Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Flying 11,359 miles in the next 36 hours!

Then it will take me 80 days to cycle 1800+ miles.


I'm flying back to Los Angeles from spending the holidays with my family in Maryland. Then a few hours later I take a jet plane to New Zealand by way of Sidney. I will have major jet lag. It is currently 5:30am Wednesday Dec 29th in New Zealand and 8:30 am Tuesday 28th in Los Angeles and 11:30 am on the East Coast.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Boxing up the bike.

Its a good thing I'm a master Tetris player because I needed those skills last night to box up my bike.

  1. take off pedals.
  2. take off wheels, deflate tires
  3. take off fenders
  4. take off front and rear rack
  5. take off handle bars
  6. take off seat post
  7. bubble wrap derailleurs
  8. flip bike upside down put in box
  9. slide rear wheel basically where it goes normally
  10. cram front wheel next to the frame
  11. stuff tent, sleeping bag, panniers, and everything else in the box
  12. take a fish eye photo.
Hours later done. Hope it's under the 70lb limit.

Monday, December 13, 2010

What woud you need for the next 80 days?

The Art of Layering

The idea is simple, every layer of clothing has a specific use that combine to keep you warm and dry.

2 Synthetic t-shirts - Sweat wicking and Sun Protection - next to skin layer. The job of all next to skin layers is to get the sweat away from your skin. So when you stop hiking/biking you don't freeze.
1 Wool long sleeve shirt - Sweat wicking and Sun Protection next to skin layer can be use alone or with a t shirt
Insulation Jacket - extra warmth for cold nights
Goretex Rain Jacket - a good breathable rain jacket. Pit zips are a must!
3 smartwool boxers - Sweat Wicking and odor resistant.
2 Padded Bike Shorts
1 Board Shorts
1 Smartwool long underwear - Sweat Wicking Warmth for the cold nights.
1 Zip off Pants
1 Goretex rain pants - Breathable, (not pictured)
3 Pairs of Smartwool socks - Odor resistant sweat wicking.
Clipless Biking Shoes
Walking Shoes
Flip flops.

Assuming that I'm waring one set of clothing here is the final packed look.

Camping Gear

Big Agnes Fly Creek ul2 Tent - Ultra Lightweight 2 person
Rei Sub Kilo Down Sleeping Bag - Ultra Light
Neoair Thermarest - Ultra Light sleeping pad
Go lite Jam backpack - I'm going on a few backpacking trips while I'm there.
MSR whisper light stove and fuel canister
Bowl and mug
MSR Coffee Filter
Titanium Pot
Rag and towel
Salt and pepper
Fly fishing pole and rod (not pictured)

Bike Gear

Take a Look Mirror
Sun Glasses
Bike Gloves
Bike Rain booties
U lock
Cable Lock
3 Water Bottles
Topeak Mountain Morph Pump
2 Spare Tubs
Patch Kit
1 Set of Spare Brake Pads
2 Spare Brake Cables
1 Spare Derailleur Cable
5 Spare Spokes with Nipples (in the seat post)
Bike Lube
Zip Ties
Duct tape
Electrical Tape
Black Thread and Needle
Topeak Multi Tool
Tire Levers
Gerber Multi Tool
Crescent Wrench
Small Channel Lock
Front Light
Tail Light

Camera Gear

5d mark ii
24-104mm Canon
2 Battery's
96 GB of CF cards
LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 500 GB harddrive
3 Stop ND filter
580ex Flash
2 Pocket Wizards to trigger the flash and the Camera from trypod
Slik Sprint Mini ii Tripod
Rechargeable AA batterys
Solar Panel, 2200mAh Battery
- for Iphone
Go pro helmet hero

Odds and Ends
First aid kit
Iphone and charger
Pedallers' Paradise NZ Cycle Touring Guide Books

Thursday, December 9, 2010

100 days of biking...

I'm on day 100 of my 365 days of biking! Times flying and I feel great.