If you read our last post, you’ll know that we just did a shakedown overnight bike trip, in order to get ready to head off on our planned-for bicycle road trip next month.
We wanted to share with you now, 10 things which need work (as discovered on this first 80 mile bike packing, shakedown trip):
- New saddle needed on Sandra’s bike. The current saddle WTB Speed She Comp Black Saddle has been great, but at over 15 years old and ripped in a few places, it’s time for something new.
- Also, in relation to Sandra’s ride, some new bars might be worth experimenting with in order to vary hand positions and perhaps the addition of bike gloves too.
- The warm Florida weather can take it’s toll on your skin and more breathable bike shorts should help in that regard. Enough said.
- Bike repairs – the front brake and the front & rear derailleurs on Sandra’s Cannondale are pretty well shot.
- Wheel size – Dominic really needs a bigger stronger wheel for the back of his recumbent. The 700 that is on there currently will be taking some heavy weight with large bags on the rear rack.
- More food. We should have seen this one coming of course. You can never have enough food when working so physically hard all day. We plan to experiment with a stove for our next trip. Not sure a diet of trail mix and cold soaked noodles is going to be for us day-in and day-out (and don’t judge us for the ICEE in the photo which accompanies this post!).
- There are no words for how important a good nights sleep is when you are on a trip of this nature and some kind of pillow would have made a world of difference (more than just tomorrows socks & shorts rolled up together). We knew this from backpacking of course. We just forgot how much it sucks, to not have a pillow.
- Pack size – Dominic has a GoLite Summer quilt, which doesn’t take up much room but, Sandra’s Big Agnes sleeping bag proved too bulky for our panniers and a quilt will need to be sourced instead.
- Oh, and guess we should buy some bike helmets too! Not all our days will involve so much rails to trails/being out of traffic.
- Finally, bug spray…we didn’t bring any on the shakedown trip and it was missed. We are in Florida after all.
** A few people have asked us about our sleep pads, since our Fort DeSoto trip blog. The pads we use are Big Agnes – Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad, Regular.
Join us next time on this blog, where we will share with you the improvements made, since that first shakedown overnight trip.
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