On Monday, I will begin my attempt to break the World Record for the fastest crossing of Europe by bicycle. Travelling unsupported, I need to carry everything with me at all times. The conflicting issue? In order to break the current world record I will need to cycle fast, very fast, and cannot afford to have kit slowing me down.
With this in mind, I’ve spent a long time working out exactly what I will take with me on this 4,500-mile challenge. Here is my kit list.
Stanforth Conway steel bike with carbon fork. Designed for touring at speed while maintaining comfort.
Mixed Shimano 105 and Ultegra components, lightweight and reliable.
Reynold Aero46 carbon wheels.
SP dynamo hub to power my lights and my phone.
Brooks Cambium C13 saddle.
Continental GP4000s tyres.
2x 1 Litre water bottles. Carrying two litres is the best for me. Not too much to carry yet enough to get me between towns.
Supernova E3 dynamo light.
Dare2b cycling kit including gloves, leggings, shorts, jersey and jacket
Limar aero helmet. I find aero helmets put less strain on my neck.
Quoc road cycle shoes. I love lace up shoes. They’re very comfortable.
Down gilet jacket, mainly to sleep in.
1 pair of socks. 2 pairs just stink out your bag.
Little Flying Cow
My mascot – @AdventureMascot on instagram
Freeloader Sixer battery bank to charge from my dynamo.
SPOT tracker and spare AAA batteries.
iPhone 8Plus for navigation and photos etc.
Quadlock iPhone bike mount.
2x headphone – one headphone cut off so you can always hear traffic.
5x iPhone charge cables as they always break.
GoPro Hero 6.
Tools & Spares
2x spare inner tubes
Self stick puncture repair patches
3x tyre levers
Spare chain quick links
Terra Nova Bivvy.
Down sleeping, bag -13 extreme
Blow up pillow
A letter to open every 1000 miles from my fiancée.
Language cards for each country I pass asking for food, water, sleep and a place to charge my phone.
Tennis ball for massage.
Sports nutrition from ProjectE2
Fake wallet with £50 and cancelled cards in it to give to anyone wanting to mug me.
Real money and cards hidden on my body.
Toilet paper in ziplock so it doesn’t get wet.
Hayfever tablets to help breathing through my nose.
Sunscreen… because I’m ginger.
The phone number for Yellow Jersey claims incase I have a medical emergency.
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