Although most of it is not new, it’s taken me about a week to assemble the cycling gear in the picture below. The task was not made easier by the fact that I had already packed up the contents of my flat in Reading into lots of boxes prior to my move north, but enough of my whinging and on with the details.
To make life even easier, here is an annotated version. The numbers refer to the list below.
I have (obviously) not included the bike itself – a 2010 Ridgeback Panorama, the four Ortlieb Roller Plus Panniers or any clothing. So, here’s what there is. All the links are to the manufacturers’ websites if possible, failing that, a supplier:
- Exped dry bags
- Waterproof Ortlieb map holder
- Robens Osprey 2 tent
- Mountain Equipment sleeping bag
- Decathlon sleeping bag liner
- PowerMonkey Extreme rechargeable battery and solar panels
- Kryptonite locks – D lock and cable with padlock
- Water bottles
- Tigra iPhone 6 mount
- Lifesystems ‘camping’ first aid kit
- MSR Windboiler stove
- Thermarest camping mat
- Bar of soap in plastic box
- GoPro Hero 4 Silver, case, mounts including handlebar mount
- CatEye rechargeable lights with USB charging cables
- British passport
- Adaptors for continental Europe
- Wayfayrer emergency food rations
- Emergency Andrex toilet tissue
- Hand cleanser
- Washing tablets
- Below The Belt waterless shower
- Plastic mug (University of York c. 1990)
- Merrell sandals
- Keen Arroyo SPD cycling sandals
- Bendable ties
- Victornix Swiss Army Knife
- Camping light
- Spare batteries for camping light
- Stone sunglasses and bag
- Lifeventure camping towel
- iPhone 6
- Chiba fingerless cycling gloves
- Heavy duty bags (not waterproof)
- Mini can of deodorant
- Mini can of shaving gel
- Tupperware style boxes (waterproof)
- Colgate toothbrush
- Micro SD converter
- Chain repair tool
- Gorilla tripod
- Hand warmers (gel)
- Identity bracelet
- Topeak Bicycle pump (with card to remind where the lock position is!)
- DEET insect repellant
- Nivea sun protection spray
- Kask cycling helmet
- Colgate toothpaste
- Tyre removal / replacement levers
- Spare brake pads
- CatEye cycling computer
- Bike spanner
- Spare spokes (three sizes)
- USB cable for ???
- Small bungees to secure maps to board on handlebars
- Business cards
- Tie wraps
- Bag for hygiene products
- Disposable razors
- ‘Water’ bottle for tools
- Schwalbe spare inner tubes
- Finish Line Bicycle Lubricant – Wet
- 15mm spanner for removal / attachment of pedals
- Spare cables
- Spare links for chain
- Alight Mayfly chair
- Maps (Marco Polo / Michelin)
- Swatch watch
- Mini iPad and USB charger
- SD card cable for iPad
- 16GB SD cards for camera
- Canon EOS 100D SLR camera with ‘flat’ 40mm lens and cables
For purposes of comparison, here’s an article I wrote prior to the Mediterranean trip in 2013. Quite a bit of kit has survived to travel with me and Reggie (the bike) once again in 2015…
I can’t tell you how valuable I find this. Thanks!
I see you are carrying some “deet.” I wondered about this when you were assault by bugs in the first book. Remember, the Sami (Lapplanders) pretty much abandon their mountain plateaus in the summer because of the goddam mosquitos.
I’m preparing to take one pair of decent hiking shoes to ride and and do everything else in. Am I being wise?
I’ve never tried cycling in hiking shoes. The only concern would have is whether they restricted in any way the movement of the ankle as you turn the pedal. Nowadays you can get boots with low ankles so actually, this might not be a bad idea… Let me know how you get on. Good luck!
I highly recommend cycling in Shimano MT91 MTB SPD Boots. You can take the sole infills and then swap between SPD cleats and full Vibram sole when you want to go walking.
I used them to cycle Leicester to Iona (8 days of around 70 miles) and then walking included pilgrimage around Iona.
It has been a long day Andrew and I stand corrected.
Asides from the shoes, sandals and helmet haven’t you forgotten to pack some actual clothing……ok Spain might be warm but the north cape isn’t. Good luck with the rest of your preparations.
I think you need to read the text again Patrick… 🙂 (The bit under the annotated image)