Equipment


Tim Dobson asked me what my set up was like, so here it is. I can’t claim anything original or exciting, but here it is.

Camping

I used a very cheap one man tent from Gelert. It was too small for my luggage, so next time I’ll try to find one with storage space. Given it was summer, I used an oldish cheap sleeping bag, which I would change another time.

I bought a very small Thermarest roll up, inflatable mattress, which was very good and took little space in the panniers.

Cooking equipment

I took no cooking equipment, not least because I had no space. I wouldn’t have worked well, carrying oil, washing up liquid and food, on my own, with so little space. I did take basics like cutlery and bottle openers.

Ortlieb travel panniers and rack suitcase

These did the job, no trouble. I had some problems with the grip for the front handlebar bag, probably my own fault. I needed a cheaper narrow chain to properly lock the bags.

As I have a carbon front fork, I couldn’t use front panniers. This I would like to change for another time. I didn't really have enough luggage space as it was.

Most of the pannier space was taken by camping gear, clothes and gadgets. Pointlessly I took three small books (I had no time for reading).

Route planning and maps

I did my route planning on BikeRouteToaster, which exports to TCX, and imports to Garmin Edge 800 easily. I did this via Garmin’s BaseCamp. Garmin’s own routing is rather road-centric.

I used VeloMap’s versions of Open Cycle Map, based on Open Street Map. In generally it was very accurate, although some campsites seem to be missing on the east of Denmark.

Generally, I followed the Danish national routes, using main roads early on when I was taking too long or needed to get somewhere quickly. The cycle routes can be pretty rough, compared to UK routes, and slow going. In general I found I could do 40 miles easily, and up to 60 miles over a day, but that was my limit. At 60 miles a day for three days, I would need a day off.

I used WikiTravel for a little research, and updated a few pages, but also Wikipedia.

With little luggage, you need a break for things like route planning and laundry in any case.

Photography

I have a Nikon D5000 with three DX lenses, the 18-55mm kit lens, a 10-18mm Nikkor wide angle and a 55-300mm Nikkor zoom. Why DX rather than 35mm format? Because it’s cheaper. It’s DSLR for the rest of us.

I also took a very cheap and light Manfrotto tripod and a remote trigger for long exposures, which I used in late evening a bit.

Photo editing and geotagging

I took a MacBook Pro, with iPhoto and Photoshop. Don’t blame me for using such obvious tools, and please recommend something better than iPhoto (but it does publish easily to Flickr and Facebook). It would be great to have something smaller and lighter than a MacBook next time.

I took my track files from my Garmin Edge 800, converted them in GPsies, and added GPS data to photos via MyTracks. If I was missing the information, I would grab GPS co-ordinates from the Open Street Map export tool, by placing a marker, which then displays the GPS co-ordinates of the marker. I would then add the GPS information using Exif Editor, which I also use to add copyright notices and CC licence info.

Internet

I didn’t opt to get a data plan, maybe this would have been a good idea, for blogging if not photo publishing. Most Danish campsites have some sort of Internet but you can end up paying for it. In towns it’s easier of course.

Publishing

My blog is run on MODx Revolution, and I published my photos to Flickr (using Creative Commons licenses) and Facebook. I prefer Flickr by far but family and friends prefer to interact on Facebook.


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