Baja Divide

The Baja Divide is a long of road bike ride in Mexico.


I will be sleeping in a bivvy bag or cowboy camping (sleeping under the stars), and sometimes in a hotel.
My bike generates electricity using a dyanmo hub in the front wheel.
I will carry up to 12 liters of water ~26 lbs.
I will supply from stores along the way.
I can expect to go 2-3 days without food and water re-supply.

I will be in and out of cellphone reception,  but I will carry a SPOT beacon for emergencies.

Once my spot beacon is registered here : Track Leaders Baja Divide 2018 


Paul’s Baja Divide Packing list:


Salsa Mukluk Fat Bike
Manitou Mastodon Suspension Fork
Handlebars: Jones H-Bar
Dynamo: Shutter Precision PD-8X Fat 150mm
Dynamo Front light and USB charger: Sinewave Cycles Beacon
Rear Dynamo Light
Front Bag: Revelate Designs Sweetroll
Rear Panniers: Ortlieb sport rollers
Custom Frame Bag
Salsa Rear Rack
Seat: Cirrus Cycles Body Float Seat Post

Long Sleve: REI Sahara
Wool Layer: Smart Wool long sleeve ziper
Waterproof Rain Shell: Marmot Precip
Down jacket: Sierra Designs
Biking/hiking shorts: Zoic Ether Cycling Shorts
Padded cycling short liners
Outdoor research running tights (for cold days)

Short finger MTB gloves
Insulating gloves
Socks x1  – Darn Tough
1/2 Buff – Colorado Flag
Shoes: Altra Trail Running shoes Lone Peak 3.5

Power bank: Pass through Goal Zero 20 ( why pass through? )
Phone: Samsung S7 (used for navigation with Backcountry Navigator and Osmand+ apps)
Cellphone mount: Quad Lock

Helmet – mtb style with hiking hat underneath
Spare prescription glasses
Headtorch: running headlamp
Back up torch
Sunscreen & lip salve
1 x 750ml bicycle water bottles
3x 3.0 liter Platypus bladder
2x 64 oz bottles one fork mounted one downtube mounted.

Bivvy bag – Mountain Laurel Designs (A bivy is a really small tent)
Sleeping bag: Go-lite quilt
Sleeping mat: Thermarest Extra-small
Patch kit
Toiletries (cut down toothbrush, toothpaste, soap)
Microtowel, small
Pocket knife – Opinel from France … fancy
Water purification
Small cigarette lighter
First aid kit: painkillers, antibiotic ointment, bandaids, steristrips, suture kit, non-stick dressings, tape, antihistamines, prescription antibiotics, gastro-soothe
Spot (used for updating location and as an emergency beacon)
Printed Baja maps (for overview/backup)

Bike tools/repairs
tiny bike pump
spare tube
bike lock, lightweight (to stop opportunists)
chain lube
Topeak Multi-tool with chainbreaker
Very small adjustable wrench
Side cutter
spare screws and nuts
Tubeless tyre plugs (use Leatherman to insert)
Spare disc brake pads (x2 pairs)
cable ties
duct tape

Paul’s Photography Kit
Fuji X-T2 Mirror less camera
Cleaning kit
2 spare batteries for the Fuji
64 GB SanDisk SD card (x3)
Sirui T-024X carbon fibre tripod
All camera gear carried in Lowepro Flipside backpack to prevent unnecessary wear on gear.
Too many usb cables.

My packing list is based of of Mark Watson and Hana Black’s Packing list