It says something about the late arrival of the MetaBike that I haven’t actually written a review for it yet, but such is life. The basic spec is here, if that intrigues you, but it’s basically an aluminium and carbon highracer with a mid-range SRAM drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic brakes.
So, what are we carrying for the 1400km of LEL2013?
Not a great deal! Blessed with the spectacular organisation of this year’s run, all riders can expect vast quantities of food, showers, beds, towels and other sundries at every control, along with a bunch of mechanical assistance. As such, I seem to have managed to pack pretty lightly:
On the bike
- SON hub generator powering Luxos IQ2 front light and Topline Braketec rear light. Additional blinkies front and rear in case of Hilarious Hub Shenanigans(TM)
- EDGE 705 GPS for navigation, charged using the front light’s handy USB charging socket.
- 1.5L of water mounted on the tiller. If the forecast suddenly heats up, I’ll add another bottlecage to the boom.
- Cable-ties stored in the handlebar, and spare duct and electrical tape wrapped around the tiller.
In the Radical tailbag
- Phone (with extended battery and offline maps covering most of the route), credit card, cash.
- Three tubes of Nuun salt tablets (I sweat spectacularly)
- An array of licquorice Mulebars
- Vibram five-finger pumps (more packable than flip-flops)
- Laminated routesheets in case of GPS disaster
- Spare lightweight jersey
- Spare shorts
- Short- and long-sleeved marino wool base layers (which, together, keep me toasty warm through pretty much anything)
- Spare light and heavy socks
- Castelli Gabba short-sleeved wind-proof, rain-resistant Top Of Dreams (it is that good, really)
- Castelli wind-proof, rain-resistant knee and arm warmers
- Long fingered gloves
- Clear lenses for glasses
- Monkii tool roll:
- Pair of tubes
- Self-adhesive patches and tyre levers
- Multitool (including chaintool)
- 8mm spanner
- Medical stuff:
- Foil blanket
- Crepe bandage (doubles as a handy way of lashing things to the bike)
- Travel pack of baby wipes
- Assorted drugs (ibruprofen, codeine, caffeine)
- Daily contact lenses, tooth brush, etc
- Lightweight jersey
- Road shoes
- Windproof cap
- Buff / bandana
I may have forgotten something painfully obvious. Hopefully I’ve packed it but forgotten to include it here… Currently I don’t feel I really need to use the bag drops, so I’ll probably just throw in some spare inner tubes and energy bars to replace those used on the way.
The bike and all the ‘on the bike’ stuff (including 1.5kg of water) comes to 14.5kg, which isn’t at all bad for a recumbent. Tailbag and contents are 3.5kg; and a fully clothed me weighs in at 80.8kg.
Therefore the total weight I’ll be hauling up Yad Moss will be 98.8kg, plus any additional mass gained from pies consumed…