Cycling home from Switzerland carrying your clothes needs some planning the first being what do I put them in? After much research and questioning of people I decided to get some Ortlieb panniers and we already had a Topeak saddle bag which again is quick release and portable.
The Ortlieb panniers are waterproof and also have a quick release. We packed all our clothes into the panniers and mine weighed about 10 lbs (4.5Kg)Jane was at 14 lbs (6.kg).
This is my apparel for the two and a half weeks we are away. We have decided to take some hand wash soap for the clothes and possibly wash every two days (or stink) Here is my list:
- 6 pairs socks (I plan to wear and wash then throw away)
- 5 pair underpants (I plan to wear and wash then throw away)
- 1 pair espadrilles
- Sealskinz oversocks (these are advertised as waterproof hopefully it won’t rain)
- 2 pair cycling socks (1 to wash and 1 to wear)
- 2 cycling shirts (1 to wash and 1 to wear)
- 2 tee shirts (1 to wash and 1 to wear)
- 2 pair cycling shorts (1 to wash and 1 to wear)
- 1 travel towel
- a pair of trousers that will unzip to make into shorts
- a pair of shorts
- a raincoat
we also have cycling helmets, shoes, fingerless gloves and sunglasses.
We need to remember toothbrush and toothpaste, shaver, passports, credit card, wallet, travel insurance documents and money. We packed our saddle bag.
- bike lock
- tyre inflators
- euro plug adaptors
- mobile phone
- multi charger lead
- charge leads for anything battery operated
At the last minute we decided that it might be good to have cycle insurance so after phoning around decided to go with Veloshaw for about £150 (which covers us for a year for everything from UK breakdown cover to insurance for your teeth against road rage hopefully I am too old (or too scary) for all that.
To qualify for the insurance we had to buy at least a silver standard bike lock never come across that one before anyway picked one up and then spent half an hour trying to make out the Abus instructions that were just pictures before resorting to YouTube
Another 2 kg to an already heavy bike.
Wednesday night Knoxy and Dobbo turned up and we loaded the van.
Next time we see them hopefully will be in Switzerland.
The team at County Battery requested I weigh in before and after I was 16st 10lb. I guess you could have a sweep stake at Thursday morning Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 breakfast meeting see if I lose some or find some on the way.
We pre-booked a taxi to Heathrow for our flight to Zürich it was cheaper to get a cab than the train £130.