Bicycle Touring Gear List

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Tent:             *MSR Hubba 

Stoves:        *Doite Mini Rocket—cheap and dependable.  MSR Dragonfly—too much maintenance for me.  *MSR Reactor 1.7L—expensive, but powerful.

Cookware:        2L pot, *spoon, espresso maker, a small cup, coffee filter 

Sleeping bags:    Western Mountaineering −7C, MEC Emperor Penguin, a cotton sleeping                     bag liner, waterproof stuff sacks.  

Technology:        iPad Mini, GoPro Hero White, headphones 

Toiletries:        Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, toilet paper, bar of soap, vaseline,                         sunscreen, sleeping mask, earplugs

Footwear:        Shimano mountain bike shoes, flip flops

Clothing:        Toque, Buff, sunglasses, synthetic insulated jacket, waterproof jacket,                     Polartec long sleeve shirt, merino wool long sleeved, merino wool t-shirt, long-sleeved button up, sleeveless shirt, riding shorts, regular shorts, leg warmers, warm cycling pants, three pair of socks, waterproof shoe covers, waterproof gloves, a travel towel, and a mini first-aid kit. 

Sleeping mat:        Therm-a-rest Prolite Plus regular 

Pillow:            My clothing toped by a tiny down pillow 

Water:            Two bike bottles, MSR Dromedary 10L

Tools:              Spare tubes, patch kits, tire levers, winter tire (seasonal), spare spokes                     and nipples, spoke wrench, Leatherman Wave, *Park Tool hex wrench                     set, chain breaker, chain lube, T25 torx wrench, T20 torx wrench (Rohloff                     specific), spare nuts and bolts and spacers, electrical tape

Miscellaneous :    *A journal and pen, and a book

The gear I carried fluctuated depending on season and on location.  I never carried three stoves, those are just the stoves I have used on various trips.  Being plant-friendly now, I avoid purchasing down or leather equipment; there are alternatives in this area.  

I loved my bike, and I am happy to have spent decent money on it.  But remember you must have some money left over for the adventure itself.   It is far better better to get higher quality used gear, than expensive new gear at a lower quality grade.  Get gear that will stand the testament of time.  

Get strong wheels and decent tires.  Flats and broken spokes suck.  Secondly, a decent seat goes a long way.  In my experience Brooks Saddles are worth there initial expensive price tag.  

On drive train: I loved my fourteen speed internal Rohloff hub.  The cons: finding replacement parts are very difficult.  And finding a mechanic who knows about Rohloff hub is even more so.  The pros: hub is reliable.  I got 30,000 kilometres on mine without any  issues.  Rohloff also provides a detailed user manual, making repair and maintenance manageable. 

Planning Adventures:

Plan the first week or two of your adventure.  During this time you will require ninety percent of the skills you need to complete your adventure.  This will also allow you to adapt and change on the fly.  What about the last ten percent?  Well that is why it is called an adventure, isn't it?

 

Jason ManningComment