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Re: ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 6:40pm
henrik wrote:hi
i did an ultra light tour for 7 days with just saddle pack last year in spain, with hired carbon bike. i literally had cycling kit and change of clothes which i washed every night.
........has anyone tried it with just a messenger bag?
cheers

Yes, I did a 7 day Catalonia tour in early September, flying into BCN and hiring a Trek road bike for 60 euros, I no longer want the hassle of flying a bike out when hiring is so cheap. The bike had no carrying capability (I knew this) so I used a Ben Sherman canvas messenger bag that I usually use with my scooter. All that was in it was a phone, multi-tool, 2 x tubes, flip flops, magic towel, tooth paste and razor, sports shorts & t-shirt (for night/bar wear) and food.

I travel light in Spain normally as the weather lends itself perfectly, riding kit can be washed and dried each night.

Re: Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 6:40pm
Disc pads weigh nothing and take up the space of two pound coins - yes hydraulics could be an issue but most cars/motorbikes seem to get by okay. If you are still concerned put a set of mechanicals on instead, its only a cable you need worry about then.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2014 - 6:39pm
Many bikes used to be black. Most cars were black as well. Black cabs still are. Fashions go in cycles.

Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 6:34pm
[emoji6]Thanks cnb. I was getting uphill from Mrs HC for having a set of Marathons in the workshop! You've justified my reason in writing! You are right about the colour: it is way up there. My first road bike as a young teenager was a burgundy Peugeot. So I've come full circle...hc

Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 6:34pm
My new Kinesis cyclocross/touring wheels are 28 spoke and disc braked - if they are good enough for thrashing around the woods I'm sure they will survive a bit of loaded smooth tarmac once a year!

Re: ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 6:04pm
mnichols wrote:What was your pack list? Have done two weeks on one pannier, but you look like you took less. Most of mine was wet/cold weather gear for Mountain weather

Washbag: cut off toothbrush, small toothpaste (shared) two sachets shower gel, moisturiser & chamois cream in drinking straws (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7_aJE4EfIQ)
Clothes: foam flip flops,merino socks, merino ls thermal, pertex windproof, pertex tousers, rohan ultralight briefs, plus the clothes I wore to ride in... shorts, jersey, mesh base layer, merino socks, helmet, shades.

The forecast was good, and we stayed two nights in hostels which provided bedding and towels. I washed my cycling gear in the shower, and dried it overnight.

As mentioned, the majority of the bag was food! We were travelling fast an light, only riding 6 or 7 hrs a day in the lakes, for 3 days / two nights. Bad weather would have made it very miserable.
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