Though boring to some, knowing what equipment other people are using when you are planning trip is worth a lot, so here goes...








Frame: Surly Long Haul Trucker. Steel frame which is still quite light and can be fixed a lot more easily than an alloy frame.

Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon XR, supposed to be the longest lasting tyres that exist, we'll see if it's true!

Components: XT cranks, gears and brakes.

Hubs: Hope XC, easy to replace the bearings.

Rack: Tubus

Saddle: Brooks B17


1 x brake cables

2 x shifter cables

4 x brake pads

10 x spokes

2x tubes

4 x hose clamps

wire ties in various sizes

fabric tape

nuts and bolts


Leatherman multi-tool

Crank bros bike multi tool

Small crescent wrench

Hypercracker (to remove the cassette without the usual bulky tools)

Tyre levers


Chain oil

Patch kit


2 x Ortlieb back roller panniers

Ortlieb ultimate 5 plus handlebar bag

Cactus climbing 30 l day pack

13 l dry bag

Macpac sleeping bag

Therm-a-rest 3/4 sleeping mat

Haglöfs 4 season tent

Primus multi-fuel stove

Cateye cycle computer


Cycle lock and cable

Silk sleeping bagliner

Head lamp

Cooking pot and plastic bowl


Wind protector for stove


2 x padded mountain biking shorts

Zip-off nylon pants

2 x short sleeve button up shirts

3 x Icebreaker t-shirts

Icebreaker long sleeve top

Icebreaker sweater

Macpac sundowner down jacket

Macpac light-weight rain pants

Millet rain jacket

Lycra knee warmers

Swimming shorts

Gore-tex mitts

Wind-stopper fleece gloves

Cotton gloves

Woollen socks

Cotton socks

Boxer shorts

Travel towel

Other stuff

Digital SLR camera

17-55 mm lens

70-200 mm lens

Memory cards

Memory card backup


Extra batteries

Point and shoot camera

Memory card reader

Mobile with built in GPS

Picture dictionary, just point at what you want

Passport and waterproof pouch

First-aid kit with the basics plus some antibiotics and a few other things to get me through most things

10 mof 2 mm cord

Teva sandals

Merrell leather shoes