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Welcome. If you going to camp?  Buy the best tent and sleeping equipment (sleeping bag, mattress, cushion and inner) that you can afford. Bad night sleep and you not going to enjoy the next days cycling. 

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The best advice I can give you is to have a look through https://bikepacking.com/ , which has a whole host of information.

There are a couple of local retailers that stock bikepacking equipment:

https://www.cycletouring.co.za/shop/

https://gravelandtour.co.za/

but if you want to purchase lightweight tents, sleeping bags etc, then you'll have to import from overseas.

 

 

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I can't see where you live? As said above a good nights sleep is priceless. Pack the absolute bare minimum. Weight is everything. Best place for bike stuff is https://www.cycletouring.co.za/shop/ as said by Thug. Get the best you can afford. Bike touring is very addictive. Never think a trip is too short or not worth it. Every single trip has memories and is worth it. 

When you are out there take every single bit of help gifted. It is hard to learn this but people do it for a reason. Accept it and be grateful. They are not offering it because they feel they need to. I am still learning this one. Always feel safe. If you don't, move. Move quickly. I have only ever felt unsafe once. I moved very fast. No point in waiting to see the outcome. 

There are a lot of good people out there. Very few bad ones. Most importantly always take twice as much water as you think you need. Even just fill a 2L bottle and strap it to something. Warm water is better than no water.

More than welcome to PM me if you want specific questions answered. Every person who does this has their own way of riding and living. No one is right and no one is wrong. It is personal taste and personal experiences. We have a beautiful country. There is so much to see and do. 

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31 minutes ago, copperhead said:

Always feel safe. If you don't, move. Move quickly. I have only ever felt unsafe once. I moved very fast.

Was this while you were ridding on the bike or sleeping in your tent?

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4 minutes ago, AdamA said:

Was this while you were ridding on the bike or sleeping in your tent?

Riding. As you come out of Knysna (heading Plett way) you go up a hill and turn left through a settlement to get on the dirt roads. A youngster grabbed my arm and started laughing. I pulled it away and let him have the full dictionary of swear words. He was not joking. The other people around seemed not to care. This was roughly 10am in the morning.

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Copperhead.

I know it would be hard, because you could loose the passion, but man you should start a blog.

With all your travels and photo shots you could turn what you have into a money spinner. Heck I even follow your posts on the Hub.

I totally live vicariously through what you do!!

 

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Just Start!!!!

I grabbed my old 26", added some cheap panniers from Decathlon, my 2 man A-frame tent and sleeping bag, camping cooker.

My first trip was 22KM to Bergsig Trout Farm in the Cradle.

Next is 50km to Hartbeesport

Then 105km to ATKV Bufflesport. 

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8 minutes ago, Slowbee said:

What sleeping bags and mats do you guys use ?

 

First Ascent Amplify Down sleeping bag (using an inner for extra warmth and to keep sleeping bag clean for longer) 

JR Gear Traverse Core (Mummy) mattress 

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11 minutes ago, AdamA said:

Just Start!!!!

I grabbed my old 26", added some cheap panniers from Decathlon, my 2 man A-frame tent and sleeping bag, camping cooker.

My first trip was 22KM to Bergsig Trout Farm in the Cradle.

Next is 50km to Hartbeesport

Then 105km to ATKV Bufflesport. 

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Thats the way; dont overthink it,  some of my best bikepacking was on a 1988 Schwinn High Sierra 26 MTB with bits and pieces made/scrounged from elsewhere.  Just get out and ride

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4 minutes ago, Slowbee said:

What sleeping bags and mats do you guys use ?

 

For now have a compact sleeping bag I bough 12 years ago for Adventure Racing and I don't use a mat 

 

If I get seriously into it I would get a Down sleeping bag and something like this

https://www.firstascent.co.za/aero-5-5-lightweight-mattress

 

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52 minutes ago, Slowbee said:

What sleeping bags and mats do you guys use ?

 

I've got the First Ascent light down bag (with an extra liner) with a Thermarest matress and sleep inside a Naturehike VIK 1 man tent.  
I chose all of these because they weren't stupidly expensive, are all light weight, take up almost no space and most importantly - super comfortable.  

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1 hour ago, Slowbee said:

Copperhead.

I know it would be hard, because you could loose the passion, but man you should start a blog.

With all your travels and photo shots you could turn what you have into a money spinner. Heck I even follow your posts on the Hub.

I totally live vicariously through what you do!!

 

Thanks. I used to have a blog. My friends loved it. Then it became like something I HAD to do when I was riding. So I stopped it. I may start it again some day. On Instagram now and that was a big mistake. Worse then bloody cocaine that stupid app!! When I ride I tend to drop social media and get back to my old self. I am not a fan of social media. Will definitely let you know if I start the blog again. If you want to go and see it from time back search for Greg's search for water. You should be me PR manager. I have no clue how to make money out f things.

A new trip is on the cards soon. Once the weather clears up a bit.

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