KIT

We were obsessed with curating the perfect kit list leading up to the trip. And before we left in April, we spent an afternoon perfecting a series of knolling shots of everything we were taking with us. Evidence below. Like many other cycle tourists on their first round-the-world trip, however, we had packed far too much – we’d sent a lot home within the first few months. We carried on whittling away at what remained, until we had a bunch of stuff we would say we couldn’t comfortably do the trip without. So here’s the updated list. 

THE BIKES

  • Surly Disc Truckers (50 cm & 54 cm)

  • Shimano 105 groupset with 11-40t cassette and Wolf Tooth RoadLink

  • Front wheels: Halo Vapour 32 spoke rim with Son 28 Dynamo hub and Cinq 5 headset plug

  • Rear wheels: Ryde Andra 30 36 spoke rim with steel Hope hub (changed from Halo Vapour after 2 cracked rims)

  • Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 26x2.0

  • Tubus Logo Evo rear racks (silver & black)

  • Tubus Tara Lowrider front racks (silver & black)

  • Brooks B-17 leather saddle with rain cover

  • Brooks B-17s leather saddle with rain cover

  • Shimano PD-A530 platform/clipless MTB pedals

  • Bike fit with Tony Corke @ Cloud 9 Cycles (London)

  • Cycle Sure (UK bike insurance with unlimited time abroad)

PANNIERS & BIKE ACCESSORIES

  • Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus rear bags (blue & black)

  • Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus front bags (blue & black)

  • Ortlieb Medium Rack Pack (yellow & red) (posted to New Zealand full of winter kit)

  • Ortlieb Ultimate 6 handle bar bag (black)

  • Ortlieb Ultimate 6 S Plus handle bar bag (blue)

  • CatEye Volt 1200 front light

  • CatEye Volt 800 front light

  • 2x Bontrager Flare R rear lights

  • 2x QuadLocks

  • 4x 700 ml Nalgene bottles

  • 2x generic 500 ml bottles

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CAMP

  • MSR Hubba Tour 2 tent (2.38 kg; fits 2 bikes in vestibule)

  • MSR Hubba Tour 2 groundsheet 

  • Vango Ultralite 900 sleeping bag

  • Robens Caucasus 300 down sleeping bag

  • Women’s Thermarest NeoLite sleeping mat

  • Thermarest NeoLite sleeping mat

  • 2x Sea to Summit Premium silk liners (long rectangle)

  • Sea to Summit Aeros Premium inflatable pillow

  • Half-sized regular pillow

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KITCHEN

  • Primus Omni-Fuel I stove and 1 L fuel bottle

  • Primus Omni-Fuel I maintenance kit

  • Primus ETA pans (1 L, 1.8 L, 3 L)

  • Platypus Gravity Works 4 L water filter (bacteria)

  • SteriPen Quantum Rapid 4 L water purifier (viruses)

  • 2x Primus bowls (pack in pans)

  • 2x Lifeventure spoons

  • 2x mugs

  • MSR chopping board

  • MSR knife

  • MSR grater

  • Spatula

  • Tin opener

  • 3x clip plastic tubs (1 for butter, 2 for overnight oats)

  • IKEA food clips, food bags, lighters

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JEN CLOTHES

  • Specialized Riata MTB cycle shoes

  • Merrell Salida hiking shoes

  • Teva Terra Lite leather walking sandals

  • Sportful baggy cycle shorts

  • North Face zip-off walking trousers

  • 2x Royal Robbins hiking shirts

  • Ice Breaker merino t-shirt and vest top

  • 2x sports bras

  • 4x knickers

  • 2x Ice Breaker merino socks

  • Rapha merino jumper

  • Berghaus waterproof jacket

  • Berghaus Hydro-Down jacket

  • Merino Buff

  • Morvélo cycle cap

  • Rapha fingerless gloves

  • Bikini (crop top and shorts)

  • Generic UV400 sunglasses

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DAN CLOTHES

  • Giro Rumble VR MTB cycle shoes

  • North Face Hedgehog walking shoes

  • Columbia walking sandals

  • Rapha cycle shorts

  • North Face Paramount zip-off walking trousers

  • Adidas sport shorts

  • 2x Ice Breaker t-shirts

  • Columbia hiking shirt

  • 4x boxer shorts

  • 3x Ice Breaker/Rapha merino socks 

  • Berghaus waterproof jacket

  • Rab Hydro-Down jacket

  • Rapha merino buff

  • FWE cycle cap

  • Specialized Grail fingerless gloves

  • Swimming shorts

  • Prescription sunglasses

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TECH

  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 5SE

  • Garmin Edge 1000

  • SPOT Gen 3 tracker

  • CatEye Velo 5 cycle computer

  • Panasonic Lumix LX 100

  • GoPro Hero 5 with various mounts

  • Macbook Pro

  • Macbook Air

  • 3x 1 TB harddrives 

  • Kindle Paperwhite

  • JBL Clip 2 waterproof speaker

  • 2x Apple headphones and splitter

  • 2x Anker PowerCore 26800 battery packs

  • 2x Black Diamond head torches 

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WASHBAG

  • Kathmandu wash bag

  • 2x microfibre towels

  • Dettol soap in soap dish

  • 2x roll-on deodorants 

  • 2x toothbrushes in cases

  • Toothpaste and floss

  • Shampoo and conditioner sachets

  • Suncream

  • Moisturiser 

  • Brush and bobbles 

  • Beard comb and beard oil

  • Tweezers

  • Nail clippers

  • Razor

  • Epilator

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STUFF

  • LifeSystems Traveller first aid kit and various medicines

  • Jungle Formula Deet roll-on and antihistamine bite cream

  • 2x Ortlieb 10 L water pouches

  • Penknife

  • Trowel (outside toilet)

  • 2x On-Guard Gold Standard locks (for insurance)

  • Padlock

  • Whistle

  • Binoculars

  • Passport copies

  • Passport photos

  • Notebook and pens

  • Playing cards

  • Small sewing kit

  • Amazon Basic packing cubes

  • Dry bags (Vango & Alpkit)

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BIKE TOOLS

  • Puncture repair kit and instant stick patches 

  • Tyre levers

  • Lezyne Micro floor pump with gage

  • Topeak Alien II multi tool

  • 10 mm Allen key

  • NBT2 (cassette remover)

  • Bike oil

  • Bike grease

  • Reusable cable ties 

  • Electrical tape

  • Superglue 

BIKE SPARES

  • 4x inner tubes

  • 8x spokes and nipples

  • 2x Shimano 105 chains

  • 4 gear cables

  • 4 brake cables

  • 4 brake pads

  • Quick Link

  • Various sized M5, M6 nuts, bolts and washers

  • Various Ortlieb panniers spares (clips, screws etc)

  • Steel hose clamp

  • Cable caps ends