Haida Gwaii :: SEP -- OCT 2002

Subject: Bicycle Touring Gear & Packing List
Date: Monday, December 30, 2002 4:04 PM


For those of you researching your own cycle tour, this is not intended to be a definitive packing list. (There is no such thing.) Trust your own personal taste and experience. Tailor your equipment choices to the conditions you expect to encounter. In the context panel at right I list a few additions and options based on my own changing taste and experience.

Below is a full packing and gear list for a one-month bicycle tour up the British Columbia coast to fabled Haida Gwaii. At right are photographs for the setup for my 1998 China Tour (6 thousand kilometres over 6 and half months). There are a few significant differences in equipment setup. Most of these are commented on to the right below the photographs.

I did carry more spare parts across China due to the difficulty in purchasing them locally. I carried more extreme rain protection to Haida Gwaii, in deference to the thorough soaking to be expected in a temperate rainforest at the onset of the rainy season. A pair of 4-litre water bags helped pack the necessary water over western China's long, remote desert hauls. Indeed, choosing the bicycle itself is a decision best made in deference to the full spectrum of expected conditions including tour duration, local availability of parts, road conditions, etc.

Hover the mouse cursor over the (arrows) and a comment window will popup. (You need to have javascript enabled.) There's a range of novice to advanced information in the comments...a bit of a grab bag, but most touring cyclists should find some useful tidbits.

REI Outdoor Equipment Eagle Creek Travel Bags & Accessories
Most items listed here found at REI.com counter image I use Eagle Creek counter image bags and accessories

Cyclist, Bike & Trailer: the gear attached


  • A touring cyclist's typical riding gear
    • Helmet see contents
    • Carnac Dune cycling shoe
    • MEC Chameleon sunglassesicon
    • MEC Short-Sleeve Jersey
    • Zoic Breakaway Cycle Shorts
    • Defeet Woolie-Boolie Wool Socks
    • Specialized Full-Finger Gloves
  • Gary Fisher Sugar-2 fully suspended XC ATB
    • Shimano XT/Mavic X618 CD ATB Wheelset icon
    • Continental Goliath semi-slick front tire
    • Specialised Dirt Baldy semi-slick rear tire
    • Zefal Full Fender - ATB front fender
    • Zefal Clip-On Fender seat-post fender
    • No-name bar endsicon
    • Dimension Mini Bell with Floating Compass
    • Profile Design Century ZB Aero Baricon
      • CatEye Enduro 2 Cyclocomputericon
      • CatEye Microhalogen Headlighticon
      • Louis Garneau Handlebar bag see contents
    • 2 plastic water bottle cages
      • 1-litre water bottle icon
      • 950ml MSR fuel bottle
    • Work Force pumpicon
    • Generic Seatpost Rackicon
      • MEC 11-litre rack trunkicon see contents
      • Forward Deflector Shield
    • Kryptonite Kryptkeeper Cable Lockicon
  • B.O.B. Yak Trailer
    • Zefal clip-on fender
    • Dry Sak waterproof trailer bag see contents
    • 2 plastic water bottle cages
    • Jury-rigged fishing pole mount
      • Cheapo Fishing Rod&Reel combo
    • Bungee Cord
      • 6'X8' Polyethylene tarp
      • Light Hiking boots
      • Daypack see contents
      • Kryptonite Evolution 2000 Series U-Lockicon


Bag Contents:
  • Louis Garneau Handlebar bag back to gear
    • Pedro's Extra Dry Chain Lubeicon
    • Finish Line Cross Country Wet Lubeicon
    • Assorted Zip Ties
    • 100% DEET insect repellant
    • Small fishing tackle box
    • Sunglasses Case
      • Spare MEC Chameleon Sunglassesicon frames
      • 2 Replacement Lenses icon
    • Notepad & pen
    • Trail mix in ziploc bag
    • 1 spare 26" tube icon
    • Ricoh RF-5000 35mm camera
    • 1 roll Fuji Velvia 35mm Color Slide Film
    • 1 roll Fuji Provia 35mm Color Slide Film
    • Buddha Figurine
    • Petzl Tikka headlamp
    • keys for Cable lock and U-lock
  • MEC 11-litre rack trunk back to gear
    • Topeak The Alien multi-toolicon
    • Rucksack Lockback Swiss Army Knife
    • Patch Kit
    • 1 spare 26" tube icon
    • 1 spare 16" tube
    • Road Maps
    • small waterproof stuff sack
      • MEC neoprene gloves
      • MEC neoprene socks
      • shoe covers
      • rain pants
    • Integral Designs Siltarpicon 5'X8'
    • 7 aluminum tent pegs
    • 7 lengths synthetic cord
    • Pristine water purification system
  • Daypack back to gear
    • Taiga fleece vest
    • Activa weatherproof cycling jacket icon
    • long sleeve jersey icon
    • telephone cable
    • Acoustic coupler for internet connections
    • Motorola StarTAC cell phone
    • Cell phone AC power cable
    • Whatever fresh food was purchased that day
    • Eagle Creek Passage Wallet
    • Other miscellaneous stuff picked up during the day's travels
  • BOB Dry Sak back to gear

      Computer
    • Leather computer slip-case
      • Dell Latitude C400 icon notebook computer
      • A few business cards
      • A cheque book
      • Pen & pencil
    • Powersupply for Latitude C400 icon

      Camping
    • Coleman Exponent Inyo lightweight 2-person tent
    • Compression sack
      • The North Face Cat's Meow Sleeping Bag
    • compression strap
      • Generic self-inflating sleeping pad
    • Padded nylon zippered stuff 'box'
      • MSR Whisperlite Stove
      • MSR Whisperlite Maintenance Kit
      • Bic Lighter
    • Plastic plate, bowl and mug
    • Collapsible Water Tank, 4-litre
    • Cookset sack
      • 2 aluminum cookset pots w/ lids
      • small squirt bottle of dish soap w/ scrub sponge in ziploc
      • spare spice containers
      • MSR folding spatula

    • Clothing
    • Medium stuff sack
      • quick drying light pants
      • Cotton cargo shorts
      • long-sleeve button-down shirt
      • long-sleeve tee shirt
      • 2 tee shirts
      • light synthetic sweat shirt
    • Medium stuff sack
    • compression strap
      • Columbia heavy, lined fleece jacket
    • Small stuff sack
      • DeFeet Air-e-ator cycling socks
      • DeFeet Wool-e-ator cycling socks
      • 2 pair white cotton sport socks
      • 3 pair cotton boxer briefs
      • Laundry stuff sack


      • Food
    • SealLine See Bag 5 Dry Bag
      • Hot chocolate mix
      • Powdered milk
      • Trail mix
      • spices (dill, salt, pepper, oregano)
      • Assorted instant oat packets
      • rice
      • lemon juice in squeeze bottle
      • canola oil in squeeze bottle
      • Assorted instant soup and stew mixes
      • Lexan 4 piece cutlery set
      • tin foil

    • Personal health & hygiene
    • First Aid Kit
    • travel towel
    • Toiletry kit
      • Toothbrush & toothpaste
      • Razor, shaving gel, spare blades
      • Combined shampoo/conditioner in squeeze bottle
      • soap in travel case
      • Q-tips
      • multi-vitamins
      • Ibuprofen
      • hair brush
      • deodorant

    • Bike parts&tools/business/computer/miscellaneous
    • Shoe box
      • Bontrager spare semi-slick tireicon
      • B.O.B. Quick-Release Skewer
      • ATB Brake Cable icon
      • ATB Shifter Cable icon
      • ViseGrip Long Nose Locking Pliers
      • Assorted Zip Ties
      • Duct tape
      • Electrical tape
      • spokes and nipples
      • spare chain links
      • assorted nuts & bolts
      • roll of Velcro
      • synthetic 'parachute' cord
      • couple hundred business cards
      • ziploc full of receipts and other paper work
      • additional maps
      • CDRW drive for Latitude C400 icon
      • CD wallet icon
        • Blank discs, backup discs, software
      • DC to AC inverter, auto adaptor
      • 2 spare compression straps
      • Spare ziploc bags
      • Doris Lessing's novel Shikasta
      • Several rolls Fuji Velvia & Provia Color Slide Film


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