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Korean Summer Cycle Tour

It’s the end of August and I am lucky enough to have a week off work, so I thought that this would a good time to go on and extended ride around South Korea and test out all the new gear that has been arriving over the past few weeks.

This will be my first solo bike trip and as much as I would like my team mates (Tom, Katie & Dave) to join me I am excited to see how I do alone. It also gives me the chance to work out what I do/don’t need to carry with me on future rides.

I have compiled a complete list of all the gear I am leaving with on this trip. It will be interesting to see what was missing and what wasn’t necessary.

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Bike Clothing & Gear

  • Lycra bike pants
  • Ground Effect Rock Lobster top
  • Ground Effect Storm Trooper waterproof shell
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Scott Helmet
  • Camelbak bag + 3 Liter reservoir

Regular Clothing

  • Scott Cap
  • Nike Shorts
  • Nike singlet
  • 2 pair of ankle socks
  • T-shirt
  • Icebreaker long-sleeved shirt
  • 2 pair of underwear
  • Long shorts

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Bike Equipment + On my bike

  • Cotton work gloves (save getting oil/dirt on hands when fixing the bike)
  • Bike pump
  • Spare Tube
  • Multi-purpose tool set
  • Puncture repair kit
  • 2 Water bottles
  • Front & rear lights

Camping/Cooking

  • REI two man tent
  • Thermarest sleeping ad
  • Thermarest pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Silk liner
  • Headlamp
  • Small hunting knife
  • MSR fuel bottle and fuel
  • Wood chopsticks
  • 1/4 of a cleaning sponge
  • Tongs for cooking
  • 2 lightweight cleaning towels
  • Plastic spork
  • MSR plastic spatula
  • MSR plastic serving spoon
  • Cheap plastic spatula
  • Cheap plastic stirring spoon
  • Cooking scissors
  • Orikaso plastic foldable tableware (plate,bowl,mug)
  • MSR whisperlite cooker
  • MSR duraware frypan
  • MSR duraware pot & lid
  • pot holder
  • Flint
  • Crazy creek seat
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • MSR prep bowl

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Eletronics

  • Solio solar power charger + attachments
  • USB AA/AAA battery recharger
  • Nintendo DS
  • Garmin GPS
  • Ipod Nano
  • Canon IXY 900 IS digital camera + battery charger & 2 memory cards
  • 1gig USB stick using portableapps
  • plugin USB wall charger

Medical & Toiletries

  • Sunscreen
  • Barrier cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel toiletries bag
  • Very small bar of soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Mosquito roll-on repellent
  • 30 gram tube antiseptic cream
  • 30gram tube of kin irritation cream
  • Antihistamines
  • Asthma inhaler
  • Tylenol
  • Eye drops

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Food

Although food is not essential in Korea, I have decided to carry a couple of days supply to see what it is like. All the food I am carrying is quick and simple camping food.

  • 1 x backpackers pantry – just add water
  • 2 x sachets Indian curry – just heat
  • 2 x sachets Korean curry – just heat
  • 4 cups of rice
  • Oil
  • Salt

Miscellaneous

  • Light-weight sitting pad
  • Pack of zip ties
  • Velcro straps
  • 3 plastic bags
  • 3 ziploc plastic bags
  • Lighter
  • Bike bag – to get a bus home if needed
  • Small first aid kit
  • Light-weight camera tripod

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