Group Rides

Join us for evening indoor training rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm at the Recycle Bicycle Shop in downtown Ellensburg.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What to pack?

It's getting down to that time where I'm starting to really evaluate the items needed for the tour. Thus the packing list below. Being my first tour I've tried to glean as much as I can from the website called Crazyguyonabike, the Bike Forums Touring subforum, touring books, etc. to determine what I'll need. This is only a four day tour so I'm going without front panniers which means everything needs to be packed in the rear panniers and handlebar bag.
The task now is to put it all together and "pre-pack" it to see what may need to be eliminated.

  • 1 pr khaki shorts
  • 2 dri fit style t- shirts
  • 2 riding shorts
  • 2 jerseys - bright for visibility (I know many tourists don't use these jersey's but they're the brightest shirts I own and I want to increase visibility if possible)
  • 4 socks - I use cotton, ankle socks (I call them fooies). Some day I might go to wool
  • 1 gloves
  • 1 tights - dependent on forecast/weather on whether I include them or not
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 polypro undershirt
  • 2 underwear
  • Small towel for showering
Tools on Bike
  • Multi tool
  • Leatherman
  • Spoke wrench
  • Tube
  • Patch kit
  • Tire levers
  • Bungee cords
  • Frame pump
  • Bike lock
  • Chain tool
  • Small flashlight
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Soap
  • Shampoo - small bottle
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste small tube
  • Wallet items in zip lock bag
  • Allergy medication in zip lock bag
  • 2 water bottles
  • Camelbak
  • Tablet for ebook and journaling or notebook/pen - haven't decided
  • Phone
  • MP3 player
  • Camera
Snack food - primarily purchased while on the road

  • Pop tarts
  • Protein bars
  • Fig newtons
  • Bananas
Notice I didn't take a stove, cookware, etc. The first night I'll be having dinner with a friend. The second night I'll just eat cold stuffs (I'll stop by a store in the closest town in the afternoon) and the 3rd night I'm staying at a friends place.