The Best Gear: Bicycle Touring the Pacific Coast Route

Bike on highway 1 When I agreed to accompany my friend on an epic bicycle tripfrom Canada to Mexico on the popular Pacific Coast Route,my previous biking experience consisted of a 1.2 mile commute to work. Suddenly, I’d be goingfrom nada to 60-plus miles a day for almost two months on a 2,000-milejourney.

Bike touring is more about determination and raw grit than finesse—noone looks graceful on a loaded bike. Similarly,the gear for bike touring is more about getting you from point A to point Bthan about being the fanciest, most expensive, carbon-fiber-enforced product you canfind. After all, dropping cash to shave ounces from your handlebar fork seemsridiculous when you’re carrying over a pound of peanut butter. Below is some ofmy essential gear, with a few splurges I rate well worth the price. You can also read the blog from my trip, or to help us reach our goal of raising $3,000 for WorldBicycle Relief by clicking here to donate to our trip. Above right, a photo of my bike on the scenic Highway 1 in Mendocino County.

--Melanie Lidman

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