As I mentioned in my last EuroVelo 2020 post, we are planning to cycle hotel-to-hotel from Basel to the sea in June. An important disclaimer before you continue, we have no idea what we are doing. At least, we have no idea in the experiential sense of knowledge. We have no long-distance touring experiences from the past that we can call on to inform our planned trip. Instead, we have been reading blogs, reviewing articles, and exploring YouTube videos. We know we don’t want to ride bikes that look like this:
All respect to people who do but that is not us. We want to travel as minimalists, hotel-to-hotel, on our road bikes with no more than a seat pack and a top tube bag. To make sure we have the correct bags, we decided to start with a packing list. Once we know what we are taking then we can decide which bikepack seat bag will best hold our stuff and fit our bikes.
As you review the list, you might see that several standard touring items are missing. We are not taking rain gear. If it is raining too hard then we will stay at the hotel an extra day or take the train. If it is a light rain in warm weather, then we will ride. The tool kit is what I use on a one-day ride. How many times have you had such a severe mechanical problem that you could not get home? We will be on either EuroVelo 6 or 15 which means we will always be close to towns, bike shops and trains. I never carry a bike lock. If my bike cannot go where I go then I do not go. The EuroVelo site has a bike friendly hotel list so our bikes will always be with us or locked away.
1 cycling kit plus the one I am cycling in that day
Wind vest (still uncertain if this is needed)
2 sets of street clothes (2 quick dry t-shirts, 2 quick-dry underwear, and 1 pair of shorts or convertible pants)
1 pair of flip flops or sandals
Toothbrush, tooth paste and floss
Razor and shaving cream
Triple antibiotic cream
6 medication bottles
1 bottle Tylenol
Toenail and nail clippers
1 inner tube
2 CO2 cartridges and inflator
Small bottle chain lube
Top Tube Bag
2 charging cords
Maps (debating using phone only)
Small magnifying glass (maps are harder to read each year)
OK! What have we missed? Please let us know what you would add, or delete.