Folding Bike Touring

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In Greece on a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro, which I’d done in New Zealand, Ireland, and the Pyrenees. I’ve recently modified it with flat bars and thumb shifters to afford a more taking-in-the-scenery position. With 37mm tires, this bike is surprisingly capable on dirt tracks, gravel roads, and, of course, quiet paved roads. Sure, the small wheels get stuck in holes more easily, so finding the line takes more concentration. And when you do hit something, you’re less likely to roll over it than on a big wheel bike. But—for the most part—wherever I would happily point a ‘cross bike shod with 32’s, I’d point the Bike Friday.

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IMG_0525It’s hard to overstate the ease of packing and transporting this kind of bicycle.
Rolling in about 10 minutes, packed in under 15.

GEAR LIST

Worn

Rapha padded briefs
Swrve softshell knickers
Icebreaker long sleeve merino top
Merino socks
Lowa hiking shoes
Cycling cap
Sunglasses

Revelate Sling

Tarptent Moment
Thermarest 3/4 length sleeping pad
Front Pocket
Merino Buff
Panasonic GX7 camera
Earbuds
Current map
Passport
Cash
Airline ticket
Medical insurance paperwork
iPhone

Left Ortlieb Sport Packer plus pannier

Food
Jacks ‘r Better down quilt
Princeton tec LED Headlamp
TP
Gore-Tex waterproof mitten shells
Endura waterproof thermal tights
Flip flops
Pump
Multitool
Spare tube
Patch Kit
Shop rag square

Right Ortlieb Sport Packer plus pannier

Titanium Pot and lid
Gerber Portlander pocket knife
Spork
Titanium cup
Pot scrubby
Steripen
Lighter
MSR dragonfly stove
Fuel cartridge
Mini cable lock
Space pen + couple of sheets of paper

Defeet merino gloves
Gore-Tex Alp-X jacket
Gore-Tex booties
1pr. Smartwool underwear
Prana lightweight trousers
Patagonia Puff pullover
Giro merino polo shirt
Merino socks

Eyeglasses
Meds in mesh bag
     ibuprofen, zolamide, benadryl allergy, immodium, dayquil sinus, pepto bismol tabs, steri strips, transparent dressing, antiseptic wipes, bandaids

Toiletries in mesh bag
     Toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant crytal, travel soap, contact lens case, spare contact contact lenses, tiny bottle saline solution

Camera battery charger
Spare memory card
Blackburn Blinkie
Spare Steripen batteries
iPhone charger/usb cable