Packing for a 2-3 Month Bike Tour

Listen.  I'm the kind of person that HATES buying gear before I've earned it.  I raced a hand-me-down bike for 2 years before I even thought about buying a new one, and I think I rode for an entire year with regular ol' spandex before I bought a pair of chamois shorts on sale out of curiosity. So I'm cringing a little inside every time I swipe my card to buy another piece of gear for this trip. 

Gear knoll: 20 deg sleeping bag, head mosquito net, GPS spot tracker, #omaker speaker, dog pepper spray, @blackburndesign front lights, headlamp, #whisperlite international, fuel canister (no fuel inside), GSI stove set, GSI camp coffee pour-over thingy, trusty compass, #garmin etrex20, #Anker 2nd gen 9600mAh external battery pack,#klymit x-frame sleeping pad (camo print 😉), camp cup, #LLWH token, first aid kit, emergency blanket, @platypus water system, camp towel, bic razor, face sunscreen, Chapstick, hair product, sunscreen, all-purpose soap #drbronners , camp knife, and #DZNUTS 

Gear knoll: 20 deg sleeping bag, head mosquito net, GPS spot tracker, #omaker speaker, dog pepper spray, @blackburndesign front lights, headlamp, #whisperlite international, fuel canister (no fuel inside), GSI stove set, GSI camp coffee pour-over thingy, trusty compass, #garmin etrex20, #Anker 2nd gen 9600mAh external battery pack,#klymit x-frame sleeping pad (camo print 😉), camp cup, #LLWH token, first aid kit, emergency blanket, @platypus water system, camp towel, bic razor, face sunscreen, Chapstick, hair product, sunscreen, all-purpose soap #drbronners , camp knife, and #DZNUTS 

Some of it seems like a good investment - for now. Like my Giro wool cycling jersey. Some of it already seems overkill - like the Garmin eTrex20 that retails for close to $200 and then costs an additional $200 to load with the proper topo maps for the GDMBR.  And if you skip the topo maps and just stick with the basemap, you might - like I did -  accidentally delete the basemap because the file is not protected in any way and very easy to delete, and when you call to get it figured out they say that they either have to take control of your computer to send you the file or you have to MAIL. IT. BACK. IN. .... i'm getting sidetracked.  

Bike repair knoll: bike tube, multi tool, chain break that someone almost broke, #stans, rubber bands, electrical and duct tape (yes I wrapped around my handlebars) tire lever (but I won't use them promise @tophervalenti ) patch kit, 3 x extra spokes, tubeless patch kit, master link for @srammtb 1 x 11 😍, chain lube, super glue, brake pads, zip ties, spoke wrench, extra valve/core, nuts, dérailleur cable.

Bike repair knoll: bike tube, multi tool, chain break that someone almost broke, #stans, rubber bands, electrical and duct tape (yes I wrapped around my handlebars) tire lever (but I won't use them promise @tophervalenti ) patch kit, 3 x extra spokes, tubeless patch kit, master link for @srammtb 1 x 11 😍, chain lube, super glue, brake pads, zip ties, spoke wrench, extra valve/core, nuts, dérailleur cable.

Anyway, the point is that about half of my stuff is very specific to the trip I'm doing. E.g., the ultra-cool Columbia SPF 40 longsleeve shirt.  (And now we can all ponder what that actually means and if our winter sweaters are SPF 100.) 

Clothing layout: raincoat, 2 x tank tops, #columbia SPF 40 long sleeve,@girocycling #wool jersey and vest, tshirt, camp skirt, warm top base layer, 2 x socks (#injin toe socks / giro wool), bikini top, 2 x bra, cycling shorts (#ppt thin chamoux / giro#undershort), giro overshort, warm base leggings, BANDANA, 3 x undies, warm gloves, @rohancycling arm warmers, roll up@rei backpack

Clothing layout: raincoat, 2 x tank tops, #columbia SPF 40 long sleeve,@girocycling #wool jersey and vest, tshirt, camp skirt, warm top base layer, 2 x socks (#injin toe socks / giro wool), bikini top, 2 x bra, cycling shorts (#ppt thin chamoux / giro#undershort), giro overshort, warm base leggings, BANDANA, 3 x undies, warm gloves, @rohancycling arm warmers, roll up@rei backpack

The only way to make myself feel better about all of this is to line it all up in a semi-organized fashion and take fun timelapse pictures.  I must say, the Blackburn Design bags do a pretty good job of gobbling up all the gear and stowing it securely away.  Very satisfying.