My touring plans have been derailed for the time being caring for my sick kitty, but all this time at home has allowed me to fuss over my packing list for an un-supported trip. I'd like to do a few weekend trips around the New England area and a 2 week trip somewhere out west later this summer. Part of my aim in touring isn't necessarily to be biking the whole time, but rather to make good time to a nice destination and then bum around town for a few days. I like being able to quickly remove everything from my bike - I really don't like a bunch of little things tied together.
I'm really aiming to tour without a rack. I have decent Ortlieb panniers (front and back rollers), but I have a rear bag on order from Carousel and am planning to sew up a handlebar bag to carry the rest. As it is, everything fits into a 3.5L handlebar bag and the set of front rollers (25L) with quite a bit of room to spare. A rough test (shoving it all into various bags that I know the size of) shows my kit to be roughly 20L and about 13 pounds. I'd like to reduce this somewhat, but am not quite sure where to take it from. I'd forego the inflatable torso pad before the foam one, and the knitting project is non-negotiable I've measured the weight of a lot of items on my kitchen scale, and guessed at the volume of some of the things that are packed together using some stuff sacks.
I haven't included cooking equipment because I really don't enjoy cooking while on the road. I'm fine with a jar of peanut butter and some apples and if I really want hot food I can find a restaurant. I'm also taking into consideration what I can carry on or check on an airplane, just in case I fly out for my longer tour.
Please help me optimize my packing list! Here's the link: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...N52XiZiZN4BqBg