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So, after years of thinking about riding the Tour Divide, our bags are packed and we are ready to ride.
The bikes we are riding are Sonder Bikes Broken Roads on Hope 29er Hoops. Tom's is a small, and mine is a medium.
Both bikes are equipped with Alpkit bikepacking luggage.
Matt Tomlinson from Alpkit came along yesterday and took these great shots of our bikes, and the kit grids below.
I think we've packed cloth wise for some grim weather, which hopefully means that it will be baking hot.
Tom is taking a Six Moon designs Lunar Solo with a Bear Bones Carbon Pole. Klymit mat, AlpkitPipedream 200 sleeping bag. Findra merino baselayer and some undies to sleep in. 2 pairs of Rapha flyweight bib shorts. Rapha SS jersey. Rapha Arm warmers. Rapha Knee warmers. Rapha insulated gilet. Rapha Merino beanie. Alpkit Morphosis Jacket, Alpkit Filoment hoody down jacket. Alpkit Balance waterproof. Alpkit Pola Gloves. Supernova USB port and dynamo lights. 2 Zendure thru charging batteries. Garmin Dakota. USB cables. Hiplok. Spare pads, chainlink. Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite tool. Park Tyre Boot, Love Mud Pump. Sealant, Tube Sawn off toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitising gel, sun cream, antihistamine, Immodium, Chapstick. 500ml bottle, 2 litre bladder and water filter. Assos Chamois Cream.
Rich is taking a Zpacks Solplex with Bear Bones Carbon Poles. Klymit mat, Alpkit Pipedream 200 sleeping bag. Findra merino baselayer and some undies to sleep in. 2 pairs of Rapha flyweight bib shorts. Rapha Brevet jersey. Rapha Arm warmers. Rapha Knee warmers. Rapha insulated gilet. Rapha Merino beanie. Rapha Brevet Insulated Jacket, Rapha Classic Mitts. Alpkit Filoment hoody down jacket. Alpkit Balance waterproof. Alpkit Pola Gloves. Supernova USB port and dynamo lights. 2 Zendure thru charging batteries. Garmin Oregon. USB cables. Delorme Inreach SE tracker. Sony RX100 Mk3 camera Hiplok. Spare pads, chainlink, Park Tyre Boot, Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite tool. Topeak Pump. Sealant, Tube, Sawn off toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitising gel, chapstick, sun cream, antihistamine, Immodium, Assos Chamois Cream. 500ml bottle, 2 litre bladder and water filter. Comb for my beard!
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What food and first aid
Looking great and envious for your great trip.
All I have to add to your list is room for food for multiple days and serious first aid. I’ve seen too many people with a few simple plasters and ibuprofen as their first aid. That is not first aid suitable for remote areas where help will not be happening in hours.
Great Divide Kit
So, nothing to make a brew with?
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Would like to see a follow up article, what would you have done differently, what would you have taken given the same opportunity, what was not required. Learnings and mistakes etc.
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