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What do you bring on a cross-country bike trip?  As little as possible!  Ha!  Here is my “light” load.  Weigh-in was like Don King promoting Tyson vs Holyfield.  In this corner the light and fast touring bike “Randoneeeeeeeee” coming in at 49.2 lbs!  Ahhh, and the crowd goes wild!  And in the other corner the low but sleek “Bob” trailer coming in at 49.2 lbs! Its name is just “Bob”?  How exciting!  And a small golf clap from the crowd.  Yes, the touring bike loaded and Bob trailer loaded weigh exactly the same.

  • 2010 Novara Randonee
  • Bob Trailer
  • Adventure Cycling TransAmerica Trail maps

Bike clothing

  • Brooks seat and seat rain cover
  • Gloves (regular/cold weather)
  • Bike computer
  • Helmet
  • Rearview mirror
  • SPD clip-in shoes
  • 3 tri bike shorts
  • 4 bike shirts
  • 2 long sleeve technical shirts
  • 4 pr. bike socks
  • Thermal tights
  • Shoe covers (Rain)
  • Merino 1st layer
  • Wool hat
  • Head band
  • Rain gear
  • Yellow riding jacket
  • Bandanas
  • Safety vest
  • Insulated travel mug
  • Foot/Hand warmers

Tools & maintenance

  • Park hex key combo
  • Cable cutter
  • Tire pump
  • Tire irons
  • Spoke wrench
  • Patch kits
  • 1 spare tire
  • 3 tubes
  • Chain rivet extractor
  • Chain lube
  • Chain degreaser (Simple Green)
  • Proofide (for leather saddle)
  • Spare spokes (all 3 sizes)
  • Spare cables (1 brake, 1 derailleur)
  • Spare brake pads
  • Spare axle
  • Zip ties
  • Spare SPD cleats
  • Sire pressure gauge
  • Cleanup rag
  • Repair gloves

Off-bike clothing

  • Columbia zip off pants (2)
  • Cotton T-shirts (two short sleeve)
  • Underwear (3)
  • Wool socks
  • Vibrams/toe socks
  • Sandals
  • Dry bag for clothes

Miscellaneous

  • Day pack
  • Road ID bracelet
  • Trunk Rack bag w/rain cover
  • Handle bar bag w/ rain cover
  • Water bottles (4)
  • Bike headlights/tail lights
  • Head lamp
  • Spiral notepad
  • Pen/pencil
  • Small compass
  • Travel case for ID, credit card, ATM card, money, insurance card, discount cards
  • Batteries (headlight (3) AAA, headlamp (3) AAA, Bike CPU (1) CR2032)
  • Cell phone handlebar mount
  • Sunglasses
  • Clear glasses
  • Go Pro/Accessories
  • Mini tripod/selfie stick
  • Bungee cords
  • Various rubber bands
  • Bike lock
  • Anti-septic wipes
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Pepper spray
  • Mosquito head net
  • Bug spray

Electronics

  • Cell phone (GPS, Phone, Alarm, Camera, etc.)
    • Jorno collapsible keyboard
    • USB to wall plug adapter
    • USB backup battery
  • Sinewave cycle – Shutter Precision dynamo hub & Revolution
    • Produces electricity while I pedal and I can power anything with a USB cable
  • Ipod
    • Ear phones

Camping equipment

  • Sleeping bag
  • Camping pillow
  • Tent
  • Inflatable mattress
    • Thermarest pad
  • MSR pocket rocket stove
  • MSR propane tanks
  • Fire starter
  • Mess kit (frying pan, pot, plate, cup)
  • Utensils
  • Campsuds
  • Scrubber sponge
  • Linen towels – 1 bath, 1 face
  • Clothesline pins
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Water filter pump with bag
  • Leatherman
  • Leatherman knife sharpener
  • Emergency food (Oatmeal, dried pastas, various snacks)
  • Instant coffee
  • Deodorant
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Razor & blades
  • Shaving cream
  • Hairbrush
  • Lotion
  • Nail clippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Q-tips
  • Ibuprofen
  • Allergy medicine
  • Chap Stick
  • Glide
  • Zip lock bags (various sizes)
  • Line of nylon rope
  • Safety pins
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