The items you shouldn't have left home without

Discussion in 'Americas' started by deucestaley11, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2003
    Oddometer:
    49,741
    Location:
    Nor Cal
    Backpacking gear is your friend. :deal

    The other thing is quality clothing that's designed to dry fast.
    Not only because it'll dry fast after rain (Got rain gear?) but because it hang dries fast enough to be worn withing hours/minutes of washing it.
    #41
  2. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2005
    Oddometer:
    12,273
    Location:
    Villa Maria Sanitarium, Claremont, CA.
    On our recent ride of 2000 miles round trip to Oregon, camping, I forgot our folding chairs. After the first night without them we went to Walmart and bought two cheapies for $5.99 a piece.
    At the end of a day riding there is great enjoyment in sitting around a camp fire in an arm chair with a drink holder.

    We've also gone without our bike covers. I like it better with them.

    I've NEVER been short on clothes, always too many.

    We always carry our heated vest and warmer gloves, even in summer.

    Sure you can go and buy ANYTHING you need, but if you need a bike cover or heated vest or warm gloves, you may need them RIGHT NOW. Also you will pay premium on the road. Amazon.com rocks!
    #42
  3. sunbandit

    sunbandit Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Oddometer:
    28
    Don't forget to take the right tools to open sprocket cover and tools to be able to put chain back on. Got stranded recently after a small fall on gravel with chain off and a 8mm 3/8" socket that was too fat to fit in and unscrew one sprocket cover bolt :(. Had to spend quite a bit more than I would have at home getting the 1/4" 8mm socket, etc...

    I guess when I was gathering the tools, I was looking more at sizes and not checking that the socket fits on every one of the bolts. My issue was not enough clearance on one out of three bolts where the plastic cover was molded around the bolt.
    #43
  4. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 2, 2012
    Oddometer:
    2,075
    Location:
    The far east of the far east of North America
    The right attitude. Seriously.
    I have ridden with and been that guy who got up on the wrong side of the tent. It makes your day ugly to be him or ride with him. When shit goes wrong try and remember it is an adventure and every day is not going to be sunny with light tailwinds.
    As Willys said he has lost friends and good riding partners. When you or your buddy is being a pain in the ass try and make it a temporary thing. When you put your helmet back on you have the choice of dwelling on the negative thing that just happened or totally letting it go and enjoying the next segment of your ride. This could be the determining factor on how the next stop goes.
    I am still working on it but have lost a lot of great days because my riding partner pissed me off and I let it get to me.
    #44
  5. sunbandit

    sunbandit Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Oddometer:
    28
    +1

    #45
  6. bouldergeek

    bouldergeek Filthy, poor KLR dweeb

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,074
    Location:
    Palmer Station, Antarctica
    As someone holed up in a remote outpost in Antarctica with 20 other people int eh middle of freezing Austral winter, I totally support this wisdom.

    We have to deal with conflict and either being the asshat, or being affected by an asshat, every day. I have to constantly remind myself that this is not just my job, but an adventure that I signed on for. And, it is one that is funding my next adventure in SA. :norton

    "Just try not to be a toolbag for just one hour..."



    #46