Saturday, May 31, 2008

September 3 Greetings To All Who Have Followed My Blog

Just wanted to let you know I am back in Greensburg PA and I have had my bike tuned up at the Greensburg Cyclery. Thanks Karl. I will be posting many photos over the next few days. It just didn't work out as I was traveling to do so. Also I will be posting the journal entries for the days I have left blank. I hope you continue to enjoy this blog. Let others know about it if you would. And I would love to hear from all of you at 

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fully Loaded? Gear List for Touring Europe

Can you imagine whittling everything thing you have down to the bare essentials of what you would need to live while touring. Fully Loaded Bicycle Touring is when a cyclist has everything they need (or may want) on their bicycle while on the road. Check out these pictures of Fully Loaded Bicycles.

Tubus Tara front rack
Blackburn Mt-2 rear rack
2 water bottle cages
2 water bottles
Zefal frame pump
Pyramid Apex fenders
Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus rear panniers (red)
Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus front panniers (black)
Ortlieb Ultimate 4 Plus handlebar bag
Blackburn HL 530 headlight
Princeton Tec helmet headlight
Mirror ????????????????
Cateye cycle computer
Safety decals ??????????????
2 Pyramid 24" Bungee Rack Straps
Wrist Watch on handlebars
Bell Helmet
Mace (Halt)

North Face 2-person tent w/small Temperature Gauge attached to zipper
North Face Cat's Meow 20-degree sleeping bag
Cascades Design Thermarest 3/4 ultralight sleeping pad
Petzl headlamp

2 Specialized bib pro cycling shorts
2 long sleeve REI OXT shirts
1 long sleeve Under Armour shirt
1 Patagonia R-1 shirt
1 100 weight North Face jacket (doubles as a pillow when stuffed)
1 nylon running shorts
1 Mountain Hardware zip-off pants
1 lightweight zip-off pants
3 pair socks
1 SPD cycling shoes
1 pair of CROCS
4 Bandanas
Cold Weather Gear
Cannondale LE Max balaclava
Patagonia tossle cap
Cool Weather Gear
Pearl Izumi leg warmers
Performance neon wind jacket
Sugoi skull cap
Liner gloves
Cannondale gloves
Rain Gear
Showers Pass rain jacket
Showers Pass rain pants
OR Seattle Sombrero
OR waterproof food stuff sack
2 2-litre Platypus water bags
Kitchen Cupboard
red pepper
Vitamin C
Eye Support

Miracle 2 soap
Miracle 2 gel (used as sunscreen)
Miracle 2 skin lotion
Toothbrush in holder
Dental floss
Razor and spare blades
Nail clippers
Toilet paper
Wet Ones
Beeswax Lip Balm
Vaseline (small tub)
Small Towel
Medicine Cabinet
Oil of Oregano P-73
10 Sport Band-aids
Second Skin

Canon PowerShot A560 Digital Camers w/ user guide, padded case, cords
Autograph Notebook
Address info
Money Belt
ATM Cards (2)
Airline Ticket info
Copies of Passport, Airline Ticket Info, Drivers License
Rick Steve's French - Italian - German Phrase Book
Lonely Planet Eastern Europe Phrase Book
Picture of my 4 children
Sleeping pad repair kit
Spare Batteries AAA & AA for Lights, AA Lithium for Camera
Rubber bands
Duct Tape (small roll)
Swiss Army Knife w/ scissors, tweezers, eyeglass screwdriver, safety pin
Foam Ear Plugs
50 feet Nylon Cord
Spare glasses & sunglasses in hard case
Trash Compactor Bags
Zip Lock Bags
Safety Whistle ????????????????????

Patch kit
Emergency Tire Boot
Spare Tubes (3)
Specialized Armadillo Borough Spare Foldable Tire
3 Tire Levers
Quick Stick Tire Tool
Shard Remover
Spoke Wrench
Chain Rivet Extractor
Spare Brake Cable
Spare Derailleur Cable
Dry Teflon Lube
Electrical Tape
Zip Ties
6" Crescent Wrench
10mm Wrench
8mm Wrench
Allen Wrenches 3mm, 4mm, 2 - 5mm, 2 - 8mm
Spare Seatpost Bolt
Spare Frame Bolts
Toothbrush in holder for cleaning

First Aid Manual / Instruments / Medication
EZ Care Instructions
Guide to Travel Medicine
Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
Safety Pins (3)
Ibuprofen (200 mg - 6)
Aspirin (325 mg - 4)
Antihistamine (diphenhydramine 25mg - 2)
After Bite Sting & Itch Relief (2)
EZ Care Instructions
5 x 9 Trauma Pad
Nitrile Examination gloves (2)
Wound Care / Sprain / Blister
EZ Care Instructions
Butterfly Closure Strips (3)
Tincture of Benzoin
Antibiotic Ointment (2)
After Cuts & Scrapes Antiseptic Towelettes (4)
Sterile Gauze Dressings 3" x 3" & 2" x 2" (8)
Non-Adherent Sterile Dressings (2)
Conforming Gauze Bandage 2"
Strip Adhesive Fabric Bandages (4)
Knuckle Adhesive Abric Bandages (2)
Cotton Tipped Swabs (4)
Adhesive Tape 1/2" by 10 yards
Moleskin 7" x 4"