Equipment for My 2008 and 2010 Bicycle Trips

An asterisk is used to indicate that this part replaced the (different) stock part which came with the bike.

Bike Type

Style: Steel-frame touring road bike

Model: Novara Randonee

Year: 2007

Frame Size: 55cm

Bike Consumables

Chain*: SRAM PC-971 (one link pair removed) [Note: Replaced every 900 miles.]

Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Cross 700x32.

Bike Components

Frame Material: Reynolds 520 Chromoly

Fork Material: Chromoly

Crankset: Shimano Deore 26/36/48

Rear Cog: SRAM PG-950 11/34

Shifters: Shimano Tiagra

Brakes: Shimano R550 Cantilever

Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra

Front D/r: Shimano Tiagra

Rear D/r: Shimano LX

Headset: FSA Orbit X

BB: Shimano Deore Octalink

Front Hub: Shimano Tiagra

Rims: Mavic A319S

Spokes: Stainless Steel

Stem: Ritchey Angle Adjust

Seatpost: Ritchey Comp V2

Handlebars: Ritchey BioMax

Handlebar Tape*: Body Geometry Bar Phat (black)

Saddle*: Brooks B17 Standard (black) with rain cover

Tubes*: Specialized Standard Road Tube (700x28/38 Presta)

Pedals*: Shimano PD-M959

Bike Accessories

Chain Guard: N-Gear Jump Stop (29mm model)

Bottle Cages: Blackburn Competition (black)

Frame Pump: Topeak Road Morph G

Patch Kit: Novara Patch Kit

Chain Lube: Dumonde Tech Lite (2oz bottle)

Odometer: CatEye Strada Wired CC-RD100 (wheel setting 2155)

Headlight: Light and Motion Vega LED with charger

Rear Light*: CatEye TL-LD500

Map Holder: Cycoactive Half Sheet Bar Map BM-H

Rear Panniers: Ortlieb Back Roller Classic (pair)

Handlebar Bag: Detours Metro

Hydration Pack: Camelbak Blowfish

Pack Stuff Sack: Outdoor Research Helium Dry Sack

Emergency Lock: Kryptonite CC4

Shoes: Sidi Dominator 5 Mega Lorica MTB (men's size 47)

Cleats: Shimano SM-SH51

Insoles: Superfeet Blue Premium Trim-to-Fit (size F)

Tools: Park CT-5 chain tool, Topek X-Tool 10 multitool, Pedro's Standard Tire Levers, Park TB-2 Emergency Tire Boots, spare CR1620 battery for the odometer, emergency plastic ties, compact tweezers, Photon Micro-Light II flashlight

Basic Clothing

Helmet: Bell Furio (L)

Shorts: Novara Strada Road Bike Shorts (Men's XL)

Tights: Novara Tempest [without chamois] (Men's XXL)

Half Gloves: Body Geometry Gel (Men's XXL)

Glove Liners: Pearl Izumi Ultra-Lite Liner Glove (Men's L/XL)

Standard Jersey: Novara Draft Bike Jersey (Men's XL)

LS Pullover: Patagonia Capilene 3 Long-Sleeve Base Layer (Men's XL)

Standard Socks: Smartwool Light Cushion Mini-Crew Cycling Socks (Men's XL)

Waterproof Clothing

Jacket: Showers Pass Touring Jacket (Men's XL)

Rain Pants: Novara Express Bike Pants (Men's XL)

Helmet Cover: Gore-Tex Helmet Cover (L)

WP Socks: SealSkinz All-Season Waterproof Socks (XL)


First Aid Kit: Brave Soldier Crash Pak (plus Dr. Scholls moleskin)

Camping Gear

Sleeping Pad: Thermarest Prolite 4 with patch kit (L)

Pad Straps: REI 1"x40" with buckle (pair)

Sleeping Bag: Marmot Arete +40 (Long / Left Zipper)

Tent: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 1 (with matching footprint)

Camp Towel: REI MultiTowel (S)

Off-Bike Clothes

Walking Shoes: Salomon Techamphibian (Men's 46 2/3)

Shirt: REI Mesh MTS Short-Sleeve Crew Underwear (Men's XXL)

Pants: Under Armour Approach 8" Black Shorts (Men's XL)

Thorn Protection

For my 2008 ride, when thorns became a problem I switched to Specialized Thorn Resistant Tubes (700x28/40 Presta). For my 2010 ride, I stuck with standard tubes but added a tire liner (Stop Flats 2 / Red).


For my 2008 ride, I used a Blackjack II (with LJMobile and Google Maps) for communications and pictures, and a Sony Reader PRS-505 for reading. For my 2010 ride, I used an iPhone 3G in place of both devices.

Gear Arrangement

The frame pump was mounted on the bottom side of the down tube, while the two water bottle cages (each with one water bottle) were mounted on the top sides of the seat tube and the down tube. The handlebar bag was used to provide easy access to the flashlight, bicycle lock, and phone. The hydration pack was used for my identification, cash, the cycling jacket, and the stuff sack containing the other waterproof clothing. The two straps were used to secure the sleeping pad to the top of the rear rack. Everything else went into the two rear panniers, with heavier items toward the bottom.

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