Ready for the Tour Aotearoa

A week tomorrow I’m starting on the 3000 km self-supported ‘Tour Aotearoa’ which goes the length of NZ from Cape Reinga to Bluff. In spite of my crazy travel schedule I’ve managed to keep to a good training program and according to Xertonline I’m right where I need to be fitness wise which is great.  This is the best time—starting to taper. With a few rides this week, then driving north on Friday.

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My wrist fracture from a few months ago is still bothersome, but nothing some Voltarin Creme, Tylenol and anti-inflammatory pills won’t handle. Taking a wrist brace just in case.

As with all these adventures, it’s been a case of refining the kit down to the minimal for the ride. I’m using my trusty Motobecane titanium hard tail with carbon forks. Just over 22 kg with all the gear. I was out for a ride today and someone grabbed this photo. Bags are Revelate Design seat, frame, harness and harness bag. I’ve a Topeak gas tank bag.

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I’ve a SON front dynamo for powering a Sinewave Beacon light, which also has USB output for charging the Garmin 1000, cell phone etc. I’ve a Lupine Pico R light as a backup, with a 6600 mAh battery. This also serves as a USB backup power should the dynamo fail. I’ve a second 2500 mAh backup in the OT Buckshot Pro Bluetooth speaker which keeps me entertained. I’ve a B&M dynamo rear light, as well as a Night Rider Solas USB. Why have the duplicates? After my B&M Luxos light failed in the first day of the Indian Pacific Wheelrace I don’t want to go through that experience ever again!

Here are photos of the cockpit. The Sinewave is on top; the Lupine beneath it. The 6600 mAh battery can be seen under the left aero bars.

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Below left is a view of the cockpit from the back, showing the Garmin 1000 and the Di2 control box. Why Di2? Fractured wrist has made me concerned so I did a retrofit over Christmas. It’s definitely an indulgence and I like the ease of shifting. I’m getting old.

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Around my seat bag is a flexible mesh which was made for me by ex-Tour Divider Charlie Kemp. They are great as they allow you to stuff in your vest/jacket or anything that you want. On the top is the Revelate Sprocket mesh bag with my SPOT GPS and some other stuff. Next to it is a rolled up 1 litre water bottle which is my spare. I have 3 x 1 litre Magnum water bottles on the bike which are the primary water supply. The seat is a new Specialized Power Pro Elaston. I only have a few hundred kilometres on it and I’m impressed. Hope I will not regret the change. My trusty ‘Thudbuster’ seat post takes out some of the bumps.

Bike has new: XTR pedals (after 2015 TCR will never race with used pedals again!), chain, cassette (40!), Schwalbe Thunder Burt tyres with Stan’s race sealant. New batteries in my 4iiii power meter, heart rate monitor and the Garmin distance sensor (really useful when you lose satellite coverage in places like Big River).

IMG_20180204_184917As a backup to my Garmin 1000 (in EVERY race I’ve done they have failed at least once on me), I have an old Xperia Z3 Compact phone which has ANT+ so will connect to the bike sensors. I’m running the app OSMand+ as the navigation app, and will use Ridewithgps app for collecting the data. I got off ebay a Garmin compatible cell phone mount and put it on the back of the case, along with a Garmin rubber band to hold the case closed. Works great as the GPS will still receive.

In terms of my gear, here is the complete list. Looking forward to the adventure!

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Front Light – Lupine Piko R

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Front Light – Sinewave Beacon dynamo

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Garmin 1000

Bike

Lupine Piko 6600 mAh battery

Bike

Pump

Bike

Rear Light – B&M Seculia dynamo

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Rear Light – Night Rider Solas USB

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Specialized SWAT top tube chain tool

Frame Bag

1 x 1 L roll up water bottle

Frame Bag

1 x Coleman camper’s toilet paper

Frame Bag

3 x spokes

Frame Bag

Chain oil, brush and cloth in plastic bag

Frame Bag

Kathmandu folding baseball hat

Frame Bag

Silicon Cup/Bowl

Frame Bag

Spork

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

1 x tube

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

2 x Chain Super Links

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

2 x Park tyre boot

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

2 x tyre irons

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

4 x CR2032 Batteries

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Chain hook

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Chainring bolt

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Cleat + Bolts

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Di2 cable – 1400 mm

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Di2 Cable connector/removal tool

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Disc brake pad set

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Disc rotor bolt

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Fibre fix spoke

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Garmin twist mount and spare bands

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Motobecane derailleur hanger

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Patch kit with adhesive and vulcanizing patches

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Sinewave USB to dynamo light power cable

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Son dynamo cable

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Stein mini emergency cassette tool

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Tenacious Tape

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Tube patch kit

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Tubeless patch kit

Frame Bag – Large tool bag

Valve inner stem

Frame Bag – Small tool bag

3 x REI velcro straps

Frame Bag – Small tool bag

8 mm pedal hex adapter

Frame Bag – Small tool bag

Alan Keys

Frame Bag – Small tool bag

Boa shoe torx wrench

Frame Bag – Small tool bag

Cable ties

Frame Bag – Small tool bag

Leatherman Squirt PS4 multi-tool

Gastank

1 x satchel of chamois crème

Gastank

Caffeine pills

Gastank

Cell phone

Gastank

Dynamo light Torx keys

Gastank

Lip ointment

Gastank

Piko USB charger connectors x 2

Gastank

Purell hand sanitizer

Gastank

Small can opener

Gastank

SPF 30 lip balm

Gastank

Tylenol

Gastank

Valve adapter – Presta-Shraeder

Handlebar Bag

200 x Salt Stick electrolyte pills

Handlebar Bag

200 x Sports legs pills

Handlebar Bag

80 x BCAA pills

Handlebar Bag

Backup cell phone with Garmin GPS mount

Handlebar Bag

Dental floss

Handlebar Bag

Epipen adrenaline injector

Handlebar Bag

Eye glasses

Handlebar Bag

First aid kit

Handlebar Bag

Gloves – Goretex over mitts

Handlebar Bag

Gloves – Kathmandu light weight cold weather riding gloves

Handlebar Bag

Micro Towel

Handlebar Bag

Petzl head torch

Handlebar Bag

Razor with two blades

Handlebar Bag

Re-Skin patches

Handlebar Bag

Sea-to-summit ultra-sil 22 dry day pack

Handlebar Bag

Spare SPF 30 lip balm

Handlebar Bag

Toothbrush toothpaste

Handlebar Bag

Water purification tablets

Handlebar Bag – Power bag

1 x Micro-B Cable

Handlebar Bag – Power bag

1 x Micro-C Cable

Handlebar Bag – Power bag

4 x AAA SPOT batteries

Handlebar Bag – Power bag

Di2 Charger

Handlebar Bag – Power bag

Micro-C OTG Adapter

Handlebar Bag – Power bag

Pudney USB Micro-B and Micro-C AC Adapter

Harness Bag

Bivy bag

Harness Bag

Lock and cable

Harness Bag

Sea to Summit Ultralight sleeping mat

Harness Bag

Z Pack sleeping bag

Seat Bag

1 x Large Kinesys SPF30 suntan lotion

Seat Bag

1 x tube

Seat Bag

2 x Coleman camper’s toilet paper

Seat Bag

Eddy Bauer down jacket

Seat Bag

Endura rain pants

Seat Bag

Pearl Izumi riding vest

Seat Bag

Rocky Road Goretex socks

Seat Bag

Showers Pass IMDB rain jacket

Seat Bag – Mesh

1 x asthma inhaler

Seat Bag – Mesh

1 x small Kinesys suntan lotion

Seat Bag – Mesh

SPOT GPS

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

2XU Recovery tights

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Ambien sleeping pills

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Assos post-ride salve

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Earplugs

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Ground Effect merino socks

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Long sleeve merino shirt

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Shorts for sleeping in/wearing during laundry, etc.

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Sleeping mask

Seat Bag – Sleeping bag

Sleeping mat patch kit

Wear

Buff

Wear

Dog tag with emergency contacts

Wear

Ground Effect merino socks

Wear

Ground Effect Rock Lobster long sleeve riding shirt

Wear

Ground Effect shorts

Wear

Head sweat cover

Wear

Heart rate monitor

Wear

Lake MX-331 cycling shoes

Wear

Specialized Body Geometry gloves

Wear

Sunglasses

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2 responses to “Ready for the Tour Aotearoa

  1. Greg Andre-Barrett

    May the wind be at your back and the sun shine on your face. Enjoy!

  2. I wish you all the best for the big ride! I love reading your packing list because you’re the only one who’s more prepared than me. My highlight this time: Spare spokes and an emergency cassette removal tool, but then ALSO a FiberFix spoke – Awesome. After all, why wouldn’t you take a FiberFix since it’s so small. The cockpit setup is also pretty neat. Thanks for sharing.

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