2003 Pacific Coast Bike Trip


Despite having a bike already and borrowing a lot of equipment (tent, trailer, and stove), I still managed to spend over $1300 on stuffs. The following is a list of things I brought along.

Bike Clothing

  • 2 pairs of UPF 50 sun protection shirts from Coolibar (I am paranoid about the sun)
  • 2 pairs of good bike shorts (investment worth every cent on a trip like this)
  • 2 pairs of extra chamois under wares (used in camp and in case bike shorts don’t dry)
  • Fleece arm and leg warmers (essential)
  • Rain gear top that doubled as wind shell (probably should have bought one of each – the rain gear was too heavy as a wind shell)
  • Rain gear bottom (never used it, but important nevertheless)
  • I did not bring any rain cover for my head (took a chance that it wouldn't rain that much anyways)
  • Coolmax socks
  • Fleece vest (used every morning)

Biking Accessories

  • Gary Fisher Sugar 3 Bike (my beloved mountain bike; yes, the dual suspension probably slowed me down but I made it!)
  • Helmet
  • Mirror clipped onto helmet (I consider this essential)
  • Clipless bike shoes
  • Front truck (for storing things you need to get to fast)
  • Bob Trailer (it adds 20 pounds but in return it reduces stress on the spokes and lowers your wind profile)
  • 2 blinking taillights (use both in crossing tunnels!)
  • 1 halogen lamp
  • Camelbak hydration pack (very important; staying hydrated super important on a trip like this; also I can’t peddle and drink from a water bottle at the same time!)
  • Sweat cap (cools my head; prevents sweat from running into my eyes; and protects sun burns from rays entering the helmet vent holes)
  • 2 pairs of bandanas (good all-purpose things to keep around; I usually tie one to the back of the helmet so my neck doesn’t get direct sunlight)
  • Windsock for the trailer (I like it)
  • Reflector stickers (I thought they might help in the fog but cyclists tell me they don’t help unless I ride in the dark – which I don’t – but the stickers still make me feel safer)
  • fender (this is a luxury, I suppose; my mountain biking fenders didn't work too well - everytime I ran over potholes, the front fender would unclip and fall off...)

Personal Items

  • Sunglasses (very important)
  • Glasses repair kit (important)
  • Special glasses wipes (useless – just clean your glasses with soap and water)
  • Plenty of Sunscreen (very, very important)
  • Lip balm
  • Face lotion
  • Earplugs (for highway riding; also since I tend to sleep early, it sometimes come in handy in noisier camps)
  • Roll of toilet paper (used only about quarter of a roll by end of trip)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Vaseline
  • First-Aid kit: basic hiker kit from REI (I added some anti-itch cream also)


  • Mesh bag (for trailer users, very useful for placing wet clothes in during the day to dry; the bag I used was from the bag that held my RollerBlading protection gears)
  • Extra batteries
  • Disposable camera (a sturdy digital camera would have been nice)
  • Lots of quarters (to operate hot showers with)

Bicycle Maintenance kit

  • Multi-tool kit (used almost daily, such as to check all parts remain tightened)
  • Brake and gear cables (I wouldn’t really know what to do with them if I needed them)
  • brake pads
  • Fiber spoke (didn’t use)
  • 2 extra tubes for my wheels and an extra tube for my trailer
  • Crank removing tool – basically an Allen wrench for my bike (for assembling bike in Vancouver)
  • Extra brake pads (did not use)
  • Chain lubricants
  • Tire levers
  • Tire pump
  • Tire patch kit
  • Degreaser (not really necessary)
  • Work towels
  • 2 extra tubes for the front and rear wheels (I probably needed only 1 since I always patched up the bad one at camp anyways)
  • 1 extra tube for the trailer wheel
  • I did not bring any replacement tires

Camp Supplies

  • REI portable washbasin
  • Dragonfly stove
  • Titanium pots (aluminum would probably have been fine since I am not much of a cook to get too fancy anyways)
  • oil and seasonings (not really needed since when I cooked, I cooked mostly prepackaged foods)
  • can opener
  • wooden spatula that doubles as knife
  • REI backpacker's spoon (light and unbreakable)
  • 2-person tent (roomy and comfortable)
  • Led headlight
  • Air cushioned mattress (warm and comfy)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Soap (for showering)
  • Suds (for cleaning pots)
  • Clothesline (useless – dry your clothes on the tent)
  • Shovel (for cat holes; never needed it)

Camp clothing

  • Fleece pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Beanie hat
  • 1 pair of sandles
  • 1 pair of hiking short
  • Swimming trunk
  • Glasses strings (to hold my glasses when I go swimming)
  • Extra wool socks (not really needed)
  • Extra hiking pants (not needed)

Typical Camp food

  • Gatorade powder (for me personally, it is important)
  • Clif Bars (different flavors)
  • Fruits (apples, oranges, bananas, cantaloupes)
  • Canned soup
  • Macaroni cheese with tuna
  • Instant noodle
  • Pretzels
  • Cookies
  • Nuts
  • Or when I brought food into camp: fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs, chimichangas, etc.


  • 2 (used) bike boxes - one for my trailer and one for my bike (get these for free from a local bike shop)
  • 1-way GreyHound ticket from LA to Vancouver

What I probably should have brought

  • Insect repellent (mosquitoes were problems in some campsites)
  • Trailer tire