Five Boro Bike Tour : Gear List

There aren't many gear requirements for the tour. My basic advice is as follows.

Bike

Camelback Cloudwalker

This is the bag I use for mountain biking. It's a nice sized bag, obviously has the compartments for a hydration pack, and has a few compartments in the front pocket to separate your keys from your snacks.

Although this is a camelback and has the bilt in interface for a bladder, I no longer use them in favor of good old water bottles. I prefer to stop and enjoy the view.

Why I bought it: I bought this pack because when I was doing the sumit of Kili, my Gregory was way too heavy a pack for just holding a couple fleeces, water and snacks. Who needs a framestay for that! The goal was to get a really lightweight pack that can serve as an all around short duration hike pack.

Good for: Day hike or ride.

Not for: Longer hikes where you have to carry lots of stuff in yourpack and its heavier than 10 or 15 pounds.

Trail Notes: This pack has been my mainstay pack for a few years now. I previoulsy had an old backpack I used, but I wanted something with the waiststrap and chest strap, so I picked this up.

Tour Notes: You don't necessarily need a pack for the ride since there's so much rider support, but I never leave home without one.

Outerwear

North Face Venture Jacket

The Venture Jacket is North Face’s most affordable water proof shell. The Venture is a relatively thin and light weight jacket that is well suited as a multi season jacket.

The jacket is made from HyVent DT, a waterproof yet breathable fabric with raised microdots that lift the fabric off of the skin in order to channel moisture away.

Other features include a fully adjustable, attached hood, brushed chinguard lining, pit-zip vents, two hand pockets, adjustable Velcro cuffs, and a cinch cord at the waist.

One almost seemingly hidden feature is the left pocket stow. Stuff the jacket in the left hand packet, zip and the jacket quickly transformed into a small bundle

Pros: Very good waterproofing, lightweight and compressible, resonably priced

Cons: Hood doesn’t roll up and hide away. Cuff Velcro tabs stick out a bit, they could Velcro down a bit more

Canadian Rockies Notes: This was the only shell Jacket I took along on the trip and I actually pulled it out on the top of the 6 Glaciers hike when it started to snow and rain. I was glad to have it because it kept me dry and warm, but not hot. Definatley need a brimmed hat (like a baseball cap) or the hood can be uncomfortable.

5 Boro Bike Tour Notes: I bring this in my pack no matter what. It's light weight and

Protection

Pearl Izumi Slice Full Fingered Gloves

Pearl Izumi makes nice stuff, period. I wanted a pair of gloves for the road that were a little more comfortable than my mountain biking gloves. A guy at the store recommended these.

Tour Notes: I really like these gloves. They were the most comfortable gloves I have ever worn. The stretchy material on the back of the hand is nice and warm, but breathable enough to not sweat too much. They are perfect for an early morning run in the spring time.

Giro Indicator Helmet

Giro makes the best helmets for cycling, in my opinion, by far. yeah, Bell makes a good helmet. But Giro's got my vote every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Tour Notes: You are technically required to wear a helmet in the tour, but no one is going to stop you from riding if you're not wearing one. But i've gotten so used to wearing one from mountain biking, I don't even balk anymore when I have to wear one on the street.

Footwear

Sidi Dominator 4 Mountain

When I was in the bike shop looking for a pair of shoes to replace my first pair, the guy said to just try them on. He said, "The other shoes are good for sure. But they are no comparison Sidi's . It's like the difference between a fine Italian shoe and Kenneth Coles. Yeah, the Kenneth Coles are good, but you can ride all day in the Sidi's and feel like you just stepped into them at the end of the day. They cost, but they're worth it. I'll never go back."

I took his advice and splurged.

Tour Notes: I'll never go back either. They are really comfortable. And the ratchet system keeps them snug and responsive on your feet.

Clothing

EMS Superwick T

This is a lightweight polyester shirt that is highly breathable and quick drying. It wicks moisture away from the body and comes in a fe different colors. I actually picked up a long sleeve and a short sleeve. They were great as a first layer in the jungle.

Iliniza Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t-shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Grand Canyon Notes: It gets hot down there in the canyon, so bring a lightweight t shirt.

North Face Momentum Shirt

I needed a microfleece and this one was cheap and felt softer than a baby's a$$. Plus I really wanted a fleece that was a pullover rather than a full zip for a mid layer so that I could tuck it in.

This synthetic fabric wicks moisture away from the skin, dries quickly, and resists wrinkling, tearing, and unraveling—a must for the adventure traveler. A lightweight, high performance microfiber fleece with a luxurious finish, TKA microfleece provides lightweight warmth next to the skin or in a layering system. This 100% polyester fabric is engineered to be both durable and resistant to pilling. It offers warmth when wet, launders well and packs easily.

This is now one of my more favorite shirts. First, the material is breathable. Second, the shirt is warm. Third, the shirt is quick drying. And last, the half zip is highly functional.

5 Boro Bike Tour Notes: This is usually all you'll need on the five boro because it's usually spring like conditions. I like this one because it looks good no matter what you do to it.

Snowboarding Notes: This is my number 1 favorite Shirt for boarding. I now longer go on a snowboarding trip without it. It's warm, but has a half sip for hot days in the sun. It doesn't need ironing and doesn't get wrinkled so you can go right from the slopes to the bar and be good to go. It has thumb holes that make it easy to layer and not get you're sleeves all bunched up. Perfect shirt.

Pearl Izumi Slice Versa Short

I wanted a pair of shorts with built in liners. I typically use regular biking shorts underneath a pair of fatigue shorts. However, one of my friends had a pair of these and he loved them. So I tried them out.

Tour Notes: These are good for the tour because they have pockets and the liners aren't so tight.

Pearl Izumi Micro thermal Leg Warmers

The one thing I hate to do, is be too hot, or too cold. I like to be able to regulate my temperature without having to go through a whole wardrobe change. So I decided rather than go with tights, i would try out these leg warmers.

Tour Notes: These things are the best things since sliced bread. As soon as I got too warm, I just zipped up the ankles and pulled down the tops to get some breeze on my knees and ankles. Then when we got out into the hot sun an hour later, I took them completely off. in 30 seconds. Love em.

Wigwam Ultimax Cool Lite Hiker Sock

I don't wear cotton socks anymore. It's all about wool or synthetic blends.

Tour Notes: It doesn't much matter what kind of socks you wear on this ride. however, it is "On" whether the meteorologist calls for rain or shine, so I suggest wool or synthetic blends because they stay warm when wet.

Grand Canyon Notes: I brought 4 pair of socks. I loved these socks. They were really comforatble and didn't slide around on my foot.

Accessories

Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

I really like this balm. Its very much like "Unpetroleum" that i took on Alaska trip and loved.

Grand Canyon Notes: Do not forget to bring lip balm on this trip. You will regret it if you do.

Mt Rainier Notes: If you have never been on a glacier in the middle of the summer, you can't really understand how important it is to have lip balm. I buy these 6 at a time every time I go to the camping store. I avoid chapped lips at ALL costs.

Sigg Water Bottle

Why I bought it: I used to always use and suggest nalgenes wide mouth lexan water bottles. However, the week before my trip to hike the Grand Canyon all this stuff about PCB's and the 2,3,7 plastic recycling thing came out. I didn't want to take a chance, so I took the opportunity to switch to aluminum Sigg bottles. I know these don't leach into your body and cause chromosomal irregularities!

I haven't used these in the bottom of my boat yet, but I'm sure they'll work fine.

5 Boro Bike Tour Notes: You really only need one, and that's only if you like to sip a lot and don't plan on stopping at the rest stops. You can pretty much get water and or juices and beverages at all the rest stops. For free!

Julbo Nomads

The Julbo Nomads are my favorite shades because of how closely they wrap around my face and their low profile. What I also liked about them was that they have plastic clip on side sheilds rather than the botton on leather ones.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I forgot them in the tent on summit day! But they worked great every other day!

Madawaska Notes: I went back and forth between using shades and not. in the end, I found that what i really wanted was just somehting to stop water going in my eyes, but clear. I'll get something for next time.

Grand Canyon Notes: Even though it was really bright, I usually don't use sunglasses unless I am driving or riding my bike. On this trip, I just squinted a little the whole time! :-) But I carried them the whole way just in case I needed them.

Camera and Other Toys! :-)

Canon Powershot SD 630

Film is just superior to digital when it comes to pictures..being printed! But Im not really printing them anymore! I'm throwing them up on the website.

So this is the camera I usually carry with me. It's a 6 mega pixel handheld with a limited zoom and

Why I bought it: I bought this camera because I got tired of carrying about a purse with a bunch of camera stuff. I realized that I was all about the experience of the adventure, and not the documentation of it. The photography was only secondary to the experience, so I pared down to just what I needed to take a good photo in most situations. The decision wsa the best I've made so far. A major lesson learned.

Food

Fruit Bars

You don't really need to take fruit bars with you, because they have them at every rest stop. But I always pack a few in case of emergencies.

Pure Protein Bars Chocolate Deluxe

This is the best tasting protein bar on the market in my opinion. I always bring protien bars on my trips because it's very difficult to keep your protein levels up on trips. Most camping geared dehydrated foods are really low in protein and high in carbs, so i always bring some protein bars to supplement my dehydrated meals.

Sports Beans

Sports beans are candy. But they are good. Salty and sweet. Electrolytes.

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