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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 Imperial

Handlebars: Ritchey Kyote Comp (27.5° sweep) cut down to 740mm width. Ergon GC1 grips. Profile Designs Sonic Ergo 35a aerobars

Rims: Vapour 50, 29+ (would NOT buy again)

Tyres: Maxxis Chronicle 29x3.0", tubeless

Chainring: Shimano XT 30t

Cassette: Sunrace MX8 11 speed 11-46

Shifter: Shimano XT

Brakes: Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc

Pedals: Race Face Chester Flat

BAGS

Frame Bag: Alpkit Stingray

Handlebar Bag: Roadrunner Bags Jumbo Jammer

Rear Rack: Tubus Vega Classic 29" (slightly modified to fit 29+))

Backpack (on rack): Alpkit Gourdon 30

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, Alpkit Enduro Pod (rear top tube bag)

EXPEDITION KIT LIST (EVERY LAST THING)

BASE OUTFIT

Decathlon short sleeved merino t-shirt

Decathlon hiking shorts

Under Armour original boxer jocks

Merino wool socks

Adidas Terrex Brushwood shoes

Oakley Crossrange R sunglasses (Prizm Black lenses)

Baseball cap

BACKPACK (ON REAR RACK) - SLEEP SYSTEM

(SECURED TO RACK USING ROK MOTORCYCLE STRAPS)

MSR Hubba Hubba Shield tent including footprint

Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated mat

Enlightened Equipment Revelation down quilt, rated to -6°c

Zpacks sleeping bag, rated to 5°c (for doubling up sleeping bags in extreme cold)

Jagbags silk sleeping bag liner

Sea to Summit Aeros pillow premium

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clippers, mini comb

Mountain Warehouse long sleeved merino t-shirt

Mountain Warehouse merino long-johns

Merino socks x2 (one thick pair, one thin)

Scrubba washbag

GoPro Hero 5 Session (when not being used)

Logitech keys-to-go bluetooth keyboard

World flag collection stickers (for making Lara pretty)

Emergency blanket

Pouch with first aid supplies: ibuprofen, antiseptic wipes, bandages, water purification tablets

Repair kit in pouch: sewing kit, tenacious tape, cable ties, string

Bottle of extra tubeless sealant

1x inner tube (29er)

Flip-flops

FRAME BAG - HEAVY BITS + QUICK ACCESS

Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV Mini Pump (wrapped in duct tape)

GorillaPod 1K tripod

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack (packabled backpack)

Topeak D2 digital tyre pressure gauge

Sunscreen

BEZ worldwide travel adaptor plug (in ziplock bag)

Ottolock 30" bicycle lock

Extra food

DRY BAG CONTAINING VALUABLES

Passports, wallet, dummy wallet to give away if mugged, cards, documents, Kindle Paperwhite, Anker 20,000mAh battery pack, headtorch, small journal, small notebook, pens, charging cables, SD card reader for camera  

JUMBO JAMMER (HANDLEBAR BAG) - KITCHEN

Evernew Titanium 1.3L Ultralight pot containing Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-TriKojin alcohol stove, dish sponge, cigarette lighter, dish towel - all stored in a home made pot cosy

Alcohol fuel for stove in plastic coke bottle

Toilet paper, titanium trowel (TheTentLab Deuce #2)

Sea to Summit Delta Mug, tea bags

Small screwtop tupperware

Snow Peak titanium spork

Anker PowerPort Solar charger

Food

IN SMALL POCKETS AT FRONT OF THE BAG

Ortlieb 10L water bag (strapped to rack when used)

Sawyer Mini water filter, 2L Platypus bladder

Spare parts: gear cable, brake cable, brake pads, patch kit, chain tool, tubeless bacon strips, spare tubeless valves, spare nuts & bolts, chain power-link, valve tool, Brooks saddle tool, chain rag

FUEL POD (FRONT TOP TUBE BAG) - ACCESS

Compact camera in hard protective case: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80

Spare cigarette lighter

Mosquito headnet

Ortlieb transparent waterproof documents case (modified to fit my phone when attached by Quadlock)

ENDURO POD (REAR TOP TUBE BAG) - TOOLBOX

Dry chain lube

Allen key multitool

Small red light blinkie

Tyre levers

DRY BAGS ON FORKS - WEATHER GEAR

LEFT

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer down jacket

Gripgrab fingerless cycling mitts

DeFeet e-touch dura merino gloves

Merino buff

Wool beanie

Sunglasses protective case

Beard trimmer

RIGHT

RAB Windveil windbreaker

Marmot Artemis rain jacket

Marmot PreCip rain trousers

Gore-Tex waterproof socks

Rubber dishwashing gloves (100% waterproof!)

ON THE BIKE

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

2 x 800ml water bottles on bars in Alpkit Stem Cells

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

2 x 1L Zefal Magnum water bottles in bottle cages attached to forks in front of Anything Cages using hose clamps

Cateye Velo Wireless bike computer on handlebars

Spare spokes (taped to chainstay)

Click-Stand bicycle stand (wedged in behind the Jumbo Jammer)

Cheap $1 bicycle bell

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