I've gotten the bug to try a multi-day long-distance ride. I'd like to ride from San Francisco bay area to San Diego, or roughly 577 miles.
I'm an alpine climber (mountaineer), and amateur roadie (which I do to keep in shape for climbing), on account of my climbing background I'm pretty obsessed with gear and particularly ultralight gear (my road bike is sub 13lbs). Mostly I ride 60-100 miles around the hills of the bay area, the occasional TT, etc.
I have all the ultralight camping gear I could possibly want. I'm thinking of traveling with a lightweight sleeping bag, 3/4 length self-inflating sleeping pad, bivy sack, etc, since I'd rather avoid hotels (and people) on this trip. I'm thinking a stuff sack on a rear rack, no panniers and maybe a handbar bag.
I plan to ride around 100-150 miles per day.
I'd love the advice of the community on:
1) what your ideal bike for this trip will be. If money was no object, what would be the ideal frame (Ti, Steel, Carbon), wheels, brakes, shoes and etc.
2) what I should bring beyond basic bivy gear, tools, etc.
3) any route suggestions (I was just planning Hwy 1 the whole way, but maybe thats a dumb idea, I've ordered a couple books on amazon for route planning, but realtime advice is helpful too.)
I plan to ride at the end of May.
Thanks in advance!