Kit List

the morning after our first day on the road, we unpack completely, and repack in some sort of order

the morning after our first day on the road, we unpack completely, and repack in some sort of order

There will be 2 types of people – those who will never look at this section, and then those who trawl bike blogs for hours comparing kit decisions and attempting to make new discoveries. I used to be the former, but once I set the wheels in motion to leave I became the latter.

These kit lists have been invaluable in the planning of this trip, it’s been particularly good when people critique their kit, and it’s been reassuring to find out that there are certain items that there seem to be consensus on.

I am updating this kit list whilst in Central Peru, the heart of the Andes.  I have recently made many changes to my kit to allow for the changes in temperature and landscape.  The way I want to ride my bike has also evolved over the last year, something reflected in a recent blog post, less stuff more riding.

the bike

In Northern Peru after 11 months of use

In Northern Peru after 11 months of use

Surly Long Haul Trucker – 26″ wheels in 50cm frame

with –
Shifters – Shimano Tiagra ST-4503 Triple 9-Speed STi
R. Derailleur – Shimano Deore XT
F. Derailleur – Shimano Tiagra
Cassette – Shimano Deore LX 9-speed, 11 – 36
Hubs – Shimano Deore XT, silver
Front rack – Tubus Lowrider Tara
Rear rack – Tubus Rear Carrier Cargo 26
Saddle – Brooks B17S
tyres – Schwalbe Marathon Mondial


bike accessories and tools

Panniers – Ortlieb Front Roller classic
Panniers – Ortlieb Back Roller classic
Handle Bar Bag – Ultimate 6plus Ortleib
bike computer – Blackburn atom 4.0  this broke
Kick stand – click stand  images
Mirror – purchased in Mexico, it’s amazing  images
Locks – Zefal anti theft skewers for wheels & seatpost;   imagesKryptonite D-lock
Lights – lezyne femto drive   I lost these, and have since been replaced with similar Cateye ones
Spare Tyres – 2 x Schwalbe Marathon Mondial folding tyres images
Park Tool  super patches  images; Rema tip top repair kit TT
Cranks bros M19 multi tool (leaving present from the lovely therapists at the ARK, this tool is amazing)
Brooks Proofide (preserving the saddle)  sadly this melted in the heat of the desert, I use shoe polishing stuff now
selection of gear and brake cables
Park Tool Bike Levers
wet chain lube, by pure, environmentally friendly and made in England
cloth for cleaning, an old tooth brush, a biro for marking punctures, tweezers for extracting things from tyres
bungee cords x2




tent – Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2, plus big Big Agnes footprint speech bubble

roll mat – thermarest prolite plus
sleeping bag – Doite Explorer downlined sleeping bagimages
camping pillow – lifeventure micro bead travel cushion

petzl head torch


cooking / drinking

stove – MSR whisperlite with fuel bottle
sharp knife and a spoon
metal camping cup plastic tuperware box, used as bowl and to store foods

MSR alpine 2 pan/pot
scouring pad, washing up liquid
Steripen ultra UV water purification


bike clothing and shoes

Excustar bike sandals
women’s zoya mountain bike shoes
ice breaker merino t-shirt
ice breaker merino sleeveless  The blue colour showed up so much sweat and dirt, it had to go
Rab long sleeve jersey – love this top so much, it never smells and feel so good
padded cycling shorts – btwin lost these shorts, and I am doing fine without any padding
ronhill women’s running shorts
Nike thin and loose sports shorts
2 x h&m sports bras (I am now sending 1 home in an attempt to be lighter)
1 x  rab merino pants
Gore bike wear waterproof jacket
Uniqlo leggings
lyrca karimor leggings
waterproof seal skin socks
waterproof trousers

fingerless specialized bike gloves
garneau full fingered bike gloves
gore bike wear waterproof warm gloves


 Off the bike / warm clothing and footwear 

I started off in Mexico where it was warm and we spent a lot of time off our bikes so we had a lot of non cycling clothes.  It’s funny to think about all these non essentials I was lugging around. Since entering the Andes and the weather getting colder a lot of this stuff has been ditched and replaced. I was able to make revisions by visiting Tatoo, an outdoor clothing chain across many cities in South America.

throw for lying on the beach / putting on the ground
denim shorts
long sleeve t shirt
3 x vest tops  1 x vest top
dress and tights
cotton shorts
4 x pairs of knickers
vans trainers
vans mockasins
canvas bag
stretchy trousers / yoga pants
Marmot dena jacket
ice breaker cascade long sleeve zip
b spoke women’s merino midlayer from the guys at PUSH CYCLES
flip flops
1 x bra



HP Pavillion Notebook
IPOD (I have 2, a regular one and my old nano) sadly lost and broken
mini-x speaker loved this litle speaker but ditched it to become more light weight
cannon power shoot camera and spare battery
iphone 3s – unlocked to use in all countries
SPOT satellite GPS messenger/tracker


bathroom / first aid

high factor sunblock for cycling
lip sunblock
toothbrush and toothpaste and floss
hair clips, bobbles and brush
sometimes I carry body moisteriser, sometimes I make do with small sachets available here in Latin America
nivea regenerating night cream
neutrongena oil free moisturiser  – amazing moisteriser and managed to keep stock for the whole tour due to friends coming to visit
2 x nail varnishes
gillette venus razor
shampoo and conditioner
nail clippers
make up bag with concealer, eyeliner, mascara, illuminator, benetint lipstain, lip gloss, eye brow pencil
first aid kit – collection of bandages and plasters, antiseptic wipes etc
drugs include prescription painkillers for my knee, anti sickness, anti-diahorrea, anti-histamine, anti malarials, paracetamol, ibuprofene



travel towel – gutted about having to dry myself with one of these chamois type towels, miserable
bike trip journal (birthday pressie from Sarah Jones)
the stick physio stick
tennis ball for massaging my knee
Buff –  essential gear for a long distance cyclist
onya rucksack
2 x books – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – one hundred years of solitude and Patti Smith – Just Kids
1 x prescription lens sun glasses
1 x prescription glasses

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