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July 11th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,equipment,planning/prep,war on weight

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Today’s savings: 57g
Total savings to date: 57g

Today begins a series of posts on reducing the weight of my gear that I’ll be taking on the trip. Not one measley one gram will escape my obsessive eye. This war on weight is in part inspired by another recumbent rider, also called Rob, who is currently slowly being grilled like an English Rice Pudding under the Chinese sun on his way through a 25,000km trike ride around China. Hang in there, Rob!

Today I removed the unneccessary tools from my bike multi-tool. The ones I removed are not only small and useless (take a look at the ‘pliers’ there – they are too small to be of any use), but they are also found in much more substantial form on my large folding pliers multi-tool.

Saving Weight / 軽量化

Saving Weight 2 / 軽量化 2

Saving Weight 3 / 軽量化 3

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Comment by Kirk — July 12, 2006 @ 1:18 pm | post a comment

Are you going to update your gear lists with what you are planning to bring? (clothing, etc) We could help you pick out what you can leave behind.

Comment by Mike C — July 12, 2006 @ 4:10 pm | post a comment

Good stuff Rob,

Now you're getting down to the nitty gritty.

Keep up the good work.


Comment by Lee — July 12, 2006 @ 4:12 pm | post a comment

Ooh ooh yes, I like that idea.

Unnecessary clothing items:

1. Eeling waders. Although they do make for memorable photos when worn inside, it may not be worth your effort.

2. Green corduroy bean bag. However fabulous a headwear accessory, as modelled by the famous Calvin, this too is a cumbersome travel item.

Necessary clothing items:

1. The t-shirt of woolly-hat-clad mountain-summitters. Saves you getting pestered about whether you're that colour all over. Just show them the shirt.

2. Large bandages. Aside from their traditional use, these provide extra warmth on cold nights. When carefully positioned and combined with a little tomato sauce, they may also earn you a night in a nice warm hospital bed if you get tired of your tent.

Comment by Rob Thomson — July 12, 2006 @ 5:13 pm | post a comment

Kirk, the gear lists will be updated just as soon as I can face actually lining it all up and taking an inventory. Probably tomorrow.

Cheers Mike.

Lee, I will take your advice and leave the waders behind then. Too bad though…I think I really suit them.

Comment by David — July 13, 2006 @ 8:23 pm | post a comment

What about the kilos and kilos you're supposed to put on? Have you been following through with that all ice-cream and bacon diet we discussed?

Comment by Rob Thomson — July 13, 2006 @ 11:28 pm | post a comment

Dave, the diet is working a charm. I'm now 77kg. Just a few more to go, and I'm all set!

Comment by Malcolm — July 18, 2006 @ 5:49 am | post a comment

Yo Bro.

Crazy to think you will bike almost as far as I've flown lately. Hope all is going well. Cutting off a leg is a good weight loss program.

Comment by Rob Thomson — July 18, 2006 @ 6:11 pm | post a comment

Malcolm, I agree. Probably don't need all that blood anyway.

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