Mountain bike and his coat of ‘no’ colours

Something else that suffered in the storm was the cover on my mountain bike. It was a Halfords one for £20 and by far the best bike cover I could wish for. However there was no way it could withstand the 113 mph winds especially as it already had tears in from where I’d reversed into trees. And walls. And gates. And lamp posts. Anyway…I went into Halfords here but they only had the cheap but good covers meant for bikes sitting in the yard or whatever. But I found a huge cycle shop called Tiso’s in Inverness and they sold me a cover for £20 which I thought was a good price til I got it back to the van and found it was cheap rubbish.

Honestly, you know those plastic tarpaulins you get from the £ shop? They’re useful for many things, this cover is literally 2 of those, laid on top of each other and 3 sides stitched. I am not kidding they are a total and utter piss-taking rip off. I really can’t find any way I can return it as it is what is says on the package, a plastic tarp rain cover for a bike.

Biggest load of shite I’ve ever spent £20 on and Tiso’s brand themselves as all things to all cyclists with an aim for quality and customer service. BOLLOX!! Anyone selling this shite should sell if for £5 as a budget option to those who want a stopgap cover.

I did manage to get it on the mountain bike, although it’s perfectly square shape doesn’t help and means a lot of space is wasted. Also because of that the bike pedals, chain bottom and almost half the wheels are exposed and anyone with a mountain bike knows what salt spray can do to a bike. It’s going to have to do until I can find another Halfords one, which covers the whole bike. Or any cover really which is not just cheap shite plastic bag.

Tiso’s I won’t ever buy anything from you whilst here because if you sell this utter crap as the only bike cover you sell, then what other cheap crap have you got for sale?


Storage is a big issue in most motorhomes, especially those under 3.5 tonnes as there’s limited space and limited payload. Every bit of space is used in my van and I continually lok for new ways to use space and new ways to store things.

There are cupboards at head height but you don’t want weight at head height, you want wight lower down so as to limit the amount of roll your van has, especially when cornering. It makes sense to have light things up a height so I used one of the head height cupboards for storing my socks and underwear. The problem was that every time I opened the cupboard it all fell out.

My Poundland cupboard retainer
My Poundland cupboard retainer

So while in Poundland one day I found this plastic mesh that it designed to keep litter and detritus from entering your rain guttering on your house. I bought a roll and cut some a little longer than the cupboard is wide, then put some cheap Poundland gaffer tape along the edge and used a staple gun to fix it to the inside of the cupboard frame. 

The result is fantastic. It has a little give in it so it’s OK if you catch it when getting things out, it doesn’t rot or mark your clothes, it’s very easy to take back out and is very light so there’s no extra weight in the van. Also it’s at the right price. 
I daresay if I fitted it a little tighter than it is in this cupboard, it would even work for slightly heavier things. 






My collection of herbs and spices
My collection of herbs and spices

I am a very big herb and spice user in cooking, and I tend to buy most stuff in bulk but often you get product in large/bulky containers or bags that are not resealable. So I got some ziplock freezer bags from Poundland which I think are excellent value as they last for ages and you get 20 in a box. 

I put all the herbs and spices into these bags and label them and then store them all in a wicker basket. This cuts down on heavy glass jars, bulky plastic jars and large bags that last months but can’t be resealed. 

I love this way of organising and of course all the things are in one place too which makes selection very easy when cooking. The ziplock is so easy to open and close that usage is easy too. Save weight, make things easy, that’s what life is about in a motorhome.