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Self-inflating matresses, roo scarers and tyre repair kits

Discussion in 'Roads, Touring, Journeys, and Travel' at netrider.net.au started by bugeater, May 10, 2007.

  1. I'm getting prepared for my Melb -> Perth -> Melb journey. I've got a good sleeping bag, panniers, Ventura pack, and a small tent.

    Next I need a mattress. I'm considering the self-inflating ones. Anyone have any suggestions? How thick should they be? Most of the smaller ones seem pretty flimsy and I'm not sure how comfortable they would be. They also vary dramatically in price.

    On a related note, does anyone know about those little things you attach to your vehicle that apparently scare the roos away? I saw them in the camping store. They seem somewhat questionable. Can roos even hear high frequency sound?

    And I've also been looking at emergency tyre repair kits. Almost all say "not to be used on motorcycle tyres". I'm not sure what to go with. The motorbike shop sold these little rubber worm things that you shove through the hole but they were quite expensive. The same thing at Super Cheap Auto said it shouldn't be used on motorcycles.
  2. Bike shops have a couple of sorts of tyre kits, get the one with the little gas bottle tyre inflator. there NOT designed to ride hundreds of Kms but they will get you to the next town.

    Matresses spend as much as you can affford BUT remember the thicker it is the more room it will take up.
  3. Re: Self-inflating matresses, roo scarers and tyre repair ki

    Go look around at Rays or some other camping stores. They may have started reducing prices due to it becoming "off season" and you can try a few different ones to see which you prefer.

    Shoo Roos are questionable. Ive heard good and bad reports from those who have had them on their cars, but cant say Ive come accross anyone having them on their bike. Personally when I lived out bush, one car did & the other car didnt have them. It made no difference as far as I could tell as the buggers will jump out regardless, so even if you have them, dont put entire faith in them as they are also inclined to fall off - my 2c

    bike shop @ $25 in pressurised can
  4. I know they say not to be used on road bikes, but we still sell them and stress that it is only a temporary fix to get you out of trouble, not a cure.

    If you need to use it, do so, but then head straight to a bike shop for a new tyre. :)
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  6. mattress, if you can get a Therm-a-rest they are pretty ace. I have always found if you go into a specialist bushwalking store they will hav ebetter advice. I have used a Therm-a-rest on snow and even though it was thin it worked a treat. I got mine about 20 odd years ago and at the time they were a bit short, the new ones are longer I believe which woudl be nice. You can even get a strappy thing that turns it into a comfy little chair. These are the single best thing ever. Don't buy cheap they will let in the cold.

  7. Re: Self-inflating matresses, roo scarers and tyre repair ki

    I've been looking in Ray's since they seem to be the most common camping store around here. They aren't reducing the matresses at the moment, but I got my tent and sleeping bag from them a few days ago for 25% off. I did sign up for a discount card today which gives ~6% off :grin:
  8. I bought a cheap self-inflating mat from BigW which worked fine up until the point the outer shell detached from the foam core so there are risks in buying the cheap ones (that said it only cost about 20 bucks and did last for more than a year of fairly frequent use). How thick they need to be really depends on you and the ground you're putting them on.
    I've fitted those whistle-type roo scarers on my last two cars since I managed to pick them up for a couple of bucks. Don't know for sure if they work but I did used to live in a very remote area with plenty of roos - and although I saw them on the side of the road every morning (live ones that is) I never once had to brake for one. If they don't work you only lose a few bucks, if they do work it could be the best few bucks you've ever spent.
  9. Re: Self-inflating matresses, roo scarers and tyre repair ki

    6 % is better than nothing :) or if you dont find one within your budget maybe you can borrow from a friend ?
  10. Get a good mattress especially if you are camping along the nullabor,you never know how many ladies of the night might come out of the scrub for a cuddle :shock:
  11. Tyre repair kits and inflatable matresses

    Before you absorb my thoughts you need to be aware that my wife considers that I am the biggest cheap skate out there.

    I have done 10, 000 km on a temporary tyre repair on my rear tyre using a repair kit I purchased from a motorcycle accesories shop. I really hate it when I buy a new rear tyre and I get a nail in it within the first 100km.

    I have camped out on an inflatable matress (jackaroo I think) that I bought from Kmart for under $50.

    The point is you need to access what level of risk or discomfort you are prepared to live with. Sometimes I wonder if the amount of money some people outlay is worth the amount of risk (or discomfot) that it mitigates against.


  12. bugeater, when are you going ?
  13. Stookie and I bought a blow up mattress and fitted a lighter socket thingy under the seats of both bikes. We have a tiny little air pump thingo and have found that to be really comfy....

    Can't comment on the self-inflators as we don't have any...just thought I'd offer another option :)
  14. Another mat you can try is the Metzeler brand (The same mob who do the tyres, amongst other things). You should be able to find them at an Intertrek store. I'd say Bogong or Wilderness Equipment in Melb would be the best. Price, and pack down size compared with Thermarest is pretty competative. The benefit of these guys is they have a metal valve compared to the plastic valves on the thermarest. I got my folks a set for their camping trips. Very comfortable, even though its only 2" thick. :)
  15. I was intending to go in about three weeks, since that's the only chance I'll have to take time off.

    Problem is that last night on the way home from work, someone decided not to give way at a particularly nasty roundabout (the Royal Parade, Flemington Road, Elizabeth street, monster for those from Melbourne). I'm not sure if it will be fixed in time. It's mostly cosmetic, but the fuel tank somehow took a beating.

    So it's a bit up in the air now. I do have a few weeks leeway on the holiday window....
  16. That is another option. I'm going to install a cigarette lighter socket so I can recharge my iPod.
  17. As said before, the thicker you buy em, the bigger they are when you roll em up. I have a thin one that you fold double when you roll it up so it's only half the width rolled. It is fairly thin, but as long as i clear the sticks and some of the stones from where i'm setting up it's fine for me. Test em out before you buy one though. Don't forget you'll have a layer of sleeping bag under you as well. When I go camping with my GF we just put two of em side by side, unzip the sleeping bags and lie on one, and under the other. Works well, and there is enough padding there for a late night ride ;)
  18. Ok so temp will be fine across the bottom, it gets cooler closer to July/August specially in the evenings. Dec/Jan obviously are hot.

    Nice time to travel, have fun.
  19. Yeah, I read about your trip across in 45 degrees plus. Not something I want to try.
    It should be fine in June, except a little cold at night, but I'm prepared for that. The only problem is the length of the day, but I'm sure I will not want to be spending too much time in the saddle.

    I just hope the bike is ready in time.
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