Five tips to reduce cycle touring weight. Cycling ultralight is an exhilarating experience but even fully loaded tourers can benefit from reducing cycle touring weight by a few kg. Here are my top 5 tips to get you started.
5 Quick Ways To Reduce Cycle Touring Weight
1 | Chief Weight Offenders: Sleeping Bag
When writing my book, the Ultralight Cycle Touring Guide, I made an infographic showing the weight distribution of my equipment. Chief amongst the weight offenders was my sleeping bag. Though down insulated, which has a good warmth for weight rating, my sleeping bag is quite heavy. If your sleeping bag weighs over 800g and you’re camping in normal spring/summer conditions then you may benefit from swapping it for a lighter model. It will reduce cycle touring weight significantly. Yeti, Lightwave and Rab all make great lightweight sleeping bags and there are many more brands with fantastic products. If you’re in the UK Go Outdoors is worth a look. Continue reading Reduce Cycle Touring Weight – 5 Simple Tips→
When looking at ultralight bicycle tools for ultralight cycle-touring there is one main debate I’ve seen thrashed out on forums and blogs; ‘should I use a multi-tool or separate tools?’ Is it lighter to use separate allen keys, chain tools and screwdrivers or to use a multi tool with all of those features combined?
The answer usually comes down to how ergonomic and usable you want your bicycle tools to be. As a guideline, I would suggest that a tool kit (minus, puncture repair and spare parts) that’s less than 120g, easy to use and robust is an achievement. If you want ultralight bicycle tools and don’t mind modifying your multi-tool, perhaps even chopping parts off that you don’t need, you might be able to get that weight down to 80g or less and still have a reasonable level of functionality and ergonomics. Continue reading Ultralight Bicycle Tools For Cycle Touring→
Earlier today I made a video showing how I piece together my ultralight touring bike. In the video I’m using the standard 7.6kg setup as described in detail in my book along with my 10.5kg road bike. The 7.6kg is not all on the bike as it also includes what I am wearing; cycle shorts, cycle jersey, socks, SPD MTB shoes, helmet and sunglasses.
Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Cheers!
When setting out to build the ultimate ultralight cycle touring toolkit, I first examined my old one. My old cycling toolkit was a dark and mysterious beast, I couldn’t really tell you what it contained as I rarely dug that deep.
On the odd occasion I did tip out the contents while looking for a small part I was bemused by what scattered across the floor. I knew there were several types of brake pad, five 4mm allen keys, two multi-tools and a bottle of lube in there, but there were also other more unusual things. Some I’m 70% sure had something to do with bottom brackets, others may not be anything to do with bicycles and I definitely found a bolt that belongs to my desk chair! That would never make it into an ultralight cycle touring toolkit.
I made a Cycle Touring Infographic of Weight specifically for the Ultralight Cycle-Touring Guide. I decided I wanted a cycle touring infographic to show the relative weights of the items I had included.
Before I made the cycle touring infographic I kept thinking; “Kindle: 280g, camera: 360g, bivy: 510g – does that mean my Kindle is really heavy? How can it weigh more than half of my bivy, which is so essential to my survival in comparison to having an ebook reader”. But then in comparison to my camera, it seems pretty good. Most people would not question taking a camera, because they find the pictures valuable enough to justify the additional weight.
My ultralight cycle touring book entitled the ‘Ultralight Cycle Touring Guide’ is finally complete. Since sometime in November 2013 I’ve been dragging myself away from the beautiful New Zealand spring to write a book on ultralight cycle-touring.
It all started when I got my road bike shipped out from the UK. I wanted to see more of New Zealand but the large distances and hills between towns forced to me look for a lighter and faster solution for touring. Down the rabbit hole I fell. Continue reading Ultralight Cycle Touring Book→
Ultralight Cycle Touring and Fully Loaded Bicycle Travel