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Bicycle Travel => General Discussion => Topic started by: bigmac on October 31, 2003, 08:52:16 pm

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: bigmac on October 31, 2003, 08:52:16 pm
Is there anyone that can give me a detailed supply list for a TA ride.  I am looking for cook stove model #'s, sleeping bag models, tent brands and models, etc, etc, etc.  Thank you very, very much.    Kevin

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: FredHiltz on November 01, 2003, 10:35:18 am
Hi Kevin. Google "bicycle across equipment list" (without the quotation marks) and stand back. Don't expect much consensus.


Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: Peaks on November 02, 2003, 09:03:46 pm
I gotta believe that long distance biking is a lot like long distance hiking.  In that regard, weight is frequently the driving issue for equipment selection.

If your cooking is just boiling 2 cups of water for one, then I suggest that you make a Pepsi-can alcohol stove.  If you are doing more than that, then look at the MSR Whisperlite white gas stove.

Sleeping bags:  Mummy shape are the lightest.  Synthetic will work just fine, and the extra weight over down is not significant, unless you buy a cold weather bag.  Many good brands of bags out there.

Tents:  I'd look for a one person backpacking tent, or maybe a two person backpacking tent.  Look at the MSR Zoid tents, and the Sierra Design Clip Flashlight tents.

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: biker_james on November 03, 2003, 09:01:51 am
I think I'd spend some time shopping at camping/backpacking supply places. You can get a list of what you need on line-I'm sure there must be one on Adventure Cycling site somewhere. As to specific models, etc..-that depends an awful lot on the individual. Sleeping bags and tents-depends on the size you want, the weather you're going to be in, how much weight you want to carry & so on. My wife and I use a 3 man tent because we just don't like being jammed in a two man tent, but could save a couple pounds if we did. We use a Primus stove, because its easy to use even if "biker confusion syndrome" has already set in before dinner. I don' think any two bike trips are ever the same, and neither are any two cycle tourists, so you need to make the decisions.

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: JHamelman on November 03, 2003, 02:13:29 pm
biker_james is correct in stating that there must be a list on our site. ;) It can be found in the "How-To Department." A link is located in the right-hand column on the front page (and other subsequent pages). Or you can use this link:

I believe the article does not give specific model numbers but does give suggestions of what to look for in equipment and what to consider taking. As someone else posted, each trip and each cyclist are unique in their needs.

Have a great ride,


Jennifer H. Milyko
Routes & Mapping
Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: david reuteler on November 04, 2003, 07:05:26 pm
here's the packing list from my transam of summer 2002.  be warned, tho, that i'm a very light traveler and didn't bring cookware or a tent for most of it.  i did camp, however.

good luck.  the tent i did have (for a short period before shipping it back) was a north face slickrock. worked very nice while i had it.
Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: Spacewalker on December 26, 2003, 02:31:29 pm
Hey Kevin, for the tent I suggest you check out These tents are really cool, lightweight, and compact. I have the Squall with the sown in floor. The tent only weighs a little over a pound.

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: philipg on January 06, 2004, 04:04:19 am
If you are still looking, I have a fairly detailed list on my tour report page at :
Only real update is that I just got a "new to me" Marmot Loft tent off eBay. Is neat! email me if I can help. PG

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: jnorth on January 28, 2004, 11:14:03 pm
you didn't mention what time of year you are planning your trip.
if above 20 degrees F:
Blue gaz camping stove
down sleeping bag rated to 0-10 degrees
thermarest biggest you can carry
small 3 legged stool
north face canyonlands tent
small pillow
reference books of your interest-i.e. birds, rocks history, astronomy, etc.
petzel headlamp

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: girdwoodak on February 20, 2004, 01:22:30 am
don't forget your rain jacket!

Title: Detailed supply list
Post by: djmurray on March 11, 2004, 07:42:23 am
Check out the following link and you can search through the journals by a number of topics, including those with equipment lists.

Hope that helps,