This being my third J&P Tucson Tour in a row, I was already pretty good at getting ready for it. I decided to take my Surly touring bike with loaded panniers. This wasn’t necessary, since the tour offers to tote everyone’s bags in a van, but I really wanted to begin conditioning for this summer’s long multi-day riding.
Pulled out my list from last year, piled everything in one place, and quickly realized that trying to fill 4 panniers with such a small load was silly. I ended up just using two rear panniers, and even they had plenty of excess volume. Because of this, I added jeans, belt, a big fluffy sweatshirt with a hood, and a bottle of wine.
This year’s packing list (for reference next year):
Keen SPD touring shoes
2 cycling shorts
2 cycling jerseys
regular riding gloves
Shoe toe covers
Full Louis Garneau shoe covers
|Tools & Bicycle Gear
Tire repair kit
With the two rear panniers only, the bike was back heavy, but the Surly is so stable it seems to handle this problem with ease.