We prided ourselves on having less gear than many of the cyclists we met. Coming from a mountain/tramping background we are used to carrying the minimum – why take 2 pots and a fry pan when one pot will do?

On our Indian trip we could have done it without tent, mats and probably sleeping duvet and kitchen department but we like to have the option of camping.. You could go very lightweight as there are many towns, parachute cafe’s for food and accomodation


Bike Dept
Surly Troll (Jo), Thorn Nomad (Alan) with Rohlhoff internal gears, synwave dynamo hub for charging, Brooke saddles
Schwalbe Marathon tyres
Tubus front and rear racks
4 each Ortliebe small saddle bags (dropped down to 3 each in Ladakh)
Pack lid as small front bag (Jo)
Homemade fuel tank (Alan)
Long thin suaged stainless cable with small padlock (homemade – just a deterant)
2 x bike click stand (awesome) – www.click-stand.com
small pump
Group Gear
Lightweight tent – Hilleberg Anjan 3
2 Thermarest NeoAir
1 x custom made duvet (this is warm and considerable bulk and weight saver)
2 silk inner sheets
1 small daypack
Kitchen department
Primus Eta power stove with wind shield
1.3 litre pan with baffle bottom and inside plastic bowl
small gas cannister could last us 5 to7 days with the simple meals we were cooking with this system
1 foldable Orikaso bowl
2 lightweight plastic cups
2 spoons, 1 knife
1 sharp knife
armystyle can opener
cigarete lighter
a couple of small plastic containers for milk powder, sugar, salt and pepper
small plastic container for storing squashables like tomatoes on the roadNote – cooking stove depends on location
in Peru we used trangia meths bowl, Clikstand and meths (www.clikstand.com/ – awesome and first choice if we know meths is available)
In Chile/Argentina – and if gas containers available we use above
If only petrol available then we have multifuel stove
small first aid
chux multicloth for towels!
1 toothbrush,toothpaste
camp suds
bum cream
ear plugs
Personal – Jo
1 liner shorts
1 over shorts
1 lightweight travel pants
1 polypro pants
1 lightweight fleece Vaude
cycling legs
silk skirt
short sleeve cycletop
long sleeve summer cycle top
long sleeve icebreaker
lightweight icebreaker hoodie
medium weight Ground Effect hoodie
primaloft jacket
2 bras
4 undies
2 pr lightweight sox, 2 pr thermal sox
thin liner gloves, thin fleece gloves and over mitts
cycle gloves
sun hat, thermal hat, wool hat, neck buff
v. lightweight windbreaker
lightweight goretex parka
lightweight goretex overtrou
shoes (1 used cages so no spd’s)
nylon stuff bags
1 approx 15l drybag each
High vis vest
fix it
needle, thread
duct tape
cable ties
strong thin cord – turned out to be invaluable
sleeping mat repair
contact adhesive
Repair Kit (click on image below)
bike repair/maintainance book loaded on kindleIMG_3088

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Technical Dept
Small camera – Canon S95
4 spare camera battery plus USB charger
pen drive for photo back up
Ipod Nano plus charge cord
2 Kindle E-readers plus charge chord
Travel plug
2 small head torches
bike computerx1
small notebook, pen