Lake Erie Tour – Packing List


In case anyone is looking for some tips on packing for a comparable tour, here’s what I packed. For the most part, I’m satisfied with the selection. I’ll probably make a few adjustments to the amount and type of cycling clothing – especially the rain gear.

Cycling Gear

  • Specialized TriCross. -Worked very well except for the seat. A Brooks B-17 is already on order.
  • Arkel GT-18 panniers. The GT-18s are sold as either front or small rear panniers. I think 10 days is just about at the limit of what I’d use the GT-18s for. It would have been nice to have just a bit more room. I’ll probably get a set of GT-54s in the future.
  • Arkel Handlebar bag. I used their “Small Handlebar Bag” which was certainly large enough for me. I only wish the map holder was removable since I use the Garmin Edge 800.
  • pump
  • multi-tool
  • tire irons
  • tubes (2)
  • patches
  • CO2 cartridges (2)
  • CO2 head
  • Camelbak Podium Big Chill (25oz) water bottles (2)
  • chamois butter (9ml packets, 4). And with the stock Specialized seat, I needed them. Next time I’ll have the 8oz tube.
  • head lamp. Just in case…
  • tail lamp. Just in case…
  • cable lock

Off-Bike Clothing

  • baseball cap – kept in handlebar bag
  • cotton tee shirt (short sleeve)
  • sweater (North Face pull-over)
  • underpants – ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Brief. If you’re only going to take one pair, these are the ones to take.
  • pants with zippered legs – Mountain Hardware
  • wool socks
  • Sanuks – light, comfortable, very packable

Cycling Clothes

  • short sleeve bike shirt, Under Armour (2)
  • long sleeve bike shirt (1)
  • bike shorts
  • bike shorts, mountain bike style. Didn’t use them and won’t take them again.
  • bike gloves
  • bike gloves (long)
  • bike socks (2)
  • bike shoes
  • knee warmers
  • rain jacket
  • rain pants
  • helmet
  • sunglasses


  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod Nano
  • earbuds
  • iPad camera connection kit
  • Digital Camera – Olympus Tough
  • Recharger – AC/USB
  • Garmin Edge 800
  • Garmin Edge 500 – backup
  • USB cable (Micro B) – used for charging Mophie iPhone battery and Garmin Nuvi
  • USB Cable (Mini B), used to charge Garmin Edge 500/800
  • USB Cable (Dock Connector), iPhone, iPhone, iPod
  • USB Cable (Olympus) – to charge Olympus digital camera

Camping Gear
Never did camp but it’s risky to not be prepared. Sometimes there’s just no choice.

  • MSR Hubba Hubba. I’ll opt for the lighter 1-man Hubba next time.
  • sleeping bag
  • Thermarest
  • air pillow
  • flashlight


  • PowerBar GelBlasts (6)
  • Gatorade powder (8)
  • GU (4)


  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • chap stick
  • Ibuprofen
  • Excedrin
  • sunscreen
  • liquid soap
  • comb
  • Band-Aids
  • insect repellent
  • razor
  • fingernail clippers


  • passport
  • drivers license
  • credit card
  • small wallet
  • large wallet

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