I do love my gear, and found it really useful to see what gear other people used and to read their reviews. Here’s my list of gear:



Frame: Surly Long Haul Trucker (Olive green, 54cm frame with 26″ wheels) – purchased as a complete, but a lot of it’s been swapped out.

Front derailleur-Shimano Tiagra FD-4403 triple

Crankset:  48-36-26

Cassette: 9 speed, 11-34

Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore XT RD-M761

Pedals:  Shimano PD-A530

Footwear: Keen Commuter Sandals, Shimano MT41 Shoes

Saddle: Brooks Flyer Special


Headset: Ritchey Logic Comp, 1-1/8″ threadless

Stem:  BBB Highsix Adjustable

Handlebars: BBB Multibar

Brake Levers: Avid Speed Dial SL

Brakes: Avid Single Digit SL

Shifters: Shimano Deore XT


Rims: Alex Adventurer, 36h.

Hubs: Shimano Deore XT

Tires: Schwalbe Marathon XR 1.6″

Other attached items:

Stand: Click-Stand Max

Pump: Topeak Road Morph (with gauge)

Mudguards: Philips 60mm

Bottle Cages: Generic brand

Cable bike lock – will pick up a D-lock when in Europe


Front rack: Tubus Tara

Rear rack: Tubus Cargo

Front Panniers: Ortlieb Front Roller Classic (Red)

Rear Panniers: Ortlieb Back Roller Classic (Red)

Handlebar Bag: Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Classic (Red)

Rack Bag: Ortlieb Rack Pack (Red)




Macpac Minaret alpine tent (bought before the brand (IMHO) went downhill)

Macpac Sanctuary 500 XP Sleeping bag (ditto above)

Thermarest Prolite self-inflating sleeping mat

Exped Air Pillow

Petzl Tikka XP headtorch

2x Microfibre towel (one for me, one for my tent)

2x3m tent fly (tarp) – custom made by Dwights 

6×4′ plastic tarp for sitting on the ground/covering the bike



MSR Whisperlite Internationale multi-fuel stove (need to buy a new bottle in Europe)

MSR Alpine Cookset

Esbit Titanium cutlery set

Deceptively big bowl (causes problems when tramping/hiking because I always get served too much!)

2x Victorinox kitchen knives (a Sausage and Tomato one and a paring one..) I’ve made cool little sheaths for them out of cardboard and duct-tape.

Light my Fire Spork – didn’t bother packing it in the end

Will potentially look to pick up in Europe a thermos/vacuum flask and  coffee plunger



Macbook Air 13″ – 1.8Ghz i7 with 4gb of RAM

Kindle Touch eBook reader

Garmin GPSmap 62s GPS receiver

GoPro Hero2 Video Camera (with handlebar and tripod mounts)

Canon 450D Digital SLR

Canon 15-85mm IS USM lens

Velbon Ultra LuxI M Camera tripod

iPod Nano 8gb (3rd Gen)

Android Smartphone – Orange San Francisco (rebadged ZTE Blade)

2x USB powered external hard drives (1TB and 1.5TB)

Powered USB hub to try and charge everything

Lots of AA batteries (and an AA charger I’m still to decide on)



Bike Helmet (Bell) with Blackburn mirrors

Ground Effect (GE) Stormtrooper waterproof Shell (bright orange)

GE Vespa high-vis vest

GE Rock Lobster long-sleeved riding shirt

GE Manta Ray short-sleeved riding shirt

GE Montezumas 3/4 length cycling shorts

GE Double Happys

Arcteryx Theta AR Goretex jacket

Mont waterproof pants

Wear on Earth Down Jacket

Icebreaker body and midlayer tops

Icebreaker and Ground Effect merino socks

Fingerless cycle gloves (may get some better ones for the rain)

1x set of clothes for off the bike- currently a pair of jeans, a nice shirt and a polo shirt.. (And yes mum, a pair of underwear)

2x Cactus Grippin Belts

2x Hats and polypro gloves


Moleskine journal (Red)

First aid kit (including drugs etc)

Important documents- passport, money etc

Tools- Duct Tape, Cable Ties, Bungee cords, Tire levers, patch kit, multi-tool, adjustable crescent wrench, spoke-key, 2x spare spokes (came with the LHT), 2x spare tubes, chain lube.