For the six weeks and some 2,000 miles I cycle toured Alaska, I pedaled a Surly Pugsley.
I’ve decided to take the Pugsley fat bike. A nothing exotic build on a 2010 Surly Pugsley; Grip king pedals; Old Man Mountain Cold Springs rear rack; Rivendell (Nitto) Mark’s front rack with 350mm mounting […]
(1) Tent (2) Tent poles (3) Riding/hiking shoes (4) Patagonia Nano puff pullover (5) Patagonia shell (6) Gore-tex shorts (7) OR rain hat (8) Rain booties (9) Sleeping bag (10) Utility cord (11) Stainless steel bottle (12) Howie’s merino ss shirt (13) Icebreaker merino ls shirt (14) Smartwool cycling shorts (15) Nzo Dobies cycling shorts (16) Two pairs merino underwear (17) Prana travel pants (18) Sandals (19) Pump/duct tape/spare spokes (20) Pot (21) MSR Superfly stove (22) Coffee filter (23) Soap (24) Plastic mug (25) Knife (26) Mosquito head net (27) Headlamp (28) Camera battery charger (29) Panasonic Lumix camera (30) Earbuds/recharge cord (31) iPhone (32) Leg warmers (33) Wool cycling cap (34) Gloves (35) Sunglasses (36) Watch (37) First aid kit (38) Mini deck of cards (39) Spare tube (40) Compass (41) Water purification tabs (42) Spork (43) Steripen (44) Big Agnes Clear View air pad (45) Waterproof matches (46) Pen and paper (47) Book (48) Photocopied maps (49) Garmin 705 GPS (50) Two pairs Smartwool socks (51) Travel towel (52) Toiletries (53) Blinkie (54) Cable lock (55) Tools.
In Anchorage add: bear spray, DEET, fuel cartridge, food.
24lbs./10.9kg, including rear panniers.
I recently took delivery of a new bike built by Rob English, an old friend and terrific custom builder. This is a 29er mountain bike designed to fold or disassemble for easy transport in a […]
Tools for the Nepal trip. Mini pump, crossmax spoke tool, quick link, spare brake pads, 4 toe spikes (for portages on ice and snow), 10mm socket*, Stein hypercracker, chain tool, glueless patches, loose allen keys (3, […]
Complete kit for riding in Nepal for a couple of weeks. Everything travels in the Osprey pack except for the clothes/gear worn, the SLR (in the chest pack), the sleeping bag (attached to the bars), the seat bag (attached to the saddle), and the bottle. Pack = 12.5 lbs./5.7 kg.
For the Nepal trip I rode my 2008 Giant Trance X0. Any mountain bike would have been fine. With the high altitude steep climbs and occasional big distances, though, the singlespeeds would have been inconvenient. And […]
For the month spent in New Zealand, I rode my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro. I was swayed by the formidable convenience: getting a ride to the train station, taking Amtrak then the subway to […]
Food for two full days on the remote Molesworth Road (New Zealand south island), where there is no place to acquire provisions. Two lunches: Ciabatta with PB and banana. Two Dinners: Half the Turkish loaf […]
Think about the durable myths of adventure bike touring, namely those things that everyone assures you are absolutely true, the rules that, if you don’t follow them, you’re probably going to die hungry and miserable in some remote place. These myths turn out to be, at best, a mixture of harmless firm opinion without basis and well-meaning reasonable suggestion that you can take or leave. There is also a lot of what I think amounts to just foolish habit.
This is the setup I used when I toured Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in 2009. On body: ss wool polo shirt, cycling shorts (baggy), money pouch, sandals, cycling cap, helmet, sunglasses, p&s camera In […]
(I first posted this on mtbr in 2008.)
54 Surly Long Haul Trucker with Kenda Nevegal 2.35’s.
For me, an adventure bike needs to be the following things:
– Versatile. I want to be comfortable pedaling for ten hours on asphalt, gravel or dirt, day after day; I want to be able to mount slicks and go on a training ride with the local road club when I’m far from home; I want to be able to ride pretty demanding singletrack; I want to be able to ride with panniers; at home, I want a bike that is decent on full grocery runs. In practice, a bike is probably going to be good at a small number of these things, but I want to be able to do them all and have the bike be at least reasonably up to it.
– Easy to ride. The geometry needs to be such that it doesn’t take much vigilance from me to pilot. There are going to be times when I am at 17,000 feet, bonked, cold, and in the dark. My bike can’t be yet another challenge. The thing is, I also want to be able to go fast on flat paved roads, or twisty road descents. And I want the bike to have good enough manners off-road. And when I’m in really dense urban areas, I want to be able to see traffic and be maneuverable.
– Durable. Basically I don’t want to even think about the fragility of the bike. I’m not totally convinced that an aluminum frame is wrong for adventure touring, but if there is even a slight chance that I’ll need someone to weld the thing while on the road, I don’t want the option excluded. More realistically, if the derailleur hanger or the fork or whatever get bent, I want to just bend them back (within reason).
– Not overly precious or prissy. The bike is going to get roped to the roof of buses and the back of pack mules, clipped to a steel basket for a gorge crossing, or tossed in the bucket of an empty dump truck. I want to be able to shrug off the inevitable dents or nicks. Some airlines still allow you to check the bike unboxed. When it’s an option, I want to be able to do that without caring that it might get scratched.
– Not have cost me a lot. The bike could get lost or stolen, and I don’t want to be devastated. This is going to be relative, of course, but, for me, certainly under US$2000, while under US$1500 would be even better.
– Repairable on the road, all over the world. Stuff is going to break, and I want to be able to substitute and improvise with what is available to me locally until I can have specialized gear shipped.
Given this wish list, I have not found anything better than the LHT.
This is the packing list that I used for an ’07-’08 cycle expedition tour in Asia (Pakistan/India/China/Tibet/Nepal). As I look it over now, it seems intolerably, unthinkably bloated. In my defense, I was doing a number of diverse things in addition to touring, including two stage races, one one-day race, several academic lectures, and research at Tibetan monasteries. But what on Earth did I need three pairs of underwear and two t-shirts for?