What I carried on London Edinburgh London

So, what do you carry on a 1000+ km audax? Here’s the packing list I used for 2013’s 1400km LEL. For that ride we had 2 bag drops available, I choose to have mine at Pocklington and Brampton so I could access them at about 330, 550, 850 and 1050km. This meant in theory I was never more than 350km from some clean dry clothes.

On me or the bike. Main carrier was my usual Carradice Barley

Bike

  • Bottles – 2x 750ml
  • Garmin Edge 800 GPS
  • B+M Cyo front light powered from front Dynohub
  • Spare link – Magic chain joining link
  • Brake blocks
  • Oil – small bottle just in case weather went nasty of things started squeaking
  • Flip flops – last minute addition once we’d been told that some controls would have a shoes off policy. Were ditched at Brampton north bound
  • Helly – spare base layer
  • Knee warmers
  • Arm warmers
  • Gloves – took full gloves in case of wet or cold on night time descents
  • Gilet
  • 3 inner tubes
  • Over shoes – battered old pair of neoprene jobs
  • Nunn – one tube of the caffeinated cola ones I like
  • Tools – Leatherman, tyre levers and a bike multitool
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste
  • Headtorch – not so much for riding, but for repairs/punctures/toileting in the dark
  • Painkillers – traditional stash of Vitamin I
  • Silk liner – Taken for comfort of sleeping at controls. Never used
  • Immodium – Just in case, not used
  • Cap – Stupidly left at Pock southbound the day before I REALLY needed it in the heat
  • Buff
  • Phone cable
  • Gps
  • Usb cable – 2m long one to stretch from Barley to Garmin 800 on the stem
  • Battery – Technet 5000 mAh
  • Ixion  – extra battery light to complement Cyo and dynohub for fast descents.
  • Sunglasses
  • Clear glasses
  • Hi vis gilet – workman’s jacket type purely for huge amounts of reflective tape
  • Sleeping shorts – pair of baggy running shorts. Was great to air the undercarriage a bit at controls and make sure everything was dry.

Pocklington

  • Tube
  • Wicking top
  • Jersey
  • Spare socks
  • Spare shorts

Brampton

  • Tube
  • Wicking top
  • Ls jersey – through this in just in case the weather turned, or I was feeling the cold due to tiredness southbound
  • Jersey
  • Socks
  • Brake blocks
  • Nunn – more cola flavour
  • Battery –  A spare tecknet 7000 mAh 
  • Spare aa
  • Towel – Didn’t need this in the end as controls had towels. But as it was a bag drop it didn’t need carrying
  • Ibuprofen
  • Pro plus
  • Spare shorts
  • Spare 3/4s – through this in just in case the weather turned, or I was feeling the cold due to tiredness southbound

 

That little lot seemed to cope with pretty much everything I encountered on the ride. The only stupid thing I did was leave my cap behind too early, and had to improvise with my buff, which wasn’t brilliant.

Just in case anyone’s interested I rotated 3 pairs of shorts over the ride. A pair of Endura Pro FS260s bibs, a pair of Gore bibs and a cheap pair of Decathlon’s own brand BTwin bibs. Didn’t seem to sustain any disasterous undercarriage damage, though sitting on the saddle 2 days later was still a tender experience for the first 5 minutes.

Now the challenge is to work out how to carry this much kit without bag drops for next years challenge, The Highlands, Glens & Western Isles 1300km. Hopefully I’ll have a new frame and can look at some slightly roomier luggage than the barley.

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