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Gear for the first leg

Wise words, for travelers and non-travelers alike

Minus food, a pair of walking/hiking shoes, sleeping bag, a few odds and ends, the gear carrying bags, and, obviously, the bike itself, this is roughly everything that will board the plane with me Wednesday afternoon.

Armed with a scale accurate to 5 grams, I’ve done my best to pick apart this list and narrow it down to what, in my mind, constitutes the essentials. A few things may be redundant, unnecessary even. So as the miles add up and my legs begin to tire it’ll be back to the drawing board–in an effort to travel as richly as possible.

From left to right, top to bottom:

Waterproof ditty sacks (3), 18-liter daypack, rain jacket, rain pants, bike shorts, nylon hiking pants, board shorts, underwear, wool tights, lightweight wool socks, puffy jacket, hooded fleece, arm warmers, short-sleeve tech shirt

Netbook w/ 2 external hard drives & cords, electronics stuff sack, iPod & earbuds, headlamp, SPOT Tracker, tail & head lights, watch, cell phone, camera bag, Cliffshots & electrolyte tablets, heavy wool socks, Buff, knit hat, fingered gloves, riding gloves, sunglasses, helmet, riding hat

Mtb shoes, flips, bike lock, shoe covers, nylon string, compass, first aid kit, zippered stuff sack, Steripen water purifier, contacts w/ case and solution, eyeglasses, Chamois Butter, bug hat, sunscreen, Climb On, toiletry kit, bandana, pack towel, maps, 6-liter hydration bladder, water bottle, 2.5-liter CamelBak, 2.5-liter Platypus

Tent, ground pad & ground cover, pump, tire gauge, spare tires (2), tire levers, patch kit, electrical tape, spare spokes (3) & nipples, chain tool, spoke tool, spare brake pads, chain lube, sewing kit, spare brake & shifter cables, spare parts/tool kit bag (w/ bolts, wrenches, etc.), zip ties, Leatherman w/ bit kit & driver, shop rag, hose clamps (2), book (James Y El Melocoton Gigante), pen & pad, wallet, cook pot and cozy, stove

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