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Cycle Touring (living from a Pannier)

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Kalobe, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. Kalobe

    Kalobe Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone else been long term cycle touring? I'm after hints and tips for carting pump and all the necessary cannula changes; CGM and all the necessary sensor changes; emergency long term insulin if my pump should fail (where to stash the stuff as I know what I need) all my normal insulin. Dextrose; Lucozade; I'm thinking I'll only be able to have a clean pair of socks as the rest of my panniers will be full of diabetes stuff! What do you do?
     
  2. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Best of luck!
    I can't give any T1 advice, but am intending cycle touring myself later this year.
    I assume your main concern will be to have a cool bag and ice packs to keep your medication fresh.
    On the bike front, do you have front and rear carriers? Front carriers give you quite a lot of extra storage.
    Edit: camping or B&B?
     
  3. Kalobe

    Kalobe Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Camping. I do have a trailer too but was wondering if there were any specific LARGE bags for diabetes storage. I've seen twee little hand bags and filofaxes which are great for going out for the day but certainly not big enough to store a couple of months of pump and CGM supplies. I've got a couple of little frio bags for the insulin vials not sure if they are ok in a pannier or need to be kept outside for the airflow. I'm worried that if the items are rolling around loose in a pannier they might end up broken.
     
  4. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Bar bag?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/PEARL-Bicycle-Handlebar-Bags-litres/dp/B00MNF4UQA/ for an expensive one.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BOUBLEL-Bicycle-Bag-Reflective-Insulation/dp/B07NNVR7GZ/ for a medium priced one.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BICYCLE-HANDLEBAR-INSULATED-PANNIER-STORAGE/dp/B00WMGW06C/ for a cheap one.

    I would be tempted to go for a more expensive version, myself. In the great scheme of things because £20-£30 isn't much to keep your insulin safe.

    You would probably also need some little freezer blocks to put in the freezer at the campsite over night and keep in the bag during the day. For example https://www.amazon.co.uk/OICEPACK-Lasting-Reusable-Freezer-Stackable/dp/B07H322GVX/

    Envious of you touring.:)

    Edit: I think you need to consider a large bag as suggested above, and smaller items in it (such as you say you already have) and some padding to keep everything from rolling about. Bubble rap or even horticultural fleece should provide practical padding.
     
  5. Jfellows

    Jfellows Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi Kalobe!!

    How was your trip? Or are you still on the road?

    I’m new to the forum, late to the party as i was diagnosed in 2012! Currently planning a long cycle tour, and I’m wondering what your findings were in being able to keep supplies cool?
     
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