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    by Susan Christie and Matt Mathews  

Camping Equipment
Miscellaneous Bike Equipment
Bike Bag
Frame Bag
Matt's Additional List


This list includes everything we have brought on the last few Cycle Oregon tours. It all fits neatly into backpacks, which we can retrieve easily from the truck after the day’s ride and deliver back to the truck in the morning. We pack minimally, because the very last thing we want to do on a bike trip is take care of a lot of "stuff." The conveniences of home can become encumbrances on tour!

Interestingly, the Clothing category contains much more than we took on our cross-continent, self-contained tour a few years ago. One caveat here: having fewer than seven outfits means you have to do laundry at least once on Cycle Oregon. Not a problem. You’ll find buckets, hose, and laundry soap near the showers every day. They really do think of everything!

[Editor's note: While Susan and Matt use backpacks this list could easily be adapted to duffel bags if needed.]

Camping Equipment

  • Ground cloth for under the tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermarest pad
  • Camping pillow
  • Camping towel, washcloth


  • Four bike outfits (shorts, jersey, underwear, socks, bandanna) in Ziploc bags
  • Medium-weight tights and light Cycle Oregon VIII jacket
  • Fleece bike jersey
  • Other fleece pullover top
  • One pair nylon pants, easy to pull on and off
  • Cold weather tights and jacket
  • Balaclava (for really cold riding)
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Two long-sleeved capilene pullover shirts (good for cool early morning rides, for sleeping, or for wearing around camp in the evening when it gets cool)
  • One pair light-weight tights
  • Three pairs biking gloves (short-fingered, long-fingered, and ultra warm)
  • Sealskin socks (worn over other socks, for rain or cold)
  • One pair warm wool socks
  • Shimano sandals with cleats (for on and off the bike; no other shoes!)
  • Three T-shirts, for wearing around camp (plus the new CO T-shirt; bought one more)
  • Pair of shorts for around camp
  • Three handkerchiefs
  • Swimsuit
  • Two extra sets of underwear
  • Two extra pairs of socks


  • Small kit (9" x 5" x 2") with personal care items (lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Head light (for reading in tent)
  • "Laundry" bag for carrying clothes to shower (my onion bag from Nyssa [CO X]!)
  • Cap (from CO X) for around camp after the ride
  • Ziploc bag with: 3 rolls of film, tiny sewing kit; 2 packs travel-size tissues, clotheslines (one short cord for inside the tent, one longer one for outside)
  • Book and Games Magazine for relaxing in camp
  • Assorted snacks collected during the week

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Miscellaneous Bike Equipment

  • Helmet
  • Bike mirror
  • Clip-on sunglasses
  • Tour book and map holder for handlebars

Bike Bag

  • Sunscreen
  • Plastic bag for bike seat at night
  • Rack strap
  • Head sweatband for hot rides
  • Small ear band for warmth on cool rides
  • Small notebook
  • Travel-size pack of tissues
  • Safety pins
  • Hand degreaser packets
  • Camera
  • On the road food (Clif bars, bananas, etc.)

Frame Bag

  • Tire changing levers
  • Patch kit
  • Y-wrench
  • Cannondale multi-purpose tool
  • Spare tubes (two sizes for recumbent)
  • Lube for chain
  • Small tube of Triflow

Matt's Additional List

  • Tent
  • Ground cloth for inside the tent
  • Small cable and lock (for bikes if needed)
  • Small travel clock
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