What to bring on a three to four week cycling trip? It is probably all about finding the best balance between comfort and weight. So clothes for a couple of days are enough and then they can be washed on the way. The problem in Norway though is that the weather can be very different from the warm south to the arctic north. So it is better to be prepared for some cold, rainy or stormy days. I didn’t intend to travel very light anyways. That is wouldn’t be possible with the heavy recumbent. My focus is more on a comfortable travel. I rather sit longer on my bike than ride it very fast.
So here is my equipment list: Camping (Yes, good sleeping comfort is important for me):
- Tent: Helsport Ringstind Light 2. A 2-persons tent, so it has plenty of space, also for the bike bags. It weights about 2kg and is very stable in wind and any weather.
- Sleeping bag: Mountain Equipment Classic 750 Light. A down sleeping bag with comfort temperature down to -5 degrees C. It weights about 1.4kg. Pretty heavy. But I rather carry a couple of hundred grams more than freezing in the night.
- Mattress: Therm A Rest Trail Light. Weights 800g and is pretty big. But I love this mattress because of the comfort. My favorite so far.
- Air pillow from Ajungilak. Very light and compact. Not very comfortable but I haven’t found anything better yet.
- Gas cooker and cartridge. I will probably carry one extra cartridge most of the time, just to be sure.
- Camping pots. Two pots and a pan/lit. Pot handle, some spices, spork, lighter are carried inside.
- a mosquito net. Improves life quality in the north.
- Mora belt knive
- Microfiber towel
- 180cm telescope rod and roll
- Some baits
- Patches, spare tube and pump
- Bike tools
- Piece of chain and connectors
- Chain oil
- Some tape
Clothes (besides of shirts, underwear and socks):
- Bike shoes (with cleats)
- Bike gloves, short and long
- Gore-tex jacket
- Rain proof trousers
- Gore-tex shoes
- Helmet and rain cover
- Long trousers with boot lock (helps against mosquitoes)
- Woolen underwear
Bags and other things:
- Ortlieb panniers and low riders
- A very light trail running backpack which holds a camel bag
- Two 750ml bottles and a 2 liter platypus bag
- Garmin Edge 705 GPS for navigation and track recording
- 12Ah battery
- Water filter