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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 priorities are simplicity and 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. 

Note that as of March 2020 I have just made some major changes to my setup, but due to the restrictions of Coronavirus I have not yet been able to get many photos of the new rig. Some of the photos below are of older setups but  the gear list shown is fully up to date.

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: Halawa custom rolltop frame bag

Handlebar Bag: Roadrunner Bags Jumbo Jammer

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

Backpack (on rack): Osprey Talon 33

Accessories: Halawa Jhatun XL (top tube bag) and two Halawa XL feeder bags, Alpkit Enduro Pod (rear top tube bag)

EXPEDITION KIT LIST (EVERY LAST THING)

BASE OUTFIT

  • Decathlon short sleeved merino t-shirt

  • Decathlon hiking shorts

  • Merino wool Buff

  • Under Armour original boxer jocks

  • Merino wool socks

  • Merrell light hiking boots

  • Oakley Crossrange R sunglasses (Prizm Black lenses)

  • Specialized Align helmet

  • Gripgrab fingerless cycling mitts

  • Compact camera in hard protective case: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (clipped to my belt with a carabiner)

  • Wallet, Swiss Army Knife, headphones, cigarette lighter (in pockets)

BACKPACK (ON REAR RACK) - SLEEP SYSTEM

(SECURED TO RACK USING ROK MOTORCYCLE STRAPS)

  • Tarptent Rainbow tent

  • Enlightened Equipment Revelation down quilt, rated to -6°c (stored with other sleeping kit in a 13L Sea to Summit drybag)

  • 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, roll-on deodorant

  • Lightweight beard trimmer with charger

  • Merino socks x2 (one thick pair, one thin)

  • 1x spare pare Under Armour original boxer jocks

  • Scrubba washbag, 3x small clothespegs, small ziplock bag of laundry detergent

  • World flag collection stickers (for making Lara pretty)

  • Emergency blanket

  • BEZ worldwide travel adaptor plug (in ziplock bag)

  • Pouch with first aid supplies: ibuprofen, paracetemol, water purification tablets

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

  • Bottle of extra tubeless sealant

  • Crocs

  • Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer down jacket in small Sea to Summit drybag

  • IN ZIPPERED HIP BELT POCKETS FOR EASY ACCESS

  • Gore-Tex waterproof socks

  • Rubber dishwashing gloves (100% waterproof!)

  • DeFeet e-touch dura merino gloves (in ziplock bag for waterproofing)

  • IN ZIPPERED `BRAIN´COMPARTMENT FOR EASY ACCESS

  • Marmot Artemis rain jacket

  • Sea to Summit microfiber towel

FRAME BAG - HEAVY BITS + QUICK ACCESS

  • Mountain Warehouse long sleeved merino t-shirt

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

  • Food

HIP PACK CONTAINING VALUABLES

  • Passports, documents, Kindle Paperwhite, Anker 20,000mAh battery pack with USB charging cables, headtorch, small journal, small notebook, pens, SD card reader for camera, Snow Peak titanium spork

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

  • Small screwtop tupperware

  • Anker PowerPort Solar charger

  • Food

IN SMALL POCKETS AT FRONT OF THE BAG

  • Toilet paper, titanium trowel (TheTentLab Deuce #2)

JHATUN XL (FRONT TOP TUBE BAG) - ACCESS

  • Topeak D2 digital tyre pressure gauge

  • Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack (packable backpack)

  • Sawyer Mini water filter

  • 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

  • Chain tool

ON THE BIKE

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

  • Naturehike closed cell foam sleeping pad (cheapo clone of the the Thermarest ZLite), cut down to torso length, strapped onto the front of the Jumbo Jammer

  • GorillaPod 1K tripod, strapped with sleeping pad on the Jumbo Jammer

  • 2 x 1L wide mouth water bottles on bars in Halawa feeder bags

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses case, in feeder bag mesh pouches

  • 1 x 1L water bottle in bottle cage under downtube

  • Cateye Velo Wireless bike computer on handlebars

  • Spare spokes (taped to chainstay)

  • Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV Mini Pump, wrapped in duct tape (wedged in between Jumbo Jammer and feederbags)

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

  • Spare parts in plastic bag and attached to bike under the downtube using Halawa Tamal: gear cable, brake cable, brake pads, patch kit, tubeless bacon strips, spare tubeless valves, spare nuts & bolts, chain power-link, valve tool, Brooks saddle tool, chain rag

  • 1x regular 29er inner tube, attached to bike under the saddle using Halawa Tamal

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

OVERVIEW

After three years of experimenting, I find this setup to be just about the perfect compromise between weight, convenience and comfort. The backpack on my rear rack contains everything that I don’t need during the day (tent, sleep system, extra clothes, toiletries etc.) while the front handlebar bag and my framebag are both almost completely free for food. Water capacity is 3 litres on the bike (in plastic water bottles) as well as an extra 10L in a water bladder which can be easily strapped onto my rack, making for 13L total capacity. This could of course be further extended by strapping on extra plastic water bottles. With this setup I can comfortably carry food for 2-3 weeks when necessary. Total capacity is over 70 litres, which is comparable to a standard 4-pannier touring setup but in a much more stable, balanced and lightweight package.

 

The bike itself has a weight of around 15kg, and the base weight of all the rest of my bags and gear (everything except food and water) is somewhere in the range of 13kg, making for a total bike + gear base weight of around 28kg. Not the lightest rig, but considering the versatility, convenience and carry-potential I’m very happy with this setup.