I purchased most of the equipment with weight in mind, hoping I could chip away at the overall haulage - saying that all my kit not including the bike weighs 30kg.

Have I taken too much? Yes probably, but if I find I’m rarely using an item Ill send it home to save on carrying dead weight.

The kit comes down to 4 groups camping, clothes, bike maintenance, and tech.


My home for the best part of a year is a tent made by a Swedish company called Hilleberg. I don’t know much about tents but I did some research and these guys came on top for the best all round 4-season tent.

AlpKit seemed like a good brand choice for eating and cooking equipment; I read their reviews and was intrigued by their lightweight ranges, so I trusted them with this area.

Crucially I purchased a Platypus Gravity Works 2L water purifier and a LifeStraw bottle for those countries where clean water is hard to come by.



I’ve had to pack for all weather conditions, as I will be facing an Eastern European and Turkish summer and a Central Asian winter.

I’ve cycled in 40-degree heat before and unsurprisingly the key is to drink as much water as possible.

Going a tad mad with the North Face I purchased with both weight and durability in mind. North Face isn’t a cycling orientated company but I love their kit and I know it works, that’s why I’ve trusted them with almost all my clothing.


Ortlieb seemed to be the go to brand when it came to panniers and cargo hauling equipment they’re a German brand known for durability and practicality, if you can call living off a bike practical. 

I’ve got spare inner tubes, a spare tire, lubricant for the chain, and a multi tool to fix most problems on the bike, lets hope I have the skills to do so.



I’m planning on filming and editing the ride as I go; I’m a beginner at both so the result should be interesting.

The result of wanting to capture moments on the journey is that I’m carrying a large amount of tech; this comes in the form of two cameras plus accessories, a laptop and a solar panel.

I’m taking a Sony RX100 and a GoPro Hero 5 as their simple, which will help a 100% novice ‘filmmaker’ like me. I’ve got a Joby tripod to help capture the lonely cyclist shots, and a bigger tripod to get shots from a different perspective when there’s no trees/posts around.

I’m taking a laptop so I can edit and share my videos as I make my way across Eurasia.

I love following fellow cycle tourists such as Ed Pratt, 260litros Darren Alf through watching their videos, as I feel I’m kind of coming along with them, if I can recreate just a tiny bit of their genius video making skills I’D be happy.

To power these devices I’m taking a Voltaic 20 watt solar charger plus extra battery - in countries with loads of sun this should be enough to charge all my devices, when the sun rarely shows it’s face ill rely on charging my tech at food stops and sleeping accommodations.


I choose the Trek 520 as I thought it was the best option within my price range, I didn’t want to spend over a £1000.

The problem with spending £1000-£3000 on a touring bike is that it will be hard to repair while out of Europe, as poorer countries wont have the know-how or parts to repair your specialized bike.

I thought to go for a touring bike with easily replaceable parts would be a smart choice. Trek makes great bikes and this one is no exception.

It’s similar to a road bike design, but I’ve taken it across many varied terrains and it’s held up magnificently on and off-road.

The generous amount of gears the bike has helps me up most steep inclines, even if I am dragging up 45kg behind me.

On it’s own the bike weighs 15kg. I’ve added a Tobus Tara low-rider front rack, a Brooks Saddle, mudguards, and Shimano clips pedals.




  • Trek 520 Touring Bicycle


  • Trek butted chromol disc touring, rack and mudguard mounts
  • Fork: Chromoly touring disc w/lowrider mounts


  • Front Hub: Shimano M475
  • Rear Hub: Shimano M475
  • Rims: Bontrager Tubeless Ready 36-hole
  • Tyres: NA


  • Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace, bar-end type, 9 speed
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Alivio
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore
  • Crank: Shimano Trekking M591 48/36/26 w/chain guard
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano, external cartridge bearing
  • Cassette: Shimano HG50, 11-32, 9-speed
  • Chain: KMC X9
  • Pedals: NA


  • Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 1
  • Seat post: Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
  • Handlebar: Bontrager Race VR-C, 31.8mm
  • Grips: Bontrager gel cork tape
  • Stem: Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, 7-degree, w/computer and light mounts
  • Head set: 1-1/8” threadless, sealed cartridge bearings
  • Brake set: Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc, Tektro alloy levers
  • Lightweight Raincoat (North Face Keiryo Diad)
  • 2 Short Sleeve T-Shirts (North Face Versitas and Flex)
  • 1 Long Sleeve T-Shirt (North Face Kanagata)
  • 1 Fleece (North Face Aoroa)
  • 2 Pair of Shorts (North Face Exploration and Reactor)
  • 1 Thermal Upper Body T-Shirt (North Face)
  • 1 Winter Leggings (North Face)
  • Walking Shoes (North Face Litewave)
  • Flip Flops (North Face Basecamp)
  • Water Proof Trousers (North Face Storm Stow)
  • 3 pairs of Socks (Endura)
  • Shawl (North Face)
  • 3 Pairs of Boxers
  • 1 Water Proof Socks (Sealskinz)
  • Winter Gloves (Endura)
  • Summer Gloves (Endura)
  • Cycling Glasses (Velo Champion)
  • Sun Protection Hat
  • Cycling Shoe Rain Cover (Shimano)
  • Cycling Shoes (Shimano)
  • Cycling Cap (Endura)
  • Bike Computer (Garmin Edge Explore 1000)
  • Garmin Bike Mount
  • Camera (Sony RX00)
  • Camera Case (Cheap on Amazon)
  • 1 Extra Camera Battery
  • Tripod (Joby)
  • Tripod (Amazon Basics)
  • Headphones (SoundMagic)
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • GoPro Stick
  • GoPro Mule Mount
  • GoPro Zip Tie Mount
  • GoPro Chest Mount
  • GoPro Mic (Rode VideoMicro)
  • 2 Hard Drives
  • 2 Hard Drive Cases
  • Laptop (Macbook Pro)
  • Mobile Phone (Iphone 6s)
  • USB Charger (RavPower 4Port 40 Watt)
  • 3 UK to EU Plug Adapter
  • 20 Watt Solar Panel (Voltaic)
  • 1 Extra Solar Panel Battery (Voltaic)
  • Head Torch (Alp Kit Prism 630)
  • Tracker (Spot Gen 3)
  • Bike Lights (Lezyne Macro Drive 450XL)
  • Bike Lights (Lezyne Femto Drive LED)
  • Multi Tool (Crank Brothers)
  • Patch and Repair Kit
  • Spare Inner Tube (Bontrager)
  • Pump (Topeak Morph Mini)
  • Chain Lube Dry (Muc-Off)
  • Chain Lune Wet (Weldtite TF2)
  • Chain Tool
  • Spare Break Cables
  • Spare Break Pads
  • Electrical Tape
  • Spare Foldable Tyre
  • Cable Ties
  • Spare Screws for Both Racks
  • Bike Seat Cover (Brooks)
  • Hide Proof (Brooks)
  • Front Panniers (Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus)
  • Rear Panniers (Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus)
  • Handlebar Bag (Ortlieb Ultimate 6)
  • Rear Rack Bag (Ortlieb Trunk Bag)
  • 5 Dry Bags (Ortlieb Lightweight and Heavy)
  • 2 Bungee Cords
  • Bike Seat (Brooks Saddle NA)
  • Phone Bike Mount (NA)
  • Mudguards (NA)
  • Kick Stand (NA)
  • Handlebar Mirror (Guee I See 360 Degree
  • 3 Bottle Cages
  • 2 Water Bottles (SIS 1litre)
  • 1 Water Bottle (SIS 500ml)
  • Pan Set (AlpKit MytiStax Titanium 3 Piece)
  • Gas Canister (Alpkit Koro)
  • Wind Protector (AlpKit Concertina)
  • Windproof Lighter (Cheap Amazon)
  • Cutting Board (LightMyFire)
  • Metal Sponge/Scourer
  • Water Filter (Platypus Gravity Works 2l)
  • Water Bottle Filter (LifeStraw Go Bottle
  • Water Bag (Ortlieb 10L)
  • Titanium Spork (AlpKit Tifoon)
  • Titanium Mug (Alpkit MytiMug 400)
  • Titanium Knife and Fork (AlpKit SnapWire)
  • Tea Towel
  • Coffee Filter (AeroPress)
  • Washing Up Bowl (Ortlieb Folding Bowl Medium)
  • Tent (Hilleberg Akto)
  • Ground Sheet (Cheap Ebay)
  • Roll Mat (NeoAir Xlite Regular)
  • Pillow (NEMO Fillo)
  • Sleeping Bag (North Face Cat Meow)
  • Sleeping Bag Liner (Cheap Amazon)
  • Camping Chair (OUTAD Ultralight)
  • Camping Light (Cheap Amazon)
  • Basic First Aid Kit (Alpkit)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cold and Flu Tablets
  • Nausea Tablets
  • Travel Sickness Tablets
  • Vitamin C Tablets
  • Fiber Tablets
  • Energy Tablets
  • Diarrhea Tablets
  • Constipation Tablets
  • Antihistamine Tablets
  • Hay Fever Tablets
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toilet Roll
  • Baby Wipes (small pack)
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toiletries Bag
  • Shower Gel/Bar Soap
  • Sun Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Tweezers
  • Vaseline
  • Flip Knife (Promithi)
  • Passport
  • Travel Wallet (North Face)
  • Bungee Cord
  • Backpack Rain Cover (North Face)
  • Backpack (Lightweight North Face)
  • AA Batteries