After coming up with the idea to tour, we started going through the motions of selling everything we owned. The purge included getting all of our files and photos scanned and archived, a few boxes of things we thought we’d need in the future stored with friends, and saying goodbye to our collection of bicycles. Along the way we commenced the acquisition of gear and planning for every contingency. Can you ever be ready for everything though? We’ve broken down the gear used into a few categories, and also list the decommissioned parts that just didn’t cut it, broke, wore out, or were lost along the way. A fair amount of research has been done to find the right combination of gear, delicately balancing budget vs weight.
We have learned over our hours of riding that the only way to figure out your equipment is to try it out. Andrew in particular does a lot of research on-line to see what others experience has been. That has proven to be a useful tool. Still, an internet article can only tell you so much, and sometimes when you are holding, feeling, smelling, or talking about something real in your hands, things change. At the end of the day we embarked with whatever we chose and have changed items as necessary. Here’s what we’ve used, endorse and had some concerns with.