Cycling in Sydney Australia
The ride starts in 5 weeks and I am busy training and preparing. The riding/training is under control but several other areas still need to be covered, where I will stay on Saturday night in Sydney before the start day, accommodation in Melbourne when I roll in at about 10PM on Wednesday 20, how long I'll stay in Melbourne, how I'll get back.
Below is a list of bits I will be carrying, throw suggestions at me as to what I should change.
Bag 1, saddle.
Tubes x 2
Patch kit (patches, glue, grit)
Tyre levers x 3
Multitool with chain breaker
Small pocket knife
10sp chain links
Tissues (double as toilet tickets)
Inside zipped pockets
Cycling Australia card
Outside pockets (3)
Reflective arm/leg band
Small tube of sunscreen
Pocket will hold rolled up jacket or leggings or arm sleeves
Winter gloves for day 2
Bag 2, handlebar
Plastic bag, large and small
Day glasses/night glasses
Jacket if I don't have room in saddle bag
Leg warmers if not in saddle bag
Bag 3, frame
Phone in plastic bag
Center, 500ml bottle
Overnight bag, limited to 5kg, size of cabin luggage
Shorts x 3
Jerseys x 3 2
Socks x 3
Gloves x 3
Skratchlabs mix x 2
Big tube sunscreen
240V charger for phone
Battery powered USB power (12000 Chinese mAh)
Spare tail lights/batteries
Spare 32mm tyre
Spare tubes x 3
Book for reading at night chess board and pieces ;o)
Plastic bags for dirty clothes
Cue sheets for days 2, 3 and 4.
A few nuts and bolts, zip ties, velcro
Shorts/t-shirt/shoes for Melbourne
Merino base layer
Sunscreens/coolers for arms
Reflective striped top
750ml bottle x 2
Spare 23mm tyre
Dynamo front/rear light with reflector + USB charge socket
Ayup front light
Blinking rear light with reflector
Knog rear light
If you need accommodation at Tullamarine that's bike friendly and really convenient, I've always found this to be a good place at the end of any tours that i have where I need a Melbn departure.
Why are you carrying 5 tubes and 2 spare tyres? :-) In all of my touring I've only ever needed to replace 2 tyres - each on different trips, and the need for use of spare tubes was pretty sparse too. I'd suggest 1 tyre and 2 tubes. Never needed a new chain either. Put a new one on at the start and carry a few SRAM or KMC links that don't need a chain breaker to use.
You won't be able to take chain oil on the plane - something about it being dangerous!
When touring I usually only carry a spare set of cycling clothes + the ones I wear. I wash them out when I shower and hang them in the tent to dry. If they don't dry overnight, I either wear them damp the next day, or put them in a mesh laundry bag and drape the whole bag over my rear panniers to dry as i'm riding along. May or may not be possible/practical for you.
just to be clear, the overnight bag is dropped off at each night checkpoint, I don't carry it with me.
Why so many tubes, I am only carrying 2 at a time, my tyres are wide but thin and have no puncture protection at all. The spare chain is excessive, I'll take it out.
I won't have time for washing clothes, 1200km in 90 hours at my pace means the only things i will be doing is pedaling, eating, sleeping. I may not require that many jerseys, cut back. But I will wear a fresh set of shorts each day.
"1200km in 90 hours"
You're a better man than I am Gungadin! Good luck! PBP next?
Would also agree to pack a few more tubes as the Monaro highway can be pretty bad for wire flats (ex shredded truck tyres) and finding these holes and patching under lights is never much fun, and oh yes Cooma could still be bloody cold, tick for full finger gloves. That said it can be hot during the day and you could get any sort of headwind south or Goulburn. On spokes, yeah I would be lashing a front and then both sides rear spokes somewhere around your frame, maybe hard to pick up the right type on the way and even a small broken spoke wheel shimmy will turn you into a loon going up and down over the great divide, maybe a few nipples as well.
Only real suggestion I can think of is make sure your helmet has some sort of bug netting to help keep the bees or wasps out
spokes and nipples, OK I'll look into that.
bug netting, that's one I'd never have thought of.
Mine (777) has that. Bit of a pain for fitting a helmet light.
some minimum kit info for the climbing on day/night 2.
I did this route touring a few years ago, and it's a lovely ride - particularly from Dinner Plain to Omeo. The climb up from Harrietville is a popular motorbike rider's route, so be careful of what's coming behind. There are lots of bends that they like leaning into. I did hear that one motorbiker was decapitated by an oncoming car when he took the corner too wide.
I'll try and keep my head close to my shoulders
Mmmmm! I was thinking more of the left hand bends where you're in the blind bit of the corner and the bikie is cutting the corner, and before you know it, they're on you from behind! Had that happen more than once.