Thank you Tractor Supply Company, for a wonderful slogan. The Bike and Build gear list is done, finally replacing the old gear guide that was mostly incomprehensible and rather less than useful. It started as a simple list of the things to bring, and ballooned into a giant explanation of why you need the stuff you need out there. so I hope it answers Badanes request for an explanation of why you should shell out for good stuff.
A big thanks to Emilio DeSoto for the awesome gear bag, Glenn, Jose who did a lot of work on it, Nate for the idea of the double sleeping bag system, and Badanes for the encouragement for doing it.