Trans-America Trail: Gear List

Originally Posted, July 2015

The gear we chose for this trip is mostly just what we have always used, but a little zooted up. We ditched our generator fronthubs in favor of equipment we could happily race on a mountain bike. It's remarkable how much, and how fast, everything changes. The choices we make are influenced by some fact, but happen mostly by feel. The ⛺ is lighter, has scary carbon fiber poles, a pretty great screened-in porch mode, and happened to be USA made and in stock when I had a few minutes to look. The bike packs got hopped up as well. Porcelain Rocket made the rear and main triangle frame bags and front rolly-bags with cuben fiber. When, not if, our packs get soaked, they'll remain light, and dry quickly. The rear bag is also easier to pack and remove, and sports a tubular steel hoop to give it more of a spine. I'm hoping to make use of the added support for some top-of-bag loading from time to time.

Sarah will ride her Specialized AWOL bicycle. Specifics, down to a number, matter a lot until you weigh your water payload. Water is heavy and big, so we placed it in a Platypus 2 liter Hoser bladder inside the framepack. Don't worry about those long stretches with no water,she has another optional 2+ liters of storage in other containers. I should note that we prioritize water over many things in life. The AWOL is versatile and has adjustable dropouts that allow for backcountry single speed impromptu repairs in the event a derailleur gets FUBARed. Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Road 43mm tires, which we use for general dirt road exploration, mounted easily with a floor pump to the Roval Control SL wheels. The tires are installed with no tubes, and contain a small amount of latex sealant. This has proven to be a highly satisfactory combination with comfortable and efficient rolling at pressures between 25 and 40psi. 

Sarah's Bike

Frame: Specialized Awol Comp (http://m.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/road/awol/awol-comp-frameset)

Wheels: Specialized Roval Control SL 29 (http://m.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/wheels/roval-mtb-xc-race/roval-control-sl-29

Handlebar: Ritchey WCS EvoCurve 40cm

Stem: Thomson X4, 70mm x 10 degree

Brakes: Avid BB7s with centerline 160mm

Shift/Brake Levers: SRAM Red Ergodynamic 10 speed

Rear derailleur: SRAM X0 Medium Type 2.1

Front Derailler: SRAM Red Yaw

Cassette: SRAM PG1070 11/36T

Chain: SRAM PC1091R

Crankset: SRAM Force 22 GXP 170mm 46/34T

Bottom Bracket: Chris King

Pedals: Shimano XT

Tires: Bruce Gordon Rock 'n' Road 700 x 43mm, tubeless 25-35 psi

Saddle: WTB Deva SLT

Seatpost: Thomson Elite Setback

 Tom's Bike

Frame: Swallow Bicycle Works All Road

Wheels: Specialized Roval Control SL 29 (http://m.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/wheels/roval-mtb-xc-race/roval-control-sl-29

Handlebar: Ritchey WCS EvoCurve 44cm

Stem: RItchey WCS 100mm x 6 degree

Brakes: Avid BB7 with centerline 160mm

Shift/Brake Levers: SRAM Red Ergodynamic 10 speed

Rear derailleur: SRAM X9 Medium Type 2.1

Front Derailler: SRAM Force 22 Yaw

Cassette: SRAM PG1070 11/36T

Chain: SRAM PC1051

Crankset: SRAM Rival GXP 175mm 46/34T

Bottom Bracket: Chris King

Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg Beater 3

Tires: Bruce Gordon Rock 'n' Road 700 x 43mm, tubeless 25-35 psi

Saddle: WTB Volt Pro

Seatpost: Thomson Elite Setback 150mm

Bags (both bikes)

Front Bag:  Porcelain Rocket MCA with Porcelain Rocket cuben dry bag

Cockpit Bags: Revelate Designs Gas Tank, Carsick Designs Goodie Bag, Fuel Belt Aero FuelBox

Frame Bag: Porcelain Rocket custom El Gilberto, cuben

Seat Bag: Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion

Hardgoods

Cookwear

·       MSR Ti Mug (2)

·       MSR Kettle

·       Ti Spork, Ti Spoon

·       Vargo Ti Hexagon

·       Vargo Ti Triad

·       MSR Coffee Filter

·       Trangia Fuel Bottle

·       Emmergency: Esbit Fuel Tab (2)

Water

·       Platypus Hoser Reservoir 3.0 L (Tom's Frame Bag)

·       Platypus Hoser Reservoir 2.0 L (Sarah's Frame Bag)

·       Swallow Bicycle Works 26oz Purist Waterbottle

·       MSR HyperFlow microfilter

·       Extra Water Storage: Platypus 1.0 L Softbottle, Platypus 2.0 Platy Bottle

·       Emmergency: MSR Aqua Tabs

Electronics

·       Sony Xperia Tablet

·       iPhone (2)

·       Sony RX100 III

·       Sony A6000

·       Garmin 1000

·       Garmin Touring

·       Spot Gen3

·       Light and Motion Solite 250 ex (2)

·       Light and Motion Vis 180 (2)

·       Selfie Sick

·       Back-up Batteries: (1) 15,000 mAh, (2) 10,000 mAh, (3) 3,000 mAh

·       Wall Adapters: Aukey 3 USB port, Aukey 4 USB port

Repair Kit

·       Lezyne Pressure Drive medium, wrapped with tenacious tape

·       Topeak Hexus II Multi Tool

·       Leatherman Squirt Pocket-knife

·       Motorex Wet Lube and rag

·       Tubes (3)

·       Spokes (3)

·       Shift Cable (1)

·       Brake Pads (4 Pairs)

·       Zip-ties (Assorted)

·       KMC 10 speed missing link

·       Rema Patch Kit

·       Super Glue

·       Thomson sestpost bolt with nut

·       Derailleur pulley

·       Valve core tool

·       Park Tool tire boot

·       Heavy-duty thread

·       Upholstery needle

·       Chainring bolt with nut

·       Cleat bolt

·       Problem Solvers Universal Derailleur Hanger

·       AWOL derailleur hanger

·       MSR ultralight cord

First Aid

·       Antiseptic wipes

·       Ibuprofen

·       Tegaderm

·       Antihistamine

·       Medical tape

·       Gauze

·       Band-Aid (assorted)

·       Tweezers

·       Eye drops

·       Wound closure strips

·       Tweezers

Sleep and Shelter

·       Tarptent Double Rainbow two-person tent with carbon fiber poles

·       Tyvek tarp

·       MUSA Vapor Barrier (2)

·        Sea-to-Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme Liner

·       Therm-a-Rest Neoair

·       Z-Pack Stuff Sack Pillow

Clothing

Sarah's Ride Clothing

·       Specialized Prevail Helmet

·       Giro Manta Shoes

·       Swallow Bicycle Works x TAT Jersey by Podiumwear

·       Merino wool jersey by Giro

·       Podiumwear bibshorts

·       Rapha Souplesse bibshorts

·       Giro wind vest

·       Ibex long-sleeve 150 baselayer

·       Patagonia Rain Jacket

·       Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

·       Sock (3 pair)

·       Riv Summer Gloves

·       Giro Westerly Wool Gloves

·       Cycling cap

·       Oakley Radar Sunglasses

·       Rapha merino leg warmers

Sarah's Camp Clothes

·       Giro merino baselayer t-shirt

·       Patagonia shorts

·       Teva Sandals

·       Ibex undies (3)

·       Ibex bras (3)

·       Merino Buff

·       Merino Ibex hat

Tom's Ride Clothing

·       Giro Aspect Helmet

·       Giro Code VR70 Shoes

·       Swallow Bicycle Works x TAT Jersey by Podiumwear

·       Rapha Lighteight Jersey

·       Podiumwear bibshorts

·       Rapha bibshorts

·       Giro wind vest

·       Ibex long-sleeve 150 baselayer

·       Patagonia Rain Jacket

·       Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

·       Sock (3 pair)

·       Riv Summer Gloves

·       Giro Westerly Wool Gloves

·       Cycling cap

·       Rapha merino leg warmers

Tom's Camp Clothes

·       Surly pocket merino t-shirt

·       Columbia hiking shorts

·       Teva Sandals

·       Ibex undies (2)

·       Merino Ibex hat

Toiletries

·       Dermatone Sun Screen

·       SPF chapstick

·       Jungle Juice Bug Spray

·       Dr. Bronners Magic Soap

·       Shampoo

·       Joshua Tree Cycling Salve

·       Enzo's Buttonhole Chamois Cream

·       Action Wipes

·       Toothpaste

·       Toothbrush

·       Floss

·       Razor

·       Q-tips

·       China Gel

·       Deoderant

Miscellaineous

·       Packtowel (2)

·       Bandana (2)

·       Z-pack Multi Pack 4-in-1

·       Waterproof notebook

·       Fischer Space Pe

Note: We made some changes to this kit over our time on the Trail and after. We eliminated many extras like the notebook, pen, Sony RX100, and coffee filter. When we reached the mountains in Colorado we switched our Musa and Sea-to-Summit Liners for our 40 degree sleeping bags.