Here is a list of most things that we carry (the remainder of our physical possessions sit in a 10x10x10 ft. storage unit). Weights, if listed, are generally actually-measured weights. We are not light-weight travelers; without food and water, Neil’s total weight (bike + luggage) is around 100lbs., and Rett’s is around 90lbs.

Neil’s Bike


Frame + Fork: Specialized AWOL (2016), XL, Satin Oak Green
► Specialized only sold this steel AWOL oddity for a brief 3-year period. Due to trends at the time, it marketed it as a gravel/bikepacking bike (selling it with a front “Pizza rack”, but no rear rack), but it’s really a classic touring frame (given away by the fact that the spec calls out its kickstand plate, fender/rack mounts, and internal light cable routing, etc, and the 45.5cm chainstays). I ideally wanted to buy just the frameset, but none were in stock when I needed it, so I just bought the base complete bike and then swapped out almost everything.

Headset: FSA, Campy style, integrated cartridge bearings, 15mm cone spacer (stock)

Steering lock: SteerStopper (102g)
► After seeing how much more-manageable Rett’s bike was with its integrated steering lock, I needed to get one of my own. This aftermarket version is insanely expensive for what it is, but it’s beautifully engineered, works even better than Rett’s version, and has easily paid for itself in reduced annoyance and frustration.

Stem: Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise (stock)

Handebar: Specialized AWOL, alloy, 125mm drop, 70mm short-reach, 12-degree flare-out (stock)

Seatpost: Specialized alloy, 27.2mm

Kickstand: ESGE/Pletscher 2-legged, black (562g)
► One of the big reasons I chose this frame (particularly over Surly’s Disc Trucker) was that it was designed to work with a center-mount kickstand, a part of a touring bike I would not be able to live without.

Front Rack: Tubus Tara, black (460g)
► A hand-me down from Rett’s old bike, so that she could get the stainless version for her new bike. Replaced a Tubus Duo, which worked just fine, but had more rust spots, and the Tara is slightly lighter.

Rear Rack: Topeak SuperTourist (640g)
► Not a fancy Tubus rack, but I’ve had it for years without an issue.


Crankset: Shimano Alivio FC-M4050 (40-30-22) w/ chainguard
► Replacing the laughably-large stock road-bike 50/39/30 crank with a super-compact mountain crank (with a chain guard!) gives me a low gear of 17.6 gear-inches. And with my 100rpm cadence, I can still propel the bike at more than 22mph with that 30-tooth middle gear, so I rarely even use the 40-tooth big gear (which would take me over 29mph).

Cassette: Shimano CS-HG400 9-speed 11-34t (11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-34) (377g)
► 9-speed keeps parts cheap but still relatively-available.

Shifters + Brake Levers: Gevenalle CX (387g)
► I love to shift constantly, and climb big hills, so neither of the standard touring-bike options (road STI shifters w/ road-bike gearing, or bar-end shifters) work for me. Enter Gevenalle, a small company that grafts MicroShift’s thumb shifters (close relatives of bar-end shifters) onto standard Tektro road brake levers. They’re one of my favorite things I’ve ever gotten for my bike. They’re even easier to shift constantly than STI shifters, have reliably simple design and setup, and rock-solid manufacturing. I think it would be a really smart move for a touring bike manufacturer to spec them as a standard part on one of their models. 

Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio FD-M4000 (163g)

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M772-SGS 9-Speed Top Normal Shadow (226g)

Chain: SRAM PC-951

Bottom Bracket: Shimano SM-BB70 (92g)


Brakes: TRP Spyre calipers (404g)

Front Disc: 180mm
► The bike came stock with 160mm rotors, but Rett’s bike came with a 180mm front, so I said “hmm, maybe I should make mine match”. Required a caliper adapter added to the brake mount on the fork.

Rear Disc: 160mm


Front Rim: Alloy, double-wall 32h, black (stock)
► Replacing the stock hub with a dynamo hub right after I got the bike was my first attempt at wheel-building; for some reason I decided to keep the stock 32h rim, making it the only non-36h, non-Velocity rim of our 4. But it’s held up with no issues, so….?

Rear Rim: Velocity Dyad 700c 36h nonMSW, black (505g)
► But, after this bike’s first loaded tour, broken spokes on the stock rear wheel (plus the fact that my hand-rebuilt front wheel survived much better than the factory-built wheel) inspired me to build a complete new rear wheel.

Rear Hub: Shimano FH-M756-A XT Rear Disc Hub (black) (496g)

Spokes: Sapim Race, black

Nipples: Sapim Race, 12mm

Front tire: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700x32C (380g)
► Marathon Supremes give an unmatched (and almost unbelievable) combination of speed and flat-protection, but they’ve been discontinued; our attempt to acquire two of our standard 700x35C’s from Amazon before stock came out resulted in the wrong, narrower size being delivered instead. So we put them on our front wheels, and they’ve been fine.

Rear tire: Schwalbe Marathon Plus (700x35C) (727g)
► I realized that Rett needs more-efficient tires than me, so this slower, heavier, but more-durable and relatively-cheap tire suits me fine.


Dynamo Front Hub: Schmidt SON 28 6-bolt, black (463g)

Phone Mount: QuadLock Handlebar Mount

Headlight: Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ-X
► Super bright with a great beam pattern; the LED-driven advancement in lighting technology has been truly incredible since I got my last then-top-of-the-line B+M incandescent-bulb(!) headlight in 2003.

Charger: Cinq The Plug 5 Plus (200g)
► Dynamo-powered charger/battery that hides inside the head tube and delivers a USB-C output through the stem cap.

Taillight: Busch & Müller Toplight Line Small
► Dynamo-powered.

Taillight #2: ViZ150 USB Rechargeable Daytime Safety Light
► The dynamo-powered taillight only operates when the headlight is on too, and I usually don’t want to draw that much power during the day, so it’s more-efficient to carry a 2nd, much-brighter, taillight-only option for daytime visibility.

Computer: VDO MC 2.0 WR
► Wired cyclocomputers have reliability and battery-life that wired can’t replicate. I frequently use the thermometer function in the non-bike parts of our life!


Bar Tape: Fizik Tempo Microtex Bondcush Classic, 3mm, black

Saddle: Brooks B17, black

Pedals: Shimano PD-GR500, black (530g)
► Simple platform pedals; for years I toured with pedals that were clipless on one side and platform on the other, and experience showed that clipless gave no performance advantage. Now I don’t need cycling-specific shoes.

Bottle Cages: Blackburn Mountain Aluminum (3x 68g)

Fenders: SKS P45, black (262g + 279g)

Rett’s Bike


Frame: Tout Terrain Silk Road/5th Avenue M, Anthracite (3447g)
Fork: Tout Terrain Asymmetric Steelfork (1158g)
► Rett’s first (and only) bike was a used Specialized entry-level hybrid, so, despite the fact that it worked fine for multiple loaded tours, an upgrade was in order to match our nomadic plans. So she lucked into this top-of-the-line German expedition-level touring frame filled with touring-bike features that just make sense. I then built up the rest of the bike from scratch.

Headset: Cane Creek 110 (85g)

Steering lock: ErgoStop Plus (59g)
► Special tabs on the head tube of the Tout Terrain frame allow a push-button to lock the handlebars in place, making the bike far less-likely to fall over when parked.

Stem: Dimension 110mm, 97 degrees, silver (134g)

Handebar: Koga Denham (355g)
► Flat bar with “horns”, designed by our hero Alee Denham (though Rett rarely has the confidence to use the horns)

Seatpost: Ritchey Classic 350mm, silver (253g)

Kickstand: ESGE/Pletscher 2-legged (562g)
► A big reason we chose Rett’s frame is because we knew it would work with this kickstand.

Front Rack: Tubus Tara, stainless steel (535g)


Crankset: Shimano Alivio FC-M4050 (40-30-22) w/ chainguard
► Same crankset as mine; I don’t think she has ever used the big ring.

Cassette: Microshift 11-36t (11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36) (485g)
► She likes having an even lower gear than my 34t (16.7 gear inches), and probably wouldn’t turn away an even bigger cog!

Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio FD-M4000 (163g)

Chain: SRAM PC-951

Bottom Bracket: Shimano SM-BB52 (92g)


Brake Levers: Shimano BL-R780 (170g)

Brakes: TRP Spyre calipers (404g)

Front Disc: 180mm (185g)

Rear Disc: 160mm (129g)


Rims: 2x Velocity Dyad 700c 36h MSW Silver (505g)
► After a little practice with my own wheels, I had plenty of confidence building Rett’s from scratch, and they’ve held up with no issues. It turns out that being a good wheelbuilder is actually pretty easy.

Rear Hub: Shimano FH-M756-A XT Rear Disc Hub (black) (496g)

Spokes: Sapim Race, 284mm/282mm

Nipples: Sapim Race, 12mm

Front tire: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700x32C (380g)
► Unintentional (but fine) narrower-than-desired front vs. rear.

Rear tire: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700x35C (404g)


Dynamo Front Hub: Schmidt SON 28 SL 6-bolt Silver Anodized (463g)
► “SL” is the version that requires no wires to connect to the matching Tout Terrain fork.

Headlight: Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ-XS, silver
► Super-bright, dynamo-powered, a little smaller and prettier than mine.

Taillight: Busch & Müller Toplight Line Small
► Dynamo-powered.

Charger: Cinq The Plug 5 Plus (200g)
► Dynamo-powered charger/battery that hides inside the head tube and delivers a USB-C output through the stem cap.

Computer: Sigma BC 14.16
► Wired, with altimeter, and all the same functions as my VDO (they seem to have the same internals, since our climbing and percent-grade values are always very close to each other).


Grips: Brooks/Ergon GP1 leather, honey (230g)

Bar Tape: Brooks Microfiber, honey

Saddle: Brooks B17, honey

Pedals: Shimano PD-GR500, silver (530g)
► Simple platform pedals; as someone who learned to ride a bike at age 35, Rett never had any interest in binding her feet to her pedals, and I don’t blame her.

Bottle Cages: Delta Inox stainless (3x 47g)

Fenders: SKS P45, silver (262g + 279g)
► Required some custom bending of the rear struts to connect to the eyelets of the integrated rear rack

Neil’s Luggage

Rear Pannier (left): Arkel GT-54 (1674g) + rain cover (103g)
► I’ve had these Arkel rear panniers since my first bike tour in 2003, and they’re still in good shape. In contrast to the now-dominant Ortliebs, they’re much heavier, and not waterproof, but that’s made up for by their incredible durability and usability, with 12 separate compartments across just the two rear panniers.

Rear Pannier (right): Arkel GT-54 (1446g) + rain cover (58g)

Front Pannier (left): Arkel GT-18 (1106g) + rain cover (58g)
► The GT-30 front panniers (15L each) from my 2003 set had trapezoidal bottoms, but since I got rectangular packing cubes for clothing for this trip, I replaced the left one with this 2021 (18L) square-bottomed version.

Front Pannier (right): Arkel GT-18BP (1270g) + rain cover (58g)
► In 2009, I replaced the right front with a version that converts to a backpack. This has been endlessly useful to us for times that we go hiking/walking/shopping/etc. without the bikes.

Handlebar bag: Arkel Big Bar Bag (1209g) + rain cover (80g)
► The zipper on my 2003 version was starting to get a bit janky, so I replaced it with the 2021 version, which has a significantly-different design, it still fits my Microsoft Surface Go perfectly along the front edge. And then I constructed a custom foam liner to hold my full-frame camera.

Bicycle lock: 2x Foldylock Compact (995g) + frame holster (120g)
► Two keyed-alike folding locks, one strapped to my head tube and one strapped to the base of my seat-tube. More flexible than a U-lock, more secure than a cable (partly because of their oddity), and they can be used individually or joined together to make a big loop to go around both bikes or a large object. I can also pull the one along the headtube out as we ride to raise as a mildly-threatening dog-deterrent.

Packing cubes: Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech (M) (2x 39g) + Shaver bag (62g)

Water Bottles: 23oz Camelback Podium Insulated (131g) + 23oz Specialized/REI Insulated (134g) + 26oz Specialized Purist (94g)

Extra Liquid: Platypus 800ml wine pouch (24g)
► Specially-lined pouch has carried de-bottled wine, whiskey, and extra water

Rett’s Luggage

Rear Panniers: Arkel T-42 (2x 1300g) + rain cover (2x 68g)
► In a effort to keep Rett’s weight lower, we got her the mid-level version of Arkel’s touring panniers. The bags themselves are lighter, and then their smaller volume prevents over-packing.

Front Panniers: Arkel GT-18 (1122g) + Arket GT-18BP (1260g) + rain covers (2x 49g)
► In the front, Rett has the same setup as me, including a convertible backpack. But in green.

Handlebar bag: Ortlieb Ultimate Six Plus 7L (633g)
► Without the need to carry computer/camera, we switched to Ortlieb for Rett’s handlebar bag, which is half the weight of mine and 70% of the volume.

Internal bags: Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Shoe Sac (35g) + Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube, M (2x 38g) + Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube, S (27g) + Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube, XS (18g) + Kate Spade Jewelry Bag (7g) + Sea to Summit Mesh Sack, XS (35g) + Sea to Summit Mesh Sack, XXS (3x 28g) + Black Mesh Shower Bag (33g) + Fairy Cosmetic Bag (28g) + Mermaid Cosmetic Bag (31g) + Sea to Summit Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag, L (112g) + Spice Baggie (12g)

Water Bottles: REI Co-Op Insulated 23oz (136g) + Terry Insulated 23oz (123g) + Specialized 22oz (75g)
► Rett’s third bottle needs to be shorter to fit under the downtube on her smaller frame without hitting the front wheel


Pump: Topeak Mini Morph Pump (154g + frame mount)

Multi-tool: Topeak Alien II (297g)

Tire Levers: Park Tool, plastic (25g)

Cassette Tool: J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lock Tool (38g)
► A clever hack to remove the cassette lockring without requiring a chain-whip + big wrench.

Pedal Wrench: Park Chain Whip/Pedal Wrench (245g)
► Chain whip isn’t need anymore, so I saved 30g by removing most of the chain. Still a heavy thing, but it ensures I can always get the pedals off for bike transport, and a thick flat steel bar has a variety of other uses.

Saddle Tools: Brooks wrench + Proofide (35g)

Lubricants: Finish Line Dry Lubricant + Finish Line Grease (41g)

Conventional Tools: Small pliers/wire cutters (81g) + 6in adjustable wrench (139g) + Electrical tape (42g) + Sea to Summit patches (7g)

Knife: Victorinox Swiss Army Camper Knife (74g)

Spare Parts: V-brake noodle (5g) + Misc. hardware, chain links (116g) + Derailleur/shift cables (40g) + Spokes (42g)

Spare tire: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 37-622 (404g)

Tubes: Schwalbe 700×28-47C #17 (3x 153g) + Patch Kit (31g) + Presta-to_Schrader adapter (3g)

Camping Gear

Tent: REI Half Dome 2 Plus (2015) body (887g) + fly/guylines (822g) + poles (553g)
► Long enough to hold me plus a bag at my head, and wide enough to hold our two 25″ sleeping pads snugly. Dual doors are a critical feature. At ~5 lbs., it’s definitely not the lightest, but it’s held up well through a lot of use.

Tent Stakes: MSR Groundhog (11x + bag 225g)

Ground sheet: Custom (184g)
► I always used to use plastic sheeting under the tent, but just before this trip, I sewed up a Silpoly sheet with webbing and grommets at the corner, to allow the rainfly to be set up without the tent body.

Ground sheet #2: Gray curtain (73″ x 54″) (500g)
► After we bought (and then disposed of) a beach blanket in Baja, we missed its utility and replaced it with a window drape from Wal-Mart. Beach/picnic blanket, yoga mat, seat-cushion, tablecloth, wind/rain screen, doormat, etc.

Sleeping Bag: Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Duo 20 (2117g)
► One bag that holds both of us. It’s not just the two-person size that gives that “comfortable sleeping in a bed” feeling, it’s also the zipperless design with a comforter-like top. I doubt we’ll ever go back to individual bags.

Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack: Osprey Straightjacket 20L Compression Sack (95g)
► I spent a lot of time attempting to determine what size compression sack would best contain our sleeping bag, and it seems I guessed pretty well. So for any Internet searchers: a 20L compression sack is a good size for Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Duo! Also it holds a roughly rectangular shape, which allows it to fit inside one of my rear panniers (taking up 80% of the volume).

Sleeping pad #1: REI Air Rail 1.5 Long (756g) + stuff sack (19g)
► A relatively old-school “self-inflating” style pad, that has a nice solidity and durability. Currently used by Neil after it being designated as Rett’s for a while.

Sleeping pad #2: Sea to Summit Comfort Plus XT Long (1119g) + stuff sack (59g)
► A huge (77″ x 25″ x 3″) air-sprung pad. Plenty comfortable, and rectangular, to work well with our two-person sleeping bag, though I’m not sure if it’s worth the weight, especially since it’s had a slow leak for months that I can’t find. Rett started using it after her back got injured.

Rett’s pillow: Sea to Summit Aeros Deluxe (L) (105g) + pillowcase (40g) + stuff sack (5g)

Neil’s pillow: Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight (L) (79g) + pillowcase (40g)

Chair: Helinox Chair Zero (502g + 16g stuff sack)
► One of our favorite “luxuries”, we use our chairs at nearly every lunch stop, at camp in the evening, and have even used them when we’re in a house and just need an extra chair.

Headlamps: Fenix HM50R Rechargeable (2x 81g)
► USB-rechargeable, four light levels (remembered between on/offs), including a lowest level that’s actually low enough. Infinite swivel.

Lantern: Black Diamond ReMoji LED (77g)
► USB-rechargeable, a fraction of the size of our previous Black Diamond lantern. Hangs from the top loop inside our tent at night (often actually using the colored-light mode!), and can also stick magnetically, or balanced on top of a water bottle at the picnic table for after-dark cooking.

Fire starters: Coghlans Fire Sticks (192g)

Projector screen (in-tent): Custom white ripstop (38g)

Miscellaneous: Microfiber rag (39g) + Paracord (65g)


Stove: MSR WhisperLite Universal (305g) + windscreens (64g)
► We set it up to use unleaded gasoline. That means refueling is really cheap, and more importantly, easy, which eliminates any anxiety about using “too much” fuel.

Fuel Bottle: MSR 22oz (142g) + MSR pump (65g)

Alcohol Primer: Heet (yellow bottle) (650g)
► WhisperLite stoves need to be “primed”, traditionally by lighting a small amount of liquid cooking fuel. When using gasoline, this generates clouds of black smoke and makes the stove a carbon-covered mess. So instead we use a small bit of (cheap, easily available) Heet, which burns clean.

Cookset: GSI Pinnacle Backpacker (890g)
► We’ve needed to replace the sink/carrying-case that started to leak, and the strainer lid (after we melted it in a microwave), but we use this thing so thoroughly that we often use parts of it even when staying in a furnished AirBNB. We have an extra pot handle so we can cook in the pot and pan simultaneously.

Cutting Board: Generic plastic (206g)
► Rigid, small-ish, and thin

Bowls: Sea to Summit X Bowl (2x 80g)
► This is the weight for just the chamber, plunger, and (metal) filter. The chamber tightly seats within our GSI insulated mugs for brewing, and I stir with the end of my spork, so all the other parts are unnecessary.

Knives: MSR Alpine Kitchen (42g) + Zwilling paring (51g)
► Two is probably overkill, but the thin, stamped “camping” knife and the home kitchen knife both find a way to get used.

Eating Utensils: Snow Peak Titanium Spork (15g) + Sea to Summit Camp Cutlery 3-piece set (24g)
► Minimalist for Neil, maximalist for Rett.

Cooking Utensils: Measuring spoons (18g) + Mini-spatula (silicone) (14g) + Victorinox Spartan Swiss-army knife (59g) + mesh sack (27g) + GSI Pack Grater (56g) + MSR Alpine Camping Spoon ladle (29g) + MSR Alpine Spatula flipper (21g)

Pot holder: Nova Scotia Artisan-crafted (16g)
► Replaced a mouse-eaten one.

Lighters: Conventional (20g) + Bic EZ Reach stubby wand (21g)


Computer: Microsoft Surface Go 2 (553g) + Type Cover keyboard (245g) + 24W Charger (137g) + Surface Pen (21g) + Surface Pen tips (2g)
► I’ve taken a Windows PC on most of my bike tours (starting in 2003), and now that this is our life, I definitely wasn’t going to stop now. It’s not the most powerful thing, but the form factor (that slides tightly into my handlebar bag) is perfect.

Storage: Samsung T7 1TB SSD w/ case (67g) + 32GB USB thumb drive (7g)

Camera: Canon EOS RP (480g) + Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens (765g) + Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lens (170g) + lens back cap (24g)
► Photography is really important to me, and while phone cameras have gotten really good, there are still many things they can’t do in comparison to a larger setup, and their ubiquity has allowed increasingly-rare 35mm ILC photography to appear even more-striking in comparison. I went really large with this setup, but it is the smallest/lightest full-frame camera ever made. The giant 10x zoom lens kind of cancels that out, but it’s still a great bang-for-the-gram. But the 16mm ultra-wide lens is definitely an indulgence!

Camera Clip: Peak Design (91g)
► For walkarounds when I don’t have my handlebar bag, or want my camera more-accessible. Mostly it lives on my backpack shoulder strap, but can also hang from my belt.

Phone (Neil): Google Pixel 5 (152g) + QuadLock case (40g)

Phone (Rett): Samsung Galaxy S23 (168g) + QuadLock case (40g)
► Rett goes with Samsung because stupid Google phones can’t output HDMI video from their USB-C ports, a frequently-useful entertainment feature (and a required one for our projector).

Projector: ViewSonic M1 Mini Plus (296g)
► Yes, we carry a video projector, probably our most-unusual luxury. It hasn’t seen a ton of use, but it’s only about twice the size/weight of a phone, so not too much of a burden.

Media Stick: Google Chromecast (41g)

Fitness Watch: Garmin vivoactive 4S (44g)
► Rett’s obsessive enough about her fitness tracking that this has nicely provided GPX tracks for all of our rides as a side-effect.

Headphones: Google Pixel USB-C wired earbuds (15g)

Batteries: Anker PowerCore III Elite 19200mAh 60W (420g) + Anker PowerCore PD 20000mAh (378g) + CR2032 batteries (2x 3g) + AAAA battery (7g)

Chargers: Anker PowerPort PD 1 30W (54g) + Anker PowerPort III 65W (118g) + Belkin USB-C/USB-A 27W (99g)
► I made a concerted effort to ensure all our electronics would be USB-C rechargeable so that we wouldn’t need to carry extra proprietary chargers. The shaver is the only exception, but I also carry PC and camera-battery chargers as alternates/backups.

Cables: Anker USB-C to HDMI breakout (83g) + USB-A female to USB-C male converter (6g) + USB-A to USB-C 15in (21g) + USB-C 90° to USB-C 90° 11in (14g) + USB-C to Micro-USB adapters (4x 3g) + USB-C to USB-C 24in (17g) + USB-C to USB-C 72in (2x 60g) + HDMI to HDMI 72″ (56g) + Garmin charging cable (15g)

Neil’s Clothing

Base layers (top): Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino Long-sleeve T (S) (155g) + Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino T, Blue (S) (128g) + Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino T, Gray (M) (140g) + Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite T, Black (M) (118g)
► Three short-sleeve t-shirts, one long-sleeve, three Merino wool, one synthetic, two small for a body-hugging fit, two medium for a slightly looser fit.

Mid-layers (top): SmartWool Merino 250 Quarter-Zip, Navy (L) (319g) + Ridge Merino Solstice Lightweight Hoodie, black camo (Women’s M) (197g)
► The Smartwool is a staple item for all conditions, this is the third I’ve owned over 15 years. The Ridge Merino sun hoodie is a hand-me-down from Rett (she wanted a looser fit), acquired mid-trip, and it’s similarly versatile.

Dress shirt: Pendleton wool long-sleeve button-up (363g)
► A shirt I sewed myself for non-bike-touring life, out of Pendleton’s Umatilla Wool fabric. But it works really well on the road as a never-wrinkles, barely-needs-washing, insulating, relatively-classy layer. It takes up a lot of space in the pack, but still worth it. After years of normal-life wear, the elbows got patched a couple months into our nomadacy.

Down Jacket: Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoodie (S) (294g)
► Here the small size definitely shows up in too-short sleeves, but otherwise it works. It got some snag-looking defects across the back fairly early, but it hasn’t gotten worse.

Shorts: Columbia Royce Peak Shorts, 1 green, 1 gray (30Wx12L) (2x 243g)
►Another rare bottom-half I can get with a narrow waist and long inseam. And they’re just the right amount of trim-fit to not billow up on the bike, but also not bind up. After 18+ months, the fabric has stretched out and become ripply at the seams, and I’ve had to re-stitch the rear pocket top-stitching as the bike seat wore it away to nothing, but so far the fabric itself hasn’t worn through.

Pants: Prana Stretch Zion, Charcoal (30Wx36L) (399g) + Columbia Silver Ridge convertible, green (32Wx36L) (311g)
►The Pranas are one of the favorite pieces of clothing that I’ve ever owned (excluding those made by myself!), not least because they sell them in a narrow-waist, long-inseam size that actually fits me correctly. The Columbias, which work both an extra pair of shorts and pants, are my “backups”, which I rarely wear, partly due to the thinness of the fabric making me worry about their durability.

Tights: Performance Bike (258g)
► Probably from ~2003, they’re synthetic, but thick and warm, and somehow still in good shape. I’ll wear them under shorts on cold riding days, and under pants during cold camping.

Underwear: Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer Briefs (M) (2x 64g)
► Another insanely-priced item ($45 for one pair of underwear?!) that is 100% worth it. These two pairs have been my only underwear for 18+ months, and they’re still in good shape, super-comfortable, and feel fresh forever between washes.

Cycling underwear: Andiamo Skins Unpadded Cycling Underwear (L) (70g)
► I’ve never worn padded shorts when cycling, but I’ll be in trouble if this small company ever stops making these wisely-seamed, quick-drying pseudo-bike shorts.

Rain Jacket: Arc’teryx Beta SL Hybrid (S) (344g)
► Size small somehow fits my 6’4″ frame perfectly, the hood can go over my bike helmet, it seems like it’s held up pretty well.

Rain Pants: Gore Bike Wear C5 Active Trail Pant (XL [EU], L [US]) (182g)
► Much lighter weight than my previous Gore Bike Wear (Alp-X) version. We’ll see how they hold up.

Socks: 2x Darn Tough Run Quarter Ultralightweight Cushion (XL) (2x 46g) + Icebreaker Mid-Ankle, thick cushion, Gray (XL) (54g) + Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock, Black (XL) (95g) + DexShell Waterproof (138g)
► Darn Tough is the new merino wool sock leader. I haven’t used the waterproof socks (yet?)

Shoes: Arc’teryx Konseal FL 2 Leather (Red, 12.5) (854g)
► “Approach shoes” have a good combination of a stiff sole for biking, good for hiking, and these dress up fairly well.

Sandals: Teva Forebay (13) (840g)
► Post-ride or warm-weather shoes. I generally like Keens more, but they didn’t have a good protection/weight/hikability option at the time. I followed some random review on Amazon where a guy said he deconstructed the heel section to remove a stiff plastic piece (that rubbed badly) and stitched them back together, and they’ve been comfortable ever since (and flatten better without that plastic bit).

Cycling cap: Headsweats Super Duty Shorty (22g)
► I’ve worn one of these under my helmet for years, mostly as a sweat-band, but increasingly to protect my balding head.

Knit cap: Smartwool Beanie (54g)
► I’ve used this as my cold-weather hat (both in normal life and bike touring) for over a decade, and I don’t know what’s more miraculous: that it’s still in good shape, or that I haven’t lost it!

Sunglasses: Tifosi Duro (33g) + alternate lenses (46g)
► My second pair of these relatively non-dorky “sport sunglasses”. I probably don’t need to be carrying to the different-colored lenses anymore.

Cycling Gloves: Specialized Sport Gel (short) (40g) + Specialized Deflect Gel (long) (79g)
► Glove cushioning is less-critical now that I don’t do the marathon days of my youth, so I think most anything would work fine. Wouldn’t mind having long-fingered ones that were touch-screen-compatible though.

Camp Gloves: Northern Watters Knitwear fingerless mitts (99g)
► (acquired 2022-08) After seeing the utility Rett got out of her pair, the perfect time to get a pair of my own was when browsing a local shop in downtown Charlottetown, PEI. Grandmother-knitted in Canada of classic British wool!

Belt: Nylon webbing (28g)
► Harvested off some other pair of shorts/pants.

Buff: Merino Buff, green (49g)
► A hand-me-down from Rett. Haven’t used much.

Helmet: Bontrager Starvos (L) + CycleAware mirror (346g)
► The helmet-attached rear-view mirror is much more critical to our safety than the helmet!

Rett’s Clothing

To Be Described

Neil’s Personal Care

Eyes: Boston Simplus Contact Solution () + Contacts and case (2x ) + Prescription eyeglasses (33g) + eyeglasses case (20g)

Ears: Earplugs (11g)

Mouth: Toothbrush (25g) + Floss (20g) + Toothpaste + KN94 masks

Skin: Bar soap (112g) + Sisal soap bag () + Shower gloves (27g) + Shampoo (69g) + Sunscreen (140g)

Hair: Philips OneBlade Pro Shaver w/ guide (123g) + AC adapter (50g) + extra blades (13g) + comb (10g)
► One tool to cut the hair on my face, Rett’s undershave on her head, and (with scissors) all hair on my head. I initially tried an Instructables hack to save 50g, replacing the wall-charger with a USB charging connection, but the shaver died after about a month of that. Whoops! Luckily the units are priced on the “razor and blades” model!

Towel: Packtowl (83g)

Rett’s Personal Care

To Be Described

Gone But Not Forgotten


Air Gauge: PlanetBike PS1 air pressure gauge (109g)
► Acquired after I realized persistent underinflation was causing premature wear on our tires (2022-08). Put in storage when I replaced our pump with the version that has an in-line pressure gauge (I don’t know why I didn’t get the gauge-version of the pump in the first place) (2023-04).

Cassette Tool: Park FR-5 (53g)
► Replaced with JA-Stein mini-tool (2022-02).

Pocket Knife: Victorinox Swiss Army (86g)
► Lost and replaced with similar model (2022-05).

Camping Gear

Pillow: REI Relax (94g)
► Acquired by Rett (2014). Handed down to me (my first non-clothes-in-a-bag pillow) when she upgraded (2021). I then upgraded myself after the REI had developed two leaks (patched successfully with bike tube patches) at the ends of baffle welds, and didn’t want to deal with the inevitable next holes. (2022-01)


Cooking Utensil: MSR Alpine Grater/Strainer (36g)
► Part of the spoon/spatula set. Strainer was superfluous (our pot lid is a strainer) and the grater sucked, so we replaced it with a (heavier!) dedicated grater/zester.

Cooking Utensil: Silicone Mini Spatula
► Lost the silicone head at a Nova Scotia campground (2022-09).

Water Storage: Sea to Summit Watercell ST 10L
► Acquired when we knew we’d be heading into the desert in Baja (2022-01). Learned it was quite useful even in water-filled camps, to keep water at our site rather than repeatedly running to the spigot with an armful of water bottles. Left outside a camper in Maine (2022-10).


Headphones: Shure E-210 (37g)
► In-ear sound-isolating headphones were too hard to insert, and sound-isolation isn’t great in camp anyway, so I swapped them for less-isolating earbuds. (2021-10)

Camera Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens w/ 24g back cap, EF-to-RF converter (383g)
► I really like the option of an ultrawide-angle lens. When I got my new Canon camera with their RF-mount (their new lens mount standard), this lightweight EF-S (the old standard) lens + converter was the lightest option. But then Canon released an RF-native 16mm prime lens a month into our nomadacy, enabling a much-lighter (194g) and smaller solution (I also gain a wider aperture, but lose zoom capability, a fair trade) (2022-01)

Rett’s Phone: Samsung Galaxy S22 (168g)
► Cracked the screen when dropped on a table without its case (it survived a year on the road, only to die when we started an off-the-bike break!) (2022-10)

Neil’s Clothing

Mid-layers (top): SmartWool Merino 250 Quarter-Zip, Green (L) (302g)
► Replaced after 6 years of use, with a new version of the same (2022-06).

Pants: Prana Stretch Zion, Charcoal (30Wx36L) (399g)
► Left in a campground shower, immediately replaced with an identical pair.

Rain Pants: Gore Bikewear Alp-X Pant (XL) (303g)
► The Gore Paclite fabric delaminated in the hip area (soon to be the entire pants), after years of use (2022-01).

Shoes: Salomon XA Wild Trail-Runners (13) (840g)
► Replaced due to normal wear (2022-07). But the stiff plasticky uppers also developed cracking holes abnormally quickly, and they gained/retained odor to an abnormal amount.