The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society
I hate packing. I always manage to forget something vital and include loads of useless stuff. But packing is super-important for this trip, because I’ve decided to travel relatively light, with just a Carradice saddlebag, rather than panniers. So, what to take? Here it all is – and it just about fits…
Two short-sleeved merino jerseys, a long-sleeved baselayer, one pair of shorts and one longs, a rain jacket, spare cold-weather gloves, plus a single change of clothes and light trainers for the evening. First aid kit, various tools, two spare inner tubes, spare gear and brake cables, a tangle of plugs and cables for recharging the various electronics. A small U-lock. Sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellant and as much food as I can possibly stuff into the bag.
I hope it’s going to be enough. Last year in France in August, I got so cold and wet that I could hardly stay on the bike for shivering. So Scotland in June might be quite a challenge. There’s no room for things like waterproof overtrousers in the saddlebag, so I just have to hope for the best.