Gear

  • Bicycle
    • All bikes have fenders and mounts for front and back flashing led lights
    • All bikes have a rear rack. I use a Jandd rear rack for heavy items on the Leader
    • Handlebars are wrapped in carpet cushion with hockey tape and electrical tape
    • All seats have gel seat covers (except the Brompton)
    • Backpack frame for carrying oversized items such as 2 foot by 4 foot plywood, a cat cage and florescent bulbs
    • Homemade T-shaped handlebar holder (functions like the Handlebar Holder by Park Tools)
    • Homemade long board carrier
    • Burley (for cat cage and cedar chips) and Wike (for sewing machine) trailers
    • Laundry knapsack for oversized items such as toilet paper, paper towels and kleenex
    • For 10 to 60 mile rides
      • Kool-Stop Tire Bead Jack (for road bike tires)
      • Two tubes
      • First aid kit
      • Work gloves to protect hands while changing tires or replacing spokes
      • Chalk for marking location of hole in tread and tube
      • Spoke wrench
      • Spoke nipples
      • Spokes
      • End of pump hose to easily drain air from tubes
      • Small piece or plastic to protect handlebars and seat when bike is turned over for repairs
      • Spare spokes
      • Disposable plastic gloves to move snakes, turtles and other creatures off the road
      • Lightweight bicycle lock
      • Mini pump
      • Multi-tool
      • Knife
      • Small adjustable wrench
      • If I carry replacement pedals, I take a 15 mm wrench to act as a lightweight pedal wrench
      • Long two-sided Velcro straps to hold additional stuff on the rear rack
    • For greater than 60 mile rides (usually overnight)
      • Tube patch kit
      • Rags and grease remover for hands, face and legs
      • Panniers for clothes and food
  • Personal
    • Yellow reflective vest for night riding plus flashing front and back LED lights
    • Waist pack (always carry)
    • Tire levers
    • Piece of plastic wrap and long twist tie or elastic to protect cycling computer
    • Small pen or short pencil
    • Personal telephone numbers
    • Telephone numbers for Humane Society/Animal Rescue for all regions I'm travelling through