Cycle touring gear
Before we started this adventure, hours were wasted scanning blogs as we researched what gear was needed to live on our bikes for months on end. It´s easy to be scared once you see all gear used by some people out there. But then we (Manon) realised you don´t to spend thousands of dollars on fancy gear to have an adventure of your own. We´re not professional, and we´re not trying to break any records, so we´re trying to keep things simple.
I got a little too excited looking at all the best bikes on the market, but wanted to find a no-frills touring bike for under 600 euros. I found exactly that in my well-built german machine:
Manon went for a different approach, and when looking for a bike had 1 principle: As cheap as possible! She managed a killer deal at the local bike co-op, picking up an MBK greenfield bike with luggage racks, suspension and disc breaks for only 200 euros.
Camping, cooking and luggage
- MSR Hubba Bubba Tent
- MSR Whisperlite international stove. This uses petrol, so it´s easy to fill up in any country.
- MSR 2.5 litre and 1.5 litre pots
- Quechua forclaz air sleeping mat (best buy for only 30 euros)
- Simond Makalu I sleeping bag. Great buy: goes to -4 degrees and cost 120 euros at Decathlon, half the price of most bags out there. Keeps you warm and toasty at night!
- 2 x plastic plates from Decathlon, 2 coffee mugs, knives and forks from home
- Lifestraw mission 15 litre - We couldn´t recommend this highly enough! It makes any water safe to drink, and saves us buying endless plastic bottles.
- 4 x 24L Thule panniers (2 each). Great waterproof luggage that has got us through a few storms already
- 1 x 40L and 1 x 20L backpack
- 3 x organic cotten T-shirts from Patagonia (absolutley love, don´t smell after sweaty days)
- 2 x merino wool long sleve tops
- 1 x Kathmandu soft shell jacket
- 1 x Quechua rain jacket
- 1 x Duck down jacket (for those -10 days we´re expecting in Armenia)
- 2 x pants
- 1 x shorts
- 8 x socks and underwear
- 1 x beanie and gloves
Pretty much what was in my cupboard that I thought could make it through the bike trip and was not scared of trashing:
- 5 T-shirts- not cotton, unfortunately, so I do happen to smell worse than Ben
- 1 Quechua rain jacket
- 1 Quechua fleece
- 1 Btwin warm cycling top
- 2 pants, one given to me in India and one given to me by a kind Turkish woman
- Socks and underwear
- Beanie and gloves
- Ukelele (Manon´s learning some killer skills)
- 1 x Kindle - Absolute winner since we´ve run out of books and can´t find any along the way
- 1 x iphone
- 1 x Panasonic Gx7 digital camera (bought in Georgia, and still learning how to use)
- 1 x dodgy chinese powerbank for iphone charging
- Basic tool kit
- 1 spare inner tube
- Puncture patching kit
- Spare brakes for Manon (discs) and Ben (V pads)
- Brake cables