Our Bike Touring Gear

Trip Start Oct 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 2007

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

We must have planned really well for this bike tour. Either that, or just lucky, as we used pretty much everything we brought with us ("Better to be lucky than good"). In addition, we have many "MVPs" within our touring gear collection. We thought some of you may be interested in what all was included in those pannier bags of ours. Here are the basics, give or take a few items we picked up or threw out along the way. Invariably Holly would pick up little items along the way for some retail therapy, but most of it got shipped home from Turkey.
A first initial of 'H' indicates something that only Holly brought. A first initial of 'S' indicates a common item that we both used, but that Seth carried in his panniers.
Clothes (what we each brought):
2 pairs shorts/jerseys
1 long pair of cycling tights
1 pair arm & leg warmers
Underwear: Holly 3, Seth 1
3-4 pairs socks
2 sports bras (H)
1 long sleeve warm jersey
1 rain jacket
1 hat
1 buff (H)
1 pair lightweight cycling gloves (H)
1 pair lightweight rain mitts
1 pair street shorts/skirt combo bought in Corsica MVP (H)
1 Patagonia puffy vest MVP (H - I packed this at last minute, so glad I did!)
1 tanktop/street bra (H)
1 shortsleeve button up shirt (our dress-up shirts)
1 pair lightweight pants
1 t-shirt
1 pair flip-flops
1 pair cycling shoes
1 sunhat
1 pair sunglasses
2 Ortlieb Classic rear pannier bags each (every bike tourer we ran into had Ortlieb) MVP
1 2-person tent - Sierra Designs Sirius; 4.5 lbs MVP (S)
1 MSR international stove (S)
1 MSR fuel can (S)
2 MSR pots (S)
1 MSR lightweight towel each MVP
1 Bialetti coffee pot MVP (S)
2 plastic bowls for eating (S)
2 Snowpeak titanium sporks MVP (S)
2 titanium mugs MVP (S)
1 Mammut lightweight sleeping bag each (only 500g!!) MVP
1 cheap lightweight bread knife MVP (S)
1 thermarest each
1 emergency space blanket (for Holly to make up for nights when sleeping bag wasn't warm enough) (H)
1 headlamp each
Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife (we lost one along the way) (S)
Water purifier (didn't really need) (S)
1 book each
Medkit (S)
Cork screw (S)
Duct tape (S)
Extra batteries (S)
Cord for a clothes line (S)
Zipties (S)
1 Extra Tire (S)
Multi-tool MVP (S)
Cassette Cracker MVP (S)
Extra Spokes (S)
Patch Kit (S)
2 extra tubes
Tire levers
Brake cable (S)
Shifter cable (S)
Section of cable housing (S)
Extra brake pads (S)
Thick cable lock MVP (S)
Thin cable lock MVP (S)
Toiletries (S)
Camera (S)
Maps (S)

The Pantry (S)
0.5 L bottle of olive oil
0.25 L bottle of balsamic viniger
Small jar of honey
Bag of coffee
Herbs de Provence
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