My first tour in UK, and a shorter one, so I didn’t take everything, took a few others things too.
This is still going strong after 5 years. It has done over 8000 miles so far, including my commute. I have added spd pedals, two water bottles, and a rear pannier rack.
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- I think it has!
Rear: Revolution Adventure Welded Panniers
Good, spacious, waterproof. What more do you need? I got a new bracket to replace one I ripped off and one of the closing clips is gaffer-taped on, but still holds fine and keeps everything dry.
Bar: Altura Dryline Bar Bag
Possibly a bit too big, but water-proof and ideal for keeping the important things to hand whilst cycling; chocolate, music, sandwiches…
The large blue one is great for keeping the clean clothes in, and away from the dirty ones- also helpful for shower trips.
I haven’t taken this since my first tour over the Alps, but thought that UK in September would warrant it. Annoyingly we stayed in much more substantial places than I was expecting, so again it was a bit of an unnecessary drag.
Obviously I will be taking some regular clothes but these are the specialist items…
Mavic Cruize Mountains Shoes 2012
it seems that cycling shoes only come in black or grey. So I have personalised with some red laces!!
Technology: Garmin Dakota 20
I wasn’t planning the trip so I didn’t know the route before hand- this would have been helpful!