The Gear

When I was planing this trip I poured over a lot of blogs, checking out what others were using; what was working for them and what wasn’t. So in the spirit of benevolence and “giving back to the community”, here’s a list of what I’m heading out on the road with. Maybe it’ll help you out with your tour preparations, or maybe you’ll print a copy and use it to line the bottom of your birdcage. Either way, here it is in all it’s unfettered glory.

The Bike
Frame: Surly Long Haul Trucker. 54cm in Truckaccino livery
Saddle: Brooks Flyer with a Randi Jo Fab rain cover
Stem: Satori UP2 adjustable riser
Front Wheel: 26″ Mavic A719 laced with DT Swiss spokes on a Schmidt SON 28 dynamo
Real Wheel: 26″ Alex Adventurer on a Shimano LX hub (Came stock with the bike)
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme (Replaced with Specialized Nimbus Armadillo)
Spare Tire: Replaced rear tire in Ottawa and kept the old as a spare.
Pedals: Shimano PD-M324 double sided SPD/Flat
Front Rack: Tubus Duo
Rear Rack: Tubus Logo evo
Mudguards: SKS
Stock drivetrain and handlebars

The Lights
Frontlight: Busch & Müller Luxos U
Taillight: Busch & Müller Toplight Line Plus
Headlamp: Petzl Tikka Plus (For use around camp)

The Luggage
Front Panniers: Arkel T-28
Rear Panniers: Arkel T-42
Handlebar: Arkel Small Handlebar Bag
All bags are fitted with Arkel raincovers and are lined with MEC Pack Rat sil stuff sacks.
Bike Transport: Crateworks Pro XL-C

The Camp
Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 with footprint
Sleeping Bag: Western Mountaineering Beothuk with MEC silk liner
Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus

The Kitchen
Stove: Snow Peak GigaPower with windscreen
Cookset: Snow Peak Mini Solo
Mug: Snow Peak Double Wall Ti 450 with sippy lid
Water Bottles: Camelbak Podium Big Chill x 3
Cutlery: Snow Peak Ti Spork
Sea Suds soap (Replaced with Campsuds. Much better)
Universal drain stopper (Sent home from Ottawa)
Small pot scrubby

The Clothing
Jacket: Showers Pass Elite 2.1 (Replaced with Arcteryx Alpha FL in Calgary)
Puffy: MEC Uplink (Doubles as a pillow)
Rain Pants: Mountain Hardwear Gore-Tex Paclite
Pants: Prana Eastwood (Sent home from Penticton)
Shorts: Prana Zion
Riding Shorts: Sugoi RSE
Padded Liners: Sugoi Formula FX (Replaced with a pair of RSE shorts and sent home)
Undies: Devold merino boxer briefs x 2
Long Undies: Helly Hansen Lifa bottoms (Sent home from Sault Ste Marie)
Shirt: Icebreaker long sleeve half-zip, 150 weight (until Calgary)
Shirt: Columbia Solar Polar half-zip (Sent home from Sault Ste Marie)
T-shirt: Icebreaker Sonic half-zip, 150 weight
T-shirt: Icebreaker Sonic crewe, 150 weight (Sent home from Penticton)
Shirt: Helly Hansen Pace Training, short sleeve (Purchased in Sault Ste Marie)
Shirt: Helly Hansen Pace Training, long sleeve (Purchased in Banff)
Socks: Smartwool PHD mini x 3 (Sent 1 pair home)
Socks: Rocky Gore-Tex
Shoes: Shimano MT43 SPD
Shoes: Merrell Torrent (For the shower and kicking around camp)
Gloves: Giro Monaco
Gloves: Outdoor Research Gripper (Sent home from Sault Ste Marie)
Hat: Icebreaker pocket toque
Helmet: Bell Sweep
Sunglasses: Ryders photochromic
Merino Buff (Sent home from Sault Ste Marie)
CoolMax High UV Buff (Purchased in Thunder Bay)
Cotton Bandana

The Electronics
Samsung Galaxy S3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 point & shoot
Joby Gorillapod with GripTight mount
Cateye Enduro computer

Safety, Security and Spares
Adventure Medical Ultralight first aid kit
Bear spray, 225g canister
Reflective Sam Browne belt (Replaced with reflective vest)
Abus Granit Futura U-lock
Kyrptonite loop cable
Victorinox Swisstool
Chain breaker/spoke wrench
Lifu 6 piece allen key set
Pedro’s tire levers
Lezyne Alloy Drive pump (Replaced with Lezyne Micro Floor Pump)
Digital Tire Gauge (Purchased in Calgary)
Spare inner tubes x 2
Tube Patch kit
Spare SPD cleat with screws
Spare spokes x 3
Spare derailleur cable
Spare brake cable
Spare chain link
Triflow chain lube
50′ of lightweight nylon cord
Gorilla tape wrapped around a cylinder of Tenacious patch tape
Assorted screws and hardware
Assorted Ty-Raps
Scrubba Wash Bag (Purchased in Ottawa)
MSR Ultralite PackTowel
Clothes pins x 5


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