On our bikes there are…

Since the beginning of the bike trip, all our equipment is hyper functional except… our crutches. 
Sylvain’s bike under the pedal does not allow you to maintain the bike without any other support. The bag at the front of the bike carries the handlebars inwards and knocks it over. In short, the anchor is too far back… A few height adjustments can compensate a little for the imbalance. Another trick found over the water: block the rotation of the handlebars by clipping the helmet between the wheel and the frame! Nevertheless a double crutch or a front luggage carrier would have been appreciable to use, despite being overweight … 

The crutch that teams Matcha, The Bike of Clea (yes it has a small name) requires a regular tightening every two days or so in the absence of a counter nut. Nothing serious but the risk of losing it in the middle of a path on a day of travel too hectic.

Our bikes were in good condition at the beginning, so we had few repairs to do during the first two months. Only regular maintenance, tire re-inflating, cleaning and mechanical oiling are required. Until then the brakes hold up well and use normally (the V-breaks gum is reduced and The Clea’s discs take the rust slightly). 

In terms of weight, we left with about 30kg each. 
Between 13 and 15kg for each bike and 15kg of luggage
per cyclist. Sometimes we have a larger load because of the food we sometimes carry. We avoid stocking too much anyway! The
combination of Cléa’s front and rear bags is more balanced, so the races of the day often end up on the sides of Matcha. For Sylvain, the handlebar bag has to compensate a little for the load of the rear luggage rack, the tools are stored there while some rather light but bulky elements occupy the rear bags (tent, pharmacy, camera, backpack, etc. ).

Here is a snapshot of our bikes with the general distribution of the material:

It is also an opportunity to thank Cyclable stores for their sponsorship through the supply of 2 pretty red Ortlieb rear bags. Thank you again!

Below is a Boris Vian-like list of carried away items:

  • Bicycle accessories:

2 helmets

2 pairs of mudguards (easily removable)

Carriers (adapted to the frame structure)

2 simple crutches

2 anti-theft (1 U light, 1 foldable and 1 reinforced cable)

2 mirrors (not forgetting to change sides: to the right of the handlebars to Thailand, left from Cambodia)

2 doorbells and 1 compressed air horn

  • Toolkit:

2 Flexible Replacement Tires 700x35c

2 Air Chambers (1 per valve type: Schrader and Presta)

1 anti-cracking kit

1 Multi tool with chain drift included

2 English Keys

1 Key

1 Small hand pump

2 Brake cables

2 Speed cables

1 Disc brake

2 pads

2 V-brake brake pads

Oil and cleaning toothbrush

1 Chatterton

2 roll tendors (already 1 misplaced!)

  • Camping equipment:

1 Gas burner (no hose)

1 Threaded valve gas cartridge (purchased in Bangkok)

1 Ultra-light PVC-free tent (cons: non-freestanding)

1 Compact inflatable mattress

2 independent seats

2 silk sheets

2 downs 3 seasons

1 Mosquito net double

1 Popote / 2 folding plates

Cove red / eco cup

1 glasses

Hammac two seats

2 Gourdes per person

1 filter water pump

1 waterproof bag

  • Clothing per person:

1 Short

1 bike short (used only by Sylvain)

2 Tee shirts (1 synthetic and 1 me
rino)

1 Light fabric pants (in case of m
osquito alert)

Socks /under clothing Sandals (daily, pretty tan)

Low shoes Closed Walking

1 Shawl (used by Cléa for some temple visits)

Cap

1 pair of emergency bezel

K way and waterproof pants (little used at the moment)

Doudoune and cap (used at altitude in Indonesia)

Tote bags (for clothing and food shopping, useful for fighting plastic bags)

Bags compartments  

  • Toilet Kit :

Dentifrice Toothbrushes,

Soda bicarbonate (to brush teeth)

Coconut oil (for skin hydration, sunburn and hair untangling)

Homemade Solid Shampoo

Soap Homemade (thanks Lu) and those of the hostels occasionally

For laundry, ditto (we probably should have brought a Marseille soap)

Oriculis

Coupe nail

BrushHair

Sunscreen

Anti-mosquito (organic but suddenly without DEET)

Travel and rescue pharmacy

  • Other accessories:

2 watches

2 phone holders

2 smartphones

1 compass

2 headlamps (1 usb and 1 batt
ery)

1 hybrid camera

1 Go-Pro
2 e-readers

1 solar external battery

Chargers and cables micro-mini-
usb

1 electrical socket adapter ( used only in Thailand at the moment) 

Well done you’ve come to the end 🙂

Our Bicycles

We’re embarking on our travel bikes!

Clea will ride with a brand new iron frame bike and Sylvain with a SPECIALIZED men’s SIRRUS 2017 aluminium frame bike.

We will be equipped with luggage doors, saddlebags, mudguards, crutches, etc. !