I have a question regarding shopping for equipment, I really need help with finding the right kind of equipment that i need to get for the tour, this is my first time and I am not sure which is which is right for meSo are you asking where to shop? or what to shop for?
What's your budget? Are you doing this on the cheap, or do you have enough money to buy the best stuff? Are you starting with nothing? or do you already have some stuff? If so, what do you already have.
I would normally recommend waiting for sales. But you said you're leaving next month, so you really don't have time for that. If the budget is fairly liberal, and if you have an REI (or similar) in the area, you can probably get everything you need in one trip. A bike, racks, straps, water bottle cages, water bottle, computer, lock, panniers, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, head lamp, a cook stove, fuel and pots (if you plan to cook), bike clothing (shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, gloves, helmet, sunglasses, mirror), outdoor clothing (including rain gear and warm clothing), allen wrenches, spare parts (tubes, cables and brake pads), clothesline rope, sunscreen and bug repellent. Then all you need is underwear, a camera, cell phone and toiletries to complete your kit.