The great kit conundrum … sleeping mats.

When you’re all giddy and excited trying to decide what sleeping kit to buy, it’s very easy to overlook the seemingly humble sleeping mat, it’s often overshadowed by the more glamorous sleeping and bivvy bags … but at 3.00am when the mercury’s hovering around minus five, you might find yourself wishing you’d paid it a […]

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Apidura luggage … Tried and Tested.

We had a brief look at Apidura luggage a couple of months ago and since then it’s been put through its paces carrying various amounts of gear up, down and across the glorious Welsh countryside … here’s how it got on. If you were to sit down right now, crayon in hand and try to […]

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The Bear Bones festive gift guide.

Don’t go thinking this is a guide to help you choose gifts and presents for family, friends and loved ones, oh no. This is much a much more selfish type of guide and if used correctly will hopefully result in you actually getting something useful on the morning of December 25th. Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder […]

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TOGS … First look.

Altering your hand position on a long ride is second nature but making sure your hands actually stay put, isn’t always easy. Bar ends of varying types, mounted in their intended spot and in other less orthodox locations will often add some security to your new favourite hand position but they’re not always ideal … […]

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NEW Bear Bones T shirt.

The all new Bear Bones T shirts are now available to pre-order until November 30th with an expected mid-December delivery. Tell the world who you are. If you pre-order a shirt then you get to choose your shirt colour from ten available options. This order has now been fulfilled, looks like you missed out, shame!

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Heat Exchanger – yay, nay or maybe?

The thinking behind heat exchangers is pretty simple … by attaching something to the bottom of a pot, you will increase its surface area and to a degree help contain the flame at the base of the pot. In theory those two things should speed up boil times which in turn has the knock-on effect […]

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The great kit conundrum … bivvy bags.

Choosing a bivvy bag should be easy, I mean just how complicated can a waterproof bag be? Oddly, given the vast array of bivvy bags on offer the answer to that question is – possibly, very complicated! Not all bivvy bags are the same, not all people require the same things and generally speaking you […]

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First night nerves.

You’ve scoured the internet, read a couple of magazine articles, asked numerous questions and seen Ray Mears ont’ telly. The reality is staring you in the face, you’ve put it off far too many times … I’m too busy, it’s too cold, bit windy or a bit too wet, it’s too muddy and too dark. […]

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