Hi to all the touring mavens, I'm starting to put together a list of items for touring.
First, my interest is the minimal stuff I can get a way with. I need to keep weight down for many reasons I won't get into. I will not be riding in the cold climates to heavy duty warmth needs are not applicable. The intention is really for CC touring with the ability to pitch camp if I feel to push a longer day. I'm planning to start with weekend, then week tours. I figure a small tent, sleeping bag. Not thinking about cooking quite yet. Any suggestions on essential items (i.e. "don't go without a.....") for such tour would be welcome. e.g. items that do double duty, rain gear. (the choices are overwhelming) No need for the gazillion dollar featherweight stuff, but a small price premium would be acceptable for reduced weight.