Bike: 2005 Cannondale T800 (purchased new Jan 2005)
Components: all stock except saddle replaced with a women’s Terry Liberator in 2010. Brake pads and chain replaced mid-tour 2010. New Schwalbe Marathon tires, a new small chainring (swapped a 26 for a 24), and handlebars rewrapped in 2013.
Accessories: I use a Topeak Road Morph pump and toe clips instead of clipless pedals. I have Planet Bike fenders – front one doesn’t come along on this trip. I have a Blackburn bar-end mirror.
Front rack: Tubus Ergo Rear rack: What came stock
Rear rack contents:
Tent poles in own bag rolled within Ridge Rest sleeping pad
Thermarest Ridge Rest 3/4 length closed cell foam pad. The roll is held with two ladies’ belts from a thrift shop. The roll is secured to the rack with adjustable webbed straps with clips [purchased from auto store – I also use these straps on the outside of my bike box when travelling (it keeps the flaps contained if the TSA tape comes undone)].
NOTE: Clothing listed assumes I’m naked (e.g. I wear one jersey and have one spare). I’m a cold sleeper, so I always take one more thermal top than other people – for this ride, most people wouldn’t take any. For the US trip, I’ll be carrying an additional thermal top and a warmie jacket.
I use a Camelback instead of drink bottles. I stay better hydrated using one of these. I don’t keep anything else in the backpack usually. I attach my rear blinkie-light to this on my back. It is more visible this way than attached to my rear rack (it gets hidden under the thermarest if attached there). The pack is also great for taking on day hikes along the way.
I also wear a Giro Indicator helmet – cheap but ventilation okay. Most importantly this style has a visor – a must-have for me. My new Indicator is Livestrong-stickered since these ones were on deep clearance after the whole Lance affair, and I could care less about all of that.