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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:12 pm 
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Trailers are good but the only times I had trouble with them are when free camping( say using land without asking the owners permission) normally farms and forests and going off road and over fences sometimes is an issue with a trailer. some swear by trailers though, I've just prefered panniers and racks

but it highlights knowing your route, expectations and needs.


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The trip is named "Lighthouse to Lighthouse". A trip starting at the the northernmost point on mainland europe, Slettnes fyr (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slettnes_Lighthouse) and after +3000km I'll end at the southern most point in Norway at Lindesnes fyr (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindesnes_Lighthouse). The route I have mapped so fare is Google Map

Regarding clothing and packing I have long arctic experience from climbing, mountaineering, hunting, kayaking and skiing in the arctics. But I have no expedition cycling experience. The longest race I did as active was a 540km race nonstop on a road bike. This trip will be one of those "Jesus I am 40 years old panic trips..." so I am planing on using 20-30 days on the 3000km. Mostly I will camp with tent/bivy and sleeping bag, but I have my Visa and MasterCard with me for emergency hotel stays ;-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:36 pm 
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Those links I posted earlier will help you with gear to take

as to the clothes..your no novice :lol:

Looks a great trip and being in europe-ish there will be plenty of resources along the way..towns, petrol stations b&bs..so travelling lighter than say peru will be easily possible

Me personally on that type of run I would budget something like every third or 4th night in a cheap b&b to rinse out the clothes, top up supplies and get a beds night rest...it's a fun trip after all

this might also help as they say a picture paints a thousand words

http://www.pbase.com/canyonlands/fullyloaded/


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"The Tubus Titanium looks smart and light."

But not so easily repaired as steel if it DOES get broken!


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Looks like a great trip, and it sounds like you've plenty of experience and know what you're doing.
If you're not set on panniers it's worth considering a BOB Yak trailer. I bought one years ago and have never looked back. For anything gnarlier than very light touring they're fab and handle much better than panniers, esp off road, -the only thing that has em beat' is ruts. You can carry loads of stuff, which brings a whole bunch of new lightweight-but-bulky kit possibilities, and it's nice to just unclip them at the end of the day and have your light bike back again. Flip em upside down and they make a handy table too!

tips: other than the obvious tools/spares, take a bag of nuts and bolts and a roll of duct tape.
a water filter is really useful - I use a Katadyn Mini
eat nettles! ..a welcome addition of some greens to the diet of dehydrated crap, and they're packed with vit's and min's. The cooking liquid is a fantastic tonic :)


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eat nettles!


Kellogg's variety packs of cereals are all the serious survalist needs.


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Not having toured anywhere for at least ten years, I'm pl,eased to see things have moved on a bit. Have you considered frame packs? http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... -seat-bags
They seem the ideal place for heavy but non bulky items. Anything less in panniers is a bonus for me.


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Blackburn, I know of several that have been on long tours around the world, and one that toured for best part of 10years,


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Blackburn, I know of several that have been on long tours around the world, and one that toured for best part of 10years,
Not their pumps though!


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suburbanreuben wrote:
Not having toured anywhere for at least ten years, I'm pl,eased to see things have moved on a bit. Have you considered frame packs? http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... -seat-bags
They seem the ideal place for heavy but non bulky items. Anything less in panniers is a bonus for me.

Agree with that, seems a really practical system.
From what I've read this guys stuff is excellent - http://www.revelatedesigns.com/
http://www.bikepacking.net/reviews/bike ... -seat-bag/


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