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4 Day/3 Night Bike "Trek" in Texas
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Brandt Zook
(BassDude) - F - M

Locale: Texas
4 Day/3 Night Bike "Trek" in Texas on 02/15/2011 22:18:51 MST Print View

Hey everyone. I want to go on a 4 day and 3 night bike trek around the area I live, which is in central Texas in the Hill Country. Dates would be from March 14-17 and total mileage is estimated at around 215 miles. Here is a prototype gear list I whipped up. I would have a rack on my bike that I would just strap my Jam to. Total weight for all this is 154 ounces, or 9.6 pounds. If there isn't a number by something, it means it's worn.

Shelter Pack Sleep

GoLite Jam 2: 23.6
Kelty Cosmic 35: 48
Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Small 10
Tyvek Groundcloth 4
MLD Poncho Tarp 13.5
Guyline, Stakes(6) Stuff Sack 6

Water Kit 4.7

Platy Bottle 2L (Dirty Water)
Powerade Bottles 1L x2

Cooking Set 11.3

Cat Can Stove
GSI Pinnacle Soloist Set
Foil Windguard
MSR Pactowl Nano

12 oz fuel bottle 1


Kershaw Random Leek
Silva Guide Compass 1.3
Surefire G2 LED 4.5

Rest of Category 6.4
Bug Spray
Traveler Toothbrush/Flossers
Dr. Bonners Soap


Convertible Hiking Pants
Undies 4
Patagonia Capilene 1 Shirt x2 4.6
Biking Shorts
Socks x2 2
Balaclava 1.4
Under Armour Gloves 1.7
Bandana 1.1

Emergency Kit 4.8


Consumables Total Weight: 176 oz/11 pounds

Water (3 liters) 96

8x Clif Bars 20
3x Oatmeal 6
Dehydrated Meals 21
Tea 0.4
Almonds 4
Trail Mix 12
Apricots 8

Fuel (12 oz) 9

The only thing I really question is my shelter. Though I don't really expect rain in Texas in mid-march, I just can't be sure right now. I really want to make my own Meteor Bivy, but I don't think I will have it made by then, seeing as I have no sewing experience.

Also, consumables are not really set in stone. I am going through a major town everyday, I could just restock on consumables daily. I just thought I would carry them all with me if I had the space. It would probably make things easier.

Any input you guys can add to my list is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Edited by BassDude on 02/15/2011 22:22:02 MST.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
TX bike trek on 02/16/2011 07:32:00 MST Print View

Why undies if you're already wearing bike shorts?

Convertible pants won't work well cycling, they'll catch in your back wheel and the zips might chafe.

If your gear is going on a rack, I'd use a big stuffsack or drybag rather than the Jam. Otherwise you'll have to fiddle with keeping all the straps out of the rear wheel.

Why a compass on road bike tour?

Tool? Pump? Tubes?

I'd carry some breakfast and dinner, but minimal snacks. Better to get fresh stuff to suit your mood. On a hot day, Frosty = priceless.

Brandt Zook
(BassDude) - F - M

Locale: Texas
Clothes/Gear on 02/16/2011 09:06:57 MST Print View

My plan is to bike to a city and go stay at a local or state park for the night. So, I was figuring that when I got there it would be nice to change out of my bike shorts into some normal shorts. I wasn't gonna use the pant legs when cycling, but I would have the zip offs on around camp or whatever. I guess I could just wear some regular athletic shorts over my bike shorts, and just not worry about undies when I take my bike shorts off and put on my hiking pants?

That is also the reason I was planning on using the Jam, so that I could have a daypack for my trips in the local and state parks. I don't think it would be that big of a deal to keep the straps out of the back wheel.

As for the compass, and tools and such, I just modified this list from my normal backpacking one. I overlooked adding that stuff. I have a tube repair kit with a CO2 powered pump and I have one spare tube. I need to weigh them. I would probably also carry a hex key set for whatever adjustments I might need. I'll add that onto the list and in the weight when I get a chance.

Good idea about the food. I can stop along the way somewhere to get fresh lunch and snacks, but still have breakfast and supper at the ready in my pack for when I reach camp for the night.

Thanks for the help!