Kermit and I have done two unsupported races and one big ride. There is a lot of gear to pack on Kermit. Here’s a summary of my common setup.

Safety

  • Bell on the Areo Bars.
  • Flashing front light for daytime recognition.
  • Front Lights: Blaze 140 SL Battery (2XAA), Blaze 180SL USB Chargable
  • Rear Lights: Blaze Superflash Battery (2XAAA), Giant Numen +Link Taillight.
  • Reflective Items – Meokey High Visibility Reflective Adjustable Safety Vest Belt, kwmobile Reflector Snap Bands, Salzmann 3M Scotchchlite Reflective Sticker, Rear Reflector on Chain Stay (well back of the pedals).
  • Bike Lock.

Refreshments

  • 2 X Fork water bottle holders,
  • Head tube water bottle pouch.

Electronics

I store most of my electronics in the frame bag which is shown below.

  • iPhone 8+ in Ridecase and Apple earbuds/mic.
  • Phone charger, Type C Adapter, assorted wires.
  • Anker Powercore 20100 mAH Ultra High Capacity Power Bank and for backup, an Autotrends 5,000 mAH Battery Pack.
  • Batteries: AAA, AA, and 2032.
  • Garmin eTrex 20x GPS.

Health and Well Being

Stored in the frame bag.

  • Supply of Ibuprofen.
  • Medicated Cream – Webber Vitamin E Ointment, Webber Vitamin E Cream.
  • Chamois Butt’r Anti-Chafe Cream, Vaseline.
  • Finger-less padded riding gloves.
  • Buff – multiple purpose neck warmer, head shield, etc.

Repairs

Stored in the frame bag.

  • Synthetic Chain Lubricant.
  • Multi-tool.
  • Individual Allen Keys, Allen Key multi-tool.
  • Black Tape.
  • Spare shoe clip.
  • Spare brake pads.
  • Portable tire pump.
  • Tire Sealant.
  • Spare tube and 3 tire pry bars.
  • Black Ties.
  • Latex Gloves (I hate getting greasy hands).

Personal Hygiene

Stored in the frame bag.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Travel Towel.
  • Emergency TP in a Ziploc bag.
  • Baby wipes in Ziploc bag.

Camping Gear

  • 1-person tent. I was torn between a Bivy and Tent. To my surprise, I learned last year I felt somewhat claustrophobic in the Bivy. Clearly the additional space and weight of the tent will help with a better night’s sleep. As an aside, it will be easier to get out of the tent when nature calls and at my age, sadly that’s a little more regular than I like.
  • Inflatable mattress. I have a half mattress. It provides a cushion from head to butt. That is all I need. It packs into a small bag very nicely and is very light.
  • Sleeping Bag. The bag I have packs small and is very light. I found myself too warm in Denmark last year but it was July. I suspect it will be a different story in the Netherlands during May nights.
  • Inflatable pillow. This may seem like a luxury. My prior experience was to stuff bags with clothing. The problem for me was it was different each night and made it more difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. The inflatable is tine and adds insignificant weight.

All my sleeping gear hangs in bags under the Areo Bars. By the way, I’m not one to use the Areo bars. They do prove useful for holding equipment.

Bike Bags

  • Compression Bag on Areo Bars for sleeping gear including a sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, and inflatable pillow.
  • Revelate Designs Sweet Roll for the tent, personal hygiene pack, and first aid kit. Tent pegs attach to the bag and the tent poles are strapped to the Down Tube.
  • Small zip pouch for snacks on the Areo Bars.
  • Small poach on the right of the head tube for a water bottle, with outside sleeves for Canadian Flag pins, lip balm, etc
  • Gas Tank for Power Packs, wallet and lock key.
  • Riding Glasses Bag with cleaning rag.
  • Frame Bag for Health and Well Being items, Repair items, batteries, etc.
  • Seat Bag for clothing.

Clothing

  • 3 X Merino Base Layer long-sleeve shirts.
  • 3 X T-shirts.
  • 1 light wind/rain jacket.
  • 1 pair of light weight wind/rain pants.
  • 2 X Bib shorts.
  • 1 pair of Sweat pants.
  • 2 X Boxer shorts for après le tour comfort.
  • 3 X Cycling socks.
  • 1 pair of Gym shorts for après le tour comfort.

Rain Wear

  • 1 Rain Jacket.
  • 1 Rain Pants (may not bother – will decide later).
  • 1 Gortex sock covers.
  • Shoe covers.

Some Kit Pics