Why Is This Bike So Heavy?
I think I’ve tracked down the culprit:
Which contains . . .
- Endura Humvee trousers. Look almost like regular trousers, but with far more pockets.
- Day-glo Nike Sphere base layer. It’s that time of year where it looks cold, then it’s not, and vice versa.
- Altura over-shorts
- Maddison jacket
- Couple of plastic bags to protect the saddle & handlebar tape if I have to leave the bike outside in the rain
- Client file (pen inside)
- Glasses in a hard case.
- Park Tools multi-tool
- Tyre levers
- Puncture kit
- Crank extractor tool
- Spare tube
- 3 regular cable ties
- 3 re-usable cable ties
- 1 leather strap & buckle
- 10" adjustable spanner (a.k.a. The Attitude Adjuster)
- Head torch - for use in night-time puncture repairs. Never had to use it. Yet.
- Spare front light. You never know - BOTH the ones on the bike could fail.
- String of red LED fairy lights - hang out the back of the bike.
- Spare batteries in a small plastic bag to keep ‘em dry
- Kryptolock Series 2 D-lock. This is the main lock for the bike
- Kryptoflex cable. This secures the front wheel, saddle, and anything else I can thread it through.
- Padlock for the cable
Fuel (not shown - already consumed!):
- Bowl of pasta & sauce
- Flapjacks x 2 (nomnomnomnom!)
Comms (plugged in to charge / used to take the photos)
- My iPhone
- The Firm’s Blackberry
- Six Actionwipes. No idea why I have SIX - I think I must have just grabbed them from my office drawer at some point.
So there you go - a lesson in how to pack light.
Your mission now: go and empty your saddle bag / panniers / rucksack / whatever and see what YOU’VE been lugging around with you!