Apparently some folk like to know what gear we’re using. We’re definitely no ‘gear geeks’ so won’t get involved in intense discussion into the relative pros and cons of titchy bits of kit. We’ll try to keep the list updated with how the gear is holding out.
This is gonna be the most female ‘gear list’ you’ve every read. I’ve not listed the nitty gritty, cos I didn’t know what it was when I bought it, and more or less I still don’t know. Novices might enjoy the novice opinion! If it’s made it onto this list it’s because I love it enough to have noticed it. That’s high praise indeed!
Thorn Sherpa ‘basic’ spec (check out their website for the full spec)
Thorn Expedition Lowloaders and Rear racks
Terry’s liberator x saddle
Ergon GP2 anatomic grips with Ergo control bar ends
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme Tyres
Topeak Tour Guide Handlebar Bag (thanks Bex!)
Ortlieb Bikepacker Plus Rear Panniers
Ortlieb Frontroller Classic
Lots of handy light little bags for ‘organising stuff’
Cheap Indian tent and sleeping bag (better than expected so far!)
Thermarest Prolite Plus (absolutely worth the extra $ for this top spec esp when every other night we’re on a foamie!)
MSR Whisperlite stove (thanks gav!)
Odds and sods
Couple of 1l water bottles with cover tops
A decent headlamp (or a crap Indian one as I keep losing and replacing them)
A cheap winky red LED taillight (clipped onto vis vest for dark)
Giro monza helmet
Nike ‘spinning’ shoes: cheap and so far awesome
Endura road overshoes
Salomon XE crosstrainers (the bomb!)
Extremities windstopper gloves (wish i hadnt lost these already….they were amazing!)
Icebreaker cycle shorts
Icebreaker 200 leggings
Icebreaker 150 Tank
Icebreaker 200 Beanie
Icebreaker Quantum Hoodie
Icebreaker glove liners
Altura Mistral shorts
Couple of lightweight quickdry tshirts
Superlight supercheap vis vest (sportsdirect)
Ipod Classic – the big one!
Altec Lansing Orbit Speaker
Cateye Wireless Velo Micro
A hipflask! (thank Churchend x)
First Aid Kit
For the ladies:-
It seems no one wants to talk/write about what women wear in the undie/short department on long distance tours. But I’m hoping I’ve got it nailed now so if you need detailed advice give me a shout! The most important things though for me are:
Get a saddle with a hole in it
Alternate your short/knicker ‘seams’ everyday
Bring a coupla pairs of good boxers
Most of my gear is likely with an employee of Seattle airport or has already been sold on ebay! The replacement bike is far from what I had custom built in Vancouver but it’s handling the journey fine so far. Here’s whats in my possession now…with generous donations from BOB trailers and Icebreaker.
Cube 62cm Touring frame – an aluminium frame that’s a size to big for me, but managed to make it work by adding an adjustable stem and bringing the saddle forward.
Thudbuster – takes away the bumps v effectively,
Richey adjustable stem & bull horn grips – these allow me to change my body position on the bike, to relieve wrist pain and back pain.
Saddle – standard cube, missing my brooks leather saddle immensely!
Tires – Schwalbe marathon plus 700x35c
Wheels – standard cube wheelset & rims
BOB Yak trailer – a sturdy steel frame trailer with waterproof bag allows you to keep all the weight off the bike. In my experience this translates to less punctures, broken spokes and rim issues. Using a trailer also allows you to have front suspension forks, v nice for the wrists on a long ride.
Icebreaker 200 L/S Chase Crewe top
Icebreaker BF260 Terrain Zip
Icebreaker Pocket 200 Beanie
Icebreaker GT320 Ascent Full Zip
Icebreaker Glove Liners
Marmot down jacket
Bike Doctor poncho – a life saver
Arcteryx gore tex jacket
Salomon cross trainers
Sarong – v useful item, on the hot days I’d soak it in cold water and drape it over my head and shoulders. On the cold days it acts as a scarf…..also works as David Beckham skirt.
little pink basket – snigger as you will, but I love my little pink basket, attached on top of my rear rack it perfectly holds a days worth of food for both of us….well worth the 20 rupees!