vicjane wrote:Hi LibbyO,
I had some bag dilemma's prior to the WA ride in 06. I checked with the bag store and they were happy for me to do a test drive pack. Ended up getting a long duffle with wheels. I took toooo much stuff along also. After you have packed and unpacked your bag/ tent 11 times you will regret useless items. Here is my pack list. Feel free, anyone, to suggest anything I might have forgotten
2 cycling knicks
2 cycling tops
2 pr socks
1 cycling vest
2 thermal under-vests
1 pr leg warmers
1 pr arm warmers
1 light weight rain jacket
Helmet, short and long gloves, cycling glasses with lens.
light headlight and 1 rear flasher
Cycling shoes- suggest mtb shoes and cleats for ease of walking. The rough surfaces of the rest stops will chew your cleats.
1 large saddle bag for rain jacket, camera and a snack + puncture repair kit
Clothes- less is more here The look is casual and darker colours will hide the dirt better. You want to spend your time enjoying not washing.
1 set of warm weather clothes
1 set of cold weather clothes
1 pr of warm tights for extra layer [average temps 8-24 degrees]
thongs and hiking boots- jogger get v. wet if it rains for 2 days!!!!
1 cheapo umbrella for staying dry
a group of good friends or rent some
1 tub of gatorade
Tent- your choice, I took a 2 man lightweight with plastic ground sheet
Sleeping Mat- make sure it is comfortable. Here is where i won't skimp
Pillow- either full size of camping type
Kneeling mat. The $2.00 gardening type as you will spend alot of time kneeling near and in your tent.
Sleeping bag and silk
some freezer bags or zip locks
3-4 garbage bags to put sleeping bags and clothes in if it rains.
chain cleaning brush- I have roadie
Prolink and a couple of rags
a few pegs
bar of sard soap for washing clothes
elastic travel clothes line. You cycling clothes will dry much faster then laying on your tent. Any attachable vertical surface is fair game!
Some fun money
for tours, beer, trinkets or massages
I am going to do a test pack in the next few weeks and hope to lighten my bag by at least 5 kg over last time.
lisanne wrote:I highly recommend a bag with wheels - you will be very grateful by the end of the ride!!
And +1 with chopper - bring a sense of humour and have fun!!
LibbyO wrote:Thanks Timbo, I had noticed on one of the photos on the website that many were using stools. They weigh next to nothing and are actually quite comfortable. So have found one in pink!!!
Karen3.1 wrote:LibbyO wrote:Thanks Timbo, I had noticed on one of the photos on the website that many were using stools.
We swear by our three legged folding stools.
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