We’ve toured. We’ve commuted. We’ve done bike overnights. We’ve done a bunch of videos explaining how we’ve done it.
However, we haven’t really said what we’ve used while we were on tour. So if you have any curiosity about what equipment we carry with us, the following is a big list of everything we currently use (as of August 2012) while we bike tour.
Surly Nice Front Rack–Also pricey, but holds an incredible 80 pounds or so. Also has an above-tire platform for more storage. Also comes with MANY parts and installation is fairly tricky.
Topeak Explorer Rear Rack–Great price at $40 and held EVERYTHING we threw at it. Highly recommended!
Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Rear Panniers–Holy crap these things are spacious, keep out ALL water, and have a storage pocket in front. Also very expensive. Definitely worth it, but pricey.
Ortlieb Front Roller Plus Front Panniers–Same as the front panniers. Awesome, but pricey.
Lowepro Nova 160 Camera Bag (Perfect for handlebars!)–I bought this as a camera bag, and never really used it until I did this bike trip. Totally glad I kept it, because it worked great. AND it has a rain cover!
17-inch Macbook Pro–Without this tool we would have no map, no videos, and no blogs. Very heavy, but essential!
Slik Sprint Mini II Tripod–This guy might be little, but he works perfectly in our situation. No ability to pan or tilt, but he’s lightweight, sturdy, and easy to store.
Canon 7D with 24-70 L lens, Battery Charger and 3 Spare Batteries
2 Camelback Cycling Water Bottles
Red Trace Helmet (Gold) –Even has a bottle opener on the back of it!
REI Halo +25 Sleeping Bag–For those cold nights.
REI Lite Core 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad–We got holes in our other air mattresses the first time we used them, but couldn’t exchange them until we found another REI 3 months later. REI is awesome.
REI Quarter Dome T3 Tent–It’s an understatement how much we love this tent. Lightweight, spacious, and a breeze to set up. Another item I had before we started the trip. Very expensive.
Cocoon Travel Pillows
Vibram Five Fingers Running Shoes–Great for walking in streams, hiking, and even going on a jog!
2 Tubes for Michelle and Ryan’s tires each–As the old saying goes, if you have 2 you have 1, if you have 1 you have none.
Organic Fire Starter Blocks–Start fires the eco-friendly way!
Patch Kit/Tire Levers/Super Glue/26-tool Multi-tool in Hard Case, Rags and 2 Bottles of Tire Lube/Cleaner
3 Foot Bike Lock
Box of business cards–Never stop networking!
Topeak Road Morph Bike Pump–Highly recommend this pump! Works great!
Leatherman Kick Multi-tool–Great for whittlin’
2 Head Lamps–Great for cavin’
2 Planet Bike Lights (Front and Back)–Great for signalin’ (also, the batteries last FOREVER, and they’re super bright. Definitely a great product!)
48 cm Surly Long Haul Trucker(Blue) with 700 c tires
Surly Nice Front Rack
Topeak Explorer Rear Rack
Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Rear Panniers
Ortlieb Front Roller Plus Front Panniers
15-inch Macbook Pro
(2) 1-Terabyte Portable Hard Drives
Canon 5D with 24-70 Lens, Battery Charger and 2 batteries, CF cards
Zoom H4N microphone, Sennheiser Wireless Lavalier Microphone and Receiver
2 Camelback Cycling Water Bottles
Bern Berkeley Zip Mold Helmet–Great multi-use helmet with a bill to block the sun!
North Face Cat’s Meow 20-degree Sleeping Bag
1 REI Lite Core Pad
Vibram 5 Fingers Running Shoes
Jet Boil–We did A LOT of cooking with this thing. It’s fast, portable, and has MANY uses. Definitely a good purchase!
Aluminum Cooking Pot–By far our most important cooking item. We made tea, coffee, pasta, soup, etc. all with this $7 pot. No teflon, no heavy iron, no problem!
Aluminum Bowls & Plates
Bamboo Utensils–The utensils are easy to clean, ultra sturdy, and environmentally friendly!
12-can cooler with ALL of our food!–A cyclist gots ta eat!
2 Planet Bike Lights