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Old 08-15-23, 10:03 AM
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What’s your "can’t live without" gear?

Iím starting to collect some more gear and need some ideals and make sure Iím not forgetting anything. Iíve toured before but itís been awhile. Iíve got a tent, mat and bedroll. Micro stove burner. My trusty cooking cup/pot combo and a few other bits. So what canít you leave on tour without.
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I've found that I'm very unsuccessful at touring without music or other audio pretty much through the entire day - just curious if other people have that experience as well. Without constant audio I'll ride for 30-40 minutes before deciding to break, eat, mill around or whatever and pretty much fail to make any progress towards getting anywhere.
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If it might be cold, a warm hat and warm socks.
Headlamp
Phone
Rain gear if it might rain, especially at altitude.
My Sea to Summit collapsible, nesting bowl and cup.
Bandanas.
Off-bike shoes.
8x4 ground sheet.
Matches & lighter.
Olive oil, salt, pepper, some sort of dried, hot pepper flakes, like Aleppo, and fresh garlic.
Coffee and Bodum Travel Press French press/mug combination.

My audio is the sounds around me.
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Firestarter.
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Originally Posted by Roughstuff
Firestarter.
Definitely comes in handy. When I buy wood at NJ state parks, it comes with fire starter. I bought some at two other different campground stores last year.

Last month, I camped a couple of nights with some people in connection with a float on the Delaware River. My friend brought DIY fire starters: Dryer lint packed inside used TP rolls. Worked great. Canít wait to make my own. I have years worth of lint in a box in the basement.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Bandanas.
I carry a silly amount of these but they come in handy for oh so many things.

Also the NeoAir Micro pump, the size of a golf ball, for pumping up my air mattress at camp.
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Originally Posted by robow
I carry a silly amount of these but they come in handy for oh so many things.
Yeah. If I go out for 2 weeks I usually have at least 3. Imperceptible weight.
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Originally Posted by jadmt
oofos
Iíve been seeing their TV ads. I even looked at them on line. I take it they are really comfortable?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Yeah. If I go out for 2 weeks I usually have at least 3. Imperceptible weight.
Three ? Ha, I have a single pannier devoted to those things.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Iíve been seeing their TV ads. I even looked at them on line. I take it they are really comfortable?
pillows for your feet. plus they can double as shower shoes or water shoes and I have walked several miles in them just bumming around. worth every penny.
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Do you plan to do sink laundry at campgrounds? I have a 25 foot length of very thin cord, a dozen wire clothespins, and a silicone flat drain stopper because campgrounds almost never have a drain stopper in their sinks.

If riding the Pacific Coast, bring a cork screw.

Chain lube.

A few spare M5 bolts, especially if you have not used removable thread locker on your rack bolts.
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My Helinox Chair Zero. It is so nice to have a comfy chair when taking breaks or at the end of the day. No more sitting on a concrete picnic table bench.
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wee, tiny screwdriver (1" length) and wee, tiny screws, all in a wee, tiny plastic pouch.
repair kit (often free from optometrist) to repair glasses when a screw falls out in the wilderness.
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Originally Posted by jadmt
pillows for your feet. plus they can double as shower shoes or water shoes and I have walked several miles in them just bumming around. worth every penny.
Great. I am not above opening my wallet for quality. Which model do you have?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Great. I am not above opening my wallet for quality. Which model do you have?
https://www.rei.com/product/151888/o...ls?color=BLACK
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Great. I am not above opening my wallet for quality. Which model do you have?
..Oofos..I have them also. Currently recovering from a bout of plantar fasciitis and they've been a great help. I have the slides as my toes don't like the flip-flop type sandals. I think they will wear out somewhat quickly (I've worn Birkenstock high arch Arizonas for a decade+..had two pair resoled 2 or 3 times, but they no longer make them) as they are really soft..still well worth it though. Around $60 is the best deal I've found. I'll be picking up another pair before long. (I'm a believer in stocking up when I find something that works as, inevitably, "things change")
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Originally Posted by fishboat
..Oofos..I have them also. Currently recovering from a bout of plantar fasciitis and they've been a great help. I have the slides as my toes don't like the flip-flop type sandals. I think they will wear out somewhat quickly (I've worn Birkenstock high arch Arizonas for a decade+..had two pair resoled 2 or 3 times, but they no longer make them) as they are really soft..still well worth it though. Around $60 is the best deal I've found. I'll be picking up another pair before long. (I'm a believer in stocking up when I find something that works as, inevitably, "things change")
Thanks.

I really hate that. So many times, I have found myself thinking "Why the hell did you change that for the worse?" One recent experience was with Timbuk2. It changed the cam design on its messenger bag that it had used for decades. The current design is far inferior. One time it released, causing the bag to slide down and almost make me crash. That had NEVER happened with any of the precious 3 bags I had dating back to the late '90.
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My favorite bike touring camping gear purchase ever was a 30F down quilt. Then comes clothing that will keep me warm while riding in cold rain--polypro layers as needed.

I'm a minimalist camper. Camping is just a break from cycling. No stove/cook kit, no camp shoes/clothing, no chair--so my input is minimal as well.
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I am not a minimalist.

I make the sauce separate from the noodles. But with only one stove, have to keep moving the two pots back and forth to keep both hot. The small pot in this case doubles as a small bowl or mug.





If your fry pan is small, you have to make the eggs separate from the ham.





But leaving food prep up to others is ok to.



If flying somewhere, use two luggage tags for when one of them is torn off.

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Originally Posted by sloar
Iím starting to collect some more gear and need some ideals and make sure Iím not forgetting anything. Iíve toured before but itís been awhile. Iíve got a tent, mat and bedroll. Micro stove burner. My trusty cooking cup/pot combo and a few other bits. So what canít you leave on tour without.
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  • First aid kit
  • Tools (minimally: flat kit & Allen wrenches) and (perhaps) spares (tube, tire, chain, cables) and "fixers" (super glue, paracord, repair tape)
  • Umbrella (rarely used but priceless in heavy downpours or scorching sun, off bike obviously)
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It was the corkscrew when I toured a lot but I don't drink anymore. So, I have to go with my air mattress
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Thanks.

I really hate that. So many times, I have found myself thinking "Why the hell did you change that for the worse?" One recent experience was with Timbuk2. It changed the cam design on its messenger bag that it had used for decades. The current design is far inferior. One time it released, causing the bag to slide down and almost make me crash. That had NEVER happened with any of the precious 3 bags I had dating back to the late '90.
Yeah, my favorite model of trail running shoes (Brooks Cascadia) were one item that just got worse, for me at least, pretty much every year. Some backpacking gear got "improved" and I wished I had bought a bunch of the old model or sister products (like a sleeping bag in a different temp rating of the same model).

I've sometimes been lucky enough to stock up on favorite items when they were being closed out and deeply discount prices.

That said sometimes they actually do make stuff better and you can wind up with a lifetime supply of something that isn't as good as the newer model.
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Inspirational packing lists:

In 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band', Holmes tells Watson to bring his [cannot be mentioned on Bike forums] for an overnight trip away from London. "That and a tooth-brush are, I think, all that we need."

In 1957's Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral, there's that scene where they're leaving Dodge City, KS to travel to Tombstone, AZ. Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp asks Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, 'Where's your gear?' Douglas reaches into his waistcoat pocket and pulls out a deck of cards.
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