My Kit

As I prepare to launch this adventure, I’m focused on what I need to bring, and what I need to leave behind. Hard choices, indeed. Even with the hard choices, I feel like I’m bringing way too much. I expect I will end up shipping some of this stuff home after getting tired carrying it. But for now, here is my starting-out list:

Bike Stuff:

  • helmet (Giro – serial # Y7632452)
  • Road I.D. bracelet
    (in case of an accident, it lists my name and contact numbers for Mary Sue, Nick and Veronica as well as my health insurance number)
  • tire pump
  • extra tubes (2)
  • tire change irons (3)
  • puncture seals for tubes
  • all-in-one tool kit (Allen wrenches, screw drivers, spoke wrench,  etc.)
  • crescent wrench and cassette nut
  • FlashStand (Topeak brand – alternative to a kick-stand that attaches onto crank arm)
  • replacement spokes (4)
  • no extra tire or extra chain (I’ll be riding through towns with bike shops, so if I need replacements, I’ll be able to find them — I hope!)

Bike Clothing:

  • bike jersey long sleeve (1)
  • bike jersey short sleeve (2)
  • bike shorts with padding (2)
  • bike socks (2)
  • bright yellow safety vest
  • bike jacket (water proof)
  • rain pants
  • rain booties (to pull over shoes)
  • bandannas for under helmet (2)
  • bike gloves (padded) (2)

Off-bike Clothing:

  • long pants (1)
  • shorts (1)
  • down jacket
  • underwear briefs (2)
  • long underwear, top and bottom
  • light-weight walking shoes
  • socks for off-bike (2

Camping Gear:

  • tent (REI quarter dome 2) (3 lbs. 9 oz..)
  • tent footprint ( ” ) (9 oz..)
  • sleeping bag (Kelty Cosmic DriDown 550fill, 41 degrees F.) (1 lb. 14 oz..)
  • pad (ThermaRest Evolite) (1 lb. 7 oz..)
  • pillow (SeaToSummit Aeros Premium) (3.7 oz.)
  • sleeping bag liner (Cocoon Coolmax travel sheet) (11 oz..)
  • lights (MPowerd Luci inflatable solar lanterns – 2) (4.4 oz..)
  • headlamp (Ptezl Tikka Plus)
  • stove (JetBoil MiniMo) (14 oz..)
  • gas cans for stove (2 @8 oz.)
  • bowl, cup, knife/fork/spoon
  • bug head net (Ben’s InvisiNet) (0.7 oz.)


  • iPad (Air 2 with Logitech keyboard case)
  • iPhone
  • Dynamo with USB port (built into bike)
  • Solar charger …
  • external battery pack (RAV Power Deluxe, 16750 mAh)


  • hygiene (tooth brush, toothpaste, razor, nail clippers, etc.)
  • sun screen
  • toilet paper and trowel
  • a few first aide supplies (band-aids, etc.)
  • extra pair of glasses


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