I am just trying to provoke a discussion, so I can decide myself how much stuff I will carry on the ride.
I was attracted to the idea of the truck to carrying my stuff (20kg) from camp to camp. But now I have heard of people trying to decide how big/many panniers and bags are required, and I have begun to ponder whether to run light or run heavy. I am sure there will be people on full blown racing bikes carrying nothing but water and a tube, and others with panniers stuffed to the brim with everything you could possibly need.
I can see that there is an advantage to carrying anything you could possibly need, but is this really necessary if the most you are covering is 100km? After riding 7000km on my current bike (26km at a time admittedly), all I have ever needed is an allen key, tyre levers and a tube.
For this ride I was thinking of just carrying my normal spares, 2 tubes, tyre levers, bike tool and I will probably add a foldable tyre. Probably three water bottles and some snacks for between times. Add a rain jacket jammed in if I think it will rain. All this would fit in my modest saddle bag, with the food in my jersey pockets.
I suppose a big factor is if water is available on route and how the lunch works. Is lunch something you pick up at camp in the morning or do you pick it up at a "lunch station" or such, along the way? Anyone know?
After years of lugging everything on family holidays and hardly using anything, I am at the point of thinking carry what you need for 95% of the time and rely on cash/credit card
for everything else.
I have visions of people who are just getting into riding with 50kg of stuff hanging off their bike burning themselves out the first hill out of Albany.
Tell us what you think, are you running light or heavy?