2013 Tour Divide Preliminary Gear List

I had some quiet time over the Christmas/New Year holiday so I got together my gear for use when I (hopefully) ride the Tour Divide this June. The biggest changes from last year are:

  • I’ll be riding a 29’er this year. Another titanium Motobecane.
  • I went to the larger platform Shimano pedals—easier for riding with one foot through the snow.
  • I’m using a SON dynamo hub for power while I ride and also to power the main lights. Using a helmet mounted Fenix as the backup light.
  • Rather than wear a hydration pack I’ll have the 3 L bladder mounted to the handlebar harness using a Camelbak Unbottle. No bottles on the front forks to potentially damage the wheel when I crash. I’ll have a 1 L ‘Magnum’ water bottle mounted on the top tube in front of the seat post, and a 2 L bottle on down tube in front of the cranks.
  • While I list a lot of tools/parts, most fit into a small toolkit box 2” x 4” x 0.75”. I’ve included a Stein mini-cassette removal tool this year. I’ll probably take 3 x Allen keys rather than the multitool as that is all I really need.
  • I’ve added two of the Revelate Design ‘Mountain Feed Bags’ behind the handlebar harness to hold nibbles, water and my camera (smartphone).

Otherwise pretty much the same. My Paremo jacket worked great—especially on rainy days when I could put the hood up under my helmet and be very cozy and dry. Goretex socks are a must. The Ground Effects gear is simply the best.

My packing philosophy is:

  • Harness contains what I need to sleep at night. The sleeping kit is in a separate bag inside the harness dry bag. This harness bag is only opened at night.
  • The frame bag contains all my food, as well as key clothes to regulate temperature.
  • The seat bag is ‘deep storage’ for things I don’t need often.
  • The handlebar bag is for the things I need regular access to.

It is not the lightest kit – I’ll weigh the bike and kit in a few months once I finalize everything – but that’s because I know my limitations (cold and wet don’t work for me!).

Here is the full list.

Qty

Item

Where

Bike

Titanium Motobecane 29” Superfly with Shimano XTR components (www.bikesdirect.com)

Shimano PD-M985 XTR Trail pedals

Hope ceramic bottom bracket

Thudbuster LT suspension seat post (www.thudbuster.com)

Stan’s ARCH EX Rims with Swiss DT Competition Spokes  (built by www.wheelworks.co.nz)

SON Dynamo front hub

DT Swiss 240 rear hub

Stan’s Tubeless Sealant

Maxxis IKON (front) and Crossmark (rear) tyres

Tout Terrain plug for 6v dynamo to USB power (www.en.tout-terrain.de)

Supernova E3 dynamo light with tail light (www.supernova-lights.com)

Sportypal Sony Xperia Active phone mount (www.sportypal.com)

Specialized seat

Ergon GC3 Cork Grips with extra tape (www.ergon-bike.com)

Profile Design T3 Aero Bars (www.profile-design.com)

Profile Design UCM Computer Mounts

Specialized C4 Trip Computer

Dimension Side Mount Bottle Cage (on top tube in front of seat post)

Elite VIP Universal Bottle Cage Mount

Topeak Modula Bottle Cage XL (www.topeak.com)  (on bottom tube in front of crank)

Bags

1

Carousel Design Quad Map Case

Stem

1

Revelate Design Custom Frame Bag

Frame

1

Revelate Design Gas Tank Bag

Top Tube

1

Revelate Design Handlebar Pocket Bag

Handlebar

1

Revelate Design Handlebar Harness

Handlebar

2

Revelate Design Mountain Feedbag

Forks/Handlebar

1

Revelate Design Spocket

Attached to Vischaca Seat Bag

1

Revelate Design Viscacha Seat Bag

Seat

1

Outdoor Research 35 L Dry Bag

Handlebar

Gear

1

Bear Mace

Bike

1

Garmin Edge 800 Cycle Computer

Bike

2

Sony Xperia Active Cell Phone

Bike/Mountain Feed

1

Specialized Trip Computer

Bike

1

Supernova 3 Dynamo Front and Rear Light

Bike

1

1 L Emergency Hydration Bag

Frame

1

1 L Magnum Water Bottle

Frame – On top tube before seat post

1

2 L Water Bottle

Frame – On bottom tube before cranks

1

Arm Warmers

Frame

1

Cassette Cleaning Brush

Frame Cleaning Kit

1

Cleaning Rag

Frame Cleaning Kit

2

Dumonde Tech Chain Lube

Frame Cleaning Kit/Seat Toolkit

 

Food Supplies

Frame

6

Glad Zip Lock Lunch Bags

Frame

2

Plastic food storage bags

Frame

1

Sea to Summit Ultralight Day Bag

Frame

4

Spare Spokes

Frame

1

Wind Vest

Frame

1

4 x USB AC Adapter

Handlebar

2

AA Fenix Torch Batteries

Handlebar

12

AAA Spot GPS Batteries

Handlebar x 3/Seat Bag x 9

1

Action Wipes

Handlebar

1

Athletic Tape for Achilles’ tendon taping

Handlebar

1

Chamois Cream

Handlebar

1

Dental Floss

Handlebar

50

Katadyn Water Purification Tablets

Handlebar

1

Microfleece Towel

Handlebar

1

Microtorch

Handlebar

1

Mini-Toothpaste

Handlebar

1

Mophie Juice Micro USB Cable

Handlebar

1

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation USB Battery

Handlebar

1

Mosquito Repellant

Handlebar

1

Prescription Glasses

Handlebar/Wear

1

Respro Techno Dust Mask

Handlebar/Wear

1

Sony Cell Phone Spare Battery

Handlebar

1

Sunglasses

Handlebar/Wear

1

Toilet Paper (and plastic bag for used paper)

Handlebar

1

Toothbrush

Handlebar

10

Oxycontin

Handlebar Med Kit

10

Prednisone Asthma Emergency Pills

Handlebar Med Kit

30

Tylenol

Handlebar Med Kit

30

Voltarin 100 SR Anti-Inflammatory

Handlebar Med Kit

1

3 L Camelbak Unbottle Hydration Bag

Harness

1

Klymit X Frame Sleeping Pad

Harness

1

Macpac Sleeping Bag

Harness

1

Paramo Quito Cycling Jacket

Harness/Wear

1

Sierra Design Lightening HT1 Ultralight Tent

Harness

1

2XU Compression Longs

Harness Sleeping Kit

2

Ear Plugs

Harness Sleeping Kit

1

Orca Triathlon Shorts

Harness Sleeping Kit

1

Sleeping Mask

Harness Sleeping Kit

1

Lightweight T Shirt

Harness Sleeping Kit

1

Thermal Hat

Harness Sleeping Kit

1

Spot GPS

In Spocket bag on top of Seat Bag

1

Cash

Map Case/Handlebar

1

Passport

Map Case

2

Credit Cards

Map Case/Handlebar

1

ACA Map Cues

Seat/Map Case

1

ACA Map Set

Seat/Map Case

1

Adventure Ultralight 1 Medical First Aid Kit

Seat

1

Gore Cycling Goretex Rain Pants

Seat

1

MEC Cold Weather Cycling Trousers

Seat

1

Mont-Bell U.L. Down T Vest

Seat

1

Rocky Goretex Socks

Seat/Wear

1

Pump

Seat

3

Respro Dust Mask Filter Replacements

Seat

2

Spare Lightweight 29” Tubes

Seat

10

Cable Ties

Seat Toolkit

2

CO2 Cartridges with micro nozzle

Seat Toolkit

1

Derailleur Housing

Seat Toolkit

3

Disc Brake Pad Kit

Seat Toolkit

1

Duct Tape

Seat Toolkit

1

Fibre Fit Spoke

Seat Toolkit

2

Performance Bike Steel Tyre Levers

Seat Toolkit

1

Shifter Cable (Cut to length)

Seat Toolkit

1

Spoke Key

Seat Toolkit

1

Webbing – Spare

Seat Toolkit

1

Allan Key for Replacing Brake Pads

Seat Toolkit Box

4

Chain Links

Seat Toolkit Box

4

Chain Super Links

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Crank Bolt

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Derailleur Hanger

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Disc Rotor Bolt

Seat Toolkit Box

2

Needles and thread

Seat Toolkit Box

2

Park Tyre Boot

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Patch Kit

Seat Toolkit Box

4

Safety Pins

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Spare Cleat

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Stan’s Valve Stem

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Stein Mini Emergency Cassette Tool

Seat Toolkit Box

1

Apple Shuffle MP3 Player

Top Tube

3

Asthma Inhaler

Top Tube/Handlebar/Seat

1

Hand Sanitizer

Top Tube

2

Kinesys Lip Balm SPF 30

Top Tube/Handlebar

2

Small Kinesys Sunscreen SPF 30

Top Tube/Seat

1

Micro USB Cable – Cell

Top Tube

1

Micro USB Cable – GPS

Top Tube

1

Micro USB Cable – MP3 Player

Top Tube

1

Micro-Can Opener

Top Tube

1

Micro Lock/Cable

Top Tube

2

Nisita Nasal Lotion

Top Tube/Handlebar Med Kit

1

Titanium Spoon-Fork

Top Tube

1

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Tool

Top Tube Toolkit

1

Shrader-Presta Adapter

Top Tube Toolkit

1

Tulio Multi-Tool

Top Tube Toolkit

1

Bear whistle

Wear

1

Drymax baseball hat

Wear

1

Fenix LD20 helmet mounted torch

Wear

1

Gore Cycling Gortex Xenon GT Gloves

Wear/Handlebar

1

Ground Effect Cycling Shorts

Wear

2

Ground Effect Merino Cycling Socks

Wear/Harness Sleeping Kit

1

Ground Effect Summer Riding Shirt

Wear

1

Road ID

Wear

1

RoadID Supernova flashing red light on helmet

Wear

1

Specialized BG cycling shoes

Wear

1

Specialized Gel Cycling Gloves

Wear/Handlebar

1

Trek Cycle Helmet with Light on Back

Wear

 

 

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