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Equipment
 

These equipment lists may be of special interest for those planning a future long-haul, self-contained (fully loaded) cycling tour.

 

Gene’s Equipment List

Bicycle

Surly Long Haul Trucker XT. My initial plan was to order the venerable Trek 520 touring bike. However, I changed my mind while attending a one week bicycle maintenance course at the Barnett Bicycle Institute in Colorado Springs, CO. Incidentally, this is an outstanding school. One of the course instructors specked out the Surly bike for me with several upgrades including Richey Biomax handlebars, Terry Butterfly saddle and FSA FR 279 seat post. Thanks, Jenny. The Surly Long Haul Trucker XT should be a great touring bike. Time will tell.

 
Gene in action!
 

Bike Accessories

Set of National Tire Panaracer – Pesela Tourguard , Kevlar tires 700X37C
Cateye – power optical headlight
Bush and Muller 4D rear light
Cateye bicycle computer
Cable lock
Pump
2 bungee cords
2 cargo straps
5 water bottles
Rearview mirror
Ortlieb rear panniers
Ortlieb front panniers
Tulus front and rear racks
Ortlieb handlebar bag with map case
Spare tire (carried by David)
Spare brake cable (carried by David)
Spare gear cable (carried by David)
6 spare spokes
2 spare tubes
Chain links

Tools

Topeak “Alien II” multi-bike tool set
Leatherman “Juice Pro” multi-tool set
Tube patch kit
Tire levers (set)
Chain lube
Crescent wrench (6 in.)
Needle nose pliers
Spoke wrench
Presta-to-Schrader valve adapter
Duct tape (small amount wrapped around pencil stub)
Safety pins
Plastic ties
Small amount of talc

Cycling Clothing

2 pairs cycling shorts
1 pair cycling shoes
5 pairs cycling socks
3 brightly colored T-shirts
Bike jersey
Helmet
Long sleeve jersey
2 pair cycling gloves (half finger & full finger)
Skull cap
Rain jacket & pants
Waterproof helmet cover

Street Clothing

Long sleeve shirt
Pair of pant/shorts combo (legs zip out)
Underwear
Light weight canvas shoes
Baseball cap
Swimsuit

Camping Gear

Sleeping bag
Self-inflating sleeping pad
Camping pillow
Tent w/rain cover & ground cloth
Ziploc freezer bags
Nylon rope
Flashlight w/spare batteries
Eating utensils
Metal cup
Matches
First aid kit

Personal

Toiletries
Backpacking towel
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Medicines

Additional Items

Camera w/charger
Writing tablet and pens
Reading material
Sunglasses
Binoculars
Birding field guide
Maps
Ipod Nano

David’s Equipment List

Bicycle

Jamis Aurora Bicycle. My 10 year old mountain bike needed several expensive parts to make it roadworthy, so on March 3, 2006, my 59th birthday, I treated myself to a new touring bike. With the help of the guys at Little Ade's Bike Shop in Pekin Illinois. I chose the Jamis Aurora, because it gave me all the bells and whistles I needed for a reasonable price.

Bike Accessories

2 Vittoria Randonneur Cross Tires 700x32c Suitable for road and light trail use, with kevlar puncture-resistance
Helmet
Madden Rear Panniers
Transit Pro Front Panniers
Avenir waterproof Handlebar Bag with map holder
small triangular frame bag (for bike lock)
large frame bag (for goodies)
Ascent Front Light (LED)
Ascent Rear Tail light (flashing LED)
Cateye bicycle computer
Rearview mirrors
Cable lock
Pump
6 bungee cords
2 cargo straps
2 Polar 24 oz insulated water bottles
2 Ascent 28 oz water bottles with hinged dustcaps
1 spare water bottle doubling as a storage container
Spare tire
Spare gear cable
Spare brake cable
Spare cable housing
4 Spare brake pads
6 Spare spokes
1 ultrasonic dog repeller (for dogs that just love the chase)
2 cans pepper spray (for vicious mongrels)
rags - for cleaning self and bike
Gene is (thankfully) carrying all the tools we'll need

Cycling Clothing

Warm Weather Clothing:
2 pairs cycling shorts
1 pair cycling shoes and a spare set of cleats
3 pairs lightweight socks
3 brightly colored t-shirts

Cold Weather Clothing:
long sleeve Canari Vortex jersey
wind jacket
2 sets cycling gloves (lightweight and heavyweight)
Pearl Izumi leg warmers
3 pairs medium weight socks
1 skull cap and ear cover
silk long underwear (for cold nights)

Wet Weather Clothing:
lightweight wind/rain jacket
waterproof pants
waterproof helmet cover - good for hail too
Nashbar waterproof shoe covers

Street Clothing

1 pair pants that convert to shorts
1 long sleeve shirt
1 short sleeve Hawaiian print shirt (to remind me of home ;-)
underwear

Camping Gear

sleeping bag
self-inflating sleeping pad
(I can't skimp on sleep comfort...and the pillow
doubles as cushioning for my iBook while cycling)
tent with rain cover
waterproof ground tarp (sized for tent)
box large Ziploc freezer bags
2 bottles insect repellent
1 small battery fan
nylon rope and 6 clothespins
waterproof flashlight
plastic utensils
plastic bowl
small lighter
corkscrew

Personal

Toiletries
1Mach 3 razor and shaving cream (I prefer electric, but am shaving weight here)
chapstick
glucosamine/chondroitin for joint lube
lubriderm/sunscreen for dry skin

Additional Items

12" ibook laptop (for updating journals, watching movies, etc)
Olympus Verve digital camera (small and water resistant)
iPod nano for music
Radio remote iPod accessory for weather forecasts and warnings.
2 10" x 14" watercolor blocks (20 sheets of paper each)
set of watercolor brushes
watercolor plastic palette with my favorite colors
2 plastic cups for water
sketchbook/journal 7" x 9"
writing pen
3 paperback books (will get more as needed)
book light

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