We both ride surly bikes - myself an ECR and Gabi an Ogre. We really like them.

We carry lots of stuff. Probably too much stuff. We keep trying to get rid of things, but instead end up buying more.

We envy people with really lightweight set-ups, and then envy people who have luxury items. It's a lose-lose situation.

But we've come to appreciate what we have, and don't miss what we don't have, so we've probably found our sweet spot.

 

Our frying pan was confiscated at Tijuana airport - apparently it was a weapon you could bonk someone on the head with - so that was one way to lighten our load.

On a previous trip to Scotland I went all anal-retentive and weighed every thing I took with me. I don't think I would do that again. We prefer not to know how heavy our bikes are! But I'll paste that list in below for all your viewing pleasure.