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Configurating for The Grand Tour of New Zealand (breweries)

In preparing for my upcoming tour of New Zealand, I tried these two different ways of carrying a light-ish load of ~18lbs. Interesting to note:


• I could easily ride no-handed with either setup, even on slight inclines going slowly.


• The rear panniers caused a big no-handed shimmy if they were even slightly behind the rear axle. If I moved them up 5mm to be even with, or slightly in front of the axle, the shimmy stopped completely. Luckily, I don't have any foot strike on the panniers.


Overall, either way would make a good setup for extended inn-to-inn touring, or for S24O's. For this trip, I'm going with the rear big rack simply because it's faster to assemble and disassemble.


What's in the bags?

• 2 pair cycling shorts, one Ibex, one Pearl Izumi

• 2 wool short sleeve jerseys (one Ibex, one Rivendell/Woolistic)

• Ibex long sleeve micro merino thing

• Wooly warm wool arm warmers

• Ibex wool 3/4 length leg warmers

• 3 pr Smartwool socks

• 2 pair Ibex wool boxer thingies for off the bike

• Ibex wool beanie

• 2 pair Defeet wool gloves

• REI rain jacket

• Puma sneakers

• Portland Cycle Wear knickers

• Patgonia quick-dry pants

• 1st aid kit

• toiletries kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, Dr. Bronners, floss, etc.)

• toolkit

• spare Hetre tire, 2 spare tubes

• cable lock

• waterproof saddle cover

• wet wipes!

• silk sleeping sack

• MSR camp towel

• cotton cycling cap


I think that's it. The panniers are about 70% full, and the handlebar bag is mostly empty (it'll be for food 'n whatnot.)

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Taken on November 9, 2009