Travels By Trike

The Continuing Adventures of Myrtle the Turtle

Gear and Equipment

I am continually upgrading my gear. Somethings work better than others and I'll be documenting observations about my equipment. (Items crossed out were used on earlier tours and, over the years, have been replaced.)

Trike and Accessories:

Current touring trike - no motor

HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs with 20 inch wheels

Son hub dynamo with front and rear B&M Lumotec lighting system

Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes

Ortlieb recumbent bags

Ortlieb 31 liter rack bag

Smokey Mountain saddle bags

Seat bags

Fastback 3 liter hydration bladder and unbottle bag

Helmet with mirror, blinky, helmet mount for video cam and extra long visor

Purple Sky flag, hi-vis green el wire and ellumiglow glow cord

Waterproof fabric seat cover

Tire pump

3 bungy cords

Repair bag with assorted tools, tubes, patch kit and tire-irons, zip-ties, velcro and duct tape

World's loudest whistle on a retractable string I keep on my waistband or jersey pocket for safety

Radical Design Solo Aero pods for hardshell seat

SRAM DD internal geared hub


ipod nano

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 camera with 32 GB card and 2 extra batteries

Garmin Edge 800

Macbook Air 13” laptop

Outlet adapter for foriegn countries

Power strip with 4 outlets

2 USB adapter plugs

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 - 7 inch tablet

Sony HDR-AS100V helmet camera with 64 GB card and wrist monitor

2 extra Sony batteries

Portable Seagate .5T hard drive for back-up

cables, mostly USB for each device

iphone 1

itouch 4

Garmin 705

Asus eeePC

Verizon Mifi and cell phone

Amazon Kindle ereader

V.I.O. pov hd helmet camera

Sony NEX 5 with 16mm, 18-55mm and 18-200mm lenses

Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with charger

Google Nexus 7

Camping Gear:

Big Agnes Copper Spur 1 person tent + footprint

Feathered Friends Osprey 30 degree down sleeping bag

Exped Synmat ultralight sleeping pad

Silk liner for sleeping bag

32oz aluminum cooking pot with plastic strainer lid

Trangia alcohol stove with pot stand

Sani-fem fud

REI air pillow

Covered 3" serrated knife

Metal fork and spoon

18 liter REI backpack for flight carry-on and walking around bag

2 lighters

scrubby sponge

1 trekking pole

Planetary Designs french press mug

Snowpeak titanium stove + fuel canister

Swiss army knife with beer and wine opener

Platypus wine preserver bladder

Exped downmat 7 sleeping pad (US tour)




long colorful scarf

bathing suit

Keen sandals

Bike Nashbar Ragster cycling shoes with SPD clips

2 thin wicking t-shirts

2 thin wool 3/4-zip long sleeve tops

1 cycling compression shorts

1 cycling compression capri

1 sleeveless jersey

1 short sleeve jersey

1 wrap-around skirt for off-trike modesty over the cycling shorts

2 neck cycling scarfs

2 cycling socks

1 thick wool sleeping socks

1 walking sock

1 walking long pants

1 walking capri

1 walking short

1 sleeping t-shirt

1 pajama legging/base layer

2 bras

3 underwear

1 mid weight jacket




rain pants/jacket

Sealskinz waterproof socks with thin liner socks



1 large towel





razor with 5 disposable blades


eye mask

ear plugs

nail clippers

7 months contact lenses

saline and extra case

6 chapstick





hair brush


mirror with suction cup


Greenspeed GTO setup used from 2007-2011

Greenspeed GTO with SRAM 3 speed internal hub

Magura hydraulic disc brakes

Son hub dynamo with B&M Lumotec lighting system

Dahon Biologic Recharge from dynamo hub with USB outlet

Cargo Monster

Xtracycle bags

Large blue Ikea plastic bags inside Xtracycle bags

Myrtle the Turtle waterproof blanket to cover Xtracycle bags

Electric Assist: (used only for US southern tier tour in 2010)

700 watt Ecospeed mid-drive motor

Cycle Analyst

2 - 36V 10 amp hour Ping batteries

2 - 5 amp battery chargers

2 Arkel trike triangle bags for battery storage