This will be my first long distance cycle over 100km's / 62 miles. Last weekend I did a 60km / 37 mile cycle without too much difficulty, so I'm pretty sure I can get through at least day 1, day 2 will be a struggle but then again I have the whole day on Sunday and can move as slow as I want.
This is the gear I am going with :
Bike: Trek 7.2 FX (2011) (Stock standard, no mods) - recently serviced!
Pants: decent mountain bike cycle pants with pads (not sure on the brand, but a good pair)
Shirt: regular cotton t-shirt (nothing fancy)
Jersey / Jacket : None
Backpack : CamelBack HAWG 20 - holds 3l of liquid.
Nav : Garmin Dakota 20 with heart monitor - and map planned - route broken down into 5 stages routing along cycle paths mainly, no major roads, except for the odd crossing here and there.
Shoes: Beach style summer sandals with velcro straps - no socks!
Contents of backpack:
- 1x Spare inner tube
- 2x AA battery spares for the Dakota
- 1x MP3 player with charging cable
- 1x Phone with charging cable
- Initially 3l of pure cold water in the reservoir
- Wallet (cash + credit card + id + medical insurance card)
- Puncture repair kit
- 1 x pump (nice and compact and proven to work)
- 1 x Camera and charger
- 1 x Clean underwear change.
Food and additional drinking material I intend to buy on route until I get out far into the country after about 50km's then I'll buy some stock for the road.
What have I missed, and any additional tips for this ride are welcome.
Last thing I would like to add, I've read on some sites that listening to music while cycling isn't advisable, what would you say?
Should I take some form of self protection for the road? Mace or maybe a hunting knife - I mean you never know?
Thanks guys - look forward to the responses.