Over the course of a very cold winter, I acquired some new gear. Some of it is cycling gear without any other use. Some is stuff I bought for the gym or whatnot, which I am sure I shall get milage out of as I while the miles away.
Here’s a brief review of my cycling and touring equipage:
THE BIKE: Hanno, a 2011 CruX Expert Carbon
Everything is stock except:
the wheels (Velocity Dyads, 36-spoke)
the tires (All-Condition Armadillo Elites with kevlar bead)
the rack (Old Man Mountain Pioneer)
the brifters (2011 SRAM Apex were defective – broke after about 5000k. Replaced with 2014 Apex at no cost. IMPROVEMENT CITY)
Since my last tour, I’ve made some improvements to my setup.
-I put my phone (which is also my camera) in an otterbox with a holster. I clip the holster to the chest strap of the camelbak. This lets me pull out my camera (and phone) (and gps) (and Magic Googling Machine) any time I want… then put it away whenever i want. Very enjoy. Much favorable.
-i don’t tour with cooking supplies. nuts, dried fruits, granola, interspersed with the occasional hot meal by the roadside.
As a result, my rear rack contains only:
-tent poles (strapped to outside, b/c long and pointy)
-spare spokes (in with the tent poles)
-spare tubes, cleats, brake pads, master links
-soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
-bacitracin, bandage, few band-aids
-duct tape. because, duct tape.
…and even here, I’d say 25% of the Stuff is in the category of Luxury Items. I don’t need a kindle. I don’t need a mattress pad. I sure don’t need binoculars.
Hanno, with rack and All Dressed, weighs something like 19 pounds.
My full kit, minus food and water, weighs less than that.