Gear List

In accordance with an age-old custom followed by all bike tourists, here is a list of all the things I’ve brought, sorted by where on the bike it is.  Each of us has a different set of things they’ve brought; this is just what I’ve got.

Front left pannier: Miscellany pannier.

  • Bike repairs: adjustable crescent wrench, patch kit with 100 patches, two spare tubes, two kevlar replacement spokes, super glue, bike grease, and chain lube.
  • Personal care: deodorant, chamois butt’r, contacts and solution, spare glasses, drugs (malaria and diarrhea pills, vanquish and advil).
  • MSR miniworks water filter.
  • Food odds and ends (whatever leftovers we’ve got – mustard, garlic, onion, scrounged mayonnaise packets, etc.)

Front right pannier: Cooking pannier.

  • 3-qt. stove
  • MSR whisperlite international stove
  • 1-liter fuel bottle
  • Aluminum mess kit
  • 6″ by 12″ cutting board
  • Spoon and fork
  • Crank-powered radio
  • Salt, pepper, and cavenders

Rear left pannier: Clothing pannier.  I never have all these clothes in at once, obviously, but here are all the clothes I’ve brought.

  • 3 pairs of wool socks
  • 1 pair of athletic shorts
  • 1 pair of bicycle short liners
  • 1 pair of long johns (never used, soon to be ditched)
  • 1 pair of sweatpants
  • 1 pair of wool boxers
  • 2 polyester short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 button-up shirt
  • 1 wool sweater
  • 1 hooded sweatshirt
  • 1 long sleeved cotton shirt
  • 1 wool cap
  • 1 pair of rain pants
  • 1 rain jacket
  • I also usually keep my u-lock and 8′ cable in this pannier.

Rear right pannier: Sleeping pannier.

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Kindle
  • Journal
  • Electronics box (spare batteries and charger, kindle cable, backup memory card for the camera)
  • Headlamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Towel
  • Passport and important documents.  I also keep a spare credit card here, which has come in handy already.
  • Changing stream of a couple books

Rear rack: My tent and my helmet if I’m not wearing it.

Handlebar bag:

  • All my gloves (two cotton pairs, one waterproof pair, two neoprene pairs, my riding gloves)
  • Toothbrush and floss
  • Map
  • 1-liter waterbottle
  • Candy stash
  • Sunglasses
  • Playing cards
  • Knife
  • Multi-tool
  • Keys and compass
  • Handkerchief
  • Wallet

I also have a 10-liter (2.5 gallons) MSR dromedary bag hung from a taut-line between my handlebar stem and my seat post.  I hang it from two carabiners, then secure the bottom with two more.  I am very indebted to Joe Heili for his help getting the taut-line set up.  It’s good to be friends with a boy scout.

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