be sure it is protected from pucture.
I use one of these Giant Loop arm straps for my Garmin inReach:
Making sure I don't leave something in a dusty, leafy campsite has always been a challenge for me. It's not that I forget anything, it's that I don't see it laying there on the ground. So, for my keys I bought a bigass red key fob.
On virtually every bit of smallish camping stuff and pannier items I've added bright yellow gaffers tape. You'd be amazed how easy it is to spot something that rolled under a picnic table with that stuff. I even wrapped a bit around my helmet camera because if I go down, the camera will likely fly off who knows where.
I kept misplacing my work/campsite gloves till I bought the ugliest fluorescent pair.
In the USA, put your national park pass/passport in your Motorad jacket sleeve so you don't have to dig for it.
Put your cell phone in your whatever pants pocket, your wallet in whatever pocket, your carry weapon in what ever pocket, your extra magazine in what ever pocket.
Put your keys in whatever pocket.
For a BMW, carry your key fob bypass in your riding jacket.
Bundle your bike keys and put them in whatever pocket.
Before you mount your bike, pat down your whatever pockets in order like a pre flight check. Pull on the helmet & gloves & go.
Just don’t do that near a baseball field. Especially if there is a guy on first base.
Counterpoint: Don't put anything in your pockets you aren't willing to fall on really hard.
Related to tire changes / tube repair I’ve always used the old enduro trick of only bringing a 19” tube as a spare. It’s big enough to expand to 21” but not so big as to get bunches up in an 18” rear. It will work on bigger bikes if you’ve damaged the bead on a tubeless setup.
Also learned a new tip recently via @Pyndon regarding breaking the bead. Other than standing on it or using your sidestand (tough to do when solo), he uses two stacked tire levers to provide leverage off each lever to break the bead. Simple and effective.
Never overfill a Zippo lighter and then put it in your pocket.
I would shorten that to never use a liquid Zippo lighter. Gaah! I know they are classics but do you really want to inhale those fumes when lighting a nice cigar or a cigarrette. Yuck!
(In my teens I did use a Zippo lighter. I often over filled it. I kept it in my left front pocket and developed a red spot on my thigh from the chemical overspill.)
I always lose something on a trip. These days I make sure it's something that isn't important or expensive, and I lose it right at the beginning.
I will throw this one in. For that lonely mozzy causing havoc. Hit him with a spray of penetrant oil and down he will come , only to soon meet your foot or whatever. just do it where he will be visible, ie not over a dark or gray surface.
carry a compact umbrella, read too many reports of having to patch a tube in the hot sun, works pretty good to keep the rain off also.