Gear

This is the gear we used for the first months when we were cycling.

The biggest advantage with travelling by bike is that you are able to carry your whole home making you extremely self-sufficient. Here we present our bicycle specs followed by the equipment we carry with us.

Anna’s bicycle:

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Frame and fork: Surly Long Haul Trucker 26”
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Crankset: Andel RSC6 26/36/48
Bottom bracket: Shimano UN-55
Brakes: Tektro Cantilever
Brake levers: Tektro RL341
Rims: Alex DH19 36h
Front hub: Shimano LX T670
Rear hub: Shimano LX T670
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial DD V-Guard 26×2.0”
Shifters: Microshift Bar-Con bar ends
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-3503
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M771
Cassette: Shimano HG-50, 10-speed 11-32t
Stem: Kalloy
Handlebar: PMT (drop bars)
Saddle: Brooks Champion Flyer
Seatpost: Kalloy
Pedals: MKS
Mudguards/Fenders: Unknown brand, metal
Front rack: Surly Front Rack
Rear rack: Surly Rear Rack
Spokes: 14g DT Swiss spokes
Chain: Unknown
Tubes: Unknown
Break pads: Shimano
Mirror: Zweiradspiegel from D+D Oberlauda GmbH
Bottle cages: Unknown cheap ones

David’s bicycle:

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Frame and fork: Surly Long Haul Trucker 26”
Headset: Ritchey Logic Comp
Crankset: Andel 26/36/48
Bottom bracket: Shimano UN54
Brakes: Tektro Cantilever
Brake levers: Shimano
Rims: Alex Adventurer 36h
Front hub: Shimano XT M770
Rear hub: Shimano XT M770
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial DD V-Guard 26×2.0”
Shifters: Shimano Bar End SL-BS77 9-speed mounted with Paul thumbies
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra FD-4503BS triple
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M771SGS
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50, 9-speed 11-34t
Stem: Kalloy
Handlebar: Ritchey Comp straight handlebar with ergon grips and bar ends
Saddle: Brooks B67
Seatpost: Kalloy SP-248D
Pedals: Random cheap ones
Mudguards/Fenders: Planet Bike, plastic
Front rack: Surly Front Rack
Rear rack: Surly Rear Rack
Spokes: 14g DT Swiss spokes
Chain: SRAM PC-951
Tubes: Unknown
Break pads: Shimano
Mirror: Cheap one from ‘Biltema’
Bottle cages: Unknown cheap ones

Bicycle extras:
Front panniers: Ortlieb Front Roller Classic/Plus
Rear panniers: Ortlieb Back Roller Classic
Handlebar bags: Ortlieb Ultimate6 Classic
Pump: Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HP Pump – w/Gauge
Cycle computers: Cheap wireless ones from ‘Biltema’
Bicycle locks: Cable locks from ABUS
Front lights: Cateye OptiCUBE
Rear lights: Cateye
Helmets
Simple bicycle bells
Metal bottles from Klean Kanteen
Cheap plastic sport bottles
Saddle covers

Tools and spares:
Multitool from Asaklitt
x2 Bicycle multitools with allen keys, screwdrivers and chain breaker
Spoke key
Chain locks
Cassette lockring tool (Unior 1669)
Mini Valve Core Removal Tool
Adjustable wrench
Puncture kit
Chain oil
Degreaser
Old toothbrush for cleaning
Old rug for cleaning
Brooks Proofide (saddle wax)
Grease for screws
2 extra tubes
9 extra spokes of different sizes (Sapim Race)
2 extra brake wires
2 extra gear wires
Extra screws, bolts and washers
Ortlieb spare (handle hooks, anchoring hook & repair buckles)
Bungee cords & straps
Duct tape
Electrical tape
Super glue
Zip-ties
String
Extra breaking pads

Camping gear:
Tent: MSR Mutha Hubba (3 person)
Sleeping mats: Exped Synmat HL
Sleeping bags: Hel Sport Alta Spring T limit 0 C; Fjällräven Abisko W three seasons limit -8 C; Caravan Arctic down limit -35 C (for first month)
Travel sheets: Sea to Summit & Sleep in Silk
Travel towels & Turkish extra towel
Pillows: Cocoon Air Core Travel Pillow & Go Travel
Mosquito net: PermaNet Impregnated (2 persons)
Stove: Primus Omnifuel II (multifuel stove) with bottle
Fuel
Extra alcohol burner
Cheap pot set
Cheap plate/spork camping set
“Kåsa” & foldable cup
Water filter: Katadyn BeFree 0,6L
Thermos from Primus
Cooking oil
Salt & Pepper
Foldable kitchen sink 10 L from Sea to Summit
Dish-brush
Clothes line (for drying clothes)
Kitchen towel
Biodegradable dishwashing detergent
Matches, lighter & ignition steel
Camping seat pads
Small shovel for burying…. feces 🙂
Travel urinal for women

Electronics:
Laptop: Macbook Air
Camera: Canon EOS 400D DSLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens with extra battery
HD-DV Sports camera
Spot GEN 3 Satellite GPS Tracker/Messenger
x3 CompactFlash memory cards (2x16GB + 8GB)
Buffalo MiniStation 1 TB external hard drive
Battery pack 4000 mAh
x2 USB memory sticks

x2 Smartphone with Swedish SIM-card
x2 old phone with local SIM-cards
2,5 W Solar panel from LaddaUte.se (Tack!)
Emergency weather radio
USB-cables
x2 Head lamps
Head phones
Travel adapter
Chargers and extra batteries

Anna’s clothes:
x2 merino wool t-shirts – Icebreaker
x2 long armed shirts (mosquito resistant) – Craighoppers Nosilife
x1 pair of 3 stage zip-off pants – Fjällräven
x1 dress – Royal Robbins
x1 pair of bicycle shorts
x1 pair of city and tent pants – SOC
x1 fleece sweat shirt –Helly Hansen
x1 rain jacket – Helly Hansen
x1 pair of rain pants – Haglöfs
x1 reflective vest
x1 bikini
x2 buff
x1 warm cap & summer cap
x2 pair of gloves – SOC
x1 pair of bicycle gloves – Grip Grab
x2 pairs of underclothing – Kaari traa & Everest
x2 sport bras
x5 pairs of merino wool panties – Dilling
x5 pairs of merino wool socks
x1 pair of everyday shoes – Salomon
x1 pair of shoecovers
x1 pair of city and tent shoes – Rock spring
x1 mosquito headnet

David’s clothes:
x2 T-shirts
x1 Long sleeved shirt for cycling
x1 White long sleeved shirt for visa applications and other nice events
Zip-off trekking pants
Jeans
Bicycle shorts
Fleece sweat shirt
Wind jacket
x2 Pair of long underwear
x5 Pair of underwear
x5 Pair of merino wool socks
x1 pair of warm socks
Rain jacket
Rain pants
x2 Buffs
Bicycle gloves
x2 warm gloves
Warm cap & summer cap
Swimming shorts
Reebok Trekking shoes
Pair of shoecovers
Ecco trekking sandals
Mosquito headnet
Reflective vest
Normal glasses

Hygiene:
Biodegradable shampoo
Biodegradable soap
2 in 1 shower and shampoo
Moisturising cream
Deodorants
Toothbrushs
Toothbrush covers
Toothpaste
Dental floss
Cotton sticks
Menstrual cup
Tampons & menstrual pads
Tweezers
Nail clippers
Electrical shaver
Razors
Toilet paper
Wet wipes
Paper soap
Mosquito repellant
Sunscreen
Earplugs
Eye masks
Hand sanitizer
Condoms

Medicine:
Malaria prophylaxis (Lariam)
Malaria treatment pills (Malarone)
Mosquito repellants
Antibiotics (Ciprofloxacin, Kåvepenin, Clindamycin)
Cortisone pills (Betametason)
Cortisone cream (Dermovat)
Painkillers (Ibuprofen)
Anti-inflammatory cream (Voltaren: Diclofenac)
Creams for fungal infections
Antiseptical cream
Antihistamine
Medicine against diarrhea
Water purification pills
Band-aids, bandage & wound cleaning wipes
Morning-after pills
Thermometer
Rehydration tablets
Lip balm
Aloe vera gel (for sun burns)
Vaseline
Spray for preventing colds
Eye drops
Vitamines

Documents:
Passports
ID-cards
Vaccination certificates
Insurance card
Important telephone numbers
Photo copies
Various bike part manuals
Copies of bike repair instructions
Credit/Debit cards
Bank access device
Extra money
Westafrika map (Reise know-how)

Other:
Books
French dictionary
Spanish dictionary
Card games
Pack sacks & Dry sacks
Vacuum bags
Diaries & pens
Plastic clips
Sewing kit
Daypacks (small backpack)
Emergency whistle
Compass
Padlock
Knock-out body guard spray (alcohol-based)

 

 

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