The Kit

Having now completed my LEJOG and the plan in place and a little bit about me already on the site, I thought it would probably make sense to let people know what it was I took with me on my trip. As my journey from one end of the country to the other was going to be solo and without any support vehicle at all, it was a case of packing as little and as light as possible.

With enough of me to carry around anyway I didn’t really fancy lugging any extra kilograms uphill so, for that reason, I committed myself to a small saddlebag and decided that if it didn’t fit in there or in my jersey pockets it wasn’t going with me!

In short, I travelled light. Very light. I had two lots of cycling gear which I alternated daily, some extra bits and pieces for if the weather turns during the day and also a set of clothes for the evenings. So, here’s what’s went with me…

The Bike
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Alu C2C 105. I’ve called her Daphne.

The Bag
Initially it was a Carradice Barley saddlebag with an SQR system to attach it to the bike. After that failed on Day Two I moved onto a Giant bag and generic lightweight rack that attached to the seatpost.

The Cycling Kit
2 x Uni-Qlo Smooth Dry V-neck t-shirt base-layers
2 x Santini Genesis One Bibshorts
2 x Shutt Sportive LE Jerseys
2 x pairs of DeFeet Woolie Boolie Socks
1 x pair of Specialized BG Sport Mitts
1 x pair of Specialized BG Sport Road Shoes
…and, of course, a cycle helmet! A Giro Monza.

Extra Cycle Clothing
1 x Gore Bike Wear Path (Rain)Jacket
1 x pair of Prendas Meraklon Arm Warmers
1 x pair of Santini Sirio Super Roubaix Leg Warmers
1 x pair of DeFeet Dura Gloves
1 x Merino Wool Buff
1 x pair of Bolle Contour Safety Glasses

Eveningwear
1 x Uni-Qlo Heat Tech V-Neck Long-Sleeved T-Shirt
1 x Uni-Qlo lightweight 3/4 length trousers
1 x pair of Uni-Qlo Smooth Dry Boxer Shorts
1 x pair of flip-flops

Toiletries
1 x travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste
1 x travel-sized shower gel
1 x travel-sized deodorant
1 x 100ml tub of P20 Once-a-Day Sunscreen
1 x tub of Assos Chamois Cream

Gadgets and Technology
1 x Apple iPhone (used to update blog on the way)
1 x Apple iPhone Charger
1 x Roberts Sports 995 Pocket Radio w/headphones
1 x Pentax Optio W60 Camera (and spare battery)
1 x Garmin eTrex Vista HCx (GPS / Sat-Nav)
4 x AA Lithium batteries (spares for Garmin)
2 x AAA batteries (spares for radio)

Spares and Repairs
2 x Specialized Inner Tubes
1 x Park Po2C Glueless Patch Kit
1 x Bontranger Air Support Mini Pump
1 x stretch of Duct Tape (wrapped around pump)
1 x Lezyne SV10 Multi-Tool
1 x pair of Surgical Scissors
Spare Power-Links (for chain repairs)
Cable Ties

Miscellaneous
2 x packs of Ibuprofen Tablets
1 x pack of Hydrocolloid Plasters
1 x Camelbak Podium Bottle
1 x Camelbak Podium Chill Bottle
1 x Coiled Bike Lock (for cafe stops)
1 x RoadID Ankle Bracelet
1 x set of Laminated Route Cards
1 x Mesh Bag (to help dry bits en route if necessary)
1 x Muji ‘Pouch’ (to keep bits in one place!)
Small Amount of Cash and Debit Card
Train Tickets (journey out to start and back home)

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One Response to “The Kit”

  1. DJ Ginga Says:

    Hey Ant,

    Just caught up with the remainder of your posts and comments, after my initial read yesterday. All sounds great and reads well, and like I commented on Facebook yesterday; top blogging! Good luck with the remainder of your journey – you’re meant to be hitting Chester today – and I hope that pedal squeaking got sorted this morning.
    I know what it’s like to have diminishing confidence in your pedals as my crank arm decided to drop off when I’d been going hell for leather the other month…but you know your onions much better than I do, so I’m sure you’ll be fine…

    One question that’s been bugging me (and the reason I’m commenting on the kit page) is that you haven’t mentioned security; what are you packing to keep your bike secure when you’re mixing with oddballs in hostels or chavs outside Tescos? And to have anything substantial, wouldn’t that then be the sole heaviest bit of your kit? Unless proper cyclists (unlike myself) know of a super-strength but super-light & super-small (but probably super-expensive) solution…

    Will be great to see you at a City game – maybe pre-season? – and chat to you about it all in much greater length. When I’ve got some spare pennies I’ll send them the way of the stroke society too…

    All the best, Ginge

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