This summer I plan to follow the North Sea from Edinburgh, Scotland to Cuxhaven, Germany, then follow the Elbe for the Vltava and Prague. Next, I’ll roll southeast on the Prague-Vienna (Praha-Wien) Greenway, follow the Danube though Budapest, Hungary (and Bucharest, Romania just off route) for the Black Sea. One mid-trip option is to navigate to Barth, Germany on the Baltic Sea to visit where my grandfather spent nearly 12 months as “a guest of the German Army” in a POW internment camp. See Route information here.
REVIEWS TO FOLLOW! I hope to provide gear updates on each item on tour to see what works and holds up.
Rack: Planet Bike Versarack ($20)
Panniers: Orlieb Back Roller (not classic)
Other Packs/Bike Bags: Walmart Bell fuel tank bag with clear plastic touch-able top to hold iPhone 5 or SE in view for navigating ($15), Bell underseat bag for holding space tube, tire levers and patch kit ($10), Jandd frame pack ($34) with spare spokes, Alien tool, Leatherman, other.
Tires: Continental Top Contact II 700×47 (about 1.85″ wide). So sexy and exciting, first time I’ve ever had proper new tires 🙂 Tubes: 180 gram Conti-tube 700×47 40mm schrader. Metal stem protects against rim rub.
Pedals: flats with old school toe cages (toe clips)
Saddle: Adamo spit saddle Road Gel
Shoes; Merrell Moab GorTex
Puff; Outdoor Research Cathode Hoody
Pant: Prana Convertible Zion Pant
Shirts: Icebreaker Oasis 200 Bodyfit Graphic Long sleeve T’s (2), one short sleeve.
Socks; icebreaker wool hiker light crew, conti-wool bike sock
Cycling Shorts(2): Craft Puncheur shorts with pad, Nishiki shorts with pad
Sleeping Bag: Mountain Hardware synthetic hyperlamina Flame +20
Mattress: Sea to Summit Ultra Light air
Tent: Big Anges Fly Creek UL 2
Ground tarp: Tyvek housewrap
Hammock tent and fly? See article here soon.