So how does one pack for a year long cycling adventure in Aotearoa New Zealand? Well for the gear heads and the curious, here is the packing list. I will be updating and annotating it as the tour goes on.

Bike

  • Specialized Rockhopper M2 Team (late 90s)
  • Brooks B17 saddle
  • Shimano M324 Pedals
  • Rock Shox Judy XC with Englund Total Air Cartridge upgrade
  • Mavic 217 SUP rims – one broken and replaced with Alexrims DM18
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB tires
  • Blackburn Outpost Front Rack, with custom chopped QR axle from Old Mountain Man
  • Zefal No Mud mudguards
  • Timbuk2 Sonoma saddle bag
  • Blackburn Barrier Panniers
  • Wolf Base Cube Bag
  • NR 50 lumen USB rear light
  • Kryptonite Series 2 mini lock
  • Camelbak Podium Ice bottle
  • Generic bottle

 

Camp Gear

  • Naturehike Wing 1 person tent
  • MEC Centaurus -9C sleeping bag
  • MEC Reactor 3.8 mat
  • Metallic camping mat ditched for space
  • Small pillow from Japan
  • Primus Mimer Stove
  • Butane canister
  • MEC Pack Rain cover
  • 3 piece mess kit, generic
  • Multi knife with utensils
  • SteriPEN Traveler
  • Petzl Tikka Headlamp
  • MEC mini thermometer
  • Dollarama first aid kit with some extras added
  • Lighter
  • Trowel

 

Tools

  • Bike Attitude Multi Tool
  • Lezyne Smart Kit pre-glued patches
  • Spare Bike tube
  • Lezyne HP Drive pump
  • Tacx Tire Levers x3
  • Brake Pads
  • Spare Drop out
  • Gear cable
  • Shifter cable
  • Chain breaker
  • Spoke tool
  • Spare spokes x3
  • Brooks saddle wrench
  • Presta valve adapter
  • Small bottle of chain lube
  • Small piece of duct tape
  • Twist ties x2

 

Electronics

  • Motorola E2 phone – screen cracked – replaced
  • Samsung J2 Prime
  • Mini Android keyboard
  • Finn phone handlebar mount
  • Fujifilm X20 camera – broken
  • Olympus SP-560UZ
  • Fujifilm battery charger
  • Fujifilm spare batterylost
  • Vivatar compact tripod – broken but functional – replaced 
  • Vangaurd compact tripod
  • iON Air Pro Lite WiFi action camera
  • iON handlebar mount
  • iON helmet mount
  • iON suction cup mount
  • iON spare cap
  • Micro SD cards x2
  • SD cards x3
  • Card reader
  • USB memory sticklost
  • Brunton Heavy Metal batterybroken, replaced
  • Moxi battery pack
  • Nintendo DS
  • Pokemon White, Zelda Phantom Hourglass, Sonic Rush, Final Fantasy IV, Zenses, Rune Factory 3, Kelly Slater Pro Surfer (GBA), Aggressive Inline (GBA)
  • Nintendo DS-USB cable
  • 3x USB Cable
  • US to AUS/NZ wall adapter and USB charger
  • US USB charger
  • Apple earbuds
  • Spare AA and AAA batteries

 

Soft goods

  • Mountain Hardware ThunderShadow rain jacket
  • The North Face Hoodie
  • Sleeveless vest from a thrift store
  • MEC warm cycling shirt
  • Two polyester black tees
  • Sugoi arm warmers
  • Sugoi bike shorts
  • The North Face capris
  • Rock Bros Cycling pants
  • Chrome Hip Pouch fanny pack
  • Quick dry underwear x2
  • MEC neoprene kayak socks
  • Warm socks x2
  • Ankle socks x2
  • Base layer top and bottom
  • Lake MX 161 cycling shoes
  • Palladium Pamp Hi boots – torn to shreds, nearing their end – ditched
  • Reebok walking sneakers
  • Salomon Cruiser helmet
  • Head Haus cycling cap
  • Warm tuque
  • Under helmet warm beanie
  • Buff neck warmer
  • Cannondale full finger gloves – torn to shreds, nearing their end – replaced
  • Auclair warm cycling gloves
  • Pack towel
  • Swim shorts
  • Belt

 

Extras

  • Mahalo Suprano Ukulele
  • Harmonicas (C and G)
  • Kazoo
  • Harmonic neck brace
  • Lonely Planet New Zealand South Island
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky finished, left at hostel in Wanaka
  • Seahorses by Bidisha – finished, left at hostel in Wanaka
  • Avalanche by Jack Drummond
  • New Zealand touring map
  • Knee brace
  • Bungee cords x4
  • Small notebook
  • School Schmool Agendaditched for space/weight
  • Pens x2
  • Sharpie
  • Small padlock
  • Carbiner for keys and a fox key chain
  • Basquiat Hankercheif
  • Charms necklacelost
  • Nylon ropeditched for space/weight

 

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Wet Ones
  • Small bar of soap
  • Washcloth
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant Crystal
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Sunscreen lip balm
  • Medicated lip balm
  • Small homemade sewing kit
  • Extra Strength Tiger Balm
  • Ear plugs
  • Travel size moisturizer
  • Contact lenses x8
  • Decongestant pillsall used up
  • Nail clippers
  • Compact electric razor
  • Bunch of hair elastics
  • Prescription glassesbroken
  • New prescription glasses
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Glasses case
  • Microfibre cloth