So I'm getting ready to purchase stuff for my tour, and it's adding up like mad! I'm sure that I don't need some of this stuff - can y'all help me prioritize?
arkel T-42 panniers (I haven't decided how to do the pannier setup yet - have been considering putting the t-42s on the front and strapping my chrome to the rear rack. I'm kind of worried about weight balance if just pack the back and don't put anything on the front, but I don't know if I can afford both front and rear.. if i get front ones too, i'd like waterproof..)
Lake mx165 shoes
pedals - haven't decided between shimano m520, m424, and a520. i also currently use clips/straps and have not ridden clipless before. seems like it's the way to go, though.
sleeping bag (haven't even started pricing specific tents and sleeping bags yet, but i know that both are necessary expenditures)
road morph pump (i've already got a cheap schwinn frame pump, but i'm not strong enough to get the pressure up with it)
and this doesn't even include little things like shoe-covers for rain, cheap cookware, an extra pair of shorts, etc.
I know I'm going with the good (i.e. somewhat more expensive) stuff for the most part - I hate realizing six months later that I should have bought the more expensive version of something originally because it's better. So! Am I going way overboard? Is there any of this that exists in cheaper off-brands that are still high quality? I'm so overwhelmed!