NYE Bike-packing Gear List

As I put together my kit for last week’s five day bike-packing trip, I found myself drawing from all the advice and experience of others. From the basics to little tricks, there are always things we can learn and improve upon.

Chatting this fall with Aaron Weinsheimer in Colorado,[Story for a future bowlingbybike post] we discussed how each set-up really is specific to each trip. You must always consider things like duration, distance, climate, resources, specific personal needs and more.

For this set-up, keep in mind that I had regular resources for food and water.This trip was the first time I had nothing on my back. Oh what a relief! I was also hosted by friends on the second and forth nights. Though, the desert doesn’t care how well prepared you are.

There are things I could have done lighter, like the shock-pump and whiskey flask while I did not bring any camp shoes or sandals. I’m okay with those sacrifices. A thin pair of wool long finger gloves would have been nice instead of the short finger cycling gloves.

It’s impossible to have one perfect set-up for every person and every trip. It keeps changing, as the circumstances demand. But overall, I was satisfied with this set-up for this trip. Oh yeah, total weight for the bike including food and water on day one: 60lbs.



*Oveja Negra Threadworks handlebar-bag

  • Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy
  • 3/4 length Thermarest Pro Plus Small sleeping pad(rolled up within the bivy)
  • Marmot 17degF/-8degC mummy sleeping bag
  • Marmot rain/wind jacket strapped to outside
  • Lone Star bandana strapped to outside

*Oveja Negra Threadworks gas-tank bag in front of head-tube, under stem

  • Toiletries
  • Charger/USB cables for smartphone and Garmin

*Oveja Negra Threadworks gas-tank bag on top-tube, behind stem

  • Multi-tool, knife, lighter
  • Food while riding including Cliff bars, Payday bars, dried apricots, bbq corn nuts and others as the trip evolved

*Oveja Negra Threadworks custom frame-bag

  • Coffee mug
  • Satellite phone with emergency contact list
  • 8oz Fuel cannister
  • Wooden spoon, shock pump, extra lighter, headlight
  • Flat pack
  • 100oz Camel-back bladder(about 80%full)
  • x6 packets of instant oatmeal
  • Passport, credit card, cash

*Revelate Designs gas-tank bag on top-tube, against seat-post

  • Tools and lube
  • Spare parts

*Revelate Designs seat-bag

  • Jetboil Flash stove with Via instant coffee packets and other food stashed inside
  • First-aid kit including water purification tablets
  • Lunch and dinner food including instant noodles, parmasan cheese, peanut butter, bagels, hardboiled eggs and others as trips evolved
  • Small whiskey flask
  • Extra clothing:
  1. Sugoi tights
  2. Mizuno beanie
  3. x2 pair thin wool cycling socks
  4. Polartec Windpro gloves
  5. Sugoi long-sleeve base layer
  6. Peak Performance puffy jacket

*Wearing while riding:

  • Cycling shoes
  • Thin wool socks
  • Sugoi bib shorts
  • Quick drying shorts
  • Patagonia long-sleeve button-up shirt
  • Thin short-finger cycling gloves
  • Lone Star cycling cap
  • Watch
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses


  • Water bottles on both fork legs
  • Water bottle on 3rd frame bottle mount
  • Mini-pump attached to 3rd bottle mount
  • Garmin 520 on stem
  • Ay-Up light and battery on stem

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