Gear

Gear

Nov 11, 2016

Over the length of my trip, my gear and bike setup has changed quite a bit. Lately, after an accident, I switched over from a classic 6 bag Ortlieb setup to a lighter bikepacking system.

Bicycle

Surly Troll steel MTB 26″
Shimano XT components
10 speed
Surly rear rack
Avid BB7 brakes
2 Ortlieb classic front rollers
Outdoor Research 20 L dry bag

Schwalbe Mondial
Small rear light
BBB Fueltank bottle holder
Click-Stand
Shockblade mudguards
Small lock
Mach saddle
Thudbuster LT suspension seat post

Arizona Flag kit Rouge Panda
Tool bag Rouge Panda
Oveja Negra handle bar harness
Oveja Negra accessory bag
Jones-H-Bar (handle bar)

Chalk bag as bottle holder

Click-Stand + self-made holder
Blackburn cages

spare spokes

Tools

Road Air pump
Victorinox pocket knife
Chain breaker
Tweezers
Allen keys 3,4,5,6
Chain oil

Pressure gauge
Chain brush
Screw driver
Tyre levers
Spokey – spoke wrench
Tyre repair boot
Thudbuster LT suspension seat post

Spare parts

Zip ties in different sizes
Spare parts for Click-Stand
Break pads
Tube
Chain links + lock
Spare tent pole kit
Screws + nuts + washer
Batteries for torch and bike Computer
2 Brake cables

2 Gear shift cables
Hub grease
Therm-a-Rest patch
Tent patches
Repair glue
Needle + thread
Duct tape
Tube patches + glue

Kitchen

Details & Reviews here Kitchen

Picogrill 85 wood stove
Snow Peak gas stove
Gas bottle

Immersion heater
Trangia stove + self-made pot stand
Alcohol in a bottle

MSR stowaway pot 0,8 L
Sawyer waterfilter
Spoon
3x Nalgene 1,5 L bottle
MSR 10 L water bladder
Storm matches

Matches
Lighter
Fire sticks
Steel mug
Scratch cleaning pad
Nalgene bottle 1 L

Sleeping

Cumulus Panyam 600
Sea to Summit compression sack
Therma Rest Neo Air

Sleeping bag liner 
Hilleberg Soulo tent 
2 Tarps used as footprint

Clothes

Pair of REI rain pants
Rain jacket
ORWI short sleeve Merino wool jersey
Synthetic T-Shirt + Bike shirt

Mammut pants
Windbreaker fleece jacket
Eddie Bauer down jacket

Panties
Sport bra
Baselball cap
Buff
Sunglasses
Watch
Helmet

UV sleeves
ORWI socks
Bike gloves
Towel
ORWI beanie
Long underwear
Running shoes

Elektronics

Laptop + cord
Manfrotto tripod
Olympus OM-D- EM 10
Zuiko 14-42 mm
Zuiko 40 – 150 mm
USB sticks
SD cards
Sinji RS-020 speedometer
Mira speaker

Binoculars
Seagate portable drive
Headset
USB speaker cord
USB charger
Camera batterie Recharger
Batteries camera
Lens cleaner tissue

Office

Petzl torch
Compass
Pens
Marker
Wallet for passport + docs
Passport
Drivers license
Debit card

Passport pictures
“Thank you” cards

Picture dictionary
Current map

Maps for the following region
World map
Diary

Washbag & medicine

Antibiotics
Malarone
Pain killers
Betaisodona
Immodium
Plasters
Gauze bandage

MCP AL retard
Toothbrush + paste
Floss
Toilet paper
Tampons
Q-tips
Soap

Gear which I used in the past

Bear country

Rope for hanging food in the tree watch my video to see how 
Bear spray with holder

Winter gear

High visibility safety vest
Winter gloves
Winter buff
Winter adidas bike jacket

Thick socks
Bivi sack
Portland Pogies
Sorel winter boots

Thermos bottle
Insulated mini skirt
Ski pants

Continental Top Contact winter tires
Thick inner layer sleeping bag

8 Comments

  1. You are amazing………….period………….Congratulations

    ………………..you are living the dream……………

    …………………..the world is your home………

    ………………………..go girl…………………….

    Reply
  2. Hi Heike,
    I guess it’ s not your favourite subject but I’d like to know what you think about your initial gear if you had to restart all from the beginning, particularly concerning these points:
    – Is the frame and handlebar backpacking configuration you set up presently could have suit your whole itinerary, without changing that much your way of travelling and comfort ?
    – Free standing tent necessity vs non freestanding one ?
    – Has your 600g down filled sleeping bag (comfort temp. -6C) did the job (combined with the rest of your clothed and good mattress), or should you have chosen it a little more protective ?
    – No bike short with pad ?
    – Clipless pedals ?
    – No need of handlebar mirror ?
    – I notice you only use front mudguard. Is it so usefull finally ? Rainy days are not so common on a world tour ?
    – Click-stand: would you keep it today ? Are the brake bands compatible with your previous Ergon grips ?

    Reply
    • Hi Antoine, yes you are right, not my favourite topics, but I give it a go to explain my thoughts to your questions.

      – Is the frame and handlebar backpacking configuration you set up presently could have suit your whole itinerary, without changing that much your way of travelling and comfort ?

      yes !

      – Free standing tent necessity vs non freestanding one ?

      never ever an non freestanding tent again!

      – Has your 600g down filled sleeping bag (comfort temp. -6C) did the job (combined with the rest of your clothed and good mattress), or should you have chosen it a little more protective ?

      Well, the problem is here, the temperature range of 60C during my trip. minus 20 to plus 40 – there is no solution for this.
      It was freezing cold in the US in the night! The best would be once you get to the really cold areas, get another sleeping bag sent – I personally find it silly to carry a heavy, bulky and hot sleeping bag through the summer or in hot climate destinations. With a bit of planning this is doable.

      – No bike short with pad ?

      No need for that at all – takes too long to dry – uncomfortable….your bum get used to the saddle – the right saddle is far more important

      – Clipless pedals ?

      nothing else on a long trip – at least for me

      – No need of handlebar mirror ?

      Had a few – they all broke

      – I notice you only use front mudguard. Is it so useful finally ? Rainy days are not so common on a world tour ?

      No I have rear mudguards, but lost my front mudguard lately. The rear is mainly protected through the bags – the front is trickier – sure it does rain – but less than you might think.

      – Click-stand: would you keep it today ? Are the brake bands compatible with your previous Ergon grips ?
      I didn’t like the click-stand – too complicated – broke early – tossed it away and replaced it with a normal kick-stand again.

      I hope that helped. Ask if you need to know more. Cheers Heike

      Reply
  3. Hi Heike,
    I’ve been following your adventure through Mexico and I hope you found a better hospitality in Guatemala since then ! I am very interested in the accuracy of your moods described in your blog, along your odyssey !
    Thanks for your answer posted 2 months ago concerning your gear. I read it lately and it helps me.

    I have a couple of questions concerning your camera. You have chosen a very compact 14-42mm pancake and a much bulkier 40-150mm. I had the pleasure to discover much of your pictures but it’s hard for me make statistics and determine which are the focal lengths you used more, considering your context. But I know that it is personal ! From my point of view, full frame equivalent 24 and 50mm are the priority, but do you have the feeling you could have avoided the Zuiko 40-150mm during all these years on the road, without too much sacrifice ? Or at worst, would the Olympus 75mm (150 FF equ.) could have been enough ? My questions intend to determine if I could reduce my photographic equipment with brighter fixed focal lenses instead, and stay as light as you did (approx 750g).

    Second point, (I’m curious !!!), where do you put your camera and the telezoom 40-150 when not used ? Is that last one going into the 1/2 waterproof frame bag and the camera + pancake going into the handle bar’s full waterproof accessory bag ? Besides, do you use extra pouches for those two items ?

    Thanks,
    Antoine

    Reply
    • HI Antoine,

      my lenses broke a while ago (I haven’t updated my gear site for a while).
      I am now using prime lenses.
      The 40-150 is not bulky at all – far lighter than the 75mm and much cheaper and for the small amount of money it cost it has a good quality. The pancake instead is not good – stay away from it.

      Go for the 17mm and the 45mm if you like it light ! You don’t need more.

      I have the lenses in my seat-bag and the camera in a waterproof bag which goes in my front handlebar bag. Seat-bag is the perfect spot – safest.

      Cheers Heike

      Reply
      • Thanks Heike !

  4. My tip : the Mobius actioncamera

    Hello Heike,

    The Mobius actioncamera is a great (little) camera to make nice films and timelapse photos while riding. With the free software you simply can preset 3 types of actions : film1, film 2 and (ie timelapse) photos. And then with just 1 push on 1 button it starts or stops. Just have a look at this intro and review :

    https://yesgps.nl/Artikelen/Artikelen%20tips%20en%20truuks/Actioncam%20Mobius/Actioncam%20Mobius.html

    Don’t forget to buy a barholder (but not the types with the big black plastic ring !), a camholder and a lensprotector.

    Set it up to ie 1 photo every 3 or 5 or 8 minutes and cycle along that valley and through the woods. Then skip the photos you don’t like.

    Use ie XNView freeware to batchprocess the photos anyway and on all aspects you like. Then, also in XNView, batch-downsize (copies of) them to ie 1000px and add ie your watermark. Finally use ie Photoscape freeware to create your animated gifs !

    And if you set it up into motiondetection you might finally succeed to catch one or more of those animals that are visiting you while you are sleeping !

    A really great little camera that comes with a very acceptable price (less then 20% off …) and brings you endless possibilities and so more and more ideas !

    Regards,
    Wilfried
    YesFotos.nl
    YesGPS.nl

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. / Durch die weitere Nutzung der Seite stimmst du der Verwendung von Cookies zu. more info / weitere Infos

The cookie settings on this website are set to "Allow cookies" to provide the best browsing experience. If you use this website without changing the cookie settings or clicking "accept", you agree. Die Cookie-Einstellungen auf dieser Website sind auf "Cookies zulassen" eingestellt, um das beste Surferlebnis zu ermöglichen. Wenn du diese Website ohne Änderung der Cookie-Einstellungen verwendest oder auf "akzeptieren" klickst, erklärst du sich damit einverstanden.

close / schließen