I've scoured the Internet for equipment advice on forums or blogs from others who have completed trips similar to what I have in mind. Here's a list of what I've compiled so far:

The Bike:
Masi Speciale CX Uno Steel Touring Frame (8 speed)

Bike Accessories/Repair:


  • 2 pairs of cycling shorts (different brands, different seams)
  • 1 pair of nylon shorts
  • 3 pairs wool/synthetic cycling socks
  • 2 synthetic shirts (no jerseys)
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 1 pair of synthetic sweat pants
  • Cycling rain coat


  • 2L hydration pack, 1 water bottle
  • Duct tape
  • Rag
  • Aspirin
  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Band aids, gauze, medical  wrap, neosporin
  • ACA TransAm Trail Maps (12)
  • Cellphone, digital camera, iPod, chargers
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes
  • Rubber bands (in case I need to ride in my sweatpants)
  • Zip-lock bags for valuables
  • Plastic grocery bag for seat (rain)
  • Small notebook, pen
  • Plato's The Republic



  • Travel toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, retainer
  • Deodorant
  • 2 small towels
  • Travel Kleenex
  • Shower Sandals
  • Baby wipes (portable shower)