Mick F route fast but safe.

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Jamesh
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 28 Apr 2019, 5:28pm

I agree to base layers by t shirts I meant technical t shirts of which I have plenty from my running days.

I do have a cycling jacket with detachable arms which is a good autumn / spring jacket so will be good for early mornings.

Cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby shadwellrhino » 29 Apr 2019, 7:51am

Jamesh wrote:

Do most people take waterproof trousers - caint say I like them!


I don’t like them either but there were two days when I was very thankful that I took them as well as waterproof overshoes and warm clothing!

Jamesh
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 29 Apr 2019, 5:47pm

Jamesh wrote:Just thought I would post a provisional kit list

Bike!
Helmet
shoes
Waterproof high vis jacket
Drinks bottles
Bike lights
lock

Saddle bag (Carriadice max)
Tool kit tubes x2 pump.
Oil
Bottom cream
Shower gel
Tooth paste and brush
Phone charger


Frame bag (rockbros 8l)
2nd pair of shorts
2nd tech t shirts
2nd jersey heavier / lighter
2nd pair of socks.
Evening shorts
Map pages not in use.


Toptube bag
Phone
Camera?
Current map
Snacks and sweets
Money
Painkillers :(

Anything else???

Cheers James


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Jamesh
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 29 Apr 2019, 5:48pm

shadwellrhino wrote:
Jamesh wrote:

Do most people take waterproof trousers - caint say I like them!


I don’t like them either but there were two days when I was very thankful that I took them as well as waterproof overshoes and warm clothing!


I was out on Saturday in awful weather over the Pennines without waterproof trousers so I think I'll be ok!

Cheers James

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RickH
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby RickH » 29 Apr 2019, 8:34pm

Jamesh wrote:
Jamesh wrote:Just thought I would post a provisional kit list

Bike!
Helmet
shoes
Waterproof high vis jacket
Drinks bottles
Bike lights
lock

Saddle bag (Carriadice max)
Tool kit tubes x2 pump.
Oil
Bottom cream
Shower gel
Tooth paste and brush
Phone charger


Frame bag (rockbros 8l)
2nd pair of shorts
2nd tech t shirts
2nd jersey heavier / lighter
2nd pair of socks.
Evening shorts
Map pages not in use.


Toptube bag
Phone
Camera?
Current map
Snacks and sweets
Money
Painkillers :(

Anything else???

Cheers James


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Have you not included 1st shorts, 1st Jersey, etc. because you will be wearing them? Or because you plan to ride au naturelle until you find you need to use the 2nds? :o

charliepolecat
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby charliepolecat » 29 Apr 2019, 9:11pm

Basic first aid kit, antibiotics if you have a risk of infection, comb if you are not bald, did I see sunscreen on the list?, helmet cover if it is raining - I use a shower cap - saltstick capsules (electrolytes) if you have an extreme sweating condition, pair of white arm sleeves for sun protection, yellow (for poor visibility) and dark sun glasses, wet wipes for you know where when doing it in the bushes and for general hygiene, toilet paper, batteries/charger, spare foldable tyre, make sure your tool kit includes a small knife for all sorts of needs including removing stones caught up in the tyres, I assume you are not tenting - I saw no tent on your list.

Well, I think that about covers what extras I carry with me.

LollyKat
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby LollyKat » 29 Apr 2019, 10:55pm

You might consider light zip-off trousers/shorts instead of just shorts in case you want to go for an evening stroll when it is midgy!

Jamesh
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 30 Apr 2019, 8:42am

Great thanks guys

all good stuff

Cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 30 Apr 2019, 2:39pm

Antihistamines + deet

FasterFerret
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby FasterFerret » 30 Apr 2019, 3:11pm

I probably went a bit lighter than most...

Bike
SKS Raceblades
Helmet
Skull cap
Technical sports/"baseball" cap - good for keeping the rain out of your eyes!
Sunglasses
cycling shoes (SPD-R, no walking in those!)
Waterproof jacket (Goretex cycling specific)
2 x 500ml drinks bottles
Small Bike lights (Lezyne Zecto Drive F/R)
cafe lock (I chose B&Bs that said that they would take my bike in overnight)

Apidura Saddle Pack (11ltr)
Topeak Fuel tank (med)

Multi-tool
mini pump + 2 x c02 cartridges (both fixed to the frame)
Chain link
2 x tubes
packet Zefal of instant patches
Oil (decanted into 10ml needle tip bottles - eBay)
Bottom cream (Chamois Butt’r sachets)
50ml sun cream (unused!)
Washing liquid (sports wash into 50ml bottle - eBay)
Toothpaste (free samples from the dentist) and brush
I relied on towels and soap from the B&Bs

Phone charger & Phone charging battery & cables (Anker PowerCore 13000 Power Bank - to power Go-Pro [hours of footage that I probably will never watch again...] and charge phone and Garmin)

**edit**

I made sure/was lucky that I had lights that could be charged from the same charger as I used for my phone, so I just took one 4 port phone charger which charged everything I had overnight.

Don't underestimate how quickly your phone battery gets used up if you are using it for nav and mapping - I had the powerbank in my top tube bag with a cable going straight to the phone. I also used the powerbank to top up the Garmin when I stopped for lunch.

**edit**


1 pair of standard bib shorts, 1 pair of Castelli Nanoflex Bib Shorts (water repellent)
1 short sleeve normal jersey, 1 Castelli Gaba short sleeve
Nanoflex Leg Warmers, Nanoflex Arm Warmers (water repellent)
2 pairs of good quality cycling socks.
1 toe warmers/covers


For evening use
1 tech t-shirt
1 pair of lightweight walking trs
Lightest flip flops I could find
1 down jacket (FORCLAZ TREK500 - Decathlon special)
Just enough to waddle down to the local COOP if needed, but most of the time I picked up final provisions en-route.


Phone (on Quad lock mount)
Go-Pro
Garmin
Credit card, Debit card and £100 cash in a small ziplock sandwich bag
(no maps for me, everything done on the phone and Garmin)

I was lucky enough to have accumulated most of this stuff over the years, although I did treat myself to the Gortex cycling jacket - glad I did.

Because I pre-planned my route and had booked all my accommodation in advance, I sent myself replacement bits to each place that I stayed. These were things like power bars and replacement washing powder, bum cream sachets, chain oil, toothpaste, disposable razor. Different amounts send to different places depending on whether I felt I would need a shave by then etc. I found a way of sending these so that they weighed just under the cost of a £2.80 large letter stamp.

I got a few soakings and one especially thorough one going through the borders - I left a massive puddle in one cafe that I had taken a break in, but I didn't want for any more kit than I had - experience tells me that if my core is windproof I can be wet and warm as long as I can keep going.

I'm glad I had guards on, even though they weren't full length they certainly helped. The Gabba/Nanoflex kit is helpful for this, expensive, but it is good and usually in a sale somewhere or other.

My main concern was having just enough kit to be able to survive for long enough for someone to arrive if I had a mechanical in the highlands. Thankfully this wasn't tested, but depending on your route it can be pretty remote.

I was lucky (charming? :lol: ) enough to get my kit washed almost every day (b&Bs mostly). Most days it was washed and dry by the following morning.
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Jamesh
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 30 Apr 2019, 9:32pm

That's really helpful and comprehensive!

I'll add to my list

cheers James

althebike
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby althebike » 2 May 2019, 12:19pm

I noticed there was no pump or tire inflator on the list.
I took stuff I wore on the bike plus showerproof top, gillet ( not used) shorts,shoes, + non cycling T shirt for evening, notepad, half was used for ride notes the other half was used as a journal, 2 cycling t shirts and spare shorts, food, phone, charger.power bank, sat nav,pencil ,pen and spare socks. I did not bring chain oil or suncream, I badly needed both.
I waited for a dry spell so no waterproofs , I was happy to take what the day gave me.

irc
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby irc » 2 May 2019, 9:23pm

Some inspiring lightness in the packing lists here. I'll see if I can get my stuff down to 2 front panniers for the first LEJOG - Glasgow section. Need to go full size rear panniers for the sleeping bag and tent after Glasgow.

Jamesh
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 2 May 2019, 10:37pm

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hc8ZUP6RSegayvWZ6

My bike as it will be for lejog + toptube bag.

Cheers James

irc
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby irc » 4 May 2019, 1:15pm

Jamesh wrote:https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hc8ZUP6RSegayvWZ6

My bike as it will be for lejog + toptube bag.

Cheers James


No mudguards? Tricky one. A bit if extra weight and wind resistance but I hate riding when getting soaked by spray off my front wheel. On my last LEJOG I had a few showers here and there and one long wet day up the Welsh, English border. I guess as I'm a slow rider anyway the wind resistance is less of a factor. And when I weigh over 100kg worrying about the weight of mudguards is a bit pointless