This list is originally from Roderick Young. e-mail:
Things to remember for a bike trip

[ ] Ability of riders
[ ] Preview route and make a map
[ ] Does everyone have a bike?
[ ] Does everyone have a helmet?
[ ] Does everybody have enough equipment (panniers, sleeping bags, etc?)
[ ] Weather - is any special attire appropriate
[ ] Cost - can people spend money?
[ ] Budget - for a long trip, estimate daily expenses.
[ ] Carpools to start point - who has bike racks?
[ ] Flyers for publicity
[ ] Open and close trip in prayer if appropriate
[ ] Gas in your car?
[ ] Campground or motel reservations
[ ] Sign-up lists
[ ] Release forms


                [ ] Camera
                [ ] Film
                [ ] Small Tripod
                [ ] Flash (not for long trips)
                [ ] Film loaded in camera
                [ ] Batteries in camera and flash OK

        Spare parts
                [ ] Brake cable
                [ ] Tube
                [ ] Folding tire
                [ ] Deraileur cable
                [ ] Spokes
                [ ] Chain rivet
                [ ] Small bolt (for water bottle, rack, etc)

                [ ] Tent
                [ ] Sleeping bag
                [ ] Ensolite
                [ ] Groundcloth
                [ ] Nylon cord

                [ ] Brake wrench
                [ ] Patch kit
                [ ] Allen wrenches
                [ ] Presta/Schraeder adapter
                [ ] Tire irons
                [ ] Adjustable wrench
                [ ] Chain tool
                [ ] Spoke wrench
                [ ] Freewheel tool
                [ ] Pump

                [ ] Helmet
                [ ] Jacket
                [ ] Gloves
                [ ] 3 Cycling Socks
                [ ] 1 thin cotton long socks
                [ ] Long and short sleeve T-shirts
                [ ] Hat
                [ ] "Can I draft you?" shirt
                [ ] Sweats
                [ ] Goggles
                [ ] Nice pants
                [ ] Nice shirt
                [ ] 2 Underwear
                [ ] 1 Cycling tog
                [ ] Leg warmers
                [ ] Cycling shoes
                [ ] Kung Fu shoes

                [ ] Aluminum frying pan
                [ ] Aluminum pot
                [ ] Cup
                [ ] Stove
                [ ] Fuel bottle
                [ ] Fill fuel bottle - but not for Air travel
                [ ] Chopsticks
                [ ] Small plastic spatula
                [ ] Water bottles
                [ ] Lighter
                [ ] Can opener
                [ ] Swiss army knife
                [ ] Sponge or scouring pad
                [ ] Powdered soap
                [ ] Spoon
                [ ] Fork

                [ ] Checkbook
                [ ] Make sure checkbook has enough checks
                [ ] Money
                [ ] Cirrus card
                [ ] Credit card
                [ ] BikeCentennial ID
                [ ] HP ID card (for rent-a-car)
                [ ] Insurance card
                [ ] Traveller's checks
                [ ] AAA card
                [ ] Driver's license

        Medicine and Toiletries

                [ ] Aspirin
                [ ] First aid kit
                [ ] Sunscreen
                [ ] Vaseline or chapstick
                [ ] Insect repellent
                [ ] Campho Phenique
                [ ] Cotton swabs
                [ ] Toothbrush
                [ ] Toothpaste
                [ ] Dental Floss
                [ ] Razor
                [ ] Towel
                [ ] Nail clipper
                [ ] Eyedrops
                [ ] Toilet paper
                [ ] Comb
                [ ] Shampoo
                [ ] Antihistamine

                [ ] Bike license numbers
                [ ] Credit card reporting #
                [ ] Credit card balance #
                [ ] Credit card payment address
                [ ] Credit card numbers
                [ ] SVBS directory
                [ ] Addresses of churches, friends, relatives to write to

                [ ] Bible
                [ ] Diary
                [ ] Pen
                [ ] Stamps
                [ ] "Head Light" Flashlight
                [ ] Batteries in flashlight OK
                [ ] Inflatable pillow
                [ ] Cyclometer
                [ ] Watch
                [ ] Maps
                [ ] Compass
                [ ] Thermometer
                [ ] Camp book
                [ ] Snot Rag
                [ ] Straps or Bungee cords
                [ ] Ziploc bags
                [ ] 1 Trash bag
                [ ] "Wisdom for Cyclists"
                [ ] Small reel of fishing line
                [ ] Clothespins

        Miscellaneous tips

                Lighter is better.  Pack less for a longer trip.  Go on a
                2-day test ride which includes some hills.

                Use General Delivery mail in the US and regularly scheduled
                phone calls to keep in touch with a base station.

                Transamerica east-to-west:  2/3 of riders take this route.
                Avoids opressive heat and humidity of southern/midwestern
                 summer.  Scenery improves as you go on.  Camping more
                available as you go on.  Can start earlier - some mountain
                passes in the west may be snowed in before June.

                West-to-east: wind will be at your back more, you'll meet
                more other riders (since they're going the other way).

                Rear view mirror is worth it.  Types vary.

                Traveller's checks are the best money.  Visa is not bad, but
                no good for most food.  Automated teller machines are rare
                outside of urban areas (in 1988).

                Change tires after 2000 miles.  Never mind if they don't
                look worn.  Of course, many of you will ignore this, anyway.
                It takes getting stranded with a falling apart tire to learn
                this.  Don't carry the spare tires.  Buy them in a bike
                shop along the way.

                27" rims preferred to 700 mm.  Hard to find 700mm tires
                except in big towns (could be days apart).  Presta valve
                tubes also are only in big towns, but tubes rarely fail
                catasrophically, and you can carry a spare or two.
                (this was in 1988).

                Use Mr. Tuffy's (tire liners).  Saves much aggravation.

                Bring insect repellant.  Cutter's or equivalent.  Will be used
                almost every night while camping.

                Sunblock - use maximum protection.  You'll still get a tan.

                Don't bother bringing fishing line.  Usually hard to find
                places to fish.

                White gas is the best choice for a cooking stove.  In the US,
                it is not necessary to have a stove that burns multiple fuels.
                Don't buy a whole gallon of white gas at a store, ask neighbors
                (car campers) at campgrounds if you can buy a pint from them.
                The MSR XG-K stove is overkill for TransAmerica.  It gets
                very hot, but is hard to control.  Don't use it on a picnic
                table; it will burn the table.

                A 40-degree F sleeping bag is enough for the summer.  If
                you camp in an unusually cold place, wear heavy clothes
                inside you bag, or cuddle up to a riding companion.

                Carry a boot (a 6" piece of an old tire), not a spare tire.
                If you get severe tire damage, line the hole with the boot.

                Anti-itch lotion is good in hot dry weather.  Lanacane is
                worthless, get the Hydrocortisone stuff.

                Keep a journal.  Years later, you'll leaf through it with
                fond memories.  Also, you WILL meet a lot of people along
                the way, whose addresses you'll want to keep.  You might
                even bring a small pad of address labels if you have

                Bring a light point-and-shoot camera, not a heavy SLR.
                Better yet, sketch into your journal.

                Use a touring bike, not a mountain bike, for the Transamerica
                trail.  Too much work pushing a mountain bike.

                Use 28mm (1 1/8") tires at least.  Some prefer 32 mm.  The
                trail contains some short sandy sections where you would have
                to walk a bike with a 20 mm tire.

                Put everything that isn't waterproff in ziploc bags.  Did
                you remember your wallet, camera, and traveller's checks?

                It will rain.  When it does, don't stop unless you plan to
                stop for a long time.  The coldest feeling is when you start
                up again after you stop in the rain.

                Don't use adhesive tape on handlebars.  It may come loose
                in extremely hot weather.  Use adhesiveless plastic stretch

                A compass-thermometer combination was something I used an
                an awful lot.

                A notebook computer, like an HP100LX or OmniBook, would be
                good if you're writing a detailed journal for later
                printing, or if you use online services.  However, the
                ordinary paper diary is still a good bet, since you can
                sketch in it, affix small stamps and souvenirs, and the
                batteries never run out.

                Portable radio was NOT useful.  If you take one, find the
                smallest one you can.  A cassette player is probably as
                useless, unless you REALLY like music.

                Cost: If you buy all your food at grocery stores, then
                it won't cost much, especially if you can survive on
                PBJ sandwiches, pasta, and water.  Truthfully, I had
                more money, so I ate almost all meals at restaurants
                after a while.  Figure 3 McDonald's type meals a day.
                Other major expense is lodging.  If you tour with
                friends, you can split the campground/motel cost. A
                campground costs (at MOST) about the same as a moderate
                sit-down meal at a restaurant.  Split 4 ways, it's the
                same as a fast-food meal.  It gets hot and humid in the
                south, so if you have money, you'll really want to
                get motel rooms each night for the A/C and shower.
                Motel rooms are 2X the campground price, for cheap
                motels.  BikeCentennial maps list various camping
                facilities, some of which are free.

Note: BikeCentennial changed its name to Adventure Cycling in 1994.
Their number is (406)721-1776.