00b Freiburg – Barcelona READY to go

cyclingtourist.com packing the bike 2017

You are now at post Nr. 00b out of 10 for this tour.
If you want to read the post of that trip in order, voilà:
00a Freiburg – Barcelona preparation
00b Freiburg – Barcelona READY to go
01 Freiburg – Lake Neuchâtel (206km, 1200m)
02 Lake Neuchâtel – Geneva (119km, 968m)
03 Geneva – Lyon (167km, 1585m)
04 Lyon into the Cevennes – on climbing and descending… (157km, 1885m)
05 Lac St. Martial – Tarn (187km, 2900m) Prototype of THE cycle touring day
06 Tarn – Carcassonne (203km, 2683m) – A long day in 3 dimensions
07 Carcassonne – Casteil (148km, 2635m) Arrival at the ‘base camp’
08 Walking over the Pyrenees and cycling down into Spain (110km, 2671m) – reality checks
09 Hot as hell. Tortellà, Costa Brava, Canet de Mar (145km, 1468m)
10 La Final: last 48km to Barcelona & recap. What a tour…

Everything is sorted out! I am now on the train to Freiburg where I will stay at my friend’s place. Tomorrow morning (Sat. 22nd of July) i’ll mount my horse for a ride towards Lausanne/CH – not knowing exactly where I will end up in the eve.

For whoever may find it interesting, in this post i will simply go into the details of my setup and what I packed.

Packing list

Bildschirmfoto 2017-07-21 um 03.21.38

1. Regular Clothes

  • 2 t-shirts (one for sleeping)
  • 1 long sleeve buttoned shirt
  • 1 fleece pullover (can also used as pillow-stuffing)
  • 1 trousers (zipp-legs)
  • 1 belt
  • 2 shorts socks
  • 1 long socks
  • 3 boxers (one for sleeping)
  • 1 pair of sneakers

2. sleeping gear

  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping mat
  • favourite pillowcase (to stuff with clothes)
  • tent (one layered, for one person)

3. everyday items

  • travel towel
  • swimming pants
  • light mini backpack (for non-cycling)
  • pepper spray
  • sun cream (50; for kids)
  • chewing gums
  • bag with toothbrush, mini toothpaste, shower gel, hair wax, etc.
  • plastic bags (to make stuff waterproof)
  • foldable cup
  • plastic camping cutlery
  • cycling glasses (with correction)
  • sunglasses (with correction)
  • regular glasses
  • a book (not depicted; was a last minute decision. To underline the intention to make it a more recreational, ‘relaxed’ Tour this year; to add an intellectual dimension to the physical one : D )

4. electronics

  • simple cycling computer (Sigma)
  • Garmin Edge Explore 1000 (GPS navigation)
  • iPhone
  • headphones
  • USB charger (4 outlets)
  • camera-battery
  • camera charger
  • spare flat battery (for cycling computer)
  • 4 USB cables
  • pouch
  • 2 power banks (each ca. 6000mAh)
  • camera Sony a5100 (not depicted for obvious reasons)

5. other cycling stuff

  • cable lock + padlock
  • u-lock (Kryptonite)
  • LED front and rear light (as back up and for improved visibility at dusk/dawn)
  • first-aid-kit
  • spare strap

6. bags

  • Vaude Bike Alpine 25+5 backpack
  • 2 larger drybags
  • mini drybag (to protect the camera in case of rain/humidity; not depicted)

7. cycling clothes

  • 2 short sleeve jerseys
  • 1 thin longsleeve top
  • 2 bib-shorts
  • rain overshoes (Velotoze)
  • rain jacket
  • bandana + piece of extra cloth
  • 2 socks
  • cycling gloves
  • cycling shoes (Sidi)
  • helmet (Giro)

8. tools/spare-parts

  • rag (for when touching chain, and to stuff bag against rattling)
  • 2 disc brake wedges (for transport)
  • multi tool (kind of leatherman)
  • multi tool (bike specific incl. chain tool)
  • lube (squirt dry lube)
  • 2 tire irons
  • puncture patches
  • chain link (Sram)
  • mini pump
  • short piece of inner tube

This year’s cockpit

2017-07-21 03.56.19

From bottom to top:

  • Fueltank bag (Blackburn)
  • USB charger (Cycle2Charge connected to Velogical rim dynamo)
  • 2 Food pouches (Revelate Designs)
  • rear mirror (Busch&Müller)
  • cycle computer (Sigma)
  • bicycle bell (CatEye)
  • GPS navigation (Garmin Edge Explore 1000)
  • aero-bars (Profile Design)
  • drybag (Sea-to-Summit)
  • strap (blue) to attach another bottle
  • remote control Garmin (makes handling easier)

Bike setup

cyclingtourist.com 2017 setup
cyclingtourist.com 2017 setup

From back to front:

  • Pletscher Orion rack
  • drybag (with tent; strapped under the rack)
  • drybag on top with items that are not regularly used (e.g. spare clothes)
  • Vaude triangle frame bag
  • Blackburn fuel tank bag (for the camera)
  • 2 Revelate Designs Mtn Feedbags to store energy bars, cashew nuts, etc.
  • drybag (with sleeping bag/mat) Sea-to-Summit
  • Backpack Vaude Bike Alpine 25+5 (for important stuff, some food and things I’m guaranteed to need in the evening)

System Weight

  • Bike + attached bags + content + empty bottles + ca. 20 musli bars/cookies: 19,7 kg
  • Backpack without food: 4,8 kg

Total: 24,5 kg

Author: Malte Cyclingtourist

Hi, I'm Malte, cyclo-hedonist, endurance traveller, occasional bikepacking-racer (mostly road) – www.cyclingtourist.com – Strava: Malte Cyclingtourist – Instagram: @maltecyclingtourist

2 thoughts on “00b Freiburg – Barcelona READY to go”

  1. Hey Malte,

    Sorry, hab deine Nachricht erst heute früh gelesen. War nicht sehr fleißig die letzten Tage. 🙈
    Wir haben Lyon gestern Abend erreicht. Dank Rhoneradweg sind wir gut durchgekommen. 😉
    Leider fahren wir heute früh schon wieder weiter. Das Bierchen müssen wir auf Barcelona verschieben! 😉

    Also, noch eine gute Weiterfahrt!

    Bis dann



    1. Hey, cool! Gute Fahrt!
      Erreiche ich dich unter der mailadresse, die du hier angegeben hast? Oder willst du einen anderen nicht-öffentlichen Konmunikationsweg vorschlagen?
      (Keine Eile mit der Antwort)
      Gruß, Malte


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