11th Hour Gear Changes & Packing Tips for a Bike Tour

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A few last minute additions and several tips for packing and stowage…

We are 2 days away from flying, my Surly ECR is not completely built yet, and I am still culling and tweaking my kit. Here are a few last minute insights:

Stan's Sealant Velocity p35

Schwalbe tubes (SV19 for my 29er and SV13 for the Troll) have removable cores, and a couple of squirts of Stan’s in the tubes should head off any small thorn punctures (theoretically, of course).

Platypus water bag - packing for bike touring

Platypus 2-liter water bottles pack up very small and are very lightweight. Water can be tricky when in certain areas, so one of these and a small packable backpack should add some extra capacity.

International Travel Maps - packing for bike touring

Somebody messaged me the other day on Facebook asking where we got our map of Costa Rica. International Travel Maps are always key for the big picture. Most are waterproof coated.

Garmin eTrex 20 - packing for bike touring

The Garmin eTrex 20 is the cheaper alternative for a GPS aid. I wash’t planning on using a GPS; I prefer to rely on maps and advice from locals, but there are some big spaces in Africa and Tracks4Africa looks like a promising base map for finding some good dirt.

Vargo Titanium stove - packing for bike touring

I had planned on bringing a windscreen/Clickstand combo with my Trangia spirit burner, but decided last minute to get this Vargo Titanium wood burner. It doubles as a windscreen and a stand; plus it can burn wood if/when we are low on fuel.

Spokes in seat tube - packing for bike touring

Stashing spare spokes in the seat tube (2 for each wheel) is done by punching them through some scrap foam.

Sea to Summit Traveling Light Garment Bag - packing for bike tour

This Sea to Summit Traveling Light Mesh Garment bag (M) fits all of my clothing and slides into the saddlebag perfectly.

DIY Tool Roll - packing for bike tour

I whipped up this DIY tool roll to accommodate a smaller custom tool kit.

Topeak pump - packing for bike tour

A few wraps of Gorilla Tape around the Topeak Mountain Morph pump provides a necessary travel companion for on the go repairs. Last time I took half a roll which took up more space… I heard this pointer somewhere along the way.

Bunyan Velo - packing for bike tour

My new Bunyan Velo wool hat and the soft bottle holder for extra water storage on the handlebars.


  • JB

    Could you put more details about your reparation kit??

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Hey JB, I will post a full packing list in the next few days. Here is a link to my former toolkit (a little larger): http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/gear/panam-bike-touring-packlist/

  • http://www.gypsybytrade.wordpress.com/ Nicholas

    Logan, When you are patching a tube with Stan’s, be sure to rinse the affected area with water and wipe it dry before sanding and gluing. I learned from my time in NM that Stan’s has a way of negating the properties of rubber glue. Thankfully, it is water soluble, and easily washes away. Best of luck with as few punctures as possible!

  • JB


  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Good point, will do… thanks!

  • http://rochesterfitnessequipment.com/let-rochester-fitness-equipment-help-get-started-path-toward-fitness/ brook7421

    Really a useful information for the people who really are interested in things like cycling..