Luggage and helmets

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by helenk, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. helenk

    helenk Ol'Timer

    We are on our way in a few days to Bangkok and then to Phnom Penh to buy a bike. We prefer to ride one bike two up and so don't have much space for luggage. In India, we had racks made for the side of the bike to hold our rucksacks and wonder whether this is possible in Phnom Penh. Alternatively, is it possible to buy throw over panniers in Bangkok or Phnom Penh? We have been riding around Sri Lanka and have some cheapo helmets that we bought here. They are not much good but all that is available. can we buy better open face helmets in above mentioned cities?

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  3. Tom Forde

    Tom Forde Ol'Timer

    I just got back from a week in Chiangmai, I had no riding gear when I arrived in Bangkok so I checked out the local Newspaper and there is a add there for motorcycle riding gear at up to 60% off for this month, check it out it called Paddock.
    Also it depends on what your idea is on cheap!
    as they say a $10 helmet deserves a $10 head!
    I don't think you will finf much in Phnom Phen

    It doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you get there.
     
  4. BobS

    BobS Ol'Timer

    In Thailand, some of the local helmet brands are not bad - Nippon and Safetymet, to name a few. You will see them at a lot of places, in the 400-600 baht range.

    But, XL sizes are VERY hard to find. They don't stock what does not sell here.

    "The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right."
     
  5. jonadda

    jonadda Ol'Timer

    I fashioned my own light weight pannier bags by buying a couple of shoulder bags from the market and using the staps and adjustable buckles to strap them together to go accross the seat, I also used some of the strapping and put velcro on it to tie it in to selected parts of the frame so they wouldnt slip around. Velcro can be found at most material or sewing shops and its easy to find some one on the side of the road with a sewing machine. But if you want some thing a bit srurdier, most upholstery shops should be able to put something together for you for a token fee and if you run some silicon along the seams it may be quite water proof
    John
     
  6. helenk

    helenk Ol'Timer

    Oh, we were worrying so much when we started this thread. Thanks, everyone, for the advice. We bought Jack Wolfskin holdalls, they even match the bike, and got a cobbler to stitch them together into panniers.

    Pro Paddock have XL-XXL Shoeis going cheap.

    You can see our stuff here:
    http://daveandhelen.freewebspace.com/page7/index.htm

    Be cool,
    Dave
     

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