The following lists outline most of the gear that we are carrying, and can certainly be used as a starting point for planning cycling adventures.
We purchased most of the gear in the year leading up to our departure. Almost all of it was bought in the sales or using discount cards (joining the British Mountaineering Council for £15 for one year gives decent discounts at a number of outdoor shops).
After the winter months we will add kit reviews for what we believe are the most important items of kit that we carry, hopefully this will provide an unbiased opinion of what works and what does not. Happy reading…
Initial kit that we left Britain with. Some of it has been jettisoned, some of it has proved to be very useful!
- baselayers: (underwear: Kathmandu boxers, Kathmandu pants, thermal leggings: Icebreaker Everyday 200 series, thermal tops: Icebreaker Everyday 200 series)
- socks: (various, but all are predominantly made of merino)
- waterproof socks: (steven: Sealskinz Thick Mid Length, katie: Showers Pass Crosspoint Mid-Calf WP Socks) One pair of each. These should not really be necessary as our shoes and over shoes should keep us dry.
- t-shirts: (Icebreaker 150 series)
- hoodies: (steven: Icebreaker 260 series, katie: Icebreaker 320 series)
- cycling shorts: (steven:, Endura mountain bike shortskatie: old running shorts and leggings) We did not purchase anything special for the trip, just what we already had.
- trousers: (steven: MEN’S PARAMOUNT PEAK II CONVERTIBLE PANTS, katie: Women’s Ortler Pants)
- shoes: (steven: Merrel Goretex, katie: HAGLÖFS ROC ICON Q GT)
- rain jackets: (steven: Berghaus Men’s Velum III GORE-TEX® Active Jacket, katie: Mountain Equipment Saltoro Jacket)
- rain trousers: (Kathmandu GoreTex trousers)
- over shoes: (VAUDE GAITER rain overshoes)
- gloves: (steven: Sealskinz extreme cold, katie: Showers Pass hard shell) Aside from our warm gloves we have a random assortment of thinner gloves. We did not purchase these other gloves specifically for this journey, they were just lying around the house. It should be noted that they have all been very useful so far, like layering for your body it has been good to have various types of gloves for the various temperatures.
- beanies: we did not purchase any special beanies, just what we already had. We have one each.
- down jackets: (Rab Neutrino Endurance)
tools and spares
- knife: (Leatherman) Don’t leave home without one!
- folding tyre: (Schwalbe)
- chains: We carry at least two spare at all times. Currently they are lasting around 4,000kms.
- inner tubes: (Schwalbe) We also have an assortment of patches. Our method of repairing a tyre is to replace with a new tube and then repair old tube at a later date. This has worked well so far.
- brake pads: (Magura, specific for our braking system) We carry around 6 sets.
- spokes: An assortment of spare spokes, around 12 of each (front and back).
- tools: (allen keys, chain remover, chain gauge, cassette lockring remover, tyre leavers, puncture repair kit)
- oils: (chain oil, grease, seat oil)
- water purification: (SteriPEN)
- water bladders: (Ortlieb 10ltr)
- gps: (Magellan eXplorist 310) This is not used for navigation, solely for recording where we are staying and any milestones that we may pass.
- first aid kit: (Life Systems Solo Traveller)
- laptop: (Macbook Air)
- cameras: (Canon 700d, Olympus Tough)
- kindles: We each have our own Kindle. Great investment, however, we find that we don’t actually have as much time as we would like to read. Once you finish a days cycling, setup the tent, and cook we are pretty much ready for sleep.
- seat covers: (Brooks rain cover)
- high visibility coats: We each have a coat. We very rarely wear them, preferring to drape them over our back roll bag. Great for cycling with, but need to be removed prior to looking for somewhere to wild camp.
- sunglasses: (steven: nothing special, just normal sunglasses from home, katie: Prescription sunglasses from Optilabs)
- towels: (LifeVenture SoftFibre Trek Towels)
- buffs: (one each)
- thermus flask: Picked one up in Samsun; great for having a ready made warm drink during the day.