Bike Gear 2017 edit

  • Trek Women's Multitrack 730 Hybrid (1995)
  • New drivetrain
  • New rims
  • Sherpani tube bag
  • Mojo = Flower Bell
  • Saddle - Brooks B17S
  • Red Basket - rigged to fit on top of rear rack
  • Surly Disc Trucker Touring (2014) 
  • Trekking (butterfly) handlebars
  • Arkel small, bracket mounted, handlebar bag
  • Mojo = dashboard gadgets = Garmin Edge Tour GPS, VDO MC 2.0 WL Wireless Cycling Computer
    • GPS provides the planned route maps, distance to destination, elevation
    • VDO provides speed, temperature, cadence, grade, altimeter (dependent on air pressure)
  • Saddle - Brooks B17
  • Both bikes have had rear cassette and chains replaced for 2017. Maggie has changed to 9 cogs from 7 on the rear cassette. Metrics for those so inclined are 
  • Tires - Continental Travel Contact Trekking Tire  - 37 - 622 (700c) - so far these have proven to be very robust tires
  • MEC Aquanot Roll‑Top Panniers 20 litre = rocket and booster
  • ZĂ©fal Spy Mirror - new copies of these for this year. Some scratches in the old ones because of where they have to be and getting leaned into things.
  • Headlights - Cateye Volt 800 RC Front Light - USB charged. Planet Bike Blaze 2W Micro Red - in flashing mode it  interferes with the wireless bike computer so I placed the computer on the cross bar to solve this. With the heavy rains first encountered one of the lights quit working and was replaced with a USB charged Cateye Volt 800 RC Front Light in North Bay - the performance of this 800 light was fantastic. Both bikes now have the 800.
  • Tail lights - Planet Bike Superflash Turbo - Again, one of the lights did not hold out with the heavy rains however it returned to functioning normally and has not been a problem since. However both have been replaced with new versions of the same for 2017
  • Bell
  • Combination Locks - Matching code - we can lock them to each other, plus extra loop of cable we have yet to use
  • Eagle Creek - Pack It Clean Dirty Cubes, Pack It Half and Quarter Cubes, Pack It Half Tube Cube
    • great for organizing/compressing in those cramped panniers
  • Giro Helmets - Both helmets replaced for 2017 ride
  • Small Pack with water bladder removed
  • no spandex/lycra, chamois, clips, special shoes ,or other racing gear
  • Thermos
  • Storm Whistle on Carabiner
  • Bear Spray
  • Reflective Vest for night time riding
  • Shoe covers for rain (Spats) - last years covers did not hold up period. We will revert to the covers we used the first year
Both riders have had fittings done twice for their bikes to make sure that the dynamic all works well together.
Tool/Repair Kit
  • 1 folding tire
  • 2 presta inner tubes (replace now, repair later)
  • Mountain Morph Pump
  • Filzer Tire Boots (used one for ~130 km with ~30 km gravel road - held up the whole time)
  • Patch Kit
  • Filzer Super Grande Multi‑Tool
  • Chain Tool
  • Dental Explorer and Cotton Forceps
  • Pocket Knife
  • Accu‑Gage Presta Tire Gauge
  • Rags - replaced at motels with new rags provided by laundry staff
  • Latex Gloves
  • Finish Line Dry Lube
  • Universal Brake Cable
  • Universal Derailleur Cable
  • Disc Brake Pad
  • Multitool (Leatherman type)
  • Tire spanners
  • Crescent wrench (small for removing pedals etc)
  • Small Vise Grip
  • Carbide Scribe
  • Select Alan Keys for short reach areas
  • Screw Driver and Bits for hard to reach areas
  • Saddle Wrench
  • Speed links
  • Speed link tool
  • Five connected chain links
  • Spare battery for VDO Computer
  • Schradder to Presta converter
  • Zap Straps
  • Duct Tape
  • Clothes Pins
  • Sewing kit
  • Spare AA and AAA batteries
  • Storm Matches
  • Glue Stick
  • Shoe Lace
  • Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair specific sections torn out on disc brakes, derailleurs, and chains


  1. I can't find bike locks on your gear list. What do you secure your bikes with, when necessary?