Kit list

Here is a fairly comprehensive kit list. Thought I would go a little OCD on this for any kit geeks out there.


90’s Specialised Rockhopper Steel Frame

1x machine built 36 spoke, Shimano Parallax hub, Mavic rim wheel

1x handmade 36 spoke, Shimano Deore hub, Mavic rim wheel

Adjustable angle stem

Brooks Saddle (takes 3000 miles to wear in, and then most comfortable seat ever! It better be cos for now it crushes my gooch)

Shimano Alivio Crank Set

Shimano Chain

Shimano Cassette

Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur

Shimano Alivio Front derailleur

Shimano UN54 square taper bottom bracket

Avid Shorty 4 Cantilever brakes.

Flat Fatty’s SPD pedals (one side SPD, one side normal)

2 x 1.6″ Scwalbe Marathon Supremes

1 x 2″ (no 1.6″) Schwalbe Marathon Extreme

Spare inner tube

Bullhorn style handles

OMM Sherpa Front Rack (other options considered = Jandd Extreme, OMM Ultimate low rider)

Tubus Cargo Rear rack



Vango Apex 200 tent

Vango groundsheet protector 180×120

Mountain Hardwear – Lamina 35 sleeping bag

Thermolite Reactor Sleeping bag liner

Thermarest Prolite Regular

Pillow case

Foam camping seat

Primus Omnifuel Stove

MSR Alpine 2 pot set


Cycling gloves

Waterproof gloves



2xKarrimor cycling shorts


1xKarrimor cycling top


1x Northface jacket

1x Northface fleece

1x Northface zip of trousers

Thermal top

Thermal bottom



Sweat band


Aerobee Squidgie Disk Frisbee

Travel chess set


Adjustable Spanner

10mm Spanner

8mm Spanner

Cassette remover

Spare brake pads

Spare Gear and Brake cables

Teflon dry lube

Topeak Mountain Morph pump

Spare nuts n bolts

Swiss Army Knife

Opinel 8 knife

Travel sewing kit

Tent repair patches

Puncture repair kit

Gaffer tape

Emergency mirror

5m para cord

Lifeventure all purpose washing up liquid

Lifesystems Solo Traveller medical Kit

Chlorine tablets

Antihistamine tablets


Factor 50 suncream



Europe maps – printed off computer

Turkey – Michellin

Central Asia – Nelles Map + Gizimap

Caucasus – Gizimap

Iran – Gizimap

Karrimor map protector case

2 x Ortlieb Back Packer Plus (40 litres the pair)

2 x Ortlieb Back Packer Classic (40 litres pair)

1 x Ortlieb compact handle bar bag (2.7litres)

Spare trainers

Shimano SH-MT33L cycling shoes

Onguard Lock

Specialised Helmet

BLOC X404 Chameleon Sunglasses with cord

Berghaus sunglasses protector case


Casio Exilim 5x zoom digital camera+ Mini Gorillapod + Lifeventure protector case

3 x 8gb SD memory card

Steripen Classic – UV sterilisation

Lithium Battery Charger

Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB USB pen

Solar Monkey – Solar battery charger.

Solar Sound 2 – Solar powered speakers

Specialised wireless speedometer

Ipod touch 4th gen 64gb with Griffin Survivor protector case

Sennheiser PMX 80 earphones

Backup cheap Philips earphones

Bspoke LED Front light

Gecko style LED back light

Petzl Tikka XP2 Headtorch

Spare batteries

Were money no issue then I would have gone with a Schmidt hub dynamo, E-werk charger, and cranking 2.1 speaker set up. This would have set me back at least another £300. GPS would also have been fun and prob at times made navigation easier but probably a luxury I can do without.

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