Friday, February 5, 2010

America by Bicycle's Equipment List ✔

Since I've purchased my bicycle and have begun investing in the correlated gear, I've been taking a closer look at America by Bicycle, Inc's Equipment List, and there are a few things I maybe should have taken more into consideration prior to purchasing my bicycle.

My Trek Madone 5.0 does not have rack-mounting bosses because it's more of a race-oriented bike than a classic touring bicycle. In his article "Buying a Touring Bike in 2008", John Shurbert had advised of the need for attachment points for front and rear racks, which I had failed to bring up with R&A Cycles throughout my three nonconsecutive days of bicycle fittings. Fortunately, Shurbert does mention in his article that "the venerated rack company Old Man Mountain makes good quality touring racks that can be attached to bikes that came without rack mounts (as does the European rack-maker Tubus)."

He also goes on to say, "Why do we insist on a front rack? Well, if you’ll only be carrying a 10-pound rack trunk for credit-card touring, we don’t insist. For such light loads, you only need one rack and it doesn’t matter whether it’s front or rear." As I will be credit-card touring, perhaps I can get away with one of these solutions:

From Old Man Mountain's FAQs:
I have a road bike without eyelets, which rack would you recommned?
The best solution for you is our Sherpa model. It comes in front and rear models. Here is a picture of the Sherpa Rear on a road bike without eyelets and a typical road-caliper brake (click here). We recommend the Sherpa over the Cold Springs in this case because the Sherpa has a narrower profile and tends to look better on a road bike. Notice how the extension bars attach directly to the seat stays with a set of coated rubber clamps, available free by request.

From Tubus' FAQs:
Question: Does every tubus carrier fit an any kind of bike?
Answer: Click here for Tubus' various solutions for a variety of bikes and racks.
However, since my bicycle frame and seat stays are made of carbon-fiber ... the answer to this question will drastically affect my options with either Old Man Mountain or Tubus:
Question: Are the carrier from Tubus usable for bike-frames made out of carbon-fibre?
Answer: Yes, as long as the frame has the eyelets/ bosses for mounting a carrier /mudguards.
If the frame has not such eyelets/ bosses, you are not allowed to use our "clampsets for seatstay-mounting"! The reason is, that such a clamp could cause a lateral contraction of the carbon-fibre, which would destroy the frame. Please contact you local dealer to check whether your frame is usable for clamp-mounting or not.

A quick google search also revealed a variety of bicycle seat packs, frame packs, handle bar bags, and even packs that are compatible with aero bars. Jandd seems to have some options that I can discuss with R&A Cycles. There are also some great advice and tips at Commute by Bike, for when I begin using my bicycle to ride to and from the office. I hope to make my bicycle a primary mode of transportation throughout the workweek both before and after my AbyB tour.

America by Bicycle's Equipment List

In ride-ready condition; with:
  • new tires, tubes, rim strips, chain and freewheel
  • proper gearing 
  • racks and bags (to carry daily needs and wants)
  • bike-mounted air pump with a valve that fits your tubes/presta/schrader
  • water bottles and cages (two are recommended)
  • four new spare inner tubes/one new spare tire
  • extra special nuts/bolts/etc (bicycle model specific)
  • six extra spokes to fit your wheels (AbyB will have many sizes but may not have certain specifics; can be duct taped to the rear chain stay)
  • bicycle computer (must have and know how to use)
  • an special equipment you normally use: tool kit, lube, WD-40, grease

  • one medium-size suitcase or duffel bag and a small carry-on type bag (bags will be shipped by truck daily from hotel to hotel)
  • small bike bag (to carry daily needs on the bike)
  • NOTE: 35-lb limit on luggage; laptop computers count as carry-on

Cycling Clothes
  • 3 short-sleeve jersey
  • 1 long-sleeve jersey
  • 4 pairs cycling shorts
  • 1 pair cycling longs or tights
  • 1 wind breaker or cycling jacket
  • 1 pair wind/rain pants
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 2 pair cycling shoes
  • 2 pair padded cycling gloves
  • 5 pair socks
  • 2 pair sunglasses/goggles
  • 1 helmet
  • arm/leg warmers

Leisure Clothes
  • 1 pair slacks/skirt
  • 1 shirt/blouse
  • 2 pair shorts
  • 2 t-shirts/polos
  • 1 light sweater
  • 3 changes of underwear
  • 3 pairs socks
  • 1 pair comfortable shoes
  • 1 swimsuit

  • toilet kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, brush, comb)
  • sunscreen/lip balm
  • camera, film mailers
  • monetary media (credit cards, bank card, travelers checks)
  • driver license/other i.d.
  • health insurance i.d. / 800#
  • stamps, address book, notebook, pencils, pens
  • glasses and prescription
  • prescription medicines
  • idiosyncratic items which you cannot function without

1 comment:

Mark Koltz said...

Katie - I will be on your Across America North trip with ABB! Your blog is very interesting. I have a web site at Look me up on facebook (Mark Koltz) and send me a friend request. I would love to chat.