Packing

So of course I haven’t started packing for the Giro yet, but I certainly have started thinking about it, and about what I need.
It is made a little more complicated by the fact that I am moving to a different continent about a week after the Giro, so I need to ship most of my possessions before leaving for Italy. That means I do actually need to figure out over the next week what to bring.

The basic list is obvious:

  • Bike
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Multitool
  • Swiss army knife
  • Camera
  • Riding clothes
    • Jerseys
    • Knicks
    • Arm warmers
    • Leg warmers
    • Gilete
    • Warm jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Summer gloves
    • Warm gloves
    • Riding shoes
    • Shoe covers
  • Other clothes, for the few occassions when I’m not riding
  • Patch kit
  • Spare tube
  • GPS
  • Map
  • Phone
  • Lights
  • Pump
  • Chain lube
  • Repair tools

The details though are a bit less obvious. Stove and pots to cook with make life much more pleasant, but they weigh a lot and take up space. I have always taken them in the past, but I will be riding more this trip, so maybe I’m better off saving that weight. And the question of how many tools I need to carry is a little difficult. I will be in Italy, I am sure I can get a bike fixed anywhere, but the question is how long it will take.  Having a cassette removal tool is handy if I break spokes, but it is heavy!  The trade off is to just build the wheel with heavier spokes to start with…

I don’t want to carry a million chargers but I will have a lot of electronics. The plan is to charge everything of a dynamo hub. I am just hoping that things all charge fast enough from it, because I will need to charge several things every day.

The first difficulty was with lights. The fact is, I will be riding in the dark on quite a few days, I will have to or else I will get left behind. That means I need good lights, and I have great lights, but they don’t charge from a 5V source. Most systems you can buy to attach to a dynamo will only put out 5V. I looked at making my own system, but I don’t have the tools I need to do so here in Europe. Happily I found a system that will put out a variable voltage. Charging the camera is still an issue though – so far for the camera I am most likely to take I only have a 230V charger so I need to adapt it to charge from the DC hub. And again, I don’t have the tools I need for that here, so it may be yet another item on the shopping list.

I’m still not sure what bike I will be taking. I was quite keen on the new Jake, but I think it is just beyond my budget with everything else I need to buy and the huge amount I will be spending on food. But of course until I know which bike I take I don’t know which wheel I take so I can’t build it up with a dynamo hub. Meanwhile though those few tools I do have here are about to be shipped to the other side of the world. What this means it that I need to decide on all of these details this week, so I can get the bike assembled and have a test ride by the end of the weekend. Should be good.

Meanwhile though I am also travelling madly through Europe, fitting in training wherever I can. This weekend was Budapest, and the closest that I got to training was a lap of the mini-pool in the thermal baths. Recovery is, of course, an important part of training!

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