Kit

Every trip has its own kit list. At the bottom of this page you’ll find the original – everything I carried with me for my 2011-13 ride across Asia. (If you’re planning a trip of your own, this might be a helpful starting point, though I must emphasise that there’s no right or wrong way to do bike touring, and different people’s kit lists will look very different, and they will all still survive.)

You can find the kit list for my 2015 winter ride from Anchorage to Seattle by clicking here.

And I promise that at some point I will get round to sharing my kit list from the Transcontinental Race. (It will be a lot shorter than all the others.)

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ASIA 2011-2013

Bike
Custom touring frame and forks built by Oak Cycles
Shimano XT hubs
Rigida Sputnik 26″ rims
Schwalbe Marathon XR 26″ tyres
Shimano UN54 bottom bracket
Sugino cranks
Spa Cycles XD-2 touring triple chainset with custom TA chainrings (24-34-48)
Chris King sealed bearing headset
Tubus Logo rear rack
Tubus Tara front rack
Time All-Road Gripper pedals
Brooks B17 Select saddle
Truvativ Stylo Race seatpost (27.2mm)
Salsa Bell Lap handlebars (42cm)

Bar Bag (Carradice Super C)
wallet
camera (Sony CyberShot)
Leatherman multitool (Blast)
Park multitool
mobile phone (still sans SIM)
head torch (Silva)
toothbrush
toothpaste
pump (Morph Mini Master Blaster)
puncture repair kit
tyre levers (Pedro’s)
compass
business cards
toilet paper
hip flask
MP3 player (Phillips)
rear light (something cheap and old)
batteries (AA and AAA)
Mooncup
spare inner tube
lighter + spare
emergency energy gel
alarm clock
passport
spare cash
spare memory card for camera
painkillers
lip balm
moxa stick
spare key for lock
pocket mirror
Yunnan bai yao powder
tweezers
nail clippers
pen
spare pen
notebook
address book
Kindle + case
picture dictionary
map

Front Right Pannier (Ortlieb)
stove (MSR Whisperlite Internationale)
spare MSR fuel bottle (887ml/30 fl. oz)
Smart Lunar front light + bracket
spare pump (Blackburn mini)
miscellaneous food

Pac tool pouch, containing:
Park master link pliers
Park chain tool
Park spoke key
Shimano lockring remover
3 x Tacx tyre levers
small adjustable spanner
2 x V-brake blocks
5 x spare V-brake inserts
spare derailleur hanger
Rohloff chain wear indicator
doubled-up spoke (to remove dust caps from pedals)
4mm allen key
miscellaneous spacers

Green plastic bag, containing:
WD40 (100ml)
large roll of gaffer tape
spare inner tubes (Specialized presta; 26 x 1.2/1.5)
spare chain (SRAM 8-speed)
7 x puncture kits
spare spokes (Sapin; 256mm, 257mm)
Green Oil Ecological chain lube
spare gear cables and outers
spare brake cables
spare Time cleats
spare clip for Klikfix bracket
patches for tent
tent pole splint
tyre boot
many cable ties
velcro strips
bits of string
paperclips, for some reason
whole collection of spare screws, nuts, bolts, spacers, nipples, noodles, pins, clips, valves, powerlinks, barrel adjusters and those little screwy bits that fall out of your chain breaker and get lost just when you least want them to

Front Left Pannier (Ortlieb)
MSR fuel bottle (591ml/20 fl. oz)
Thermos flask (500ml)
moisturiser (400ml)
insect repellent spray (125ml)
Steripen water purifier + batteries

Evernew titanium cooking pot (1300ml), containing:
SeaToSummit collapsible silicone bowl
SeaToSummit collapsible silicone mug
scourer
100ml pot cao bang bitter tea

small cotton drawstring bag, containing:
small bottles shampoo and conditioner
mending kit
washing line
factor 30 sunblock
spare soap, toilet paper and wet wipes

small cotton drawstring bag, containing:
electrical adaptor
phone charger
camera charger
kindle charger
USB camera cable
USB stick

Medical kit:
antihistamine pills
hydrocortisone acetate cream
ibuprofen tablets
Canestan cream
sterilizing fluid
elastic bandage
sterile dressings
plasters
verucca removal gel
laxative tablets (senna)
immodium tablets
flucloxacilin tablets
ciprofloxacin tablets
avloclor tablets
oral rehydration sachets
dental floss

Rear Right Pannier (Ortlieb)

North Face waterproof trousers
Assos winter jacket
Swrve Milwaukee hoodie (S)
Salewa down jacket
spare bungee
file of paperwork, documents, photos, etc.
maps

SeaToSummit 20l waterproof stuff sack, containing:
Assos 3/4-length cycling shorts (L)
Gore gilet (L)
Sugoi Wallaroo merino hooded jersey (M)
Decathlon silk glove liners (L)
Icebreaker merino glove liners (L)
Bontrager leather mitts
merino Buff (grey)
Swrve Blk merino winter cap
Sealskinz waterproof winter hat (XL)
Sealskinz mid length waterproof socks (L)
black kameez
green cotton scarf/sarong
swimming costume and goggles
2 x boxers
Brixton Cycles DeFeet socks
hand-knitted woollen socks

Rear Left Pannier (Ortlieb)
sleeping bag (North Face Blue Kazoo)
Rab sleeping bag liner (silk)
Thermarest Prolite small sleeping mat
Swrve winter softshell trousers (32)
Sealskinz Thermal Performance road cycling gloves (XL)
spare notebooks (in waterproof bag)
maps
food

On the rack
tent (Terra Nova Superlite Voyager)
carrier bag full of food

On me (subject to weather, season, etc.)
Assos cycling shorts (L)
Swrve softshell shorts (34)
leather belt
Aldi merino baselayer
Shock Absorber sports bra
Sugoi cycling socks
Bontrager cycling mitts
Shimano MT43 shoes (42)
Wiley X sunglasses
Bontrager Circuit helmet
Abus chain lock (round waist)
key (round wrist)

WISH LIST
Click here if you feel the urge to buy me a present!

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