The Equipment

My most recent addition to this equipment thread can be found in following post written immediately prior to me setting off to cycle the Hebridean Way in August 2021:

The following post about the electronic kit I am taking with me on the 2022 ‘Grand Tour’ of France, Switzerland and Germany was published in June 2022:

The following was written at the start of my trip to Spain and Portugal in the summer of 2019:

The free time afforded by the ferry crossing from Plymouth to Santander has, as promised, allowed me to write the list of equipment that I photographed a few days ago. I did leave one item back in Britain, but which one?

  1. Maps
  2. Cycling gloves
  3. Disposable razors
  4. Toilet tissues
  5. Sun protection cream
  6. Soft fibre trek towel
  7. Tent (Vango F10 Xenon 2+)
  8. Survival bag
  9. Toothbrush
  10. Deodorant
  11. Insect repellent
  12. Toothpaste
  13. Shaving gel
  14. Bar of soap in plastic Tupperware container
  15. Micro fibre sleeping bag liner
  16. Sleeping bag
  17. Camping mat
  18. Tent groundsheet / โ€˜footprintโ€™
  19. Antiseptic gel
  20. Camera stick / tripod
  21. Sunglasses and micro fibre bag
  22. iPhone charging cable
  23. Rechargeable bike lights (and mount)
  24. Power bank
  25. Waterproof bags (various sizes)
  26. Collapsible camping pot
  27. USB stick
  28. Earplugs
  29. Charging cables (USB & micro USB)
  30. Train tickets
  31. Head torch
  32. Spare AAA batteries (for head torch)
  33. Wind โ€˜muffโ€™ / โ€˜dead catโ€™ for Zoom audio recorder
  34. Zoom H4N Pro audio recorder (For the podcast)
  35. Earphones for Zoom audio recorder
  36. Earphones for iPhone
  37. Spare battery for Canon DSLR camera
  38. Continental plug adaptor
  39. Canon DSLR camera USB battery charger & cable
  40. Toiletries bag
  41. Plastic mug (University of York / Wentworth College)
  42. Collapsible bowl
  43. Gas burner and bag
  44. Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera
  45. iPhone X and Quad-lock bicycle case / mount
  46. Money
  47. SD cards for DALR camera
  48. Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera lens zoom attachment
  49. First aid kit
  50. USB charging plugs
  51. Microphone for Canon DSLR
  52. Cycle helmet
  53. Tool kit โ€˜waterโ€™ bottle
  54. Cateye cycling computer
  55. Wristband key ring for Koga immobiliser
  56. D-lock
  57. Spare inner tube
  58. Metal tie cable
  59. Tyre removal levers
  60. Key for Koga immobiliser
  61. Various bike tools
  62. Cycle Touring Festival water bottles
  63. Bank / identity / EHIC cards
  64. EU passport
  65. Whistle
  66. Swiss Army knife
  67. Lighter
  68. Coffee pot
  69. Notebook
  70. Tea towel
  71. Plastic cutlery
  72. Metal knife
  73. Camping gas
  74. Topeak โ€˜tablet holderโ€™ (for maps)
  75. Security cable with Koga immobiliser connector
  76. Bike pump
  77. Carabiners
  78. Small bungies
  79. Chocolate
  80. Mixed nuts and dried fruit
  81. Hand warmers
  82. Rice
  83. Pen
  84. Wet food mixture
  85. Porridge oats
  86. Coffee
  87. Energy bar
  88. Spaghetti

Archive: 2015 List

Note: For a specific electronic / photographic kit list, please follow this link.

Although most of it is not new, it’s taken me about a week to assemble the cycling gear in the picture below. The task was not made easier by the fact that I had already packed up the contents of my flat in Reading into lots of boxes prior to my move north, but enough of my whinging and on with the details.ORIGINAL

To make life even easier, here is an annotated version. The numbers refer to the list below.ANNOTATED

I have (obviously) not included the bike itself – a 2010 Ridgeback Panorama, the four Ortlieb Roller Plus Panniers or any clothing. So, here’s what there is. All the links are to the manufacturers’ websites if possible, failing that, a supplier:

  1. Exped dry bags
  2. Waterproof Ortlieb map holder
  3. Robens Osprey 2 tent
  4. Mountain Equipment sleeping bag
  5. Decathlon sleeping bag line
  6. PowerMonkey Extreme rechargeable battery and solar panels
  7. Kryptonite locks – D lock and cable with padlock
  8. Water bottles
  9. Tigra iPhone 6 mount
  10. Lifesystems ‘camping’ first aid kit
  11. MSR Windboiler stove
  12. Thermarest camping mat
  13. Bar of soap in plastic box
  14. GoPro Hero 4 Silver, case, mounts including handlebar mount
  15. CatEye rechargeable lights with USB charging cables
  16. British passport
  17. Adaptors for continental Europe
  18. Wayfayrer emergency food rations
  19. Emergency Andrex toilet tissue
  20. Hand cleanser
  21. Washing tablets
  22. Below The Belt waterless shower
  23. Plastic mug (University of York c. 1990)
  24. Merrell sandals
  25. Keen Arroyo SPD cycling sandals
  26. Bendable ties
  27. Victornix Swiss Army Knife
  28. Knife
  29. Camping light
  30. Spare batteries for camping light
  31. Stone sunglasses and bag
  32. Lifeventure camping towel
  33. iPhone 6
  34. Chiba fingerless cycling gloves
  35. Heavy duty bags (not waterproof)
  36. Mini can of deodorant
  37. Mini can of shaving gel
  38. Tupperware style boxes (waterproof)
  39. Colgate toothbrush
  40. Lighter
  41. Micro SD converter
  42. Chain repair tool
  43. Gorilla tripod
  44. Carabiners
  45. Hand warmers (gel)
  46. Wallet
  47. Bungee
  48. Identity bracelet
  49. Topeak Bicycle pump (with card to remind where the lock position is!)
  50. DEET insect repellant
  51. Nivea sun protection spray
  52. Kask cycling helmet
  53. Colgate toothpaste
  54. Tyre removal / replacement levers
  55. Spare brake pads
  56. CatEye cycling computer
  57. Bike spanner
  58. Spare spokes (three sizes)
  59. USB cable for ???
  60. Small bungees (to secure maps to board on handlebars)
  61. Business cards
  62. Multi-tool
  63. Tie wraps
  64. Bag for hygiene products
  65. Disposable razors
  66. ‘Water’ bottle for tools
  67. Schwalbe spare inner tubes
  68. Finish Line Bicycle Lubricant – Wet
  69. 15mm spanner (for removal / attachment of pedals)
  70. Spare cables
  71. Spare links for chain
  72. Alight Mayfly chair
  73. Maps: Marco Polo / Michelin
  74. Swatch watch
  75. Mini iPad and USB charger
  76. SD card cable for iPad
  77. 16GB SD cards for camera
  78. Canon EOS 100D SLR camera with ‘flat’ 40mm lens and cables

Comments welcome!

For purposes of comparison, here’s an article I wrote prior to the Mediterranean trip in 2013. Quite a bit of kit has survived to travel with me and Reggie (the bike) once again in 2015…img_0469-copy

8 replies »

  1. Hello Andrew,
    Enjoyed reading yr Le Grand Tour story in Cycle. Stories like yours are inspiring

    You completed that adventure in 54 days I notice.
    I was supposed to be going on my first big cycling trip from St.Austell in Cornwall to Porto Cheli in mainland Greece. A distance of 2300 miles ( 3700km ). I had estimated about 35 to 40 days to get to my friend’s place, cycling about 60 miles per day. When there I was going to plant approx 200 trees in his new garden, plus carry out landscaping work to help me finance the whole trip, adding another 4 to 8 weeks before returning by a similar route, via ferry across to southern Italy, across Switzerland, then up through France to one of the ferry ports & finally back home into the UK.

    However, I’m pretty sure that the European Schengen agreement would mean only being allowed 90 days freedom to travel without any visa’s/restrictions etc, in any 6 month period.

    Have I got this correctly ?

    Also I would like to buy a handle-bar map case, as depicted in the photos on your Koga bike, set up for Le Grand Tour.
    Am I correct to assume it’s your Topeak tablet holder which you’ve listed in your brilliant ( & helpful ) numbered kit list ?

    • To tell you the truth I don’t know! I’m guessing about 15kg? Have a look on the Ridgeback website for the specification for a Ridgeback Panorama World. Hope that helps. Cheers, Andrew

  2. Hi Andrew.
    Was this gorilla stand ok for your trips? Wouldn’t you prefer the larger one?

What do you think?