I’m a week away from my trip to Canada and I think I have everything I need for my ‘credit card tour’ from Montréal to Gaspé. Here’s what I landed on for packing by bike:
This is a SciCon Aerocomfort 2.0 ‘soft case’. I can’t speak to its ability to keep my derailleur from getting smashed in during the flight, but it sure does look packing friendly:
This is how the bike sits inside the bag/box. Notice the pedals are still on and the handlebars are looking straight ahead. Even the derailleur is still there, protected (although it’s hard to see) by a metal bracket that wraps around it. If you’re not too tall, the saddle can even be left up. Yes, I’m thinking the same thing – too good to be true. We’ll see soon enough, but the reviews I’ve read so far have been positive.
Next up, the ultimate seat bag:
Ultimately goofy looking, maybe, but this sucker (Revelate Designs ‘Viscacha’) fits my shoes, 2 pairs of socks, rain jacket, long-sleeve wool jersey, shorts, 2 t-shirts, underwear, toiletry kit, extra tube, and a few other things I can’t remember right now. 14 litres, so they say. I haven’t tested it out yet, but I’ve packed it and I can see that it’ll sway from side to side a bit. There’s not too much climbing on my route, so I don’t think that’ll be an issue.
As for the route, it’s pretty straight forward; follow the St. Lawrence River till it dumps into the Atlantic Ocean. That’s where I come from. I have been using the excellent Route Verte website for accommodation and route tweakings, by the way. Quebec, it seems, has invested a bunch of time and money into creating the largest sign-posted bike route system in North America. I’ll be on a part of it most of the way home.