Saturday, 9 June 2007


Checklist time. Might as well do this here, then you can tell me what I've forgotten:

  • bike
  • credit card
  • passport
Fairly handy:
  • phone + charger
  • clothing, cycling (2 shorts, 1 longs, 2 s/s racing vests, l/s vest/jacket, rain jacket, socks, casquette, gloves for descending)
  • clothing, civilian to taste
  • tools - allen key set, multitool widget, bearing pin extractor.
  • spare tubes, tyre levers, and þe olde puncture outfit
  • pump
  • spare brake and gear cables
  • spare 4mm hex head M5 bolts for when bits start falling off
  • contact lenses + spares + glop + sunglasses
  • maps (adequate to get me as far as St.-Quentin, otherwise buy en route)
  • camera and charger
  • toiletries + towel
  • sundry pharmaceuticals (well, you don't expect me to do it on bread and water, do you?)


Spangly Princess said...

DO you have one of those handy microfibre tiny towels? they fold up minute, you can buy them in Boots I think, or maybe sports shops and theyr're ace.

punk said...

forza albert!

TrentToffee said...

Vaseline or other such lubricant to rub around you inner thighs, etc.

Albert Herring said...

That's already part of the sundry pharmaceuticals.

Albert Herring said...

Proper towel. Got a fair amount of carrying space, and it's not the heaviest thing out.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't bother with long cycling pants myself (or even leggings). I would take a pair of gloves for the descent of San Bernardo. And don't forget the essentials for handling roadside food (knife, spoon, bottle opener, some freezer food bags).
Brian T.

Albert Herring said...

Cheers Brian

Paul de Man said...

I planned your route for you:,+Nottingham&daddr=Via+della+Rotonda,+Rome&sll=52.954688,-1.147385&sspn=0.01104,0.029182&ie=UTF8&ll=52.953499,-1.149702&spn=0.01104,0.029182&z=15&om=1