Join Date: Mar 2012
Bikes: Specialized Hard rock(road tires)
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First tour coming up. Need experienced advice.
I'll be cycling from Santander to Santiago De Compostela in Spain in May.
It's less than 600km
I'm looking for advice from anyone who's done part or all of this camino
route or any suggestion at all from anyone that could help. I'll be travelling
with a friend and this will be our first trip. I commute 40 to 60k to work
3-4 times a week so I think I'll manage 70-75k a day no problem over a few hours.
We will be staying in Alburgues so won't need camping gear and don't intend
cooking on the road. It's only 9 days. Will be bringing sleeping bags and the
bare minimum of stuff as we're flying into Spain. Thinking of using a backpack
strapped to pannier rack. Won't be checking luggage onto plane so will be limited
to 10kg. Plus whatever I can attach to bike in the bike box. What do people
recommend bringing as essential for this type of trip? Is it possible to bring
a pressurized canister inserted into the seat post for inflating tires on arrival.
I have a small travel pump which would take forever to pump to a decent pressure.
I have an alien II multitool, was planning on just using that for repairs,
fixing bike for flight etc. Anything else I need to consider? Is anyone familiar with
flying into Santander airport. Is there a bike shop nearby?
All suggestions greatly received. Thanks. Ronan.
P.s. I spent 2 days reading tips thread and will use several. Couple of my own...
1 If you get a bad puncture and your tire needs replacing, if you can't get
to new one easily, cover the hole on the inside of the tire with a piece of plastic cut
from a coke bottle. It'll get you down the road.
2 Save yourself the weight of a whistle, learn to use your fingers!