What I brought
One of the most helpful things for me when doing research into this
trip was the inventory list of other touring cyclists. So I'm
returning the favor and making my own. Note however that I brought too
much stuff so emulating me might not be desirable.
- On the bike - clipped or attached somehow
- Garmin eTrex Legend GPS - one of the most useful pieces of
equipment I brought. Seriously, if you are considering any sort
of touring GET A GPS. It can take the place of a cyclocomputer
since it has all the functions you would want from a standard
computer: speed, distance, time, etc, and it does a whole lot
more. The only downside is that it eats batteries. 2 AAs every
couple days. Still, totally worth the price.
- Polar S510 HRM - I didn't use this at all. I send the
transmitter back in Pueblo. It was nice to have the time
prominently displayed somewhere, so I kept the watch part.
- Cateye 5 LED headlight
- Cateye 3 LED blinky
- Three rear blinkies, one on the seat, one on the rear rack,
one on my helmet
- Yaesu VX-7R ham radio - used to listen to FM broadcast bands
to occupy the time.
- can of Halt! dog repellent - never used, but other cyclists I
met had used theirs.
- GU flask
- Camelbak Unbottle 100, clipped in place behind the seat -
don't even think of touring without a Camalbak.
- Two water bottle on the handlebars
- Handlebar bag
- Sunglasses case
- Cell phone
- Canon S230 digital camera with case, spare battery and spare
- Crank Brothers Multi-17 multitool - A perfect little
multitool. This should be in the repair kit of every cyclist.
- Swiss army knife
- Spare AA batteries
- Pen and scraps of paper
- A couple GU and powerbars - for when I was too lazy to stop to
- Left Pannier - Bike repair stuff
- 3 spare tires, one for each wheel - The downside to having
three different size wheel was having to have a spare for each. I
never had to use the spare BOB tire, but it was good to have
- Spare spokes, two for each size wheel - never used.
- Spare tubes, two for the rear wheel, one each for the front
- Topeak Morph Road pump - a nice pump with built in pressure
- 2 tire patch kits
- Spare stuff: screws, cabling, a few chain links - never used.
- Tools: Allen y-wrench, 2 hex socket y-wrenches (8-14 mm),
adjustable wrench, 3 Al tire levers, letherman.
- Chain lube - my considered favorite is Finish Line Teflon Plus
- First aid kit: band-aid assortment, neosporin, aloe, etc.
- Pen wrapped with many feet of duct and electrical tape.
- Right Pannier
- Goretex rain jacket - a bit too heavy. I'd recommend a lighter
- Marmot rain shell pants
- Knee warmers
- Bug spray
- Wet-ones baby wipes - make sure to have these readily
accessible. You never know when you will need them and you will be
glad you had them!
- Pop-tarts and other random food items for on the road snacking
- BOB Trailer
- Eureka Zeus EXO-2 tent - A wonderful tent. I didn't use it
much, but still good to have along. It is small, light, quick to
set up and take down, and a perfect size for one person and some
gear (very snug for two people, though)
- Mountain Hard Wear 30 degree sleeping bag.
- Thermarest 3/4 length sleeping pad
- 2 pair cycling sock
- 3 cycling shorts
- 2 jerseys
- set of street clothes (tshirt and shorts)
- a pair of Teva sandals - I strongly recommend bringing a pair
of light sandals for rest days and walking around after you get
- fleece sweater
- 1 pair thermal underwear and top - never used
- small camp towel
- Dromedary 10L water bag, for days with no services - a great
piece of equipment to have. I usually used old bottled water
bottles but sometimes you just need *lots* of water.
- Titanium spork
- Lexan mug
- Hair brush
- Dr. Bronners Magic Soap - the worlds best soap. Cuts through
bike grease like no other.
- toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
- razor and shaving cream
- skin cream
- Backpack full of technology stuff
- Apple iBook - My baby. Before I left I loaded it with
TopoUSA 4.0, some really really cool mapping software which
proved invaluable on the the trip. Unfortunately, the laptop died
and had to be sent home in Pueblo. Very sad face.
- Chargers for iBook, cell phone, camera and radio
- Cables for camera and GPS
- spare money and ID
- piles of maps
- random books for when I got bored
- More random food items, like beef jerky.
Last modified: Sat Apr 26 09:23:06 EDT 2003