Got out for an overnighter with Dave last weekend. Idyllwild to Noble Canyon (San Diego) with as much dirt as we could find, about 120 miles total.
I took some notes on my gear & goody list, and realized most of these are kept under lock & key. Well, here’s mine for all to see. Not saying it’s my end-all kit, but I’ve been working on it and will continue to make improvements.
In the Carousel Design Works seat bag:
3/4″ sleeping pad
(packed in that order)
In the Epic Designs bar bag dry sack:
1 pair wool hiker socks
warm knit cap
marmot precip jacket
Patagucci R.5 warm shirt thing
black diamond ugly but lightweight and warm fuzzy long underwear bottoms
1 pair undies. Boxers not briefs.
In the Epic bar bag brain pocket (extra gizmo in front of the bag)
arm/knee warmers as I pulled them off
water treatment (iodine in a small bottle, some tablets)
In the Wingnut Hyper 3.0 pack
2 26″ innertubes
minipump with duct tape stowage
Minitool- huge do-everything variety
Esbit stove & fuel tabs, lighter
Titanium mug, lexan spoon
Robot Food; Sustained Energy, endurolytes, various unidentified Hammer pills, Gu2O or something like it
More food (4 oatmeal packs, TJ’s pasta chingus, canned smoked trout, almonds, candied ginger)
1 brick o’ ramen noodles. Good calories & salt, very lightweight
2 beers, canned.
Wake-up kit: Starbucks Via brew packets, Emergen-C packets
Pretty Guy kit: Toothbrush, cut to fit inside mug, travel toothpaste, floss, TP, Tums, moleskin
Bike Love kit: 3 zip ties, patch kit, tire plug kit, a couple random bolts, chain links, tiny bottle of lube
a couple Clif bars. The cherry almond kind was edible
Compass, tethered to the pack straps. Mileage marked in dots on the string to correspond with the scale of maps we were using
a piece of fruit
Snickers bar, cleverly hidden next to my water bladder
reserve platypus bladder for extra water capacity when needed
In the Carousel Design Works top tube fuel cell:
more snacks; dried apple dealies, Panda licorice, fig newtons
bought pop tarts along the way
On the stem:
Gel flask, loaded full of maltodextrin goodness.
home made black diamond headlamp adapter chingus to fit the helmet
Shades- two pair; light lens for morning & twilight, dark lens for daytime pimpin’
On the bike:
3 water bottles. Robot food stayed in the insulated bottle just in case it contributed to stomach funkiness
Cateye velo 5 bike computer
Things to bring-
more blister stuff
salty snacks (Synders pretzel bits are evil & full of MSG, oh-so-good)
razor blade for cutting things
99 cent womens stretchy gloves
Things to think about-
more cork tape on the Jones bars, especially around the tube intersection
possibly modify the bar bag/ handlebar interface for better hand room
watch wheel tension/ tire pressure with loads
budget for 2 starbucks coffee dealies per morning
more esbit cubes, maybe 2.5 per day?
maybe a roomier pack?
the bike computer doesn’t register miles at hike a bike speed
might lose the gel flask on stem for hike a bike situations