Reading other people’s adventures

I came across the website Crazy Guy On A Bike what a wealth of information here, but be careful of information overload.

I started reading over people’s journeys across the Nullarbor and then any other long trip people had done.  Mainly I was looking for what they did, what they took with them and what mechanical problems they had and how they solved them or any other interesting happenings.

So far I have learnt, new trippers take TOO much stuff with them and end up either giving it away or mailing it home.  Certainly do not want to spend your touring cash on mailing excess rubbish home.

Things I plan to do to my bike before I leave

Make sure that I have the matching tool that fits every allen key nut and screw on the bike.  Coming home from work on Wednesday, my left crankarm came loose, I whipped my new bike multi tool to fix the recalcitrant crank arm and discovered that I don’t have a 8mm allen key handy.

Jerryrigging the 6mm and the flat blade of a screwdriver I managed to tighten the crankarm so it was good for another 500m but this got old after the third time and I called the Boss to come get me.

Mapping my ride

For mapping my ride, I used bike route toaster

This let me plan out what I thought I could roughly do in a day, you can select the cycling mode and tell it what speeds you might do.  When the route is completed for that day, go to the summary page and have look at course details and even download it to your Garmin GPS, or as a file or view it in Google Earth.

For those that want to know what their expected elevation is during the ride a elevation chart is also provided.

What? you want a cue sheet? well ok then one of these is also provided. (on the cue-sheet page).

My new sleeping bag

I visited Mountain Designs and many other camping and bicycle shops in Canberra today, many of the stores had their winter sales on.  Most of the bicycle shops don’t seem to stock any mirrors which I found strange.

I remember going into camping store when I was much younger and the shops having acres of tents setup so people could check them out, but today it seems only the larger family tents get this treatment.  Maybe it’s the fuzziness of time that makes it seem this way, everything seemed larger back in the day.

Anyhow I bought myself a Wanderer 200 sleeping bag, (on sale $54 down from $109) limited range of colours by the time I purchased it, would have liked a green one but black will do. Totally Ninja.

Also popped into Anaconda at Fyshwick, I must say holy moly, they have a lot of stock and a bike section which was having a 40% off everything (ends Tuesday).  Even joined Anaconda as a member online.

Wanderer 200

Best use for Camping
Inner Fill 200 Hollowfibre g/m2
Shell 40D 350T Nylon
Approx Internal Length 190 cms
Approx Internal Width
75 cms
Bag Weight (incl stuff sack) 1.38 kgs
Zipper Length 245 cms
Zip Options Left or right zip.  Unzips flat.  Zip together.
Compressed Packed Volume 7.0 Litres
Temperature rating guide

Mountain Designs sleeping bags are independently laboratory tested according to EN 13537 to ensure you have the right bag for the right climate.  The temperature rating of our sleeping bags are indicated in 3 different measurements:

Comfort (C) is based on a standard adult woman having a comfortable night’s sleep

Limit (L) is based on the lowest temperature at which a standard adult male is deemed to be able to have a comfortable night’s sleep
Extreme (E) is a survival only rating for a standard adult woman