Bear Bones, the first 5 years … part 5.

You could be forgiven for harbouring the belief that part 5 of this saga was never coming and to be fair, that belief was largely correct, yet, here we are with another instalment. Why now? You may ask. The reason is two-fold, firstly I figure that I need to write this stuff down before I […]

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First look … SOTO Muka stove.

If you frequent these pages on a regular or semi-regular basis then you might recall my time spent with a Fire maple petrol stove. As is so often the way – things were going well until they suddenly weren’t. I could have thrown in the towel or at least tried to smoother any potential fire […]

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Criterion Quantum 200 sleeping bag.

Put more than half a dozen bikepackers in a room / field / ditch together and you’ll quickly discover that generally, we can’t agree on anything. There’ll be those who choose a tent rather than a tarp and those who won’t. Some will shudder at the very mention of sleeping in a bivvy bag yet […]

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Quick look – Ryder Nutcracker.

I don’t like carrying stuff I don’t have to but the decision to carry the absolute minimum can sometimes come back and bite you … it’s not really a question of if but more a matter of when. Any biting you do encounter won’t happen on a warm summers day, oh no, the fangs will […]

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Get your Bear Bones mug bands.

If you’re clever and you use the same mug to both make a brew and drink a brew, then you might like to invest in some Bear Bones silicone mug bands. The perfect solution to prevent burnt lips. Simply secure one around the top of your mug and when you take a sip, the band […]

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Atlas Mountain Race with Shona and Rich.

I’m sure Morocco is somewhere many of us would like to spend time exploring, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the Atlas Mountain Race has generated considerable interest amongst cycling’s great unwashed. It’s a seemingly exotic location yet it’s within reach and quite accessible and best of all, it has camels. I caught up with […]

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HydraPak 4 litre Seeker.

Water is heavy. If you don’t know already, I can tell you that a litre weighs 1kg, so you generally don’t want to be carrying more than you really have to. In most cases, a water bottle combined with a filter will provide a plentiful supply throughout the day but what about once you stop […]

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Guee Mini-RS … 360 visibility.

I’m fortunate to live somewhere quiet. Rush-hour is generally defined by seeing more than three cars and a tractor in any half hour period but that still doesn’t stop me from being a little wary when venturing out onto the roads. Unlit, narrow, twisty country roads might be quiet but their character makes them potentially as […]

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3F Tyvek Bivvy bag.

It’s quite unusual for me to write about any product sourced directly from China. The reasons behind why I generally don’t write about such things are numerous and probably best saved for another day. However, as you may have guessed, I’ve mentioned that snippet because direct from China is exactly where this bivvy bag came […]

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Self tensioning guy lines – fight the flappage.

No one likes undue flappage keeping them awake at night do they? A few hours earlier your tarp or tent may have been drum tight but now, it sounds like a squadron of ducks are attempting to take off just inches from your head. You may lay there and berate yourself over your lack of […]

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