In June 2011 I turned 50. Since I am getting older, I feel that I should slow down and enjoy my bike rides more. So I will being doing more solo riding and touring that will give me the time to just ride and enjoy.

The purpose of this blog is to share my ride 'events', insights and experiences with others.

Enjoy my blog and hopefully you will get something out of it that will benefit your own riding.

Bike Touring Check List


·         Cycling
o   Rain jacket
o   Rain pants
o   Shoe covers
o   Toesies
o   Light jacket
o   Cycling  Shorts x3
o   Cycling  Jersey x3
o   Helmet
o   Helmet cover
·         Town/Camp
o   Shorts x2
o   Long pants x1
o   Short sleeve shirts x2
o   Long sleeve shirt x1
o   Underwear x6
o   Socks x6
o   Walking shoes


·         Cell phone
·         iPod and USB cable, AC adapter
·         Headphones
·         Solar panels
·         Rechargeable 5000mAh battery
·         Garmin GPS and USB cable
·         Camera
·         Ebook and USB cable, AC adapter
·         Extension cord

Food/Cooking Items

·         Energy bars
·         Coffee - Course grind
o   Sugar
·         Nuun tablets
·         Oatmeal
o   Honey
o   Pecans
o   Cinnamon
·         Travel Coffee Press/Mug
o   Coffee filters
·         Plate and utensils
·         Portable stove

Personal Items

·         Bag balm
·         Chamois  Butter
·         Sun screen
·         Insect repellant
·         Sun Glasses - RX
·         Reading glasses
·         Soap
·         Shampoo
·         Toothbrush
·         Toothpaste
·         Floss
·         Comb
·         Deodorant
·         Nikwash Tech-wash
·         Personal protection device
·         Dog Spray
·         First Aid Kit
·         Towel
·         Wash cloth

Cycling Items

·         Road ID
·         U-lock
·         Cable
·         Second lock
·         Handle bar bag
·         Hydration Pack
·         Water Bottles
·         Tools/Repair
o   Tools - Mini tool
o   Spare cables
o   Tie-wraps
o   Spare chain links
o   Cassette removal tool
o   Small crescent wrench
o   Chain lube
o   Grease rag
o   Tire pump
o   Spare tire & tubes - Trailer
o   Spare tire & tubes - Bike
o   Replacement Spokes

Camping  Items

·         Bike cover or seat cover
·         Tent Lantern
·         Flashlight - small
·         Tent
o   Footprint
·         Sleeping bag
·         Sleeping bag liner
·         Sleeping pad (inflatable)
·         Pillow

Misc Items

·         Waterproof insulated bag
(for carrying cold drinks to camp)
·         Bungee cords,  cargo net

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