So in total I have:
Powerlinks for the chain, 2x Spare Inner Tubes, Set of Tire Levers, Brake Cable & Gear Cable, Park Multi-Tool, Chain Oil, 2x Puncture Repair Kits, Large Allen Key, Tire Patch, Chain Tool, Spoke Key, Pump, 6 spokes, Swiss Army Knife.
4x Pannier Rain Covers, Mini Towel, Waterproof Trousers (cut down into shorts), Waterproof Over-Shoes, Waterproof Jacket (still waiting for it to arrive).
2 Shirts, 2 Light Trousers, 1 Pair of Shorts, 5 Pairs of Boxer Shorts, 5 Pairs of Socks.
3 Pairs of Shorts, 4 Short Sleeved Tops, 1 Long Sleeved Top, 4 Funky Nike Pro Sport undershirt type things, Cut-off Riding Mitts.
Full length lycra trousers, Fleece, Woollen Hat, Thick Gloves.
Swimming Shorts, Maps, Water Bottles, Helmet, Groundsheet, Tent, Pegs, Sleeping Mat, Tent Poles, Tent, Flip Flops, Sleeping Bag, Inflatable Pillow, Iodine Water Purifier.
Cannondale Touring Classic 2008
So I still need to get a knife/tin opener/pliers combo tool, a pillow, and a really lightweight towel and everything is set.
9 April 2008
As I mentioned in my last post, there are a number of ways you can do this kind of trip. I have chosen to go "unsupported" and so I have to carry all my own kit for 2 months. With 4 days to go, I have almost everything I need save for a pillow, a knife and some needle-nose pliers.
There are two main ways to carry all of your gear - panniers or in a trailer. Rucksacks aren't really an option as your back would kill even more than it already does on long rides. I opted for panniers and at the recommendation of my step-sister went for the best of breed - Arkel Panniers - 2X GT54's and 2X T28's. In addition I am using a waterproof duffel bag style thing on the back rack to hold my sleeping bag, tent and groundsheet. The GT54's have a funky tube attachment which you can use for sleeping mats, tent poles and anything long and pokey.