Gear


Everything I'm bringing with me

This is all of the gear that I am bringing along with my on my trip. I spent a lot of time researching all of the equipment that I got for this trip, and made sure to focus on getting lightweight but high quality materials. If you have any questions about any of my gear, feel free to ask!

Bike


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Novara Randonee

REI's signature touring bike, and method of travel for this adventure.

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Arkel AC Lowrider Front Rack

Since my bike only came with the rear rack, I also got this front rack from Arkel to carry my front panniers.

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Planet Bike Fenders

Fenders for my bike so that rain, mud, and rocks doesn't spray at my while I am riding.

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Ortlieb Roller Plus Pannier Set

I have two rear panniers (40L combined), two front panneirs (25L combined), and a handlebar bag (7L) that I am using to carry all of my equipment for this trip.

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Shimano M200 MTB Shoes

These shoes clip into my pedals and make for a much better ride. Technically these are designed for mountain biking but ultimately I decided on them because I can walk in them comfortably so I won't always be aching to take my shoes off.

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Helmet

Because it's the law and stuff.

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Kryptonite Mini-5 Lock & Cable

This is a heavy duty but fairly lightweight lock that I will use to keep my bike safe when I am away from it for a while.

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Axiom HV Enforceair Mini Pump

I chose this pump because it is nice and lightweight. It also has a feature that folds down to turn it into a foot pump for easier inflation.

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Patch Kit & Tire Levers

For repairing flat tires!

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Spare Tubes

I carry a couple of extra bike tibes just in case.

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MultiTool

For fixing and tweaking various parts on my bike. Nothing special, just a simple tool with most of the things that I need.

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Wrench

I carry a small wrench with me as well to help with repairs and modifications.



Camping


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Quarter Dome 3 Tent

I hadn't originally planned on going solo for this trip, so I am staying in a very spacious REI Quarter Dome 3 tent. This is an ultralight tent and is very easy to set up!

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Marmot Sawtooth Sleeping Bag

A nice down sleeping bag rated for 15 degrees. This is a very lightweight sleeping bag with some nice features

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Klymit Inertia O Zone Sleeping Pad

Gotta have a sleeping pad to sleep on! This one is incredible small and light, and surprisingly comfortable.

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Hammock

A pretty unnecessary item however I love relaxing in my hammock after a long day of riding, or just anywhere with a great view. I like to enjoy my trip and a hammock is a nice luxury.

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GSR Soloist Cookset

Very lightweight and minimal cookset that also fits my stovetop and propane tank when closed and packed away.

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MSR Propane Stove

To heat up meals when I feel like preparing my own food.

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Sawyer Water Filter

I decided to use this filter for this trip because it is very lightweight and takes up hardly any room in my pack when rolled up.

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LED Headlamp

Useful for navigating around camp in the dark.



Clothing


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Fleece Sweater

For keeping warm!

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Hat

To tame my hair so I don't look homeless (even though I am).

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Rain Jacket

A jacket to keep my dry when it rains. Also a great windbreaker.

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Rain Pants

For when it is raining for an extended period of time or very heavily.

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Novara Sweep Double Bike Shorts

Comfortable and Flexible shorts for riding in every day. These shorts are easily adjustable, and have zippered pockets.

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Padded Liner Shorts

Underwear for biking that provides much needed padding in the areas that contact the bike saddle.

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Long Sleeve Moisture Wicking Shirts

I have a couple of long sleeve moisture wicking shirts. I use one of them for riding and the other usually for off-bike casual wear.

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T Shirts

A few for riding and a few for off-bike wear.

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Jeans

For keeping warm around the campsite and wearing in public when I am not riding my bike.

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Shorts

I have a couple of pairs of shorts for off-bike use - Khaki duo dry shorts for hiking or casual wear and basketball shorts for relaxing.

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Socks

I have a few pairs of thin bicycling socks that I use for both biking and normally. I also have a pair of longer, thicker socks for keeping warm when needed.

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Underwear

Gotta have a few pairs of underwear!! Padded shorts are used as underwear while riding but I change into regular underwear once I am done riding for the day.

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Showers Pass Gloves

My hands can get really cold when it is windy or raining. These gloves are comfortable and keep my hands from getting too cold.

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Nike Free's

A pair of shoes other than my biking shoes. I like Nike Free's because they are my favorite shoes for hiking and they also look decent when dressed casually.



Tech


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Canon Rebel EOS T3i

For taking pictures of all of the amazing people, places, and things I see along the way. I have a 18mm-50mm lens and a 55mm-250mm lens, as well as various filters and other camera equipment

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Hard Drive

I use this to hold all of my files for this website, as well as pictures, videos, and other media that I get along my trip.

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Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Kit

Gotta keep all of my electronics charged! I can charge my devices directly from the solar panel or build up a charge in the portable battery to charge my devices later.

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Fugoo Bluetooth Speaker

Okay so this one is pretty unnecessary, but I like to be able to listen to music without sacrificing hearing what is going on around me. Music helps me to keep at a pretty steady pace while riding.

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GoPro Hero 3+ Black

Great camera for getting more action-oriented videos as well as videos in the rain, under water, or other things that I wouldn't want to get my Canon T3i into.

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Surface Pro 3

To create new blogs and web pages for this website, and occasionally watch movies. It is nice and light compared to most laptops.

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Cell Phone

So I can let Mom know that I'm still alive. I also use my phone to upload new blog posts and files to my web server since I don't always have wifi.

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Osprey Daylite Plus Daypack

I use this to store most of my electronics so they are all in one place. and easy for me to carry with me if I feel I need to. This bag fits into one of the rear panniers on the bike.

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Neoprene Camera Sleve

A really light sleeve for my camera. I use this to keep my camera from being scratched when I put it away in my handlebar bag.

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Tripod

Because I am going alone, I need a tripod for me to actually be in any pictures. Also good for time lapses and night shots. I got the AmazonBasics tripod because it was fairly cheap.



Toiletries & Other


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Toiletry bag

I got an inexpensive bag from Walmart to keep all of my toiletries in one place.

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Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Gotta keep the mouth clean!

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Sunscreen

I need to apply sunscreen a couple of times a day on sunny days, otherwise I turn into a lobster.

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Lip Balm

Because nobody likes chapped lips.

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Lotion

I apply lotion on my skin when it is dry, irritated, or sunburnt.

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Shampoo & Conditioner

For washing my hair.

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Nail Clippers

For keeping my nails trimmed.

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Tweezers

Useful not only for personal hygeine, but also for picking things out that are stuck in my feet, shoes, tires, etc.

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Razor & Shaving Cream

So I can keep my face looking clean.

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Camp Towels

Lightweight and compact drying towels. I have one large one for my body and a smaller one that I usually use for drying dishes.

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Wilderness Wash

Biodegradable multi-purpose wash for keeping things (including myself) clean while camping.

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Q-Tips

For cleaning my ears. They also come in handy for cleaning other random things.

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Advil

For sores and headaches.