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Old 07-06-10, 09:23 AM   #1
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iceland here i come....my gear???

well, i'm leaving in 3 days for iceland and am fairly certain i have included everything that is needed BUT i'm wondering if you could just go through my gear list and give tip or pointers and to whats missing or not needed, THANKS!

http://sites.google.com/site/icelandbybike


and if you want, feel free to follow my blog of the 6 week trip as we will try to update every day with my mobile phone
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Old 07-06-10, 12:39 PM   #2
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Let me preface this by saying I'm not a particularly experienced tourer and I've never been to Iceland. But I'm concerned about your clothing. I might be missing something, but you seem to jump straight from t-shirts to 2 jackets. No jersey? If the t-shirts are cotton, they'll get damp when you're cycling, and won't dry.

Looking at the weather forecast, tomorrow it's going to be 4 degrees celcius on part of the island. It I was going to be in temperatures close to freezing, I'd have some body-layer thermal gear. Hat/neck/gloves? 4 is really cold, especially if there are strong gales and driving rain, both of which are on the forecast. I was riding in weather like that at Easter, and I was wearing multiple layers of merino thermals to stay warm.

An axe sounds like unecessary weight, but I don't know what your plan for that is. You've got 3 digital cameras, and an egg timer that does the same job as the clock on your cell phone. Maybe you can even download an Android app that does the same thing.

If I'm sleeping in a tent, I carry ear plugs. Tents can flap really loudly in strong wind.

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Old 07-06-10, 01:49 PM   #3
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I would consider getting rid of:
2nd sleeping pad
Pillow & Case
One camera and the chargers that go with it
axe
Egg TImer
Bean Bag for Camera
DIgital PSI Meter (use thumb)
brooks seat wrench unless you know for sure you need it
dust masks (use bandana)
10 spokes really needed? how about 2 each length?
Expandable Towels - why more than just your regular towel?
you have 2x pain killers, in 1st Aid & bathroom kit?
pedal wrench - you sure you need that? can you buy one at the end of the trip or have a bike shop take the pedals off?

I would add
another spare tube or maybe 2, maybe even a folding tire, sounds like your trip is pretty remote
toilet paper
warm hat, warm gloves
long pants or longjohns? or are you going to wear your rain pants
book
rag for lubing your chain

I wouldn't carry 6 whole meals, and would carry snacks, but i don't know anything about food sources there, so maybe that makes sense.

Also, you mention "food bags 1945" and tools in a military pouch - be very weight conscious for items that don't actually *do* anything - a light ziplock might make more sense than a durable but heavy canvas bag.
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Old 07-06-10, 06:42 PM   #4
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Besides what valygrl recommended I noted the axe. There really aren't trees in Iceland to speak of (they cut them down years ago and almost collapsed the ecosystem). They are trying to replant so please don't cut any down. I would recommend maybe an eye cover as it will not get very dark while you are there. Also ear plugs for all the wind. Bug spray or bug head net as the bugs up north will be bad this time of year. The midge flies will drive you nuts while you are trying to eat.

You are going to have an amazing time. My wife and I drove around most of the county and across the interior last summer. We were in the far north on the summer solstice. We were there for about two weeks and it never got dark the entire trip. Check out the second blog link in my signature for pictures and write ups from our trip. PM me if you have any specific questions about Iceland.
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Iceland is a great place to ride a bike. I think you'll have a blast.

Here are my recommendations for what you should NOT bring:

Axe - There are few trees in Iceland. Bringing an axe to Iceland is like bringing waterskis to a desert.
Glowstick - The entire country is near the arctic circle. The only time we experienced darkness on our tour in Iceland was when we went to the movies.
Eye patch - Maybe for a trip to Somalia. Your eye shade for sleeping could double as an eye patch when you feel like looting.
Digital PSI meter - A good squeeze of the tire should be enough. Or consider a Topeak Mountain Morph.
Egg Timer - Doesn't your bike computer tell time?
3 cameras - That Nikon DSLR should be flexible enough to do the work for the other two, no?
Freeze-dried food - All of the towns have mini grocery stores that stock a surprisingly great selection of expensive food. Make sure to eat Skyr.

What you should bring:

-Another spare tube or at least a patch kit. There are few bike shops.
-Earplugs are a great idea. The wind can be loud but what's worse are the drunk Icelanders partying until the wee hours at the campsites outside of reykyjavik.
-Solid rain gear. It will get wet. Be prepared.
-Strong tent stakes are a must for anchoring into the rocky ground.
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One more thing: There's a hostel near the airport. You can call them from the airport to pick you and your bike box up. They will also store your bike box as long as you pay for lodging before your flight home. Invaluable. Have fun!
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Old 07-07-10, 08:57 AM   #7
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thanks so much for all the advice everyone, awesome!!
i've read it all and taken it all into account plus updated my gear list with some of the stuff you are suggesting, THANKS AGAIN!

we leave thursday night.....so awesome!
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Old 07-09-10, 04:31 PM   #8
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Watch the youtube videos of Ian Hibell he shows his gear and he has 250000 miles touring experiance. Also try to get some photographs of Bjork.
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