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OuterwearOuterwear ranks as some of the most critical survival gear on any cycling tour, second only to one's bicycle. If you do not have excellent rain gear, and warm dry clothing, the tour will be quickly ruined, if not downright dangerous, during the first serious downpour or frost. However, while keeping the rain and cold out is essential to survival, clothing that will not breathe is equally problematic. Paula and Lorenz have, unfortunately experienced many sorry days of sweating to death inside their rain gear.
We are taking four 'Lightning' rain jackets and pants, which were donated by Patagonia. The jackets and pants pack down to an amazingly small size, are light weight, and have kept us dry through some serious downpours in Greece, Germany and England. Thanks Patagonia!
Almost as important as rain gear are shoes. While racing cyclists hoping to increase their speed and endurance are firmly committed to the shoe cleat system, we find that cycle touring--particularly in less developed areas--is better adapted for mountain bike shoes. Rugged, appropriate for hiking, camping and hard biking conditions, mountain bike shoes can be worn on and off the bicycle, and can take the beating of a 15,000 mile trip. For those times when we need a change of pace in camp or on days off, we will be bringing along lightweight waterproof sandals.
Updated: Aug 16, 2003