Suggested Gear List
For each rider we ask you bring no more than 3 bags, each less than 4,000 cubic inches / 40 lbs. Your bag must close securely, such as a zipped duffle bag or suitcase. Note: If you chose to bring a laptop it can be carried separately in a small laptop bag to help prevent damage.
·Women: sports bras, nonsport
·1 pair of pants (jeans, etc.)
·1 pair closed-toed
·Sandals / flip-flops
·Cycling clip-in shoes
·Leg warmers or tights +
· Rain jacket
Remember, most people do laundry at about every 3rd day at the hotel so please bring less rather than more.
·Book or journal
·Cell Phone Charger
·Plug Splitter/Surge Protector
·RoadID, especially if you have important medical condition (roadid.com)
·Water bottles or better yet a camelback type hydration pack, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWMMGLT?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_5FD8BQASY7J26SVV1GRN
·Cages for bottles
·Flat tire fixings (the van may be an hour away so you may really like being able to fix quickly).
·3 tire levers
·Multi-use bike tool
·3 Spare inner tubes
·A good bike seat
·Cycling computer, Garmin or Cell Phone Mount
·Replacement spoke or two
An optional extra Tips for “making it fit” and “making do” Not sure of the size of your bag? Measure the length, width, and height in inches, and then do the math: Length x width x height = bag volume in cubic inches. Make sure it’s about 4,000 or less. A standard carry on is well below that. Why that size? Well for one thing, it helps make the trip happen- the less we have to pack every morning the quicker we can get on the road. However, we’ve also found that we just don’t need much while we’re on the ride and having less stuff to keep track of means there’s more room to take in all the incredible experiences!
Here are some of the ways past riders have made it work:
·Ask yourself two questions: What are the chances I will need this? And unless I am sure I will need it, could I easily pick it up along the way?
·Our packing list is conservative, listing more than you may actually need.
·Planning to wear sandals most nights? Just bring 3 pairs of cycling socks, leaving ordinary socks behind.
·Wear ordinary clothes (shorts, t-shirt) in place of pajamas.
·Use a “soft” bag rather than a hard suitcase. Not only will it make it easier when you have to haul it to/from the van each day, but it seems one can always squeeze one more thing into one of those soft bags.
·Limit toiletries to what’s really needed.
·Use smaller travel-sized items—you can re-stock along the way as needed. o Some can substitute soap for shaving cream, or use the same soap for both body and hair.
Some things, whether they fit or not, are not welcomed on our ride, and we appreciate you leaving these behind.
·Illegal Drugs (Sorry Lance J)
·Hard Bicycle Cases (use disposable cardboard boxes instead
We hope this helps you plan.
Feel free to email or call with any questions.