« on: March 03, 2011, 12:30:11 am »
The comments by Staehph1 and John Nelson are right on the mark, especially that going with top-of-the-line pricey items is usually not necessary. Also consider that you’ll be carrying everything on your list for the 5+ months you’re planning to ride. You’ll probably find, like most bike tourists, that you’ll soon be shipping many items home after a few days or weeks of riding. The thinking changes from “what if I need this” to “what do I have to have.”
A few thoughts: Why 4-5 tent ground cloths? I used one of plastic sheeting for many tours. It’s easy to get another if necessary. Maps and questioning locals can replace the GPS. Other items I’d skip: rain pants, brake pads (they last a long time and can be bought if needed), rolls of tape (wrap a couple feet of duct and electrical tape around your seat post). If the degreaser is for hand cleaning, sunscreen does an acceptable job. A Bic lighter will serve to light your stove and “survival” fire starting; if you want a backup, dip matches in candle wax and place in a film canister with a few vaseline-soaked cotton balls.
At the expense of adding a few ounces, I’d replace the small pump with a full-size one, preferably the Topeak morph with a gauge.
One category you do not list is off-bike clothing. I wouldn’t want to spend several weeks, not to mention months, wearing nothing but riding clothes and the same pair of shoes. Consider adding a long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirt, a pair of nylon zip-off pants, a cap and some footwear (Crocs, flip flops, sandals). The pants also serve as shorts, cold weather riding pants (over riding shorts), and swimsuit.