Gear Selection for the GAP Trail

Wednesday through Friday, I’ll be riding and bikepacking on the Gap Trail and C&O Canal Trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. This three-day ride will cover over 100 miles a day and cross the Eastern Continental Divide. Daily updates with photos and more will be posted on the trip, but for now, here is a peak at our gear selection that I’ll have aboard my SRAM 1x-equipped Moots Psychlo X cross bike.

Front Bag / Compression Sack


Blackburn Outpost Handlebar Roll
Therm-a-Rest 3 Season Down Sleeping Bag
Therm-a-Rest Neoair Xlite Sleeping Pad
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Tent
Montane Fireball Pullover

Saddle Bag


Blackburn Outside Seat Pack and Drybag.
CEP Compression Sleeves • CEP makes a great compression sleeve. Perfect for sleeping in and recovering.
Swiftwick Aspire 7 socks • Fast drying, keeps away the odor and the Aspire 7 has a great height for cycling.
Pearl Izumi Elite Jersey, Bibs and arm warmers.
Showers Pass Body-mapped baselayer • perfect base layer for cool mornings.
Prana Bridger Jeans • lightweight and not to hot for evenings around the fire
Ibex Woolies Boxer Breif
Ibex Woolies Top
Chamois Butt’r • with three 100 plus mile days it is crucial to prevent chafing
Small First Aid Kit w/matches
3mm by 30′ string


iPhone 6s with UAG Case
iPad Air 2 with UAG Case
iPad/iPhone Charger
USB cable for Garmin and lights
Blackburn Central front and rear light
Garmin Edge 500


2 tire levers
1 stans
2 tubes
1 pump
1 CO2 and head
Blackburn Grid 13 multitool


Since the route of the GAP and C&O Canal Trail pass numerous towns I am opting out of packing a stove, cookwear, food and such and will stop on a daily basis and grab food towards the end of each day.

I’ll have two 24 ounce bottles on board that I can refill every 2 to 3 hours.

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