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  • T1 packing - what to take and what to leave behind

    This is where Tour vets will tell you what they took with them and as importantly what they did not. Note that this will vary tremendously between one, two and three person teams. Once the thread is well-populated I'll open it up so that everyone may interact.

  • #2
    #0 My kit. I've done the Tour several times with only minor variations on this kit. Group A - Navigation, Group B - carry items, Group C - wearable items, Group D - bike mods. I'm almost always solo and that means that I carry a bit more than most individuals on teams carry.

    Group A

    1) TT Voyager (Voyager Pro not available when I did my last Tour)
    2) Garmin GPS (currently GPSMap64st)
    3) Inreach PLB paired with my smartphone. Earthmate app on smartphone with entire Tour topo set downloaded.
    4) Copy of 100K paper maps

    Group B (Read this first)

    1) Very spartan tool kit including several multi-tools. This varies from bike to bike. If you have to rebuild your top end on the trail you're hosed anyway so leave everything behind but essentials: tire irons, a few wrenches and sockets, pliers, hex keys, multi-tools, zip ties, duct tape, tube patches, small pump, etc. Motion Pro makes some very useful combo tools - like tire iron/socket wrench combo's that I like. I also drill holes in a lot of tools to make them lighter.
    2) First aid kit. I have Backcountry EMT cert so I build mine myself. These days you may choose between a zillion inexpensive and useful kits for purchase.
    3) GL Fuel bags - 2 @1 gallon capacity each
    4) Cascade Rescue Bike Recovery Kit - the good one. Buy once, cry once. You'll understand where your money went if you have to use it.
    5) TT LED Helmet light (wired into the bike's harness) with battery backup.
    6) Extremely lightweight bivy bag and foil blanket
    7) Large bottle of ibuprofen
    8) Powdered electrolytes
    9) Plastic garbage bags (3 or 4)
    10) Striker fire starter
    11) NORCO Genius GB40 or 1500
    12) One spare 21" UHD tube
    13) Very light weight and foldable set of running shoes (Nike Free's are good for this if you can handle dealing with Nike)
    14) Lightweight non-cotton over the knee shorts.
    15) Lightweight non-cotton LS spare tee
    16) Spare socks
    17) Bear Spray
    18) Benadryl
    19) Three liter water capacity in my KLIM Krew. I freeze the bladder each night. I pound as many liquids as I can at each fuel stop and fill all of my pockets with water bottles to augment what's in my bladder.
    20) A pocket full of energy bars.
    21) KLIM Arsenal - I wear this under my Krew and without it's hydration bladder.
    22) GL Mojave bags
    23) Various small GL bags.
    24) Silky BigBoy 2000 - coarse teeth (yellow handle)
    25) Tugger Straps

    Group C (Read this first)

    1) KLIM F4/F5 Helmet
    2) KLIM Dakar Pro jersey and OTB pant
    3) KLIM Adventure gloves
    4) Gaerne SG12 boots.
    5) KLIM Stowaway Jacket
    6) Moisture wicking tee shirt
    7 Moisture wicking shorts
    8) Lightweight vest
    9) I don't carry rain gear other than the Stowaway. If the forecast calls for rain I purchase a disposable plastic rain outfit in whatever town I happen to be in at the time and use it. Plastic garbage bags and duct tape will also work well in a pinch. Gore Tex is almost useless for wet riding in above freezing temperatures in brush. I also don't ride in armor for the Tour because it's too hot and bulky.

    Group D

    1) Rekluse clutch and LHRB - It's nearly impossible to frag a properly adjusted Rekluse clutch and the Left Hand Rear Brake is the schizz-nizzle. Just don't hop on your mountain bike too quickly after the Tour.
    2) TT Fan kit - the ability to adjust is the thing that sets this kit apart.
    3) Wraparound hand guards.
    4) USB charging port
    5) LED headlight
    6) 4.5+ gallon fuel tank
    7) Stiff sidewall enduro tires with Bridgestone UHD tubes and Slime
    8) Seat Concepts seat
    9) DoubleTake Mirrors
    10) Safety wire or Loctite every fastener.
    11) Filter Skins - I stack three or four of these, lightly oiled, and just discard them as they get dirty. Saves a filter service.
    12) Steering damper

    I'm sure that there are a few things I forgot. I'll add them as I remember them.
    Last edited by Martin; 02-26-2020, 07:55 PM.


    • #3
      This is my current list and gleaned and tuned over two TOI rides, one successful.

      Group A

      1) TT Voyager with Billet mount (broke stock mount on first attempt), Nav and tracking.
      2) Garmin GPS Map 64st with the Garmin North Central map chip, RAM mount connected to 2 port USB charger hardwired to bike. Nav and tracking.
      InReach PLB paired with my iPhone. Earthmate app on phone with entire Tour topo set downloaded. Safety and tracking.

      4) iPhone w/ Route book, CP list, maps and scheduled lodging and phone numbers saved to files on the phone. Carried in pants pocket and eyeglasses (if needed).
      4) Copy of 100K paper maps (local blueprint shop printed) with only the current day’s map in a waterproof map case rolled up and zipped on to bars. Others in backpack in Ziplock bag.

      5) Daily CP list on duct tape attached to bars. Helps to keep you from passing them.

      Group B

      1) Simple tool kit including multi-tools, fasteners, zip ties, duct and electrical tape, master link and micro chain tool, tire irons patch kit and pump, a few wrenches and sockets, pliers, hex keys, torx, hose clamps, safety wire, Loctite. All carried in Vest.
      2) Small purchased First aid kit along with Band-Aids chap stick and ibuprofen. Moisturizing lotion (hands get very dry in Idaho and then crack and are painful)
      3) 2-1-gallon
      GL Fuel bags with funnel kit. Caution, several caps have been lost on the tour so make sure when they are empty, lids are tight.

      4) Deluxe Cascade Rescue Bike Recovery Kit.
      5) Oxbow LED Helmet light with Go Pro mount.
      6) Lightweight bivy bag, fire starters and lighter.
      7) 2 Garbage bags.
      8) 21” HD tube, 2-Filter skins, small can chain lube.
      9) Light weight shoes (had flip flops previously but switching out after lots of walking in my boots last year)

      10) Shorts for non-riding time.
      11) 2 Dri fit tees One under body armor and spare for nonriding and back up.
      12) 2 Pair riding socks.
      13) Bear Spray.
      14) Energy bars, gummies and gels, jerky, trail mix, foil pack of tuna.
      15) GL
      Mojavebags, I also use the waterproof GL bags to keep my clothes in.(air bleeders so they get very compact)
      16) Ogio Flight vest with bladder, I like how it fits me better than the KLIM.
      17) Small North Face ( I know NF not moto friendly) cordura backpack which I strap on the bike unless carrying gas, then I wear it over my vest. Keep clothes, personal items and extra maps and cords in it for easy access in the evening for review in room. Leave Mojavi on bike.
      18) Silky Big Boy 2000
      19) Tugger Straps
      20) Life Straw water filter.

      21) 2 port 110/USB charger and charging cords, 2 USB charging sticks.

      Group C

      1) KLIM F5 Helmet with snap in wind blocker panel.
      2) KLIM Dakar Pro jersey and OTB pant.
      3) KLIM
      Dakar gloves 2 pr.
      4) Gaerne SG12 boots.
      5) MSR Gore-Tex Pak Jak.
      6) 2 Dri Fit wicking tee shirt.
      7) 2 Pr Dri Fit wicking shorts.
      8) KLIM Tactical Shirt armor.
      9) Leatt Neck Brace.

      10) Scott Goggles and extra lens
      11) Thor Knee protectors.
      12) Neck gaiter for sun protection and warmth.

      Group D

      1) Golden Tyre 333 and 216 with Bridgestone UHD tubes and Slime (tried Tubliss first attempt but when tires start chunking knobs, unpluggable). Balance weights F & R. Order a new rear from Josh in Salmon, they are awesome (tip well).
      TT Fan kit, keeps your bike from steaming on long climbs.
      3) EE hand guards and rear disc protector.
      4) USB 2 port charging port hardwired to battery.
      5) Baja Designs LED headlight.
      6) 4.5 gallon Acerbis fuel tank.
      7) Acerbis mirror.
      8) Fastway skid plate
      9) Radiator guards and braces.
      10) Safety wire or Loctite every fastener.
      11) 2-Filter Skins, I carried spares but solo and rain= no dust so unused last year.
      12) Spare straps for gas bags and in case of failures.

      13) Idaho State Parks sticker and highway plate. You do not need the plate, but you should buy the sticker.