AIDS/Lifecycle | Packing Instructions

AIDS/Lifecycle Cyclist, Tony Eason

After 19 bike treks from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 20th Yr AIDS/Lifecycle Veteran Cyclist, Tony Eason has finally got it figured out.

Basically, for each day of your 7 day bike trek, you pack a large zip loc bag with each day’s bike gear and nutritional supplements.

  • 2 electrolyte drink packs
  • 2 vitamin packs,
  • 1 Recovery Drink Pack,
  • 2 carbohydrate shots
  • 1 shampoo,
  • 1 toothpaste,
  • 1 razor,
  • 1 cycling jersey,
  • 1 cycling shorts,
  • 1 pair of socks,
  • 1 base layer shirt

On Day #1 of the AIDS/Lifecycle Event, unpack the first zip loc bag. Put on the bike gear. Cover yourself with Sunscreen (regardless of the sun). and ingest one of your vitamin packs.  Place the carbohydrate shots & electrolyte drink packs in your bike jersey pocket (and use throughout the day).  Leave the remaining supplements (recovery drink & vitamin pack) and toiletries in their original packed zip loc bag.

At the completion of your 1st of 7 daily rides, re-open the zip loc bag  (for Day #1).   Ingest the remaining vitamin pack. Begin to ingest your recovery drink.  Grab your toiletries and run to the showers.

After your shower:

  • Wash whatever cycling gear / hand towel  that needs to be recycled (with the extra shampoo from that day).
  • Throw out /or/ leave in the shower the excess toiletries.
  • Hang your cycling gear to dry (use the twine and clothes pins).
  • Go start eating your carbs, protein, electrolytes and fat (eating within the first 30 – 45 minutes will enhance your recovery).

And at the end of the day (before falling sleep):

  • Pack all the cycling gear from that day’s bike back in the original zip loc bag.
  • Seal the bag tight.

The second day, when you wake up, you unzip the next zip loc bag and everything you need for that day’s bike tour is inside. Put on the fresh gear. Cover yourself with Sunscreen.  Ingest one of your vitamin packs.  Place the carbohydrate shots & electrolyte drink packs in your cycling jersey pocket. And, leave the remaining supplements in their original zip loc bag.  When you bike into camp at the end of your second day, Day #2, repeat the same procedure as you did for the day before, Day #1.


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Additional  toiletries should be packed in 1 additional zip loc bag. Wrap your “in camp” clothes in the heavy duty glad bags (in case of unexpected showers during your sleeping time/or/ water damage from transport).

Also, because of condensation on the tent walls, do not let anything touch the sides of your tent.

And remember, when creating your personal packing list -“If you can’t carry your bag for two blocks ….you packed way too much shit!” See ya on the road!

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