My kit prep looks a bit more chaotic than some others – no nicely laid out kit for me – its all piled on the floor next to the bike. Hopefully it wont still be there on Friday 😦
I’ve done a bit of packing, then a bit of riding with loaded bags, then I went shopping! Again!
Out. My summer weight sleeping bag. It’s too big, and a little heavy. £250 later I have a featherweight down sleeping bag, that packs down to the size of a large fist.
Out. sleeping bag liner. You can’t wear it on the bike, so out it goes
Out. Soft-shell bib tights for cold rain
In knee warmers, and a pair of featherweight montane waterproof trousers. 25%off but still £70. Less weight, less space, more flexibility. They are size ‘large’, and do feel a little large around the knee – too late now
In. a spare pair of cycle shorts. Rotate and wear the spare pair off the bike. Just shows I still don’t know my best most comfy pair of shorts 😦
In. An old long-sleeved jersey, that I can ditch when it gets warm.
My rain /cold kit is a endura baa baa merino long sleeve thermal, my short sleeve Pirate jersey, my long-sleeved bike jersey, then a showers-pass elite rain jacket. Pair of old overshoes – again to be ditched once its super warm
The rain jacket is so lightweight – its waterproof but retains no heat at all as it’s so thin.
My longsleeve or thermal can be worn off the bike / while camping when it gets cold overnight
One spare pair of merino socks, (evening / camping)
Electrics. I bought a new rechargeable battery. This smooths out the charging to the garmins from the dynamo hub and stops them going bonkers when the power cuts in and out.
I am taking my garmin 800, and my wife’s as a spare. I’ll alternate them, ie use one and charge the other
I am using a sinewave revolution to convert my dynamo to usb power.
I have a set of usb, micro usb leads to charge garmins, phone and the exposure joystick
In. I bought a small European 2 pin usb charger.
In Gloves. My faithful Assos gloves finally have given up the ghost. I filled out a Rapha questionnaire so got 20% off a set of leather gt gloves. I know 2 people with them and they love them. As for rain, I have a pair of old pearl izumi autumn weight gloves and a pair of Rapha merino glove Liners…. And some disposable latex gloves. I will ditch the autumn gloves after the alps.
Feed bag. Bought a alpkit feedbag. Velcros onto the bar/stem, and stores food etc. My knees brush it when climbing out the saddle so it’s now up between the tri bars.
Apart from that…
Exposure revo dynamo powered light, with a redeye rear light
Exposure joystick and redeye mounted on my helmet – You can’t have too many rear lights
Repair kit – 2 inner tubes, puncture repair kit, cable ties, Spare gear and brake cable, Spare rear gear Hanger
Spare disk brake pad
Allen key set
Chain oil – as small as I could find
Lezyne pump, – mini track pump with a gauge. Means I can pump up the tyres to a pressure day after day.. – wrapped some electrical and gaffer tape around it
Fluoro reflective tabard/vest – its illegal to ride in France without wearing one
P20 sun tan lotion
lip balm – chapped lips hurt
tooth paste – travel version
Foldable tooth brush
Contact lenses * 30
Sun glasses / normal glasses
mini crap lock. you can break it with a well placed screwdriver, but it should stop someone just walking off with it.
Light bag thing – folded up, but can be used on my back to hold some food for riding on into the evening
Credit card and money
titanium spork – eat yogurts or takeaway food
swiss army knife – 2.5 inch blade – cut cheese, spread mayo, make sandwiches and rolls
chamois creme – a large full pot. May buy more along the way
vitamin spray – my diet will be rubbish
high 5 zero / salt tabs – I have suffered in very hot races – I’ll need more along the way
mosquito spray – for when I camp and am being eaten alive
foldable 1 liter bottle – in back pocket when full, wrapped on top of saddle bag when empty
4 AAA batteries – spares for the tracker
Nemo elite bivy bag – water proof, looks like a micro tent so I can use campsites
3/4 sleeping mat
Sleeping bag. (see above)
This means I can sleep somewhere if I can’t find a hotel. Worth it for peace of mind
I think that’s it… That’s me packing light….