There will be 2 types of people – those who  will never look at this section, and then those who trawl bike blogs for hours comparing kit decisions and attempting to make new discoveries.  I used to be the former, but once I set the wheels in motion to leave I became the latter.

These kit lists have been invaluable in the planning of this trip, it’s been particularly good when people critique their kit, and it’s been reassuring to find out that there are certain items that there seem to be consensus on.

the bike


Surly Long Haul Trucker – 26″ wheels in 50cm frame

with -
Cranks – Sugino XD600, 26/36/48
Shifters – Shimano Tiagra ST-4503 Triple 9-Speed STi
R. Derailleur – Shimano Deore XT
F. Derailleur – Shimano Tiagra
Cassette – Shimano Deore LX 9-speed, 11 – 36
Chain – SRAM PC-971
Seatpost – Kalloy SP342, 27.2mm diameter
Handlebar – Nitto B135 Randonneur
Brakes – Tektro Oryx Cantilever, silver
Rims – Alex Adventure 26″
Hubs – Shimano Deore XT, silver
Front rack – Tubus Lowrider Tara
Rear rack –  Tubus Rear Carrier Cargo 26
Pedals – dont know the name but I’m using foot cages and straps
Saddle – Brooks B17S
bottle carriers x3 – still to purchase

tyres – Schwalbe Marathon Mondial

bike accessories and tools
Panniers – Ortlieb Front Roller classic
Panniers – Ortlieb Back Roller classic
Handle Bar Bag – Ortleib Ultimate 5MPlus with map holder
bike computer – Blackburn atom 4.0
Kick stand – click stand
Mirror – purchased in Guadalajara
Locks – Zefal  anti theft skewers for wheels & seatpost; Kryptonite D-lock
Lights – lezyne femto drive
Spare Tyres – 2 x Schwalbe Marathon Mondial folding tyres
Rema tip top repair kit TT
Cranks bros M19 multi tool (leaving present from the lovely therapists at the ARK)
Brooks Proofide (preserving the saddle)
selection of gear and brake cables
Park Tool Bike Levers
chain lube
cloth for cleaning, an old tooth brush, a biro for marking punctures, tweezers for extracting things from tyres
bungee cords
camping stuff
tent – Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
roll mat – thermarest
sleeping bag – Vango Ultra light 300
camping pillow – lifeventure micro bead travel cushion
stove – MSR whisperlite
penknife style folding cutlery set with bottle openers
metal bowl and cup – a present from my lovely Alice
head torch petzl
MSR alpine 2 pan/pot
scouring pad, washing up liquid, spatula
Steripen freedom UV water purification devise purchased by the lovely Leah
bike clothing and shoes
Excustar bike sandals
ice breaker merino t-shirt
ice breaker merino sleeveless
Rab long sleeve jersey
padded cycling shorts – btwin
padded cycling knickers – endura (from the lovely therapists at the Hackney Ark – Thank you dearly)
Nike thin and loose sports shorts
full length leggings from uniqlo
2 x h&m sports bras
1 x merino pants
2 x AIRism uniqlo pants
Gore bike wear waterproof jacket
Off the bike clothing and footwear
throw for lying on the beach / putting on the ground
denim shorts
long sleeve t shirt
short sleeve t shirt
3 x vest tops
cotton shorts
4 x pairs of knickers
vans trainers
vans mockasins
canvas bag
HP Pavillion Notebook
IPOD (I have 2, a regular one and my old nano)
mini-x speaker
cannon power shoot camera
iphone 3s
SPOT satellite GPS messenger/tracker – organised again by Leah!
high factor sunblock for cycling
low factor sun block for sun bathing
face sunblock stick
lip sunblock
toothbrush and toothpaste and floss
hair clips, bobbles and brush
palmers cocoa body butter
nivea regenerating night cream
neutrongena oil free moisturiser
2 x nail varnishes
venus razor
shampoo and conditioner
nail clippers
make up bag with concealer, eyeliner, mascara, illuminator, benetint lipstain, lip gloss, eye brow pencil
first aid kit
collection of bandages and plasters, antiseptic wipes etc
drugs include prescription painkillers for my knee, anti sickness, anti-diahorrea, anti-histamine, anti malarials, paracetamol, ibuprofene
travel towel – gutted about having to dry myself with one of these chamois type towels, miserable
bike trip journal (birthday pressie from Sarah Jones)
the stick  physio stick
tennis ball for massaging my knee
Buff – I bad mouthed these things, but seem that its essential gear for a long distance cyclist
onya rucksack
travel hand wash detergent
2 x books – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – one hundred years of solitude and Patti Smith – Just Kids
1 x prescription lens sun glasses
2 x prescription glasses


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