To-Do List 0.1

Wheel full 70pxA first cut at a to-do list, in no particular order.  These are all items that involve accomplishing something between now and July 25th.  The ones followed by question marks are things I need to research/make decisions about.

  • Dietitian
  • Endocrinologist
  • Dentist
  • Bicycling shoes
  • Socks and underwear
  • Pants and shorts
  • Shirts and outerwear
  • Rain gear
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Meds
  • Strava?
  • Data plan upgrade
  • Solar panel?
  • RidewithGPS
    • Finalize routing
    • ID bike shops along route
    • ID lodging/campgrounds along route
  • Cue sheets
    • Print and laminate
  • Bounce box?
  • Street clothes
  • Street shoes
  • ID JAX bicycle shop
    • Arrange assembly of bike in JAX
  • Air travel ANC to Florida
  • Ground travel airport to JAX
  • Pre-ride lodging/camping in JAX
  • AAA?
  • iPhone Quadlock stem/handlebar mount
  • Quadlock cardio monitor
  • Camera
    • iPhone card upload cable
  • Sunblock
  • First aid kit
  • Personal care items
  • GP
    • heatstroke?
    • salt tablets?
    • chafing
    • muscle pains
    • numbness
  • Goggles?
  • Helmet
  • Handlebar mirror
  • Handlebar tape
  • Handlebar speaker?
  • Gloves
  • Camelback?
  • Frame mount pump
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Lock(s)
  • Quicklink
  • Chain lube
  • Extra tubes
  • Extra tire
  • Tools
    • tire bars
    • inflation gauge
    • patch kit
    • hex wrenches

Future iterations of this list will become increasingly sophisticated.  If you see anything I am missing or an item you want to give me input on or about, please comment below.

12 thoughts on “To-Do List 0.1

  1. 54) Identify nearby locals where “Nude Female Bike Clubs” gather and pedal around
    55) Identify and map beaches where Women’s Bikini Volleyball tournaments will be held

    Just trying to help!


  2. – Quality digital camera, kept in the handlebar pouch. No, a cell-phone doesn’t count as a quality camera. Once-in-a-lifetime trip. Don’t mess up photos opportunities.
    – Polypropylene underwear and shirts. They’re quick drying and rinse out easily each night.
    – Tools: Skip the big kits. 1 swiss army knife, 1 cycling multi tool (screwdriver assortment and allen wrench assortment), medium sized needle-nose pliers, tube change stuff. Small wrench assortment if you want, but any fixes outside of these tools you’re not going to do on the road, anyway. AAA does bicycle road service now. Really handy, but check how many service calls you get.
    – Small tube quality chain grease, old toothbrush with sawed off handle, small rag, all stuffed in a baggie. Apply SMALL amount to chain links every 100 to 200 miles. No need to do the gears, it’ll get there.
    – Quality pump. Test and use a lot beforehand. Practice changing tubes at least once, just to shake out any techniques that might be native to this particular bike. Small white or silver Sharpie or Pentel marker, for marking relative position of tube to tire to find where the tire has a object poking through.
    – Two extra tubes. Some old timers still use patch kits, but it can be a hit/miss repair. Easier just to just change the tube.
    – Small, light LED flashlight.
    – Ibuprofen, always eat something first.
    – Chamois cream for the crotch, if you’re prone to that condition. I’ve never used it, but other guys swear by it. Get it along the way if needed.
    – If you get to a point where you don’t have to piss, you’re not drinking enough water.
    – The first week might produce some points where you question going on, but it’ll get easier. Really. Once you’re in the groove you’ll rattle off 15-30 mile stretches without even thinking about it. Take a day off once in a while.
    – After the first week, assess what items you haven’t touched, think about mailing them home.

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    • Also, quality eye protection. I wear something all the time. Bugs, dust, tree branches, etc. Even riding in rain is improved with something over the eyes. Get quality stuff. Lenses that easily scratch quickly become useless.

      I currently am trying a set of sport eyewear that has three interchangeable lenses – dark, amber, clear. I find myself using the clear most of the time just to have something protecting the eyes, but I can imagine lots of dark lens use in the middle of hot summer days.


      • My current sunglasses are Smith Pivlocks. What is great about them is how easily it is to swap the lenses between the sets. The usually come with a clear, a dark and a mid-dark lens.


    • Good points here.
      I would use the liquid chain lube, you can get a small bottle at any bike store, that and a rag in a zip lock will take care of your chain. Wipe off the accumulated gunk from the chain, then apply a drop on each link, wait a couple minutes and then wipe off the excess. Every 100 to 200 miles sounds right.

      Line the label of each of the tires up with the valve stem to not have to carry a Sharpie along, but for the same purpose of locating things that punctured your tube. Get a Park Tool item TB-1 tire boot, for when/if you get a big hole or cut. Apply to the inside of the tire and it will let you ride on to the next bike shop to buy a new tire.

      Park Tool has a real tiny temporary patch kit for when the bad karma lines up and you have gotten holes in all your tubes. It is basically a sticker that goes on the tube. Not a permanent patch, but a get you down the road. Easy to apply, no glue.


  3. One more. Most drug stores have a gallon of water for .99 cents in their cooler. Much cheaper than “convenience” stores. Fill the bottles, drink whatever’s left while eating something, hit the road again. Makes for a nice rest stop.


    • Just one more thought. On my own multi-day rides, I find it really easy to get to sleep early each night. Which means waking up really early. If you can get going soon after dawn then most of the ride that day is done by noon or 1:00. All the cool riding is in the early morning anyway, wildlife out and about and running across the road, people getting to work and into the fields, sun not yet directly overhead beating down on you. Sometimes take an hour nap as soon as I’m set up at my stop for the day, then wake up and look for a nice local restaurant (carbs, no big spices) for dinner before retiring for the night.


  4. Music? Or will you be listening to local radio stations? In either case, ear buds.
    Even if you don’t listen while you are riding, you might want to listen to music or news in the evening.
    Also, a weather app such as Dark Sky for notifications on extreme weather.
    And definitely bring the small solar charger.


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