Doomed by our own thoughts of “we may need this” and “pack it, we can get rid of it later” lead us to two VERY heavy and overweight bikes. 280 kgs or 616 lbs to be exact when we rolled over a weigh scale east of Edson, AB. I think we were a little excessive in our packing. We read all the warnings to pack lite, but there are some things you have to learn for yourself.
After a whole week in Osoyoos hanging out with Mike’s parents and another few rain days in Princeton, BC. We seem to have widdled our way down to a more manageable load. We’ve updated our gear pages to include everything we have and the following list is what we packed but got rid of.
Please don’t laugh, our legs hurt enough from hauling the weight around ; )
What we got rid of:
- Mountain bike tires x4 – won’t need until California where the weather is more favorable
- 2 bike tubes – already have 6 spare
- Crescent Wrench – replaced with 15 mm spanner that we need for our Rohloff
- Extra chain – figure we’ll pick extras up on the way
- Set of Tire Levers
- Chain Cleaner – will use an old toothbrush
- Clickstand – snapped in 1/2 2nd day
- Stainless Steel coffee mug – have a smaller one
- Fishing rod and tackle – would be nice but the reality of it is slim
- Knots book – downloaded iTouch app.
- Park Tool Bicycle Repair book – downloaded a few manuals and will look up on-line as needed
- Cookbook – although a great idea this particular one was made for backpacking and incl. a lot of “prepare at home sections” which was useless on the road. We’ll use the net from now on.
- Hiking boots – although we love these, not very practice. Replaced with our day hikers.
- Clothing: Michael: 1 jersey, 1 belt, 1 soft shell jacket, 1 cotton t-shirt – redundant | Karen: 1 long sleeved riding jersey – redundant/zipper broken, 1 riding vest – sweat too much in it
We still are carrying a bunch of weight that we are sure is still excessive. We actually can’t get our heads around how other cycle tourists get by with only panniers, and here we are with a trailer that carries two extra panniers!
One area that we know we can pair down is our food pannier. We have quite the extensive pantry but we know we have to get used to buying staples and produce more regularly, we are figuring it out but have to get it down to an art of how to plan food.