Alpkit bivi bag -ace value for money!
OMM 1.6 synthetic light-weight sleeping bag – I went for this sleeping bag because it was very small, lightweight and synthetic! I knew it would rain and I did not want to risk being wet and cold in a down sleeping bag.
DIY sleeping mat made of 2 layers of bubble and survival foil – fun to make and really did make a difference! It doesn’t weigh anything and to save space I cut it to be only as long as my upper body and as wide as my shoulders.
The Northface primaloft ‘down’ jacket– glad I took it! It’s a must have on every of my adventures. Its light and gives another layer of warmth when the sleeping bag is not warm enough.
Dry pair of socks– Unfortunately, they did not stay dry for long. After they got wet they really started to smell and I had to bin them. Should have done an Adrian and tied them to my aerobars. The constant head wind would have dried them instantly!!!
Marino wool long sleeve top– a dry top for sleeping in is important for staying warm. To save time I didn’t always bother putting it on, but I probably should have.
Repair kit & spares
3 inner tubes
1 tyre boot (but bought more along the way)
puncture repair patches and glue
10 Zipp ties
Phone (until it fell out my bag) +usb cable – I broke my phone on the ride, so for longer adventures I’d take a spare phone. In future I would also make sure I have a few important numbers on a piece of paper.
Exposure Diabolo front light +usb cable – Eats a lot of power but defiantly bright enough to see the road even in misty and rainy conditions.
Moon back light
Garmin 810 + usb cable – My Garmin worked a treat. Before I left I made sure I updated the firmware. With the new firmware I had 0 problems with my Garmin, expect…
2 powerbanks– I do not have a dynamo hub, so power banks were essential. The only problem I had with one of them was, whenever the charging cable running to my Garmin would disconnect my Garmin would sent itself to sleep… So whenever I charged my Garmin while I was cycling I had to be very carful not to interfere with the connection.
Wildcat Gear Tiger, seat post harness + dry bag – Great for this type of adventure. I carried all my sleeping gear in a dry bag that sat in the harness, nice and tight right under my saddle.
Wildcat Gear Lion, handlebar harness + dry bag- The harness sat on handlebars, while not interfering with my cables. The harness is also narrow enough to fit between my narrow handlebars.
Wildcat Gear Cheetah, top tube bag – the bag is really designed to sit at the back of the top tube and be attached to the seat post, but when I tested that my legs were rubbing against it with every pedal stroke. I attached it instead to the head tube, which worked very well. I kept my snacks and one power bank with cables in their.
anti fungal cream
contact lenses & sunglasses (useless, because my hands were too dirty)
a few tampons
2 x Assos shorts – They were new and I had never worn them before. That was probably a mistake. I had saddle sores on my bum cheeks, right where my seat bones are. I’ve never had anything like that before. I had massive lumps (but no spots) under my skin. Luckily I had no chafing, my skin was just red and became very tough throughout the week. The sore would hurt most in the mornings and then once it was warmed up I could hardly feel it anymore.
DHB short-sleeved jersey
Sportful norain arm warmers
Kalanji thermal running leggings– I like to take a pair of cheap leggings rather than leg warmers because they can be worn on the bike and at night (without the shorts) to keep me warm.
Rapha hi vis gillet – Although the days were long, I like to be visible in bad weather or when it got dark.
Rapha rain jacket – unfortunately, not a rain jacket anymore because all the waterproof coating has come off. Next time I’d take a proper rain jacket.
Btwin 700 mountain bike shoes– Ace shoes for £80! They have a stiff carbon sole, are super light and have a boa type closing system. I got mountain bike shoes especially for the trip because I knew I would have to do some walking. The left foot was fine for the whole ride but on my right foot I still cant feel my toes. I have complicated feet so I’m not sure I’d ever find the right pair. I reckon I should have just worn them in a little more.
DHB thermal toe covers– they totally kept my feet warm!
Thermal vest top – I like to wear layers.
Kask Mojito Helmet– The helmet was a last minute purchase and only arrived the afternoon before I left. I can honestly say that this helmet is theeee most comfortable lit I’ve ever worn!!!
Castelli thermal headband– the best little piece of lycra I own
warmer sleeping bag/ more clothes for the night/ thermal mat