which are laminated; they don’t tear so easily, and you can use wipe off marker for the route. spare set of disposable ear plugs small plastic zip lock bag containing visor cleaner (previously decanted into a small plastic bottle) and small cloth. Now for the top box… which was left locked on the bike at night. wet weather gear (didn’t bother the next time I kept my faith in Rukka) disc lock bicycle chain to attach lid and jacket to bike spare shoes (gave them to Roy next time) chain lube & disposable vinyl gloves in plastic zip lock bag Mr Sheen wipes (really good for cleaning dirty visor and clearing the rain) 2 x gloves bottles of water – you don’t realise how quickly you dehydrate when riding Small handbag filled with cosmetics (didn’t bother next time) Spare Fleece Electric cable ties 2 ratchet straps (don’t bother any more) Puk stand Spare bulbs 2 x Breathalyser kits (required by law in France) Emergency pack (compliments of BikeSafe). Which contained amongst other items a “space” blanket, which came in very handy several years ago when a lady (and I mention no names) tried sending her bike up the rail tracks to Paris while she carried on down the road with the rest of us. Continental plug and adapter (in case Roy and I get separated again, and my phone runs out of charge) Reading books (now replaced with a Kindle) Torch I wrap spare gloves and valuable documents in re-useable zip freezer/food bags, or gloves in carrier bags under the seat with 2 rubber bands (in case of putting on waterproof trousers and or putting over boots to keep extra dry).
The SAM Observer April 2013
The April 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"