The Reading Cycle Campaign & Sykes’ Standpoint

My second column for the Reading Cycle Campaign (on the subject of cycle touring) has just been published. You can read the newsletter in which it appeared by following this link. The Reading Cycle Campaign do a very good job in the Thames Valley’s largest town raising the profile of cycling and keeping the local councils on their toes. The campaign’s website is here, theย Facebook page here and Twitter account here! If you are a cyclist in or around Reading, I would urge you to join. It’s very cheap to do so!Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 08.04.41Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 08.05.02

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  1. This is very helpful, and I think I can place check marks by most of the items.
    I’m working my way through your first book having discovered your site a week or so ago. Very entertaining and helpful and I intend to read whatever you have published or care to publish in the future.

    (I left a short comment in an older thread about Norway, where I intend to tour next summer.)

    My question, having never toured, is: how much weight do you carry? I bought a set of rear panniers and a dry bag which holds my tent, pad and sleeping bag. Added to the small handlebar bag I use it seems like a vast amount of space.

    My thinking, based on nothing, has been: I get to take 25-30 pounds of stuff. Am I being reasonable? What does your total baggage weigh?

    • Hi
      Thanks for the kind comments.
      As far as I am concerned, the lighter the better. That said, I do like my home comforts and my technology. I think that prior to the last trip, my gear weighed in at about 16kg (I had to weigh it for the plane); that’s over 30 Ilbs I think so if you are aiming for 25-30 Ilbs, you should be just fine!
      Good luck with your own adventures.
      Best wishes

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