The Gear

I shopped around for the best deals, purchased nearly everything on sale in the early fall (from 15% to 50% off), took advantage of the 15% accessory discount offered by Alter Ego Sports if you purchase your bike there, and purchased as much as possible online. I would estimate I saved at least $2000 with these strategies. Everything is lightweight, versatile, durable, high quality and multi-purpose when possible.

Item: Brand/Purchased at, $Price (regular price, when I remember)

Bike and Parts

  • Bike: Specialized TriCross/Alter Ego Sports, $1455.99 (regular $1790)
  • Multi-Tool: Specialized/Alter Ego Sports, $31 (regular $60)
  • Helmet: Specialized/Alter Ego Sports, $65 (regular $90)
  • Clipless Pedals: Shimano/Alter Ego Sports, $85
  • Bike Shoes: Specialized/Alter Ego Sports, $115
  • Chain: Shimano/Alter Ego Sports, $24
  • Brake Pads: Alter Ego Sports, $5
  • Derailleur Hanger: Alter Ego Sports, $17
  • Tire Patch: Alter Ego Sports, $5
  • Spokes (6): Alter Ego Sports, $9
  • Chain Ring (1): Alter Ego Sports, $60
  • Handle Bar Tape: Bontrager/Alter Ego Sports, $13
  • Bike Lights: MEC, $8
  • Small Water Bottle: MEC, $5
  • Thermal Water Bottle: MEC, $5
  • Tire Liners: MEC, $8
  • Lubricant: MEC, $5
  • Tube Patch Kits (5): MEC, $20
  • Bike Pump
  • Spare Tubes (6): MEC, $25
  • Rim Tape (2): MEC, $4
  • Bike Mirror: MEC, $17
  • Rear Bag: Ebay, $14
  • Velcro Leg Straps: Ebay, $3
  • Rear Cassette: Ebay, $35
  • Water Bottle Holder: Ebay, $2
  • Spare Brake and Gear Cables: Shimano/Ebay, $25
  • Water Bottle: Ebay, $6
  • Chain, Shimano/Ebay: $20
  • Cable Lock: Ebay, $5
  • Water Bottle Holder: Ebay, $1
  • Thudbuster Seat: Cane Creek/Online, $178 (regular $300 in store)
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Extreme 700×35/chainreactioncycles, $130 (regular $200 in store)
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700×28/chainreactioncycles, $114 (regular $200 in store)
  • Bike Computer: kijiji, $20
  • Saddle Bag: MEC, previously purchased
  • Rear Rack: Woodcock, previously purchased
  • Water Bottle and Holder: Woodcock, previously purchased

Camping Gear

  • Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba 2-person/MEC, $330
  • Tent Footprint: MSR/MEC, $30
  • Travel Pillow: MEC $9
  • Sleeping Bag: Synthetic (important in case sleeping bag gets wet) Habanero 0 degrees/MEC, $115
  • Dish Set: MEC, $10
  • Tent Repair Kit: MEC, $15
  • Repair Tape: MEC, $5
  • Headlamp: Petzl/MEC, $32
  • Sleeping Pad: ZLite/MEC, $36
  • Trail Seat: MEC, $15
  • 30 L Stuff Sack: MEC, $35
  • Tent Pegs: MEC, $5
  • 90L Duffel Bag: Overboard Waterproof/Ebay, $80
  • Folding Bowl (to wash clothes, dishes, self): Ebay, $10
  • Packing Organizers (3): Ebay, $30
  • 100L Duffle Bag: Ebay, $52
  • Silk Sleeping Bag Liner: previously purchased
  • Packing Organizers (4): previously purchased
  • Travel Towel: MEC, $25
  • Clothes Pins (18), Rope, Duct Tape

Cycling Clothing

  • Bike Shorts 1: Descente Bliss/MEC, $65
  • Bike Shorts 2: Louis 
    Garneau
     Gords, $80 (regular $150)
  • Bike Shorts 3: Sugoi/Olympia Cycle and Ski, $45 (regular $90)
  • Bike Shorts 4: Specialized/Alter Ego, $45 (regular $110)
  • Bike Shorts 5: Sugoi/Alter Ego, $102
  • Bike Jersey 1: MEC, $40
  • Bike Jersey 2: Tyr/Gords, $53
  • Bike Jersey 3: Sleeveless Dakine/Ebay, $30
  • Bike Jersey 4: Luna/Ebay, $25
  • Arm Warmers: Wool Sock Guy/MEC, $30
  • Leg Warmers: Chainreactioncycles, $44
  • Arm Coolers: De Soto/Ebay, $34
  • Cycling Gloves 1: Long Finger Northwave/ Gords, $40
  • Cycling Gloves 2: Short Finger Giro/Olympia, $34
  • Rain Jacket: Patagonia/Gords, $100 (regular $200)

Other Clothing

  • Merino T-Shirt 1: Icebreaker/Ebay, $25
  • Merino T-Shirt 2: i/o bio/Ebay, $30
  • T-Shirt 3: previously purchased
  • Fleece: MEC, $70
  • Thermal Sweater: MEC, previously purchased
  • Thermal Underwear: MEC, $40
  • Thermal Shirt: MEC, $40
  • Rain Pants: MEC, $30
  • Loose Capris: MEC, $27
  • Thermal Headband: MEC, $15
  • Hiking Pants/Shorts: MEC, $75
  • Sandals: Birkenstock/Ebay, previously purchased
  • Hiking Shoes: Keen/MEC, previously purchased
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sports Bras (2)
  • Bra (1)
  • Underwear (5)
  • Socks, wool (4): MEC, $13
  • Light Long Sleeved Shirt: Running Room
  • Shorts
  • Baseball Hat
  • Toque
  • Tank Tops (2)
  • Skirt

Electronics

  • iPhone 4S, Headphones & Charger: unlocked 32gb, too much money
  • Otterbox for iPhone, gift from my brother 🙂
  • Solar Charger 2: Ebay, $15
  • DSLR Camera: Nikon D90, 18-105mm lens and charger, previously purchased
  • Nikon D90 spare battery: Ebay, $8
  • Compact Camera: Panasonic Lumix and charger, waterproof and crushproof camera, previously purchased\
  • SDHC Ultra Memory Card: SanDisk 16 GB, Ebay, $28
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 7302 YB, previously purchased
  • Other Memory Cards: 16GB + 4GB + 4GB (+iPhone)
  • Lens Filters, previously purchased
  • Remote Release Cable
  • Waterproof Bag (for valuables)
  • Spare Batteries
  • Plug Adapters

Medical/Toiletries 

Much of these items I had on hand, would have purchased anyway (e.g. contact lenses), or were provided by my lovely friends Maggie and Sara (who are both nurses)

  • Contact Lenses (5 pairs)
  • Sunglasses (2 pairs): $17
  • Glasses (2 pairs)
  • Chamois Cream (2), $35
  • Contact Lens Solution (3 Travel size)
  • Visine (2): $10
  • Sunscreen (3 bottles plus 1 face): $20
  • Travel wipes (100), $8
  • Oral Rehydration Salts: MEC: $10
  • Lotion
  • Camp Suds: MEC, $4
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Folding Shovel: $8
  • Whiz Freedom (pretty excited about this!): MEC: $20
  • Misc Feminine Products: $25
  • Insect Repellant (2): $5
  • Bandaids, Gauze, Medical Tape, Iodine, Alcohol Swabs etc (lots)
  • Painkillers & Anti-Inflammatories (various types, 4 bottles)
  • Antibiotics (3 types)
  • Altitude Medication
  • Decongestants
  • Pepto Bismol, Tums, Laxatives, Immodium: $10
  • Polysporin, Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Malaria Pills
  • Zinc Cream: $6
  • Toilet Paper
  • Face Cloth: $10
  • Compostible Bags: $2

Other

  • Lonely Planet Africa: Amazon, $25
  • Padlock for locker
  • Money Belt
  • Binoculars
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