Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Please visit Ryan Parton Writing Solutions, Comox Valley copy writer

Comox Valley Web Design


Bike Gear:
Trek 4300 with disc brakes: Held up great despite being aluminum.
Michelin City Slicker tires: Amazing, only punctured twice, and never changed. Unfortuantely, I think they've been discontinued.
Brooks B-17 saddle: Great.
Blackburn rear rack: No problems.
front suspension-compatible rack: Can't remember brand. Only had to replace part that mounted it on fork.
2 Totonka Land Cruiser rear panniers: Attaching clips were plastic but held up well. Clip that attaches at bottom eventually was ripped out, but it's an easy sewing job to re-attach it.
2 Arkel front panniers: Only could be better if they were waterproof. Canadian brand, might be hard to find elsewhere.
OGC handlebar bag: Great mounting system. Zippers eventually failed.
Blackburn frame-mounted air pump: Great.
2 water bottles: I wouldn't recommend putting sweet drinks in your bottles, mine eventually got moldy.
Trek headlight: I sent this home after a few months, although it would have been usefull in dark tunnels.
Trek rear light: Great.
front and rear fenders (the cheap plastic kind): Highly recommended to keep you a bit dryer on wet days.
Cat Eye Enduro2 cycle computer: Great, I love the feature that lets you set three independent odometers.
2 carabiners for attaching gear: Useful.
Finish Line cross-country lube: Good lube.
small shammy for wiping down bike: Useful.

Camping Gear:
North Face Slickrock 2-man, 3-season tent: Got a bit wet under long rains, but was great after I rigged up my ground sheet as an extra roof layer. I'd take it again.
North Face Superlight down sleeping bag: Very warm.
MEC silk sleeping bag liner: Recommended to keep your bag clean and for hot nights.
Ultralight 3/4 Therm-A-Rest: Great, was all the padding I needed.
MSR Whisperlite International camp stove: Wroked great at all altitudes, just needed to be cleaned a couple of times.
pot and pan: Another smaller pot would have been more useful than the pan.
Outbound Aurora candle lantern: I eventually sent this home and just used my headlamp. Unneeded extra weight.
2 butane lighters: A must.
Swiss army knife: Infintely useful. Scissors come in very handy.
camp soap: Great.
small shammy: Great, all you need is a very small one. Highly recommended.
Nalgene 4-litre water bag: Kept getting holes in it. I threw it out and started using simple plastic pop bottles.
Platypus 2-litre water bag: Ditto above.
Petzyl Tikka headlamp: Amazing, lasts forever.
Katadyn Mini water filter: Good filter, but I only used it twice. Doing the same route another time I'd only take water purifying drops.
Pristine water purification solution: Great.

Clothing:
3 t-shirts: Two for riding, one for around town.
Hurley button-up shirt: For around town.
MEC Sentinel Gore-Tex pants: Great.
MEC cycling rain jacket: Great.
light fleece sweater: Great, I wore this everywhere.
North Face long-sleeved base layer: Great.
zip-off hiking pants: Good for hiking, superfluous for anything else when you have the gore tex pants as well.
2 pairs of Trek cycling shorts: Great.
cycling tights: Highly recommended for anywhere south of the Amazon.
2 pairs of boardies: Casual shorts for hanging around in.
Salomon Low Expert shoes: Great.
Reef flip-flops: Great.
3 pairs of cycling socks: Better to have too many than too few.
2 pairs of underwear: It's enough since you don't wear underwear while riding. Bring more if you plan on getting dates.
toque: A must for chilly nights and mornings.
fleece gloves: Some sort of gloves are also a must.
reflective leg band for cycling with pants: Unnecessary if you're riding in tights.
Smith sunglasses: Great.
Trek Fast Eddy cycling gloves: Great.
Trek Vapor 2 helmet: Great.

Repair Gear:
bike tube patch kit: A must.
Park Tools multi-tool: Get the one in the neoprene pouch rather than the one built into a plastic case.
3 cone wrenches: One doubles as pedal wrench. Occasionally useful and very lightweight.
Phillips screwdriver: Useful, but try to get a Swiss Army knife that has one already.
spare nuts & bolts: Never used, but you never know.
tent repair kit: Ditto above.
Blobb Ding-All wetsuit and board repair: Useful for repairing water bags, but my advice is leave them all at home and use pop bottles.
duct tape: Don't leave home without it. Infinite uses.
first aid kit: Again, don't leave home without it.
sewing kit: Very useful.

Miscellaneous Gear:
North face Tahoe day backpack: Great for day hikes or tours. Zipper eventually failed.
Canon Rebel 35 mm camera with 28-90 zoom lens: Great, very lightweight.
100 & 200 ISO slide film: The 200 ISO was much more useful.
Canon A80 digital camera: Amazing.
2 256-mb memory cards: More than enough storage space, there was no shortage of places to burn CDs in South America.
software & USB cable for digital camera: I sent these home and bought a card reader instead, which I'd recommend.
mini tripod: Very useful for solo riders.
solar-powered battery charger: Useful, I attached it to the tops of my panniers with heavy duty velcro.
spare batteries: I always had one set charged and ready to go. Batteries don't last as long at altitude or in cold temperatures.
pocket organizer: For storing addresses and whatnot. Had a fatal run-in with water very early on.
mini cassette recorder with cassette: Never used.
money belt: I wore it while riding, just in case.
Travel International maps: Great.
digital map distance calculator: Not necessary since most maps show distances. Mine also eventually stopped working.
Canadian flag pins for gifts: Great, I'd recommend bringing a little something for hospitable folks you will certainly meet.
Lonely Planet South America: Useful, but it's up to you whether it's worth its weight.
mini Spanish-English dictionary: Geat.
journal: A staple.
Moleskine notebook: Invaluable.
2 pens: Because they tend to run out of ink at the least opportune times.
travel toothbrush, toothpaste and floss: Becasue no one wants stinky breath.
contact lenses & solution: Solution is hard to find and expensive in Bolivia.
sunscreen: A must.
insect repellent: Wasn't used as often as I would have thought, but useful nonetheless.
Lypsol: Get one with sunscreen, especially if you're going to cross the Salar de Uyuni.
6 plastic bags: A bike tourer learned to appreciate the value of a good platic bag.

Personal Gear:
passport
2 credit cards
bank card:
Brazil was the only place where I had trouble using bank machines to get cash.
health insurance card
U.S. dollar traveller's cheques:
Useful just to keep your eggs in different baskets.
certificate of immunizations: Only checked once when entering Brazil.
photocopies of important documents: One copy with me, the other with family at home.


home