Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

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Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby mercalia » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:34 pm

Just a reminder one of our own on his own tour for last few months

http://sabrutat.blogspot.co.uk/
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Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby sabrutat » Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:45 pm

Thanks man!

Currently in North Wales, though the blog is still in the middle of Scotland. I'm a writer for a living, so blogging unfortunately has to play second fiddle to my paying work.

So far the BOB knockoff trailer has been working great. The improvised rear skewer you came up with has been trouble free. I chucked the bag that came with it and went with a 65l waterproof Gelert Expedition http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gelert-Expedition-Cargo-Bag-Black/dp/B002BO0XV4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404423006&sr=8-1&keywords=gelert+expedition+65l+cargo+bag and a set of RCP rear waterproof panniers http://www.amazon.co.uk/RCP-WP100-carrier-bags-Colour/dp/B002RLFCEY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1404423148&sr=8-3&keywords=red+waterproof+panniers. More than enough space for everything I want. The trailer bag is a little too long to fit in the trailer, but I keep my sleeping bag and roll mat underneath it at the back of the trailer so the bag sits at a slight forward sloping angle, lending the rig a wolfish, aerodynamic appearance belying the goofball riding it.

I'll post a pic when I get one online.

Cheers

Stef
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Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby sabrutat » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:08 pm

Here's a picture I took on the seafront at Hornsea.

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I'm currently limping across southern England with a dying bottom bracket, looking to get it fixed in the next day or two, though. Wales was amazing, especially Snowdonia in the sun. Breathtaking.

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Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby mercalia » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:01 am

Those are some nice pictures and places you have visited. Wish I was there. I havent been able to get away this summer yet. Its good to know that those cheapo trailers can do the works and that the home made skewer is doing its job. I was fearful that the rod may break as it is not as strong as the originals. I was able to bend the ones I bought even though they were suposed to be hi tensile steel. They are also of course not as thick as original skewers as they are threaded all the way along. Any way good luck with the rest of your journey and I hope u get your BB fixed.
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Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby theDaveB » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:15 pm

That looks cracking, I was in North Wales earlier in the week with my trailer (same one).

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Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby sabrutat » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:58 pm

I think if you keep the skewers nice and tight you don't have to worry about them bending. I flattened both sides of the skewer barrels with an angle grinder so they'd receive a spanner, and check them every morning before setting off. Have had zero problems with the trailer so far. The cheapo tyre doesn't seem to be wearing as fast as the one I used through Scotland, probably because I'm carrying a little less weight, but I've got a spare ready to go in any case.

Just going to read your thread now, Dave.
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Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby OnYourRight » Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:32 pm

Impressive scenery.
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Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

Postby mercalia » Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:27 pm

maybe we need to form a cheapo trailer club/group here?
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