Trip to Barcelona:
Other cycling trips (in Dutch only):
What did we bring?
Our baggage amounted to about 34 kilograms, in total. With the food and
water we usually had with us, this means that we probably carried
along close to 40 kilograms. As to this day, we disagree on how the
weight was distributed on our two bicycles - each of us is convinced
that his/her bike carried most of the load, by far!
Bikes: Sparta Marathon Odyssee (Dutch bike), both of them men's
models (because of the stronger construction). These are typical touring
bikes, and they have springs below the saddle as well as below the
steering wheel. The bikes did not originally have low-riders (baggage
racks for the front wheels) but we had those put on. The bikes were
perfect, by the way, we didn't have any problems with them, not even
a flat tire!
Bags: each of us had two small bags on the front wheel, and one attached
to the handlebars. In back we had:
Eric's bike: 2 rear bags, and the tent and sleeping mats were tied on
top of the baggage rack.
Judith's bike: one large bag which hangs off both sides of the baggage rack,
and also has a large top compartment.
All of our bags were made by Agu. They're not watertight, but we lined
them with trash bags, and nothing ever got wet.
Each bike carried two one-liter bottles.
Tent (Active Leisure Mt Hale, 3.15 kg). Both tent poles broke on this
trip, even though the tent was brand-new. We returned to the store to complain,
when we got back, and it turns out to be a production defect. We were given
two new tent poles, but haven't tested them yet.
Self-inflating sleeping mats.
Sleeping bags (Vaude mummy-type bags that supposedly go down to -20 Celsius.
We bought these for our trip to
Nepal, and they've never
let us down).
Camping Gaz stove, with a spare can of gas
1 deep pan
1 lid/frying pan
1 knife, 1 fork, 1 spoon
2 cups (note: no plates, we ate out of the pans)
compass (useful to place the tent such that the morning sun shines
on it, so it dries more quickly. We didn't need it apart from that.)
Amsterdam - Barcelona (Paul Benjaminse)
spare inner tube
spare spokes, and an emergency spoke (wire) (you can put these
inside the frame, underneath the saddle)
tools to repair flat tires, and to tighten spokes.
We bought a bottle of lubricant in Beaune - it was
Philips Xenium cellphone
battery charger for the phone (even though the phone runs on one
battery, on standby, for about 2 weeks)
cable lock for the bikes
Canon EOS analog reflex camera + filters (big and heavy, one entire
handlebars-bag on its own, but it lets you take the best pictures!)
wallet, money, bank card, credit card
pens, paper, diary
vaseline (to protect our behinds)
medical tape for our wrists (not used)
portable female urinal for Judith, so she can pee in the tent
clothing, per person:
2 cycling shorts
1 cycling shirt
We took the shorts and shirt in the shower, in the evening, to
wash them. The shirt was usually dry by the next morning, and the
shorts were tied to the baggage, to dry: no problem!
cap (useful with sun and rain!)
Teva sandals (we normally cycled on these)
2 convertible pants (zip-off pant legs; to make sure everyone can
see we're Dutch, from a mile off...)
2 t-shirts (Judith secretly took 3, but the third was really
3 pairs of socks
3 x underwear
1 fleece sweater
swimming gear (not used, mittens and a wool hat would have
been more appropriate)
sports shoes (Judith also secretly took 2 pairs of these,
but one would have been enough)
rain coat (no rain pants: we let our legs get wet when it rained)
1 bottle of Sanex shampoo (which we used as soap, shampoo,
shaving cream, and laundry detergent)
contact lens box and liquids, hard contacts, disposable contacts,
glasses, a box for the glasses (pretty much everything you can get in
the optician's field, except for liquid to clean the hard contacts: Eric
simply did not clean his contacts for 5 weeks, which is not unusual for
toothbrush, toothpaste, flos (our dentist would be proud)
hair gel and mousse (Eric did use his gel, Judith didn't use
a camping towel each (about postal stamp-size, but they dry very quickly)
We were through the first route description book in Cluny, and considered
sending it home, along with some other stuff that we didn't need.
However, all of this stuff together weighed about 1.5 kg, and the mail
costs were quite high. We figured that a bit of headwind is going to do
more than those mere 1.5 kg, and didn't bother to send it home.
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