The wonderful guys at Cyclescape Ballarat very generously provided a full professional service of my bike completely free of charge to support the charity and I’m incredibly grateful for their efforts, so thanks heaps boys!
When sitting down to plan out the Ride in September, one of the first requirements to come to mind was carriage space on the bike — how would I allow enough storage for food, water, shelter, changes of clothes, etc? Being a newcomer to the world of bike touring, I quickly found a number of different options and styles of travel, that when compared to the gear I already had, left me with three main choices to make: A setup involving lots of panniers and frame bags; a support vehicle to accompany me and carry all my gear; or attaching a cargo trailer to the rear.
Not wanting to ‘waste’ money on proper accommodation that could be far better spent on the cause, and being an enthusiast of the outdoors anyway, the obvious answer for me has always been to camp rough in, or near, each town/stop on the journey. It’s with this in mind that I first started contemplating a simple hammock and tarp setup. The Snugpak Jungle Hammock and All Weather Shelter fitted almost every requirement that I had…
I’m pretty excited today, the guys at Jakroo finished their design and the bibs are on their way. I love the way the design looks so far, and can’t wait to see it in living colour!
I received a very exciting and generous offer of assistance last night from the team at Jakroo Australia, who have offered to produce some pretty sweet custom cycling bib shorts to wear under the school dresses on my ride and in training.