Nu är jag hemma igen efter att ha cyklat 1.500 km genom södra delarna av Sverige, södra delarna av Tyskland, en del av Slovakien och en del av Ungern. När jag kom fram till Budapest var det en såååå skön känsla att äntligen vara framme. Bilder kommer inom kort.
A mate had the idea that I should measure my thigh before I embark on my cycle-tour. Of course I had to do it since it will be interesting to see if it will get bigger or what. Currently my right thigh is 59 centimeters around.
My right thigh is now smaller at 58 cm. I must have lost some fat or something. Weird!!
Below is a video where I have filmed all the stuff I am bringing on my European Bicycle Tour 2012.
My english is terrible so I must apologize for this, but I hope you will find the video informative. My philosophy is to travel LIGHT . My goal is to not have more than 8 kg of stuff with me including tent, sleeping bag etc.
For my trip I will be using:
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
Exped Basic 7.5 UL
Powermonkey Explorer solar battery charger
NorthFace Duffel Bag xs (25l)
Light weight sporting t-shirts
Sea to Summit towel
Bicycle repair gear
Marmot rain jacket
Boot n strap rain shoe protector
Samsung Galaxy S2 (I made the video on this)
Soviet Military Maps with Open Cycle Maps (downloaded from Android Play)
Swedish Advertising Association has written an article about my cycling tour. You find the article here.
The Swedish Advertiser Association (Sveriges Annonsörer) will once again (last time they wrote an article about my experience in Camerun) write about my adventures – riding my wicked bicycle from Sweden to Hungary. Each day I will send them a pic from ‘the road’ showing an advertising campaign, billboard or any other ad space that comes across my path. My bicycle trip is now not only a test in endurance but also a study in European marketing and how it differs in regions and countries.
In my quest for the perfect tire for my bicycle tour I have e-mailed one of the biggest manufacturers of quality tires – Schwalbe.
I asked what would be the best tire for a long distance European bicycle tour. Here is the answer:
“Both tires (Marathon Plus and Marathon Supreme) would be an excellent choice for a bicycle tour you are going to do. So I can´t really give you a recommendation for one of these tires, I just can point out some interesting advantages. So if you are searching for a tire featured with best puncture protection and best durability you have to choose the Marathon Plus. This tire is often used for longer journeys and available for a fair price. On the other hand Marathon Supreme offers great performance as to grip and rolling resistance with an acceptable puncture protection and durability. In addition you will save half of the weight compared to Marathon Plus.”
If you are planning a bicycle holiday this summer or in the near future then here are some great links to check out:
The Best European Bicycle Maps
A beginners guide to travelling by bike
Bike trails and paths
Free lodging with warmshowers.org
How to fit a bike
Open Cycle Map
Sometimes time passes so slooooowly. I am counting the days until I can go on my European Bicycle Tour. To make time go faster I am pimping my Nishiki Ultra Pro bicycle with things like Schwalbe Durano Plus tires, testing my Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 in my living-room, lying in my Haglöfs LIM 50 sleeping bag and trying to compete with myself how fast I can blow up my ExpedSynmat UL 7.5 sleeping mat.
In the mean time I entertain myself with my boxing training.
The trick I figure is to create the ultimate ride by balancing having a great bike with ultra light packing. The current estimated weight of my complete pack is 6,5 kg. My goal is to stuff 6 kg (inluding tent, sleeping bag, clothes toiletries, sleeping mat etc) into my newly purchased North Face XS (25 liter) duffel bag. I figure if I have this on my rear carrier then it would be well balanced against the 1,5 liter water bottles (0,75 liters each), and my front steering pack (5 liters).
When I am done with project of optimizing the ride for my European Bicycle Tour I will post my complete pack with pictures and all.
I have been researching ultra light tents for more than 2 months now. I finally settled on the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 2011 version. It is a near perfect tent in terms of size, weight and price. When its packed with all extras the tent weighs only 1,5 kg. It cost about 300 US dollars and is only 40X17 cm when packed in its bag. There is plenty of room (213cm X 132 cm sleeping area) if you are traveling by yourself and a bit snug if you are two, but you can totally feel comfortable two ppl as well.
Here are some other great contenders:
This summer I am travelling on my bicycle to Budapest from Stockholm. The tour is approx. 2500 kilometers and will take 2 weeks. I plan to average about 200 kilometers per day.
For my trip I am planing to travel as light as possible and have purchased some great touring and backpacking lightweight gear.
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 is a great tent from the US. It weighs only 1,5 kg and is a roomy tent for 1 person and snug for 2 people sharing.
Haglöfs LIM 50 sleeping bag weighs approx. 300 grams and is good enough for 3 seasons.
McKinley sleeping mat weighs approx 200 grams and is OK for summer. I would not use it during any other season.
My totalt weight for my tour is 7kg and that includes all gear, all clothes, toiletries, electronics and bike repair stuff. I will be touring on a Nishiki Ultra Pro built in Sweden.