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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

It looks like I'm packing for an Expedition!: The gear for a month long bike tour into the wilds of Northern Michigan!

Man, a lot goes into planning a major bike tour! I've seen smaller equipment lists for a military unit! Here's the equipment list, and I can't really think of anything on the list we won't potentially need.
3 man tent
12 extra tent pegs, ultra light weight
Tarp (Bike cover, cook shack, etc, emergency shelter)
150' in three 50' lengths Cord for hanging food, reinforcing tent in bad weather, clothesline etc (Bear Country)
Bear Spray
Advanced First Aid kit, including suture kit (Yes, I know how to use it)
glucose tabs and Ghu
biodegradable cam soap
Wet Wipes
Deep Wood Off
SPF 50 sunscreen (Wife is a pale skinned redhead!)
2 sleeping bags (O degree rated, ventable for warmer weather)
Sleeping Pads (closed cell)
Stove and extra canned fuel
Cook kit and utensils
Freeze dried and nonperishable light weight food for several days
2 rain pants, 2 ponchos
6 water bottles
Small light hand ax
Ti entrenching tool, light weight

Clothing, Me:
2 shorts, padded
Knickers, padded
2 sets, Tights
3 jersey's
3 underarmor shirts
Cold weather fleece, Quarter Zip and windproof shell
camp shoes (Crocs, really light weight)
1 pr camp shorts
4 pr socks (merino wool)
1 pr touring gloves and 1 pr full finger warm cycling gloves
Ear warmer (It does get cold up there still)

Wife: Clothing
3 shorts
3 shirts
2 pr long shell pants, wicking
4 pr socks (merino wool)
Fleece and windproof shell
Reg touring gloves and cold weather as well
Ear Warmer

Schwinn Passage touring bike

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Sun Recumbent trike

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trailer for gear (Not pictured)

Locks (3, both bikes AND trailer, from Kryptonite)
basic emergency multitool and 2 adjustable wrenches
4 power links
chain break tool
extra tubes
patch kit
waterproof matches
duct tape
zip ties
fiber spoke for my bike
lights, front and rear LED, battery powered

cell phone
digital camera
a few extra batteries

We are going to be in some remote areas and are going to be gone for a month. When the weather completely breaks, we'll mail the cold weather clothes home.

OTHER NEWS: I Started a Forum
I started a new forum, dedicated to the Clydesdale Cyclist. It's hosted on Network 54. Let's develop it into a resource for us Clyde's and Athena's. Membership is free so join up today!


Dan said...

I'm thinking that the non-pictured trailer is a semi-trailer!

Tom Stormcrowe said...

Just think how easy 100K in Tour de Cure will be after trip with this gear load for 720 miles or so!

BIG Mike said...

There's something critical missing from that equipment list...

Where's the tweed jacket for the recumbent.

Tom Stormcrowe said...

Remember, Mike, Earlena rides the bent!

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