Just in case anyone else is thinking of doing some long distance cycling we thought that it might assist to set out the kit that we took with us on this trip.
High pressure pumps
Water bottles (including 1 each that has a filter to allow us to filter river water)
Altura Bar Bags (very useful as detachable from the bike)
Racks (front and back for David, just back for Bernie)
Brooks leather saddle for David (who swears by this) and now for Bernie too (squeaks but is more comfortable than the ones that are silent)
1 x D type Lock and cable (of course)
1 extended cable to extend the lock
Cycling fingerless gloves
Waterproof warn weather cycling gloves
Waterproof overshoes (booties)
Toolkit containing basic tools, puncture repair kits.
Spare tubes for both bikes and trailer
We did the first 3 legs with Carryfreedom trailers
with 2 wheels. We packed most of the kit into a large back that sits on David’s trailer (weighing about 40 pounds) and had a smaller one for Bernie. However we reverted to Carradice
heavy duty panniers for the next trip.
We have 2 old goose down sleeping backs with silk inner sleeping bags, packed in drybag containers. However we use lighter sleeping bags for the summer parts.
Neo Air Thermarest (highly recommended)
Everyone has their own view on how many sets of clothes to take but we had 2 sets of cycling clothes plus one set of casual clothes each, all stuffed into a single drybag.
Micro fleece jumper
Full Fleece jackets – not used on summer trip but essential at high altitude in autumn/fall
Merino wool thermal top and leggings. Leggings useful as cycling leggings as well as wearing in evenings or under trousers.
1 pair of cycling shoes and 1 pair trainers each
1 whisperlite stove plus 2 petrol (gas) canisters. This works off standard unleaded petrol (gas) and was hugely reliable.
1 set of pans
Spork and knife set
I light bread knife
2 x penknives
1 wooden spoon
Tablet and logitech keyboard
Garmin 1000 Edge
Battery recharging unit
1 micro towel
Scrabble and cards
Notebook and pens (essential)
Role of Duck tape (never travel without this)
Here are a few notes of things to bear in mind (for us and possibly for others):
1. A good stock of Zip-loc bags is useful. Acquire in the UK before leaving as they are hard to come by in some countries.2. Same with milk powder and tea bags.
3. It may be sensible to investigate getting a Sim Card that will work with phones (to create a mobile hotspot for the tablet) for multiple countries on a pay as you go basis.
4. We failed to download and read guidebooks well enough in advance (indeed in advance at all on occasions). Must remedy this for next trip to get the best out of the journey.
5. We also need to download City Maps in advance.
6. Need to download Garmin maps well in advance and check they work.
7. We used bike bags for travelling in the past but the bikes had various bits of damage when they arrived, so we have decided that we will box the bikes for the outward flights in the future.
8. We also need to think about better lighting systems for the bikes.
9. We need to invest in decent head torches.
10. Rechargeable batteries for both AA and AAA.