The full gear list

It is impossible to have just one perfect gear list. Every trip is different, so it would be foolish to say that this list is the best. What kind of bags we use, what clothing we bring, do we carry cooking gear? It all depends on the trip. This is the full list of all the gear that we have and what we set off with when we just started bicycle touring.

Spoiler alert, this list is too long. For every trip we now try to think what we actually need. Are there bike shops around that can help us with spare parts and tools or will we be in remote areas where we have to fix everything ourselves? In South East Asia chances are big you won't be cooking, so you won't need this much cooking gear. For every trip we make we will post a gear list, like this one of the Annapurna Circuit Trek!

Bikes and bags

What kind of bike do you need for a bicycle tour? A sturdy one! We've put our bikes through hell. Threw them on top of busses from which they of course fell off. Stuffed them in boxes for air travel, loaded them on trains and pretty much tried to ride them to the ground. Somehow they survived all this terror. They are a bit squeaky and need some true love and care, but this set-up actually proved to work for us.

Read more about our bikes here.

SABINA ROBIN
Avaghon S28 Avaghon X29
Shimano Deore Shimano Deore
TRP Spyre mechanical disc brake TRP Spyre mechanical disc brake
Shimano LX disc & dynamo Shimano LX disc & dynamo
Ryde Sputnik rim, 36 spokes Ryde Sputnik rim, 36 spokes
Schwalbe Marathon Green, 50-622 Schwalbe G-ONE Allround 29 x 2.25
AXA LUXX70 Plus USB Jones bar H-loop
Shimano Deore XT SPD pedals T8000 AXA LUXX70 Plus USB
Tubus Logo & Tubus Duo Lowrider racks Shimano Deore XT SPD pedals T8000
Brooks Cambium All Weather C19 Carved Tubus Logo & Tubus Duo Lowrider racks
Ortlieb ultimate six classic, 7l Brooks Cambium All Weather C17 Carved
Apidura backcountry food pouch, 0.8l Revelate Designs harness + dry bag
Vaude aqua front, 28l Revelate Designs egress pocket
Apidura expedition full frame pack, 7.5l Apidura Expedition top tube tag, 1l
Apidura expedition saddle pack, 14l Ortlieb front roller classic, 25l
  Ortlieb back roller classic, 40l

 

Tools & spare parts

A well-thought tool kit can be a true life saver. Figuring out what the necessary tools are can be a difficult task. So here’s a detailed overview of the tools that will help solve most of your issues on the fly during your around the world cycling trip or bikepacking adventure in the backcountry. 

Read the whole post about our tools here.

Lezyne multi tool Park Tool TB-2 tire boots
Swiss Tools allen keys Schwalbe inner tubes
Cyclus spoke wrench Shimano brake cables
Shimano Hollowtech II tool Shimano gear cables
Park Tool FR-5.2G cassette lockring tool TRP brake pads
Park Tool MLP 1.2 missing link connector KMC missing links
Park Tool CT-5 chain breaker Sapim spokes and nipples
Muc-Off chain lube Bolts and nuts
Cyclus anti seize lube Zip-ties
Lezyne pump Gorilla Tape
Lezyne tire levers Sea To Summit straps
Park Tool GP-2 patch kit Bungee cords

Camping

Being completely off the grid can feel so amazing. Good shelter is key to make sure you get a good nights rest so you can hop on that bike fresh the next day. Our camping set-up isn't very minimal but it sure as hell is comfortable. If you will be camping for months like we did it might be a good idea to invest in some quality materials. Like famous Tour de France winner Joop Zoetemelk said: 'the tour is won in bed'. That goes for a bicycle tour as well!

See the full post about our camping gear here.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX2 tent Sea to Summit 100% Premium Silk liner
MSR Universal Footprint Black Diamond Storm head torches
Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Regular sleeping mat Biolite Sitelight Mini lights
Sea to Summit Spark III sleeping bag (Robin) MSR Fabric repair kit
Sea to Summit Flame III sleeping bag (Sabina) Exped Permanent Home repair kit
Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Down Regular Sea to Summit spare valve flaps
Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme liner  

Kitchen

In South-East Asia we didn't touch our stove once. We only boiled water with the electric heating element to brew some coffee. The food was so cheap, we couldn't be bothered to cook. In Central Asia however, I don't think we would have survived without our well-equipped kitchen. The kitchen gear isn't heavy, it's just really bulky and takes up a lot of storage space.

We tell more about our cooking gear in this blog post.

MSR Whisperlite International stove AeroPress Go
MSR Fuel bottle 591 ml/20 fl Lighter
Sea to Summit Alpha 2 pot cook set, including mugs and bowls Sponge
Sea to Summit Alpha pan Grip lock bags
Sea to Summit X-Plate MSR dish brush/scraper
Egg box Sawyer Mini Water filter
Sea to Summit Alpha light spork and knife Sawyer Squeeze bags 32 oz
Opinel knife no. 10 MSR Dromlite 3L
Victorinox Swiss Army knife Camelbak Podium bottles
Electric heating element  

Clothing

There's only two thing you need to know about a good wardrobe for bicycle touring: good quality padded shorts and merino wool. The padded shorts will save your butt when you spend hours and hours in the saddle. For all other clothes, socks, jerseys, sweaters, see if you can buy it in merino wool. Brands like Icebreaker have amazing stuff and we were surprised by the durability.

Check out our full wardrobe with chapter and verse here.

SABINA
ROBIN
Icebreaker cool-lite solace tank top 2 x Icebreaker tech-lite short sleeve crewe t-shirt
Icebreaker cool-lite solace t-shirt DHB merino base layer
H&M top DHB merino short sleeve
Icebreaker merino 200 oasis long sleeve crewe Icebreaker quantum long sleeve zip hoodie
super.natural funnel hoodie Patagonia better sweater vest
Icebreaker sprite racerback bra 2 x Icebreaker merino anatomica boxershorts
Icebreaker Everyday boy shorts Fjällräven karl zip-off trousers
3x H&M hipster briefs [3x] Helly Hansen thermal pants
Fjällräven karla zip-off Smartwool hike medium crew socks
Icebreaker merino 200 oasis leggings H&M swim shorts
Hanwag merino alpin socke Assos equipe S7 bib shorts
Banana moon bikini Rapha Core bib shorts
Rapha souplesse bib shorts Castelli padded shorts
Assos H.LaalalaiShorts S7 bib shorts Rapha brevet jersey
Isadore woolight jersey Rapha brevet long sleeve windblock jersey
Isadore long sleeve jersey DHB merino buff
Isadore merino buff 2 x GripGrab merino socks
2 x GripGrab merino lightweight socks [2x] DHB merino leg warmers
DHB merino leg warmers DHB merino arm warmers
Kask mojito x helmet ZeroRH+ zy helmet
Fjällräven abisko pack cap Rapha cap
Patagonia down sweater Patagonia down jacket
Patagonia torentshell jacket Patagonia torentshell rain jacket
Decathlon rain trousers Decathlon rain trousers
Icebreaker pocket hat Icebreaker pocket hat
Icebreaker quantum gloves Sealskinz waterproof all weather insulated gloves
Lake mx 1 wide leather cycling shoes Mammut gore-tex gloves
SealSkinz waterproof overshoes Shimano MW7 waterproof gore-tex spd cycling shoes
Hanwag tatra II wide gtx hiking shoes DHB overshoes
Teva sandals Hanwag tingri hiking boots
  Teva sandals

Gadgets

To make our awesome stories, like this one about our first week on the Pamir Highway, we carry a lot of electronics. This is probably what makes our bikes feel like a thousand pounds. We love creating it so we're happy to carry the extra weight, but for most a tablet and maybe even the camera on your phone will probably do.

Read more about the tools we use to create our stories.

Fujifilm XT3 Macbook 12 inch
Fujifilm XF 18-55 mm F/2.8-4 (lens) MacBook Pro 13 inch
Fujifilm X100F Sandisk card reader
Lens hood & filters Apple USB-C adaptor
4 x Fujifilm batteries BioLite Charge 40 power bank
6x Sandisk memory cards Anker PowerCore+ Quick Charge 3.0 Qualcomm
Gorillapod S-Kross Pro Light USB world plug
GoPro Hero7 Black iPhone SE & iPhone 8
2 x GoPro batteries iPhone earbuds
2x LaCie Rugged Mini USB-C 1TB Wahoo Elemnt
Spot Gen3 GPS device Wahoo Elemnt ROAM

Toiletries & first aid

If you can't shower for days baby wipes are the answer! We're not sure if you really become much cleaner but hey, it gets the muck off if there isn't a shower around. Good hygiene is especially important to prevent saddle sores. We use coconut oil as chamois creme, but also for our face and dry skin. It's anti-bacterial and helps moisturize the skin.

Tooth brush Glasses
Tooth paste Contacts
Dental sticks Contact solution
Toilet paper Paracetamol
Wet wipes Ibuprofen
Towel Imodium
Sea to Summit Wilderness wash Antibiotics
Sunscreen Acetazolamide
Hand sanitizer First aid kit
Sea to Summit Clothesline Tweezers
Ear plugs Nail clippers
Baby wipes Coconut oil

Extra's

There's alway a bunch of extra stuff that you somehow need to stuff in your already full bags. Make sure that when you pack you always try to keep some room for these extra's and for snacks and food.

Passport Wallet
Medical passport Small padlock
Passport photos Kryptonite lock
Sunglasses Sea to Summit ultra oil nano day pack
Notebook Exped Cloudburst 25 Black daypack
Pen Lezine bicycle light

If you need any advice on what you should or shouldn't bring, shoot us a message on Instagram!