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tarheeltreehugger
12-23-2009, 01:53 PM
Hey everyone, I seem to remember someone posting a touring gear list w/ pictures of all their gear and how they organized it in their panniers. This may have been here (cannot find it via the search fxn) or on the Shift list. I believe this was last year or so. Does anyone recall seeing something like this? I'm planning a trip and think it would be helpful to see how others organize their bike. I'll try the Shift list if this doesn't work. Thanks in advance!

ThTh

zpl
12-23-2009, 02:02 PM
I don't know about the photos of how it was packed into their panniers, but the touring couple running pathlesspedaled.com have a gear list and have talked a lot about their gear choices and how it has changed over time as they've become longer-term tourers.

Scott

q`Tzal
12-23-2009, 03:36 PM
Or you could go to crazyguyonabike (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com): A place for bicycle tourists and their journals. Lots of good reading there.
In particular nearly every journal dedicates a page, or in at least one case 6 or 7 pages, towards gear and philosophy of what you carry.

Oooh, it seems this is a direct link to journal entry pages titled "Equipment Lists":
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/categories/?o=RrzKj&category_id=212&doctype=journal

Try not to get lost on this site. There is some very good writing and very moving photos on this site: you may find you've lost days.

Alan
01-03-2012, 10:32 PM
Or you could go to crazyguyonabike (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com): A place for bicycle tourists and their journals. Lots of good reading there.
In particular nearly every journal dedicates a page, or in at least one case 6 or 7 pages, towards gear and philosophy of what you carry.

Oooh, it seems this is a direct link to journal entry pages titled "Equipment Lists":
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/categories/?o=RrzKj&category_id=212&doctype=journal

Try not to get lost on this site. There is some very good writing and very moving photos on this site: you may find you've lost days.

Old thread, bumped. And a fair warning that is, q`Tzal; Crazy Guy is a wonderful website.

Some of those lists are more detailed than others. Here are two which are very precise about what they include, at opposite ends of the load scale. There is a photo of gear layed out for an expedition-weight 110 pound load (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=63745&v=Xl), including food and water but not bicycle. On the other end of the spectrum, and more where I need to be planning about how to carry LESS, is an ultralight load of 15 pounds (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=265760&v=4k) on a 25 pound bike (40 total), without food or water. (Neil, the owner of crazyguyonabike, asked him to write that up after a discussion in those forums.) I'd be pleased to get down to twice that, 30lbs, but I'm thinking it's going to take a different bag and tent, and maybe some tech clothes. Thanks to djkenny's (http://bikeportland.org/forum/showthread.php?t=4095) posts (http://bikeportland.org/forum/showthread.php?t=4102) for getting me thinking in that direction. ;)

q`Tzal
01-04-2012, 02:01 PM
Another trick is to ship, or have shipped for you at intervals, packages to US Post Offices at General Delivery (https://www.usps.com/manage/research-delivery-options.htm#3). They are required to hold the items for 30 days though there are some stories of small town screw ups (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=72428&v=5F).

You arrive and pick up heavy gear without having carried it; this is also the method of choice for internet purchases of bike parts on the road.

The journal page here (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=164595&v=A2) describes succinctly how to format the addressing.

Alan
01-04-2012, 06:25 PM
I've read about through-hikers on the PCT and ACT using general delivery drops, especially for food. I hadn't considered it for bike touring. It seems as though there's food of some sort along most road routes nearly every day (cafe, mini-mart, store) and part of the adventure seems like foraging for local supplies.

That guy must have really wanted his Gu and gum drops, but for me, I don't think that cold beer and hot pizza would keep for 30 days.

For parts, great solution! But many online stores say they won't deliver to PO boxes. I wonder if they'll do general delivery?

djkenny
01-07-2012, 12:47 PM
You are very welcome, Alan. I really appreciate your help as I plan my needs reasonably.

I have not gone ultra lite style, really. The recommended tents were always speedier than I found reasonable. Too confining for the 270 big Agnes single person ones and over 300 for the adequate space 2 person (if u REALLY like being close someone) style light weight tents.

I picked up a well liked, over 30 cu feet, 2 person REI half dome on sale via Black Friday screaming deal. it's about shy of 4.5 lbs.

Plans are a Big Agnes dual core pad to fit into the used Big A down Long Ranger sleeping bag, a proper pillow (eyeing the camp ones from LL Bean) as well as a light weight camp light (maybe LED?), some of these teeny can openers, a fuel canister for the MSR pocket stove, and likely some kind of handle bar bag for a map to sit on and for quick grab stuff.

Part of the fun to me seems to be the planning part