The Pedalshift Project 108: Preparing to Bicycle Puget Sound by Brompton

Recorded live before a (mostly) well-behaved studio audience, from Costa Rica, to Australia and across the United States! I unveiled my plans to bicycle Puget Sound by Brompton in a few weeks, including the crazy transit plans, the route, the campgrounds, the pack list and much more. Big thanks to everyone who participated live – we will do it again this spring!

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The Pedalshift Project 108: Preparing to Bicycle Puget Sound by Brompton

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Hey watch the video, with extras that got edited out of the pod (for a damn good reason in some instances…) 

The Journal – preparing to Bicycle Puget Sound by Brompton

  • Early March in Washington state… what could go wrong?
  • Will pull the plug on this if there’s a coastal storm, but not if there’s normal rain
  • DC to Potlatch SP by crazy ass transit (bike to plane to light rail to ferry to bus to bus to bike)
  • Hooking up with a modified Pacific Coast route from there:
  • Lake Sylvia SP
  • Bay Center (either the KOA or Pioneer County Park)
  • Astoria
  • Then bus to PDX!


  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • pad 
  • pump (on frame)
  • spare tube
  • multitool (in bike)
  • spork
  • Cook kit and esbit stove w/lighter
  • VIA coffee
  • Bandannas x3
  • Camp towel
  • Wool sweater
  • Puffer vest
  • Rain jacket and hood
  • New rain pants
  • LS shirts x2
  • Rain gloves
  • underwear x2
  • socks x2 (smart wool and waterproof)
  • toiletry bag (incl. ibuprofin, caffeine and electrolyte pills)
  • hat (SU cold hat plus sonics cap)
  • helmet
  • batteries and cable
  • Headphones (wired buds, Bluetooth, noise cancels)
  • iPhone
  • water bottles x3
  • Locks x2 (Otto and folder)
  • wallet

Adds if possible (in order of priority)

  • Sleep clothes
  • Spare pants
  • Flip Flops or sandals
  • Faux Pro
  • Good stove in case I can find fuel


  • Brompton with stealth cover
  • Front shoulder bag pannier – load up with quick need things like water bottle, hat, locks, wallet, lights, tube on top. Fill with pad etc on bottom.
  • Backpack, hung from saddle dowel
  • Both bags have rain covers but aren’t themselves waterproof. I will likely use the backpacker trick of a trash compactor bag inside the pack to give some redundant waterproofing.
  • My tent has two great vestibules. I’ll plan on the folded Brompton being on one side, wet gear on the other.

My Touring Brompton Build


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