Practice Packing the Tandem – Round #1

Rob and I have done several bike camping weekends – High Steel Bridge, Lopez Island, Mount Rainier, Chelan to Washington Pass, etc. Now we have 10 days of bike touring in Sweden planned with just us. We’ve always managed with just the back panniers, but no way this will be enough for 10 days.

Last night, we put on the front rack and did a practice pack of the bike.

1st attempt at packing the bike.

1st attempt at packing the bike.

The packing list so far.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Snozzle Bag
  • Couples Cuffs
  • Water Treatment
  • First aid kit
  • Bike GPS
  • Bike lights
  • Bike tool
  • Patch kit
  • Extra tube
  • Extra tire
  • Spare nuts, bolts, and washers
  • Spoke repair kit with extra spokes
  • Duct tape, gear tape
  • Pump
  • Headlamps
  • Solar panel
  • Charging cables and outlet adapter
  • Shoe Covers pp.
  • Rain jacket pp.
  • Bike Shoes pp.
  • Warm hat pp.
  • Gloves fingerless and fingered pp.
  • Sunglasses pp.
  • Alternate shoes pp.
  • Bandana
  • 3 shirt pp.
  • 2 pairs underwear pp.
  • 3 pairs socks pp.
  • Down jacket pp.
  • 1 set bike shorts pp.
  • 1 set convertible shorts pp.
  • Rain pants pp.
  • Trash bags
  • Ziplocs
  • Cooking utensils
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Pot/pan
  • Container bowls
  • Extra water container
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Pocket knife

Resources used: shesnotpedalingontheback.com (also tandem tourists), The Adventure Cycling Handbook (doesn’t have a detailed packing list but talks about how to dress).

Today, we rode 33 miles on an ETC ride with the packed bike. At speed we were very stable, but low speed maneuvering definitely suffered. Rob weighed our bags and it came to 47 pounds. We tacked on another 10ish miles without the gear getting dinner and beer in Ballard. It felt amazingly light without all our stuff. We definitely need to put on some more miles before our trip.

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