Tour Divide 2012 – The Gear List

I’ve finally assembled all the gear for this year’s attempt at the Tour Divide race. It is a source of endless discussion as to exactly how much you take on the ride. Kurt Refsnider, who won in 2011, has what I think is the singularly best view on what take. He tries to “strike a respectable balance between ultra light and well prepared.”

I err on the side of more prepared than ultralight. Yes, it means I have to move a heavier bike, but I know from experience that I don’t do well when I get too cold and wet. So, for example, I carry an tent rather than a bivy sack.  I’ve made a few changes to last year’s gear, such as less spares and the replacement of my over boots with Goretex socks. The latter have worked a lot better during my testing (and are lighter!).

All up my fully kitted bike with no water or food weighs in at 46 pounds (21 kg).  My hydration pack with its gear is a further 7 pounds (3 kg). I think it’s about 4 – 5 kg heavier than the most minimalist setup I could probably come up with. Not bad if you think that it needs to take me 4,418 km in (relative) comfort. Of course I’ll regret every extra gram when I’m lugging the bike through snow on some of the passes (a week before the race it was reported that there was still 1 m of snow on some of the passes in the Flathead valley in Canada and the road was closed due to snow at Union Pass in Montana).

I am using the same bags except my map case is the excellent quad map case from Carousel Design Works. Absolutely brilliant. I’ve also replaced my Revelate dry bag with one from Outdoor Research as the latter was slightly larger and easier to pack.

Some photos of the bike. At the top of the aero bars are the Ay-Up lights. Good for 12+ hours of riding. Behind it is the Garmin 800 (16 h between recharges), and then the map case with a cue sheet. I’ve used waterproof paper this year (live and learn!).  Attached to the right brake lever is an old Specialized Turbo Elite cycle computer. This will be the main measuring device for the cue sheets; the GPS will be used to verify I’m on track.

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Front end shot showing the brilliant Revelate system for the roll bag as well as the extra front storage bag. I’ve added an extra strap around the handlebars at each end of the roll bag. I’ve found that this helps with the stability quite a lot.

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Side view showing the frame, seat and two top-tube packs.  I’ve an extra strap under the seat bag, again I found it helps with stability. The small top tube pack contains all tools and the cable lock. Will hopefully seldom be used.  My food will go in the large top tube bag which is behind the handlebars, hydration pack as well as the seat and roll on. I’m not riding a 29’er so the frame bag is quite small, but it holds all my rain gear and arm warmers. 

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For the real cycling enthusiasts:

  • Frame is a titanium Motobecane hardtail. Bought the bike from www.bikesdirect.com
  • Using carbon fibre Bontraeger handlebars. Yes, I know there is a risk with having aero bars on carbon fibre handelbars, but the extra shock absorption is worth the risk.
  • Aero bars are Profile Design T1+
  • Grips are Ergon G3 with some extra tape wrapped around them for more padding.
  • Tires are Schwalbe Marathon Extreme. Running tubeless with Stan’s sealant.
  • Pedals are Shimano XTR.

Here is the full gear list by location.

Qty

Item

Where

Bags

1

Carousel Design Quad Map Case

Stem

1

Deuter Compact 12 EXP

Hydration Pack

1

Fuel Belt Bento Box

Top Tube #2

1

Outdoor Research 35 L Dry Bag

Handlebar

1

Revelate Design Custom Frame Bag

Frame

1

Revelate Design Gas Tank Bag

Top Tube #1

1

Revelate Design Handlebar Pocket Bag

Handlebar

1

Revelate Design Handlebar Sling for Roll

Handlebar

1

Revelate Design Viscacha Seat Bag

Seat

Gear

1

Arm Warmers

Frame

1

Paramo Quito Cycling Jacket

Frame

1

Gore Cycling Goretex Rain Pants

Frame

1

Rocky Goretex Socks

Frame

1

Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell WxB Gloves

Frame

4

Spare Spokes

Frame

1

Baseball Hat

Frame/Wear

1

Action Wipes

Handlebar

1

Ay-Up Head Torch Band

Handlebar

2

Ay-Up Battery

Handlebar

1

Cassette Cleaning Brush

Handlebar

1

Chamois Cream

Handlebar

2

Garmin 800 Cycle Computer

Handlebar/Bike

6

Glad Zip Lock Lunch Bags

Handlebar

1

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation USB Battery

Handlebar

1

Toilet Paper

Handlebar

1

Webbing – Spare

Handlebar

1

Specialized Gel Cycling Gloves

Handlebar/Wear

1

4 x USB AC Adapter

Hydration Pack

1

3.0 L Hydration Bladder

Hydration Pack

1

1.0 L Hydration Bag

Hydration Pack

1

Apple Shuffle MP3 Player

Hydration Pack

1

Asthma Emergency Pills

Hydration Pack

3

Asthma Inhaler

Hydration Pack/Handlebar/Seat

1

Bear Mace

Hydration Pack

1

Bear Whistle

Hydration Pack/Wear

1

Cash

Hydration Pack

2

Credit Cards

Hydration Pack

1

Dental Floss

Hydration Pack

1

Respro Techno Dust Mask

Hydration Pack

2

Ear Plugs

Hydration Pack

1

Hand Sanitizer

Hydration Pack

30

Katadyn Water Purification Tablets

Hydration Pack

1

Kinesys Lip Balm SPF 30

Hydration Pack Hip Bag

1

Micro USB Cable – Cell

Hydration Pack

2

Micro USB Cable – GPS

Hydration Pack

1

Micro USB Cable – MP3 Player

Hydration Pack

1

Microfleece Towel

Hydration Pack

1

Microtorch

Hydration Pack

1

Mini-Toothpaste

Hydration Pack

1

Mosquito Repellant

Hydration Pack

1

Nisita Nasal Lotion

Hydration Pack

1

Passport

Hydration Pack

1

Prescription Glasses

Hydration Pack/Wear

1

Sleeping Mask

Hydration Pack

1

Sony Cell Phone Spare Battery

Hydration Pack

1

Spot GPS

Hydration Pack

1

Sunglasses

Hydration Pack/Wear

2

Small Kinesys Sunscreen SPF 30

Hydration Pack/Handlebar

1

Titanium Spoon-Fork

Hydration Pack

1

Toothbrush

Hydration Pack

1

Sony Xperia Active Cell Phone

Hydration Pack Phone Bag

6

AAA Spot GPS Batteries

Hydration Pack/Handlebar

1

Mophie Juice Micro USB Cable

Hydration Pack

20

Tylenol

Hydration Pack

20

Voltarin 100 SR Anti-Inflammatory

Hydration Pack

1

2XU Compression Longs For Sleeping

Roll

1

Klymit X Frame Sleeping Pad

Roll

1

Macpac Sleeping Bag

Roll

1

Sierra Design Lightening HT1 Ultralight Tent

Roll

1

T Shirt

Roll

1

ACA Map Cues

Seat

1

ACA Map Set

Seat

1

Ay-Up Recharger

Seat

7

Cable Ties

Seat

1

Disc Brake Pad Kit

Seat

1

Mont-Bell U.L. Down T Vest

Seat

1

Drymax Cycling Socks

Seat/Wear

1

Duct Tape

Seat (on pump)

1

Adventure Ultralight 1 Medical First Aid Kit

Seat

1

Ground Effect Cycling Shorts

Seat/Wear

1

Ground Effect Summer Riding Shirt

Seat/Wear

2

Ground Effects Merino Cycling Socks

Seat/Roll/Wear

1

Leg Warmers

Seat

1

Merino Wool Base Layer Shirt

Seat/Wear

1

Pump

Seat

3

Respro Dust Mask Filter Replacements

Seat

1

Shifter Cable

Seat

1

Spare Cleat

Seat

2

Spare Tubes

Seat

1

Thermal Hat

Seat

1

Orca Triathlon Shorts

Seat/Wear

1

Tyre Lever

Seat

1

8 mm Allen Key

Top Tube #2

7

Cable Ties

Top Tube #2

4

Chain Links

Top Tube #2

1

Chain Lube

Top Tube #2

4

Chain Super Links

Top Tube #2

1

Derailleur Hanger

Top Tube #2

1

Fibre Fit Spoke

Top Tube #2

1

Heavy Duty Dental Floss

Top Tube #2

1

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Tool

Top Tube #2

1

Lock/Cable

Top Tube #2

2

Needles

Top Tube #2

1

Patch Kit

Top Tube #2

2

Shrader-Presta Adapter

Top Tube #2/Handlebar

1

Tulio Multi-Tool

Top Tube #2

2

Park Tyre Boot

Top Tube #2

1

Specialized Cycling Shoes

Wear

1

Road ID

Wear

1

Trek Cycle Helmet with Light on Back

Wear

 

 

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One response to “Tour Divide 2012 – The Gear List

  1. that’s a mighty small bag for 7000 calories a day! You won’t be much fun to cuddle by the end of this 🙂

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