Gear List

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Cycle Touring Gear


Dave – Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker
Jen – Custom Touring Disc

Bike Gear

Dave SetupModelVolume (L)Weight (Lbs)Reviews
Rear PannierArkel Orca 45 455.5 
Trunk bagArkel Trailrider111.46 
Front PannierArkel GT18184.2 
Front Pannier CoverArkel GT18BP covers00.1 
Handle Bar bagArkel Large103 
^This is the unloaded weight. So add 50lbs of canine to the load. Given a base weight of canine + unpacked bags at 88.26lbs
Jen SetupModelVolume (L)Weight (Lbs)Reviews
Rear PannierArkel GT54546.6Arkel GT-54 Touring Pannier Review
Rear Pannier CoverArkel GT-54 Covers20.1 
Front PannierArkel
Front Pannier CoverArkel GT18BP covers20.1 
Handle Bar bagArkel Small7.52.5 

Dog Gear

TrailerBurley Design D’Lite  (South America)

Burley Design Tail Wagon  (Europe)

Tail Wagon Stroller Kit







Product Review Burley Tail Wagon

 BedKurgo Loft Wander Bed1Product Review Kurgo Loft Wander Dog Bed
 LeashKurgo Quantum LeashProduct Review Kurgo Quantum Leash
LeashKurgo Springback Lite Dog Leash1 
Running beltKurgo K9 Excursion Running Belt  
Water bowlKurgo Zippy Bowl1 
CollarKurgo Waterproof Muck Collar1 
Food BagKurgo Kibble Carrier1 
MuzzleQuick Fit Muzzle1 

Camping Gear

TentBig Agnes Cooper Spur UL31 
Tent footprintBig Agnes Footprint1 
Sleeping bagsRobens Far Away 9002 
Sleeping padsTherm-a-Rest Neo Air All-Season2 
TowelsMSR Packtowel2 
StoveMSR Dragon Fly1 
CookwareMSR Trail Lite Duo System1 
CookwareMSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set1 
CookwareMSR Folding Camp Utensils1 
CookwareMSR Flex Skillet1 
Dry bagsSealLine See Bag see-thru3 


*We are currently in the process of replacing our current cycling wardrobe. For one reason, our clothes have over 15 months of everyday use and are developing non-fixable holes. Another reason is that our wardrobe is largely comprised of merino wool products. While we love the performance of the fabric, we can no longer support the industry as we adopted a vegan lifestyle mid-trip.

Rain JacketShowers Pass Refuge Jacket1 
Rain PantsClub Convertible 2 Pant1 

Showers Pass Men’s Pass Rogue Pant

Showers Pass Men’s Long Sleeve Bamboo Merino Henley Shirt



 Jen DesceiptionQuantity  Reviews
Rain JacketShowers Pass W’s Double Century Jacket1 
Rain PantsShowers Pass Transit Pant1 

Misc Gear

HeadlampsBlack Diamond ReVolt2 
Bike PumpTopeak Road Morph with inline PSI gauge 1 
Water BottlesKlean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated 20oz w/ Sport Cap

Klean Kanteen Vacuum Wide Insulated 20oz w/ Loop Cap



Food StorageKlean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated 16oz Food Canister2 
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  1. Love your website! I’m also a traveler, cyclist, and vegan. I lived a year in Patagonia and am excited to follow your adventures there. I was a little sorry and confused to see wool recommended here though. I only mention it because the other content of your site seems to be geared towards ethical, humane living. No hate at all! Just thought I’d mention it. Safe travels!!

    • Thanks so much for the kind words!

      Ah, the wool debate. We’ve been waiting for this question. We became officially vegan during our bicycle tour and had purchased all of our clothing before leaving. We feel that it is more wasteful to purchase new clothing that fits our values than to keep what we already have. Now, for the sustainability ethical dilemma. Wool is a natural, renewable product and performs infinitely better than any synthetic product I’ve every worn, plus, I feel like the social and environmental impact is less than that of a lot of other athletic apparel. Of course, we are against the mistreatment of the sheep (thank you for the link) and we’ve been discussing this conflict since we decided to become vegan.

      Do you have alternatives to merino wool that you would recommend and are not typical athlete wear, synthetic perma-stink material, child labor made? I get cold and hot very easily and wool regulates my body perfectly. I need something that performs the same way. We would love to phase out our wool as it becomes worn.

      Thanks for bringing up this important topic!

      • Hello, I am vegetarian myself but really I can’t understand the merino wool issue.. As long as you can find out the animals where not treat bad, wouldn’t be better to use wool(the sheep are happy to be shaved in summer anyway) instead of wearing factory made clothes and support mining and industry? At the end wool is natural.. I’m asking as I really would like to understand both point of view so to be clear is NOT an attack to anyone 🙂

        • I thought the very same thing at one point, however, as VeganCyclist pointed out above, and as I’ve done my research, I’ve come to learn that the sheep are not actually happy and that mistreatment is prevalent in the merino wool industry. Take a look at the link VeganCyclist posted and Google merino wool industry, and I think you’ll learn a bit more about why merino wool is not the best option as a vegan. It’s been a super difficult transition for me, as I thought the same as you – it’s a natural fabric, and it’s the best fabric I know for athletic endeavors. I love it, and I can no longer justify supporting the industry.

      • Hi guys, looks like you might have to go cycling naked if you´re really going into deep green ethical, environmental debates… Here´s some food for thoughts on how polluting any synthetic clothing is… The main problem with anything is excessive consumption. The big problem with merino wool is that the fashion industry has expanded the market to a stupid extent and that, depending on this seasons look or what everybody will go and buy a cheap merino to be worn for a week and then throw it away. I´d say don´t give yourselves a hard time and wear the clothes that are comfortable and work for you and if you can find a local, small, ethical supplier even better! love and grease

        • It’s been really really difficult giving up merino wool. I had assumed that since the animal didn’t die, well then it was OK to wear. And then I learned more about the industry. It is still my favorite fabric for outdoor and athletic apparel and I don’t know of a suitable substitute that exists. Our solution for now is to wear the life out of our existing clothes and when it’s time to put them to rest, figure out a solution. We figure it’s better to wear what we already have than throw it out and buy all new stuff because we changed our diet along the way. I can’t stand the feeling of synthetic clothing and they make terrible performance wear! We’ve been wanting to try bamboo as a potential alternative. Thanks for your input!

  2. I’ve been following your blog for several months now because I’m hoping to cycletour with my dogs in the future. (We finally just got our Cycletote trailer on Saturday! 🙂 ) Anyhow, you take some amazing pictures and I was hoping to see what type of camera you use as I haven’t yet decided on what to get. Actually, I don’t see any of your electronics posted. Is that for security purposes, or was it just an oversight? Thanks for your wonderful posts!

    • YAY! Congrats on getting your trailer! Not posting our electronics is definitely an oversight, thanks for mentioning it. We’ll add them to our gear list shortly.

      Thanks for the kind words about my photos! The main camera that I use is a Canon 60D, it’s heavy, but I love it, so I’m willing to carry it. I also use a GoPro Hero 4 and my iPhone 6 on occasion. I edit in Lightroom or Snapseed. Mirrorless cameras are also gaining more popularity these days, as they take great shots and weigh much less.

  3. I have a mountain bike and regularly ride while towing a Burley “Tail Wagon” containing my Service Dog (26 pounds)… I’m wondering what size of rear panniers work well on a mountain bike that won’t interfere with the trailer hitch on the side … I have an Axion rack on the back already along with a trunk bag and collapsable baskets each basket can hold a full plastic shopping bag, but I’m thinking that I will swap the baskets for panniers for better protection for my gear against the elements and possibly add more storage space then the baskets offer …. just not sure if large bags would fit or if medium bags would be better in light of towing a trailer … also planning on getting front panniers, but since they won’t be at risk of interfering with the trailer they aren’t really a huge concern … also have you ever had trouble with regards to the strain on your rear axle while using panniers and a dog trailer? wondering if I should consider getting a spare rear axle to have “just-in-case” I weigh about 230 pounds which is factoring into my concern about how much weight is too much on a rear axle. … my other thought is to leave my existing baskets on there, and just get front panniers and possibley use my old government surplus ALICE pack (with frame) to spread weight out more along the entire bike

    • Hi Jen,

      First off, congrats on getting on your bike with your dog!

      For rear pannier fitting, it depends on the size of your bike and the height of your rear rack. I ride a 60 CM frame and also have an axiom rack. I can fit large panniers (45L), specifically, the Arkel Orcas. If you want to see what you can fit, I recommend taking your bike and trailer to a shop and testing out different size bags. That way you’ll know for sure what fits and what doesn’t. You should also consider how much weight you want to carry. The larger the bag, the more stuff you’ll squeeze in there. On the flip side, if you’re going to put more gear in the trailer, it will slow you down big time and hills will become more cumbersome. More weight = bigger rear panniers.

      As for a rear axel, the most common failure with a trailer and additional weight would be a spoke. Your rear hub should be fine and I would be shocked if it failed. The Shimano XT Hub is made for mountain biking and can take a beating. I would definitely carry extra spokes and if you’ve got the option on what type of rear wheel to have, the more spokes the better. We ride with 32 spokes per wheel and that gets the job done.

      Does that help answer your questions?

      Happy riding!

  4. Thanks for the info! Just curious about the 38.36 total weight listed for Dave’s pannier & bags setup: When I add up the item weights I come up with 14.26, not 38.26. Jen’s total does match the total of the individual items.

  5. Hi. With regards to the MSR stove you use how easy is it to find fuel in such small quantities and where do you find the fuel?
    I want to keep out of towns as much as possible and think that the local petrol station wont sell such small amounts?

    • It’s super easy to fill up at and petrol station. We have never had an issue getting small amounts at any petrol station.

      • Thank you. Did you find it dirty and messy compared to using gas?

        • Depends on the gas you’re referring to. For example, white gas burns cleaner but at a lower temperature so our food took longer to cook. Personally, we liked petrol best and tried kerosene and diesel. It was cheap, easy to find, and had a high temperature.

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