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:
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
The NorthFace Rock2
Arctic Alpine Design WBT2
Arctic Alpine Design VELOCE
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.