Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: Novara Safari, Kona Fire Mountain
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I just completed my TransAm this summer. I departed weighing 215, carrying about 85lbs of gear with a 30lb bike (racks included). I arrived at the end weighing 190 with somewhere around 40-50lbs of gear. You'll most likely drop stuff as you go, but (unless you've already bought everything) try to get the lightest equipment you possibly can. Every little bit helps.
Your biggest weight addition is going to be food, but water shouldn't be a problem - boil, filter, or bring tablets and you'll save yourself lots of weight. I'd also consider what you're bringing very carefully. The best tip anyone ever told me: Lay out everything you think you're going to need, and then bring half of it.
You'll likely be wearing basically the same stuff every day and washing when you get to a sink/river/stream (biodegradeable soap), so just drop the extra clothing. Losing even five lbs of weight DOES make a difference. I felt stronger every time I sent things home.
Even if your rig still weighs 300lbs when you leave, it's no biggie. That's how much stuff I had, and I was touring in the states!
Good luck, enjoy the ride!