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Bike1Ride at least 500 miles on the bike you plan to use before the trip starts
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Helmet1
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Helmet/Bike Mirror1Increases your awareness on the road and is requiredBike Peddler Take a Look Mirror
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Bike Multi Tool1With chain tool and tire levers if possibleTopeak Hexus II
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Tire Levers2If not included with multi tool
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Small Pump1In case you get a flat tire on the road (There will be floor pumps in each van also)Topeak Mini Morph
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Water Bottle Cages2Please have at least two cages installed on your bikeWater Bottle Cage
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Handle Bar or Seat Bag1You will need to store tire changing supplies, spare tube and snacks with you on your bike Ortlieb Handlebar Bag
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Lights - Front & Rear1White front and red bike light are required
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Comfortable Saddle1Brooks saddles are great for touring, you will need to break in any saddle before the rideBrooks England Saddle
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Bike Shoes1Both flat pedals and clipless will work fine, mountain bike shoes/pedals work well. The shoes have a recessed spd cleat that is comfortable for walking around and exploring throughout the dayPearl Izumi SPD Bike Shoes
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Bike Shorts2-3Comfortable bike shorts with a chamois
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Bike Jersey / Riding shirts2-3You will receive a team jersey at orientation, bring a few more jerseys or shirts that are comfortable and brightly colored for riding in
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Off Bike Shoes / Sandals1Crocs, Chacos, etc work well
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Off Bike Shorts / Pants / Shirts1-2 eachSynthetic or wool fabrics have low smell retention and dry quickly. Bring comfortable clothes to wear when you get to camp each night
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Socks5Bright colored synthetic or wool work best
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Rain Gear1You will need a light (brightly colored prefered) breathable rain jacket
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Sweatshirt or Fleece1Layers are important for the colder nights and riding days
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Tent11-2 person freestanding tents work best, don't forget the footprint!REI Passage 1
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Sleeping Bag1Approximately 30 degree
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Sleeping Pad1Self inflating sleeping pads work well (thermarest, big agnes, rei air)REI AirRail 1.5
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Quick Dry Towel1XXL Multi Towel
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Toiletries1Whatever shower items and other toiletries you need
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Extra Spokes3Sometimes spokes break, most bikes have different size spokes please bring a fewVisit your local bike shop!
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RecommendedMinimum NeededAdditional InformationRecommended Products
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Small Pillow1REI Backpacker Pillow
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Small Campstove1Nice for coffee and camp meals at remote campsitesJetboil
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Mess Kit / Cookware1If you already have a jetboil, you really just need a knife and sporkSpork
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Arm / Leg Warmers1For cool mornings
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Swimsuit1
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Sunscreen1
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Sunglasses1
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Mobile Charging Device1Portable battery is highly recommended Goal Zero Switch 10
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Durable Cell Phone Case1There are many options - Lifeproof is kind of pricey but works great
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Gloves1With padding to prevent hand numbness
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Bar Gel and Tape1Helps reduce vibration and hand numbnessFizik Bar Gel and Tape
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Headlamp1Hands free visibility at camp
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Shower Sandals1If your off bike shoes are not designed for water
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Bike Lock1
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Hammock1Don't forget the straps, longer the betterEno Hammock
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Bike Computer1Helps keep track of mileage so makes reading and following the maps easierCateye Padrone
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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call (201.503.6367) or email (info@biketheusforms.org) us!
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