|Tampere, August 2016|
|Tampere, December 2016|
Summer 2016 was quite eventful and after fine-tuning my setup a bit I ended up riding a bit again. I even purchased two sets of panniers, both of them seen in pictures above. I made a quick visit to Tampere again, but I was in a rush so I couldn't stay for as long as I did a year ago after doing that winter solstice ride I posted about.
Well it turns out winter solstice is an annual thing and a couple fellas in this Finnish FGSS forum were going to ride it and had a nice route planned out, so I figured I could join them. We ended up doing quite exactly the planned route and this time I managed to keep a tracker on the whole time: here's the result.
235 km is not so whopping lot, but it's quite something when taking into account the fact that it was dark, cold and wet pretty much during the whole night. However, my 49/22 gear ratio felt just right for this kind of riding too, especially since I tried to pack as light as possible and used smaller panniers for this trip.
What did I pack then? This time I actually had the patience to at least take some pictures of my luggage after arriving home again.
|Contents of the left pannier|
|Contents of the right pannier|
-spare tube, tire levers, patch kits and a small pump
-8mm and 13 mm wrenches
-8-speed chain connector and some spare chain
-a pack of handkerchiefs
-headphones (didn't use while riding, only when taking the train back home)
-pair rubber gloves (the used pair was in left bag)
-Multitool with some common metric hex heads, spoke keys, chain tool and T25
-mix of dried fruits and nuts
-that Xcover2 on the left
Instead, the stuff that turned out to be relevant:
-a good set of lamps (obviously)
-that Xcover2 on the right (for GPS tracking)
-two cheap powerbanks (for the lights and the tracking phone)
What's not displayed in pictures is my fleece hoodie with a zipper. I originally thought I'd need it for riding, but it turned out to be way too hot and I didn't want to soak it with sweat because those don't get dry very easily.
I'm still a bit surprised how little I was carrying, but I know I could do better. Of course, I can't just ditch any of the stuff required to fix a flat tire, but for example, a hub dynamo and some on-bike battery pack would have saved me a lot of trouble and I'd have needed at most one powerbank.
Also, if I finally invested in some better clothing I'd definitely be able to do with less. Right now I don't have anything made of merino wool. A simple base layer combined with a softshell jacket would probably eliminate the need to carry anything but a warm shirt and beanie, but on the other hand, I kinda my current combination of jeans and a 3/4 leather jacket.