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Gear

Since we're carrying everything with us, we have to pack light. Here's a list of what we'll be bringing with us.
  • Bike Stuff
  • Bikes
    • Vanessa: 2003 Jamis Ventura (triple crank, 9-speed 12-23. Tiagra front + rear derailleur)
    • Ed: 2001 Giant OCR 3 (triple crank, 8-speed 12-25. Sora front + rear derailleur)
  • Helmets! 
  • Spare parts
    • spokes (2 for each wheel)
    • tires for trailer and bike (Maxxis Re-Fuse. Probably not a top pick for touring but not bad either. Price was right. Consider Gatorskins or Armadillos if you can afford them)
    • tubes for bike and trailer
    • cables for brakes and derailleurs
    • brake pads
    • screws and bolts for bike racks, brakes, etc.
    • chain appropriate to each bike
  • Tools: 
    • floor pump (it fit in the trailer - with panniers we would have brought a hand pump with gauge)
    • multi-tool with allen wrenches and chain tool (Crank Bros m17)
    • patch kits, tire levers (Pedro's yellow levers, 2 each)
    • cassette tool, chain whip, adjustable wrench, cassette lockring (these were fairly unnecessary)
  • Trailers: 2 B.O.B. Yak trailers with dry bags 
  • Handlebar bags
  • Rear racks with bags on top
  • Bike computers (Cateye - Astrale 8 has cadence)
  • White headlight and red blinky lights. Lots!
  • Reflector belts
  • U-locks (didn't get used much)

  • Camping Stuff
  • 2 Tarps: one for under the tent, one to cover the bikes
  • Tent - Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 with full rainfly
  • Sleeping bags 
    • North Face Cat's Meow (20 degree synthetic)
    • 40 degree synthetic bag + small blanket
  • Camp Pillow (luxury item)
  • Sleeping pads
    • Therm-a-rest Z-Lite
    • Therm-a-rest full-length inflatable (cushier but heavier)
  • Camp stove: MSR Windpro
  • Fuel for stove
  • Duct tape and electrical tape
  • Mess kit (one bowl, one cup, one spoon each, plus a small pot to cook in)
  • Head lamps
  • Water purification tablets (chlorine) - in case of emergency
  • Lighter and waterproof matches

     
  • Clothes
  • Bike Clothes
    • Jerseys - 3 each
    • Bike shorts - 3 each
    • Socks - synthetic or wool - 3 pr short socks + 1 pr long wool socks
    • bike shoes with cleats
      • Ed: Diadora with Crankbros eggbeaters
      • Vanessa: Northwave with Shimano SPD
    • biking tights - Pearl Izumi with fleece lining
    • arm warmers - fleece lined
    • long-sleeve base layer: synthetic or wool
    • Rain jackets
      • Ed: Marmot PreCip
      • Vanessa: Patagonia Rain Shadow
    • Rain pants
      • Ed: Marmot
      • Vanessa: North Face
    • Sports bras (Vanessa only)
    • Biking gloves
    • Full-fingered gloves
  • Normal People Clothes (come on, we don't want to look crazy all the time)
    • jeans
    • flip flops 
    • tennis shoes
    • t-shirt
    • Beanie
    • Fleece jacket (can also be used under rain jacket on cold cycling days)
    • Laundry dress (to wear when everything else is being washed)
    • pajamas

       
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen! Lots! 
  • Lotion
  • Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap for showering and washing clothes
  • Shampoo
  • Standard toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, deodorant, floss
  • Comb, mirror, razor


  • Electronics
  • Camera (Canon point-and-shoot)
  • Netbook (slower than molasses)
  • Video camera (Flip camera)
  • Cell phones (iphone came in useful with occasionally confusing directions)


  • Misc
  • Maps: East coast cycling maps from Adventure Cycling
  • Journal and pen
  • Paper, envelopes, stamps, checkbook
  • Passports
  • First Aid kit
  • Books
    • Ed: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Anthem
    • Vanessa: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Angela's Ashes, Once a Runner


  • Stuff we sent home during the trip
  • Bathing suit
  • water bags
  • Extra books (one at a time)
  • Maps after we used them
  • Bike maintenance book
  • Extra street clothes
  • French press
  • Extra camera
  • Extra mess kit
  • Crank radio
  • Extra bike lock
  • Extra shoes
  • Souvenirs