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Gear List: Credit-card Bikepacking the Ohio to Erie Trail

Gear laid out before heading for a credit-card bikepacking trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail

I’m getting ready to do a bicycle trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail. I’ll be riding from Cincinnati to Cleveland over five days. I’ll be staying in a motel one night, staying with relatives or friends two nights, and using contacts from Warm Showers another two nights. I won’t need any camping gear, so I’m packing pretty light.

The weather is supposed to be pretty pleasant, so for clothing, I’m able to save a lot of space by choosing cycling clothing that can double as casual clothing, and vice-versa.

I could have gone rack-less in true bikepacking style, but since most of my stuff fits in a trunk bag, I decided to use that. I have a Topeak MTX Explorer Tubular 29er Rear Disc rack. The Topeak bags work well with the rack to easily slide on and off, so I figured that would make it easy to take most of my stuff with me off the bike, should I feel that’s necessary. I’m using a small frame bag for a couple of extra items.

Wearing or carrying on my body:

  • Helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Bib shorts
  • Baggy knickers
  • Long-sleeve lightweight wool jersey
  • Socks
  • Buff headband
  • Road ID
  • Waterproof wallet
  • Lip balm
  • Prescription sunglasses

Inside Revelate Designs Tangle Small Frame Bag:

  • Chain lock
  • Mini-pump
  • Digital camera
  • Smartphone with waterproof case and charger
  • GU Brew electrolyte tablets
  • Clif bars

Inside Topeak MTX EXP trunk bag with panniers:

  • Bib shorts
  • Socks (2)
  • Wool t-shirt
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight fleece sweatshirt
  • Toiletry kit (travel-sizes of toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant)
  • 35mm film cannister as a pill bottle (pain relievers, anti-histamines, multi-vitamins)
  • Sunscreen
  • Body sponge and travel-size liquid body wash soap
  • Pack towel
  • Rain jacket
  • Lightweight windbreaker jacket/vest
  • Crocs shoes
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • Headlamp
  • Spare inner tube
  • Bike tool kit (inside Forest City Portage tool pouch):
    • Hex wrench set
    • Flat/phillips screwdriver
    • Chain tool with spoke wrenches
    • Leatherman multi-tool
    • Glueless patch kit
    • Tire boots
    • Spare derailer cable
    • Spare rack bolts, cleat bolts, chain links, master link
    • Tri-Flow lube sample size (2)
    • Small roll of duct tape
    • Rag
    • GoJo wipe for cleanup

I’ll be riding my Salsa Fargo bike. In addition to the Topeak rack, I have the Planet Bike Cascadia 29er fenders on it should the weather turn wet. I put two bottle cages on the fork mounts, plus a third bottle using the Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag.

Salsa Fargo packed for a trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail

I have a Schmidt SON28 front dynamo hub and a Busch & Muller Luxos U headlight, which has a USB port on the remote handlebar switch, so I’ll be able to use that to keep my phone charged throughout the riding days. I use a Planet Bike SuperFlash Turbo USB taillight.

Next: Ohio to Erie Trail Tour: Prologue

2 responses to “Gear List: Credit-card Bikepacking the Ohio to Erie Trail

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