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    Neil_B
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    The Dollar Store

    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?

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    Bandana? Sun protection (and other toiletries)?

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    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!

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    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-

    Sunblock/lotion
    playing cards
    notebooks/journals
    pens
    pots/pans (cheap = lightweight)
    beanies
    electrical tape
    matches
    tupperware
    coffee mugs

    Also, I've found some killer deals on stuff at thrift stores. Found an entire camp cook set for .75.

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    OK Neil,

    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:

    Looking for cost-effective winter clothing options...
    Last edited by Little Darwin; 05-28-08 at 11:59 AM.
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    Well, I was going to say something about that being my thread ... but I think Little Darwin beat me to the punch!

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