Having found inspiration from the infamous NoGo Tour last year and a variety of other similar feats, I’ve planned to ride solo between Geneva and Nice in early September, consisting of 500 miles & 26,000ft of elevation gain across 8 days. I will be staying in hotels & Airbnb’s, therefore i’m aiming to travel as light as possible.
Having never previously bike packed i have a few questions regarding equipment and bike transportation;
i’m torn between a frame bag or a saddle bag? Are there any main differences i should be aware of apart from placement & centre of gravity.
What size (litre) of bags would you recommended based on the need to transport limited clothing and tools?
Any equipment you’ve found particularly useful, which you hadn’t expected to need?
Any recommendations on tried and tested equipment, especially frame or saddle bags would be much appreciated.
How do people transport their bikes when flying in to one location and flying out of a different location?
My current thought process is to use a bike cardboard box, then recycle this at Geneva airport and upon arrival in Nice get a bike shop to re-package my bike in a similar manner. I appreciate a cardboard box doesn’t provide as much protection as a hard case, but having looked at shipping a hard box between Geneva & Nice the prices are extortionate.
Are there any alternative methods that are similarly cost effective that i could use?
Additionally if anyone has any tips or insights for travelling specifically Alps, they’re welcomed.
Thanks in advance