Gear

Here we will include a list of things taken, found, and chucked.

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Bikes and Accessories

  • Andrew – 62 cm 2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker, black, with 700c wheels, because it’s what Willy Bikes had in stock.

    Stock, except for:

    • Stearer extender
    • Nitto Noodle handlebars
    • Blue bar tape
    • ESGE (Pletscher) 2 legged kickstand
    • Brooks Flyer standard saddle
    • Planet Bike Cascadia fenders
    • Problem Solvers metal bottom bracket cup (replaced the Shimano plastic one after 4 months because it cracked. Thanks, Shimano.)
    • Bell helmet with Take-a-Look mirror attached (Attached with zip ties, with moderate success)/span>
    • Planet Bike Blinky Superflash rear light – just had it clipped on the rack and it bounced off and got run over 2011-10-11
  • Aran – 52 cm Surly Long Haul Trucker. Only comes with 26″ wheels.

    Stock, except for:

    • Nitto Noodle handlebars
    • ESGE (Pletscher) 2 legged kickstand
    • Brooks Flyer S saddle
    • Zéfal MT fenders
    • New Shimano plastic bottom bracket cup. (The first one broke after 5 months because it cracked.  Saw that one coming.)
    • Giro helmet with Take-a-Look mirror attached (also attached with zip ties, so far less successfully)
    • Planet Bike Blinky Superflash rear light
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Tools and Maintenance Items:

  • Bottom Bracket tool – Park Tool BBT-22
  • Compact Crank Puller – Park Tool CWP-7
  • Chain tool – Park Tool CT-5
  • Multitool – Park Tool AWS-9
  • Crank Brothers mini Multitool – m5
  • Full length allen keys: 5, 6, 8 (Bondhus)
  • Mini Cassette Lock Tool (JA Stein)
  • 8 inch adjustable wrench (Crescent)
  • Needlenose Vice Grips (Irwin)
  • Spoke wrench (Park Tool SW-7)
  • 6 inch triangular File
  • Brooks Saddle wrench
  • Tire levers (Serfas)
  • Leatherman New Wave
  • Swiss Army knife
  • 1 roll electrical tape
  • 1 roll duck tape
  • 1 tube of white lithium grease
  • 1 bottle Finish Line dry lube
  • 1 small partly used bottle TriFlo (A’s favorite lubricant, and it smells so good)
  • 2 bandanas as rags
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Bike Parts

  • 1 Spare chain (SRAM)
  • 2 shift cables
  • 2 brake cables
  • 2 feet brake cable housing
  • 2 feet shift cable housing
  • Tektro cantilever break shoes with removable pads (4 pair)
  • KoolStop V-break pad refills (8 pair)
  • 2 tires – 1 Continental touring plus for Aran’s bike, 1 Travel Contact for Andrew’s bike
  • Collection of stainless steel screws – mostly for racks and fenders, a few for other parts of the bikes
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Racks and Bags

  • Tubus Cargo racks on the back of each bike
  • Tubus Tara racks on the front of each bike
  • 2 pair Ortlieb Back Roller Plus
  • 2 pair Ortlieb Front Roller Plus
  • 2 Ultimate 5 Plus Ortlieb medium handlebar bags
  • 1 Ortlieb medium Rack Pack
  • 1 Seal Line 10L dry bag
  • 1 Gregory ISO backpack w/ 2L Camelback bladder
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Camping/Cooking

  • Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 tent
  • Big Agnes footprint for Copper Spur UL 2 tent
  • Big Agnes tent loft
  • Double wide Big Agnes Cabin Creek sleeping bag
  • 2 Big Agnes Insulated Air Core sleeping pads
  • 2 Big Agnes Cyclone Superlite Chair Kits
  • MSR Dragonfly International camp stove
  • Set of camp cook pots from long, long ago
  • 1 Discraft Ultra-Star 175 gram Professional Sportdisc (doubles as platter/cutting board)
  • Norpro bamboo wooden spoon
  • 3 small plastic containers for spices
  • 2 food tubes (1 left the US with Wamplers Honey in it.  Yummm.) The other got filled with cajeta (spreadable caramel) in Mexico City
  • 1 Orikaso foldy bowl
  • 1 Sea to Summit X-bowl
  • 2 Sea to Summit Delta insulated mugs
  • 1 GSI Fairshare Mug with lid (sweet — unbreakable, holds 4 cups, glow in the dark graduations, lid screws tight)
  • 2 Petzel ID Plus Headlamps
  • 1 Black Diamond mini dimmable camping lantern
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Water Carrying/Purification

  • 2 4L MSR Dromedary water bags
  • 4 Polar 24oz Water Bottles
  • 1 1L wide mouth Nalgene bottle
  • 1 Steripen Classic (advantage over “Adventurer” is it takes standard batteries)
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Aran’s Clothes:

  • 2 pairs of bike shorts – Craft Hotpants, Pearl Izumi Sugar Short
  • 3 short sleeve shirts – 2 Icebreaker tank tops, 1 Icebreaker short sleeve top
  • 3 long sleeve shirts – 1 Icebreaker 200 weight long sleeve, 1 Icebreaker 260 weight turtleneck, 1 ExOfficio DryFlyLite shirt (SPF 50)
  • 1 pair North Face convertible pants
  • 1 pair Icebreaker 260 weight long underwear leggings
  • 1 Icebreaker Maya wool skirt
  • 3 pairs Smartwool socks (1 short, 1 ankle, 1 heavy long)
  • 1 bathing suit (2 pc. to double as extra sports bra)
  • 3 pairs underpants – 1 Icebreaker wool, 1 Title 9 nylon, 1 ExOfficio polyester
  • 3 sports bras – 1 Icebreaker, 1 Nike, 1 Title 9 “Cara”
  • 1 regular bra
  • 1 Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket
  • 1 pair Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Stretch rain pants
  • 1 pair Gore Bikewear Goretex Socks
  • 1 Marmot Venus Down Sweater
  • 1 Icebreaker hat
  • 2 pairs gloves – 1 pair Icebreaker liners, 1 pair Pearl Izumi fleece gloves
  • 1 Pair Keen Commuter 2 Bike sandals
  • 1 Pair Montrail Mountain Masochist trail running sneakers
  • 1 Pair Tifosi Wisp sunglasses w/ interchangeable lenses
  • 2 bandanas
  • 1 sarong (sounds like just an extra thing, but it is so handy.  Serves as a beach towel, a changing room, a pillow, a light blanket, a sling…)
  • 8ish hair ties
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Andrew’s Clothes:

  • 2 pairs of bike shorts – 1 Pearl Izumi Quest Short, 1 Aerotech Designs
  • 2 short sleeve shirts – 1 Icebreaker GT zip crew, 1 Icebreaker GT crew
  • 3 long sleeve shirts – 1 Icebreaker 200 weight GT, 1 Icebreaker 260 Tech T zip, 1 ExOfficio DryFlyLite (50 SPF)
  • 1 pair Columbia convertible pants (Andrew says the shorts are too short.  He calls them his Euro shorts.)
  • 1 pair Icebreaker sprint GT long underwear leggings
  • 1 pair Arizona Jeans cargo shorts
  • 3 pairs socks – 1 pair Thorlo hikers, 1 pair Wigwam short socks, 1 pair long Darn Tough hikers
  • 1 pair swim trunks
  • 3 pair underwear – 2 pairs Icebreaker Beast Boxers, 1 pair EMS Techwick briefs
  • 1 Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket
  • 1 pair Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Stretch rain pants
  • 1 pair Gore Bikewear Goretex Socks
  • 1 Patagonia Down Sweater
  • 1 Sporthill hat (Discontinued but oh so awesome)
  • 2 pairs gloves – 1 pair Icebreaker, 1 pair Pearl Izumi
  • 1 Pair Keen Commuter 2 Bike sandals
  • 1 Pair Vasque Transistor trail runners
  • 1 Pair Tifosi Envy sunglasses w/ interchangeable lenses
  • 2 bandanas
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Bathroom stuff/Medical kit

  • Adventure medical kit
  • 1 small bottle of aloe
  • 2 small bottles sun screen
  • 1 tube Hydrocortizone
  • 1 tube Lotrimin
  • 1 5 oz bottle Jungle Juice 100% deet
  • 1 10oz bottle Wilderness Wash
  • 1 small sewing kit
  • 1 pair tweezers
  • 1 pair nail clippers
  • 1 electric shaver
  • 1 bottle Elmer’s Craftbond Tacky Glue (why is this with the bathroom stuff?  Anybody?)
  • 1 small bar soap
  • 1 small bottle conditioner
  • 1 Sam Goody Shower Comb with the hanging hook hacked off
  • 1 extra large Micronet packtowel (A)
  • 1 large MSR packtowel (a)
  • 1 diva cup
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Electronics

  • Battery charger for Steripen
  • Solar chargeable radio/flashlight/USB charger  (It is awesome.  Thanks, Sandra!)
  • Email us for a list.
  • Andrew’s home-made solar charger.  It is AWESOME.  Thanks for the spare solar panel, 7th Gen.
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Entertainment

  • 1 deck of cards
  • 1 frisbee (see cooking)
  • 1 tennis ball
  • 2 journals, 2 fisher space pens
  • We are starting with 5 books.  Too much?  Oh well.  They are:
    • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
    • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevski
    • Neuromancer – William Gibson
    • The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman – Angela Carter – A finished it and sold it to a used bookstore in Oaxaca for $10 MXN 2011-10-20
    • White Teeth – Zadie Smith – a finished it and left it in the hotel in Cholula 2011-10-10

2 Responses to “Gear”


  • Not sure why you would want to bring Heart of Darkness on your trip into the jungle. Let’s hope it doesn’t have to serve as a reference manual.

    You should create a game while you are down there – Peddlers of Oaxaca.

  • •1 roll duck tape
    = the only thing on your entire, extremely-well-thought-out-engineer-personality type list that is critical, right?

    ;)
    Hope you’re having fun!

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