My Cycling Adventures

Posts from my exploration of the USA on my bike

Final Kit Check

With my trip being delayed from it’s initial start date in July (Due to an awesome 3 months spent with good friends in Vermont), I am now ready to set off. This delay did however mean that my kit had to be updated as I was not really prepared for the cold conditions that I will now be experiencing at this time of the year.

Without further adieu, here is my kit list for my trip across the USA.

The Bike Stuff

- My baby, a 26er Dual Suspension Mountain Bike. Running tubeless with full lock out and my comfy saddle which doesn’t look comfy (Yes a road/touring bike would be quicker, but I wouldn’t be able to hit the trails in the towns I stop in. A 29er would be first prize, but I don’t have one.)

- Ritchey Tri Bar extensions (To change up that seating position during long stretches

- Cateye wireless bike computer

- Crank Brothers multi tool, Leatherman, 2 x Spare tubes, patch kit, 2 x CO2 bombs and adaptor, 2x master links, replacement drop out, tyre levers, zip ties, insulation tape, nylon chord, shock pump, hand pump

- 3l Camel Back Bladder, 3 x insulated water bottles

- Bike lock


- Seat post mounted pannier with Avenair pannier bags

-Timbuk2 top tube bag

-Topeak saddle bag (Mounted under the tri bars

- 35l Red Mountain custom backpack (Made by a supplier in Cape Town for a race in 2008 and still going strong

- Handle bar mount map bag

- 4 x 25l dry bags (one for each of the main compartments in the pannier bags and one for the back pack)

- 2 x Bungee Chords

Cycling Kit

- 3 x good quality bib shorts (I have 3 different brands in order to change the areas that I chaff in. Hopefully it won’t be bad so I will be able to mail one pair back later in the ride). Pearl Izumi, Zerhor, Assos (Their higher end stuff)

- 2 x cycling tops with full zips in the front. (When you are layered up, it is often easier to unzip instated of take off while you are riding

- Fox fingerliss gloves

- Cape Storm lightweight fleece

- First Ascent arm warmers

- Linebreak compression tights (a bit of warmth from these guys as well)

- Seirus waterproof/thermal balaclava

- Pearl Izumi Cyclone, waterproof/thermal cycling gloves

- Pearl Izumi waterproof/thermal shoe covers

- Marmot waterproof jacket with a hood (I believe a hood is vital)

- First Ascent Water proof pants

- 2 x Buffs (You can never have too many)

- 3 x Cycling socks (I am sure I will purchase more on the way

- Pearl Izumi cycling shoes

- Bell Yukon helmet

- Oakley Jawbones with photochromic lenses

- Anit Chafe stick

Camping Gear

- Outdoor Research alpine bivy

- K-Way Zermat sleeping bag

- REI light core self inflating sleeping mat (Epicly small and comfortable)

- Toiletries. No rinse bodywash, toothbrush, tooth paste, small doe stick, ZAM-BUK, sunscreen

- MSR camping towel

“Casual” Kit

- First Ascent lightweight convertible pants

- First Ascent running shorts

- 2 x NB technical tops (From The Total Sports Challenge and African X Trail Run)

- Vibram Komodo Sport (So So So comfy… )

- Pearl Izumi running gaiters


- Princeton Tec Eos bike light (100 lumens)

- Black Diamond Icon (100 Lumens)

- Princeton Tec Quad (40 Lumens) as a back up

- 2 x Red flashing rear lights. (one helmet mounted, one bike mounted)

- Spare batteries

Nav and Electronics

- iPhone with a Lifeproof case and bike mount

- iPod Shuffle with Skull Candy Ear Buds (Best sport combo ever)

- Bike mounted solar charging pad.

- Compass

- Adventure Cycling Association’s Maps (Transamerica and Western Express)


- First Aid Kit (lots of Ibuprofen and antihistamines)

- South African Flag

- Reflective Tape

- Whistle (Easy to access at all times)

- Lighter

- Spirit of adventure

- Pepper Spray (Which unfortunately needed to ward of dog attacks)

As you can see, it is a fairly minimal list, but having done a fair amount of multi day events, I feel comfortable after a fair bit of gear testing that I will use all the stuff I have with me and that I won’t be desperately wanting something along the way.

Feel free to suggest anything you think I should take.

Thank you to for helping me you out with winterizing my kit.