Touring - The Dollar Store
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I can't find the thread or the post, but I once came across a post on Touring about the neat stuff you can find in a discount or dollar store to use ion a bike tour. The list included lights. While I wasn't able to find dollar store bicycle lights, I did find some items I can use:
Insulated lunch bag
packets of instant oatmeal
zip ties and bungee cords
bicycle cable lock
Any other goodies to look for?
Bandana? Sun protection (and other toiletries)?
05-28-08, 07:50 AM
Nylon stockings. I cut them into squares and sewed three edges to my panniers to make stretchy outside pockets.
A tiny proximity alarm. The alarm consists of two side-by-side pieces, one mounted to the window sash, the other to the casing. It is designed to sound when one piece moves more than a few millimetres from the other, as happens when the window slides open. (I was not able to make it work reliably on a bike).
Crazy Glue. For "instant" repairs. Always in plentiful supply at Dollar Stores!
05-28-08, 11:22 AM
Sometimes they have really cool athletic socks that are perfect for cycling.
When they do have them in stock, I usually will buy them all. =)
Some other stuff you can get-
pots/pans (cheap = lightweight)
Also, I've found some killer deals on stuff at thrift stores. Found an entire camp cook set for .75.
05-28-08, 12:55 PM
I will help your search, but not all the way since my memory is shot. Unless typing this helps me remember.
I can't remember her user name... but she is a regular poster, a randonneur, lives in Canada at the moment as I recall and has posted a list of wondderful items found at the dollar store. Posts regularly in this section, and in the Long Distance Cycling section as well...
I know when I see her name I will think "no kidding"
In fact, I will think it right now.... Machka... No kidding!!!!! She listed several items in a posting... :)
I knew it would come to me right as I gave up!
Looks like the specific message I recalled mentioned specifically winter gear:
Well, I was going to say something about that being my thread ... but I think Little Darwin beat me to the punch! :D
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