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BIKE & BAGS

This page is mainly for the other bikepackers, hikers and gear junkies out there, but if you're just curious as to what someone might carry on a five year expedition around the world then you might find it interesting. My priority is durability, as I can't afford to have my kit fail me in the middle of nowhere. Beyond that it's about keeping the weight down and doing away with everything but the essentials. 

THE NOBLE STEED ('LARA')

Frame & Fork: Surly ECR, Medium, 29+ (I am 180cm)

Saddle: Brooks B17

Handlebars: Jones Loop H Bar, ESI chunky grips

Rims: Vapour 50, 29+

Tyres: Maxxis Chronicle 29x3.0" (front) and Bontrager XR2 29x3.0" (rear). Both set up tubeless.

Chainring: Shimano XT 30t

Cassette: Shimano XT 11 speed 11-46

Shifter: Shimano XT

Brakes: Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc

Pedals: Shimano XT PD-T8000

BAGS

Frame Bag: Alpkit Stingray

Seat Pack: Revelate Designs Terrapin

Handlebar Roll: Revelate Designs Harness + Saltyroll 

Handlebar Bag: Revelate Designs Egress Pocket

Fork Bags: Salsa Anything Bag x2, mounted to forks with Salsa Anything Cage HD x2

Accessories: Alpkit Fuel Pod 25 (front top tube bag), Alpkit Stem Cell x2

EXPEDITION KIT LIST (EVERY LAST THING)

BASE OUTFIT

Vaude zip-off trousers (worn as shorts)

Under Armour original boxer jocks

Mountain Warehouse short sleeved merino t-shirt

Exustar E-SS503 Bike Sandals with Shimano SPD MTB cleats

Tifosi Marzen polarized sunglasses

Leatherman Skeletool CX clipped to belt

Passport and cash in waterproof bags in pocket

HANDLEBAR ROLL

In Saltyroll

Enlightened Equipment Revelation down quilt (rated to -6c)

Jagbags silk sleeping bag liner

Sea to Summit Aeros pillow premium

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, roll-on deodorent, comb, tweezers

Mountain Warehouse long sleeved merino t-shirt

Merino socks

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer down jacket

RAB Windveil raincoat/windbreaker

Lightweight running trainers for days off

1 spare pair Under Armour boxers

Modase 40L packable hiking backpack

Merino Buff

In Egress Pocket

Small journal

Small notebook

Pens

Travel documents, bank cards, extra cash

Logitech keys-to-go bluetooth keyboard

Kindle paperwhite

World flag collection stickers (for making Lara pretty)

Tenacious Tape

Sunglasses case

Headtorch

Pedco UltraPod II mini tripod

Wrapped in by the Harness

Tarptent Moment DW including optional cross pole for freestanding

Thermarest Z-Lite Sol cut down to torso size

FRAME BAG

Toolkit: allen keys #3, 4, 5, 6 and 8, tyre levers, tyre plugs, Brooks saddle tool, tool for brakes, chain oil, dirty rag, chain tool

Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV Mini Pump

2 x Anker 20100mAh PowerCore battery packs stored in a dry bag

Steripen Ultra

GoPro Hero 5 Session

Fuel for stove

Click-Stand

The Deuce #2 titanium trowel

Food

FUEL POD

Ottolock 30" bicycle lock

Headphones

Suncream

Spare cigarette lighter

Tiny multitool: nail clippers, scissors, knife, nail file

Mosquito headnet

TERRAPIN SEAT PACK

Cookpot and stove: Evernew Titanium 1.3L Ultralight pot containing Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri Kojin alcohol stove, nail brush for cleaning, microfiber tea towel, cigarette lighter

Food

DRY BAGS ON FORKS

Gore-Tex waterproof socks

Defeet merino gloves

Zip off trouser bottoms

BEZ worldwide travel adaptor plug with cables

Toilet paper

Rarely used bits at the bottom: Orange Seal Endurance tubeless sealant, valve tool, tyre boots, chain power link, sewing kit, beard trimmer, cable ties, extra Tenacious Tape, string, 1x lightweight inner tube, patch kit, MSR Pocket Rocket 2 stove (for when I can't find alcohol fuel), first aid kit.

ON THE BIKE

Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone (for navigation) mounted to handlebars using QuadLock

2 x 1L Zefal Magnum water bottles on bars in Alpkit Stem Cells

1 x 1L Zefal Magnum water bottle in bottle cage under downtube

2 x 1L disposable plastic water bottle (eg. coke) in bottle cages attached to seat stays using hose clamps, held on with Revelate Designs washboard straps

Cateye Velo Wireless bike computer on handlebars

Sir Gingivere (cat, knight and adventure mascot extraordinaire) securely attached to bars with duct tape