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The Moose in 2007.

There has been a process of evolution in 2007 as opposed to radical change. The biggest difference is the addition of a waterproof Ortlieb Classic handlebar bag. Due to this being subtly larger than the Agu bag it replaced I had to bite the bullet and mount the bag on the 'correct' side of the handlebars. I used the Ortlieb mount that came with the bag as it turned out it is easier to put the bag on an Ortlieb mounting than the generic Klickfix ones.

This meant I had to find a different way of carrying my 2 litre Platypus bag. I decided to make a new carrier based on an Ortlieb shopping basket mounting, an old car number plate and some waterproof fabric. This hangs off a second handlebar bag mounting a Klickfix this time, rather than an Ortlieb (yes they just fit on the same bar). This rather Heath Robinson affair has been very succesful, as it is now simple to click the holder off and fill it up. The unit is much smaller front to back than either of the handlebar bags I previously had there. This means I never bang my knees on the bag nor do I have clearance problems when dismounting forwards. I am planning on adding a net pocket/fabric pouch to the visible side of this unit. Great that the Ortlieb handlebar bag is I cannot get into it whilst on the move. So I need a place for my mint and snack stash!

Stan's touring bike

My bike computer is no longer mounted on the stub but sited just in front of the blue water bag on the Klickfix mounting.The LED lamp has been replaced with an even smaller one running off two button cells. The light straps round the triathalon bar with a built in elastic cord. A set of front and rear lamps costs the princely sum of Eur 5-50 from 'de Hema' here in the Netherlands. The lamps are remarkably bright, weigh next to nothing and run for a long time on two fresh cells.

Bags are filled in much the same way as in 2006. For details of components refer to the 2006 equipment pages as most things are unchanged. The Ortlieb Rack Pack contains the tent and folding chairs and the tarp. In winter I carry a Large Rack Pack Plus (in black) which contains the much bigger MSR Wind-4 winter tent and other items.

The right back pannier has cooking equipment including stores of tea, coffee, cocoa and sugar plus some herbs and spices. The other rear pannier contains clothes and some emergency meals buried at the bottom of the bag. One of the front panniers has a change of clothing and my toiletries bag. It is very handy to have dry clothing in a waterproof pannier. It makes organising yourself in a shower cubicle easier as you can roll the pannier closed and be sure that your clean clothing will stay dry.

The other front pannier has tools and spares plus the spare 2.4 litre Platypus bag in it. I also put my rain gear in there, a new lightweight jacket and a pair of RainLegs. The handlebar bag has the Trangia Mini and teapot for brewing up during the day plus my secondhand Psion 5 for my travel diary. It also contains my knee bandages and sundry small items and frequently needed tools. In the winter it takes the small Markhill gas lamp to save the mantle from damage, and, if we are travelling by Bromptons, the gas canister.

The bidon holders holds the Trangia 1 litre fuel bottle. This has always seemed to me to be the most logical place to put the only poisonous substance we carry. It strikes me also as daft to buy waterproof pannier bags and then store liquids in them. For winter use I add a second bidon holder using a screw on clamp. This carries a stainless steel no-brand vacuum flask so we can carry hot tea at all times.