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Ultralight bike touring

3 Comments 19 December 2010

The "toiletries" of an ultralighter | Photo by Igor Kovse

The photo above might look like something you would find from a pocket of a drug addict. But luckily, this blog is not about clinical depression (even though we are Finnish) or habitual drug use, so we will tell you that the photo is actually from a cycling tourer called an ultralighter.

I’m pretty sure a lot of you have tried or at least heard of bicycle touring. Just like in everything, some people want to make it a bit more than just going from place A to B and some people just go a tad crazy. In cycling, one of these specializations are called weight weenies, people who do their best to have the lightest bike possible. We’ll have to do a post on these in the future as well. When it comes to touring, there are the ultralights.

Igor Kovse in his journey, the Ultralighter himself

Meet Igor Kovse, who runs the Losing Weight blog about ultralight cycling and he seriously puts his money where his mouth is. He’s cycled around the world and everything he has with him during those journeys weighs under 20 kilos (~40 lbs).

Including the damn bike.

His blog is an amazing read and I’m amazed that he sounds lucid and logical on his writing. He goes through his kit very thoroughly and gives hints and tips from his journeys and kit. The image above shows what he travels with and the depth of his weight reduction is fantastic in its absurdity.

I won’t take your time anymore, go ahead to the Losing Weight blog and read more for yourself!

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  • Doug Page

    Great stuff, us snowbound Euros need to keep busy. Thanks!

  • Now’s a good time to start shaving those grams off those toothbrushes! :)

  • Wow. This guy is my hero.


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