Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Equipment (Part Two)

From the prior post it may seem like I'm obsessing about weight, but the sad truth that has slowly dawned on Bob and me as we've trained over these past few months is that every ounce counts. It is SOOOO much harder to get yourself up a hill (and, let's face it, there are actual mountains where we're going) when you're carrying extra weight. So, after a few test rides (I was literally cycling around with barbells in the panniers), my new mantra for packing was "lose the weight, baby."

Which made some of the decisions difficult. Bob and I intend to do a "credit card" tour -- i.e., we'll be looking for a hotel, motel or B&B each night -- primarily for a warm shower and a comfortable bed. But should we nonetheless bring a sleeping bag -- which, at minimum, is a 2 lb investment? A tent? A tarp? Bob and I went back and forth a few times about this: and were we planning for contingency only or for actual planned outdoor pleasure? We each ended up getting a light, 55+ bag from REI, so I guess we still don't know.

But for those of you who are interested in such things, here's my evolving packing list. So far, I've kept it under 20 lbs, an accomplishment of sorts (I think):

Bike Clothing
2 Pearl Izumi Pro Shorts
1 Baggy shorts with liner (Cannondale)
1 bike shoes (Giro)
4 pair socks (2 lightweight; 2 wool)
Short sleeve wool jersey
Long sleeve wicking jersey (Craft)
Long sleeve sun jersey (Nike)
Gore rain jacket
Cannondale wind vest
Arm warmers (Smartwool)
Knee warmers (Smartwool)
Marmot wind gloves
Pro rain booties
Nike sleeveless shirt (1 or 2)
2 regular cycling jerseys (Cannondale)
Giro helmet
Castelli bandana
Bike gloves (Giro)

Bike Equipment
3 water bottles
2 liter folding water bottle
Arkel Tailrider
Garmin GPS
CygoLite LED
Ortlieb Front Rollers
Arkel Rear Panniers
SKS fenders

Off Bike Clothing
Patagonia Polartec longsleeve
REI Vest
Merrell barefoots
Nylon  shorts (double as bathing suit)
Regular shorts (Ex Officio)
2 boxer underwear
2 collar button shirts (short sleeve)
2 t-shirts (wicking)
Lightweight long pants
REI Sleeping Sack (55 degrees)
REI MultiMat
REI baseball cap

Prescription Glasses
Contacts (two pairs)
[Prescription Sunglasses]
Bike Sunglasses (Oakley)
Waist pack
Bullfrog Suntan Lotion (spray)
iPhone and charger (and extra pack)
Tablet and charger and case
Bluetooth keyboard
Cable for Garmin/CygoLite/SD card adapter
Earphones [ear plugs]
Stick (for muscles)

4 oz. Eurostyle Chamois Butt’r
3 oz. Origins shaving cream
Razor blade and set of cartridges
Nail trimmer
Swiss army knife
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Contact Lens Solution
Micro towel (eyeglasses too)
Regular meds
4 tubes Gu
6 Power Bars
Travel Clothesline

Bike Tools
Pump (with pressure gauge)
2 tubes and flat kit
Cassette mini remover
Electrical Tape
Extra hex nuts
Shock cord
Baby wipes
Wrenches for fenders
Cable lock
Zip ties
Zip lock ice bags

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