I’ve now got my ticket to Canada bought, so I’m feeling a little more committed to cycling to my hometown of Gaspé. It’s around 1000 km from Montréal, and really not that hilly for the most part, so to make it more interesting I’ve given myself 5 days to do it. If I can’t handle 200 km a day, I’ll miss my sister’s 60th birthday party. Considering it’s her place I’ll be staying at, I might not have a bed if fail.
So, in the interest of going far and fast, I’ve been looking at ways of going lightweight. This is what I’ve come up with so far, since it’s really the only way of rigging a road bike up for touring that I know of (although the one pictured below [Arkel] is slightly different to what I’m used to [Topeak]). I can see that packing will have to be a pretty creative endeavor with this set-up. Maybe I can take along a super-light backpack, too?
Have any of you done any ultra-light touring? While you answer that, I’ll go and start filing down my toothbrush.