Kit List B11

Below is the equipment I am currently using.  There are a few changes from my previous trip so if you want to see my kit list for Cephalonia 2010 then click here.

The Bike
Cube SL Cross Comp

This was a gift from my family for my 34th Birthday in 2010.  It had done nearly 1500 miles so far. I have added spd pedals, two water bottles, front and rear pannier racks.
Once again, a joy.  No problems whatsoever


Giro  Indicator Helmet

After getting a red and black bike I bought red gear as I needed it.  However I didn’t need a new helmet so stuck with my blue one.  I joked that if I had a red one it would make me go faster- we’ll see! I think I did!!

Luggage

carrying my worldly possesions


Rear: Revolution Adventure Welded Panniers
Good, spacious, waterproof.  What more do you need?  I got a new bracket to replace the one I ripped off and it is doing fine.
Again they were excellent- kept everything dry- plenty big enough.

Bar: Altura Dryline Bar Bagfor valuables
Possibly a bit too big, but water-proof and ideal for keeping the important things to hand whilst cycling; chocolate, music, sandwiches…  It did everything it was meant to.

Exped Dry Bags

I have the large blue, and medium yellow one.
Great for taking dry clothes to the shower! and making sure books stay dry.

My     home for 6 weeks!

Accommodation:
Vango Superlite Helium 100
It is just big enough for me to fit inside, but is very warm and very light.  It is also very easy to put up and take down.
Perfect

Sleeping Mat
Multimat 25 Self-inflating

The second biggest item on my bike!

However, I do often suffer from lower back pain so a good night’s sleep is going to be important.  Quite bulky, but not that heavy but it rolls up nice and tight and making the ground very comfortable!
Sadly it got a puncture on the first night and so was not so useful!  It is a hard one to think about because I good sleeping map is important but I have yet to find .one that doesn’t puncture around the valve

Clothing

Obviously I will be taking some regular clothes but these are the specialist items…

Specialized BG Primo SPD Shoes
it seems that cycling shoes only come in black or grey.  So I have personalised with some red laces!!
Great, comfortable, will last a long time I am sure.
Big Man’s Tailored Jersey (from USA!!) – Great
Specialized Lycra ShortsEssential!
Revolution Blades Sunglasses
I use all three lens types at various points.
Second summer in a row that the arm has snapped half way. Will replace for next year.

everything but the sink!

Technology: Nokia E72
This will hold all my mp3, keep me in touch with blog and home, maps, gps and camera.
Again an essenial piece of kit, ideal for this.


3 Responses to Kit List B11

  1. Holly says:

    Do you know roughly how much this stuff weighs? Im starting to plan a route down the west of france. Wasnt going to go as far as you did, but you did it in 14 days… How is the terrain from the north to biarritz in general… Flat? Maybe its more achievable than I first thought…?

    • cHramm says:

      It is not flat, but neither is it too bad. I am not the fittest of cyclists and I managed fine. I say fine, I was pretty tired! The last few days down the coast were the flattest, mostly with cycle paths (although not always well paved) through forests. I didn’t weigh it, but it was as light as I could make it! I am quite heavy so that was the main weight!

      • Holly says:

        Haha.. Ok. Sounds good. I might come back to you with more questions over the next few weeks/months. Thanks

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