George Washington Bridge Ride: Gear List

There aren't many gear requirements for this ride. My basic advice is as follows.

Bike

Trek Fuel 80

This is my first full suspension bike. At the time, i picked it up for $1,100. I've had it for years, and I still love it. It's relatively light and the springs are pretty much dialed in for my body. The componenets aren't the best, but they're pretty good. This thing has served me well for years and I suspect it will continue to for years to come.

Just get a bike that you feel comforatble with and can ride for 30 miles.

 

Ritchey TomSlick Tires

You can ride on the road with knobbies, but it will severely slow you down. So I asked the guy at the shop, and he suggested the Ritchey TomSlick tires. They are close to the smoothness of a road tire, but fit a mountain wheel.

These things are fast.

Camelback Cloudwalker

While this is a camelback and is designed for the camelback water bag, I typically don't use them. I just use this as a backpack when I ride. Of course, mine is red, black and silver to match my bikes!

You really only need a pack for snacks, a pump and extra tubes. But I always carry a windbreaker and water in my bag as well.

Outerwear

North Face Venture Jacket

Although I had originally planned to spend a whole lot less, I am glad I picked up this parka. It fit me well in the arms and does a good job of stopping wind. From what I hear, Marmot makes only quality products and that’s good because that’s all I’ll buy. Better to spend and get the performance than be disappointed and end up spending more money.

I only bring one of these in my pack if there is a chance of rain.

 

Protection

Pearl Izumi Gel Vent Pro Glove

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.

I really like these gloves. They have the gell padding on the palms, but the gel area has a structured netting with venting to keep your hands cool. Very good gloves. Quite possibly the best I have ever used. Pearl Izumi makes nice stuff. Period.

 

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 comparision 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 steped 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.

I'll neve go back either. They are really comfortable. And the rathcet system keeps them snug and responsive on your feet.

Clothing

EMS Superwick Tee Shirt

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.

Basic base layer shirt. A staple in my pack.

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.

These are good for city biking because they have pockets and the liners aren't so tight. So you actually feel normal walking around in them if you stop to sit down and have a post ride beer in a bar somewhere.

Wigwam Ultimax Cool Lite Hiker Sock

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

Accessories

Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

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

Sigg Water Bottle

The week before my trip to the Grand Canyon was the week where 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!

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!

Tifosi Optics Forza with Clear Lenses

I needed a pair of glasses to ride with that did not have any shading on them. These are what I picked up at Cycle Craft.

I love these glasses. I typically don't need a lot of shade since I have a Cro Magnon Man brow, which completely shaded my eyes just with a slight squint! But I do need something to protect my eyes from the wind. These work.

Camera and Other Toys! :-)

Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital Camera

I like this camera, but it's starting to get a little bit light. i need some more pixels. It's almost time to upgrade.

 

Food

Fruit Bars

You dont' 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.

Cycling is unique.  No other sport lets you go like that - where there's only the bike left to hold you up.  If you ran as hard, you'd fall over.  Your legs wouldn't support you.  ~Steve Johnson
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