We had an ideal in our minds of two cycling nomads pedaling to the rhythm of Pacific ocean.
Our aim was to travel cheaply and light, camping and eating around a stove. This also meant aching backs, cold mornings, sporadic showers and rather too much time spent inside a tent together, but it wouldn’t be an adventure without a bit of discomfort, would it?
With this in mind we proceeded to stuff eight panniers full of far too much gear which we then had to lug 2,000 miles. Our one piece of advice would be, don’t take too much! The happiest fellow PCH cyclists we saw had two rear panniers with a tent on top and perhaps a bar bag. We dumped clothes and underwear quite early on. Travel light, travel happy.
Here’s the gear list we drew up before we cycled the USA’s Pacific coast highway. We ended up taking more!
Bikes and luggage
- Dawes Horizon touring bike (James), Specialized Tricross sport (Pierre)
- Schwalbe Marathon tyres x4
- Ortlieb roller classic panniers front and rear x8
- Speedometer x2
- Two man tent
- Sleeping bag x2
- Head torch x2
- Pot, pan, cutlery, chopping board, good knife
- Hi-vis cycle shirt
- Windbreaker / jacket
- Waterproof Jacket
- Cycle shoes
- Cycle gloves
- Lightweight trousers
- Casual shoes