Our trusty steeds will be Pearson’s touring bikes (Model: I May Be Some Time). We’re riding identical steel frame bikes so we have the same sturdy, low maintenance components. Fingers-crossed for as few mechanical issues as possible. We’re also taking the following kit:
Thinking about you guys (Will and Anna). We met in Sequoia Natl Park. Hope you’re hanging in there, not grinding yourselves into dust, able to enjoy the trip. No shame in hitchhiking, especially across Texas. Deep South will be greener and more lush. Take care.
Wil and Johan, first of all a big kudos on completing this ride! Also loved the short film about the ride you posted recently.
I have a couple of gear-related questions:
Is there any gear decision you would have made differently now, looking back?
Particularly about the pedals:
I noticed you used SPD pedals, does that mean you brought a second pair of “normal” shoes along the way for days off the bike? Or did you use one of those that have a recessed cleat and could be used for walking as well (even though I have yet to see a shoe that really allows normal walking).
Thanks and congrats again!
Thanks for the message Klaus. Somehow I think we managed to get the kit just right. We were told by many people you’ll always take too much, but we were very careful in the planning stage to avoid this and never felt like we were too overloaded. The techy stuff worked very well. We were 100% gps, so no paper maps. Our UV water purification worked perfectly and our battery packs were great – didn’t have to worry about slow charge times from solar (the technology for portable solar just isn’t quite there yet in my opinion). We only had the one pair of shoes each. SPD’s with recessed cleats so we used them for walking around too and hiking. This was fine. We also had flip-flops which we used most of the time when off the bike. Most countries we went through were in the hot summer months, so flip-flops were fine. Let us know if you have any other questions.