Personal setups » Niknak’s Niner EMD on the GDMBR
This summer (2012) my wife and I spent two glorious weeks cruising down the Great Divide from Banff to Whitefish. Here’s what I brought with me:
On the handlebars using a Revelate Sling and large Pocket:
- REI Quarter Dome T2 tent – The internal dimensions are a bit shorter and narrower than I prefer, but it sets up really quickly and easily.
- Panasonic DMC-LX5 camera – A great point n’ shoot with good manual controls.
- Adventure Cycling maps – Indispensable for this route.
- Garmin Etrex 20 GPS computer – I never really got the hang of it and returned it when I got home. Didn’t really need it for this route.
- Sandwich baggy full of charging cables and a spare set of batteries for the GPS – A necessary evil.
In the frame with a Revelate Tangle bag:
- Snacks! – The little pocket in the Tangle is perfect for a day’s worth of munchies.
- Spare inner tube
- Patch kit
- Multi tool
- Chain breaker
- Sandwich bag with some small parts for emergency repairs
- small container of methylated alcohol from Canadian hardware store – Canada apparently doesn’t sell denatured alcohol
- Lots of extra space for food
Behind the saddle with a Bagman rack and Carradice Super C saddlebag:
- Platypus GravityWorks water filter – Better than anything else we’ve tried, although a bit bulky.
- iPad 16GB wifi with book cover – Downloaded photos from my camera, updated the blog, checked the weather, searched for accommodations and restaurant reviews. A bit bulky. Looking forward to the iPad Mini!
- Jacks R Better Hudson River quilt – Very light and compact. Shoved inside a waterproof stuff sack with the Neo Air and lashed to the Super C.
- Thermarest Neo Air – Light, compact, comfy, warm, noisy, expensive, almost perfect.
- Smarwool ski cap
- Montbell Thermawrap – Light, compact, warm.
- Long sleeve Smartwool top
- REI adventure pants
- 1 pair synthetic boxer-briefs
- 1 extra pair Aerotech Designs padding touring underwear – A last-minute purchase that proved to be an excellent choice
- 1 extra pair synthetic socks
- 100-foot cord for bear hangs and laundry lines
- Sandwich bag for toiletries – travel toothbrush and toothpaste, small container of liquid soap, film canister of Ibuprofen, film canister of lotion, sunblock
- Specialized knee warmers
What I wore on and off the bike:
- cotton cycling cap
- prescription sunglasses
- Smartwool t-shirt
- Rapha Touring shorts – Get them on sale and they’re still expensive, but I love them and wear them almost every day.
- Aerotech Designs padded touring underwear
- Synthetic socks
- Good old fashioned sneakers (GOFS) – I’ve toured with clipless but prefer the simplicity and comfort of sneakers and platform pedals.
In my REI Flash 18L backpack
- Platypus 3L bladder and hose
- REI somethingorother rain jacket
- REI bicycle rain pants
- Showers Pass booties – It’s nice to have warm, dry feet.
- Wallet and passport