Help required for minimising the load.

We have come into Santiago to hopefully continue south through Chile but the earthquake has caused roading and infrastructure issues that are likely to cause us to go back into Argentina. This probably means more unpaved roads and generally bigger and harder days.
So, I decided to do another gear clear out and leave surplus gear here. So the tent and cooking gear is off the bike as is the spare tshirt my bra and light weight trou too. Camera and charger gone as Gareth’s photos are always better, and the safety vest gone too. The lovely llama skin hat from Bolivia, that I fancied wearing in the cold of Patagonia is too much of a luxury, as is the silky robe that was intended to make me feel like a girl. It was my only bit of colour.

So what have I got and what I should get rid of.
Your views on what else can go will be appreciated, as a lighter bike is better bike on tough roads.
All icebreaker clothing; 2 ski type riding socks, 2 singlets, 2 knickers, 2 medium weight tops, 3 warm tights, 1 jacket, 1 dress (doubles as a nightie), light weight trou, and little shoes.
Bike riding gear, wet weather over jacket and trou, 2 neck warmers, 2 pair of warm gloves and a light weight pair
First aid box (probably too large), water filter, bike-cover (now this has to be a emergency shelter too) big plastic bag and sleeping bag.
Tools for maintenance and puncture repairs, 2 rear tubes and 1 front tube. Water bottle. WD 40 lube, chain oil, Olay face sunscreen.
I have some lollies and a small toilet bag too

Let’s try to get a list of what the others have too.

3 Responses to Help required for minimising the load.

  1. Neal Meachen March 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Perhaps look at reducing the tools , work out what you have over all the bikes and remove the duplicates such as chain lube /wd40 etc and have one bike carry these (have basic tools under the seat if it’s easy to get off). Accomodation is reasonably easy to get so consider the cost of accomodation verse the weight of the camping gear. Food as you’ve probably found is half the price of NZ so do you really need a cooker ? Warning on the water … keep the water filter (or buy only bottled water) I became very ill on untreated water which almost ended my tour. Keep the termal gear for lower Patagonia , can get very cold !

    One thing to consider is the wind in Patagiona in the western side . It’s like the Wiararapa / Rimatukas on a really bad day and is typically a NW cross wind. Set up the load on the bikes so you have less “sail” area. It will most likey start around the Neuquen area

    In terms of the Arginetina gravel by the looks of you route you’ve been through the worst of it(probably nothing compared to your other adventures though). Ruta 40 further down can get rough again but then , some parts can be avoided by taking a longer sealed route. Pop me an email if you need info on the roads.

  2. Tim Leahy March 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I’m with Neal, keep the warm stuff. When we were in Santiago 5 years ago the weather went from warm autumn day (even though it was May) to snow blocking the Andes(army unit lost and plane crash) over night. Apparently Neal know how much worse it gets the further south you go. Weather can change amazingly fast. You’re a much more experienced rider than me but the basics as I understand them (I ride an old thin tyre-ed bike) is keep the weight low and pump up the tyres hard. Those BMWs have the weight really high so I suggest you put light bulky stuff in the top box and even see if you can lower the panniers. Love the blogs. Best wishes in Chile. Tim

  3. Jo Morgan March 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Just an update on the luggage. After the helpful hints on removing the “sail effect” by reducing the area you present to the wind. I have left my top-box in Santiago, all the weight I had in the tank bag droppers has gone into my panniers. still have wet and warm gear and the water filter. And got some mossi spray last night (more stuff) Jo

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