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BICYCLE AND ACCESSORIES

BICYCLES AND MINOR UPGRADES

 Surly Long Haul Truckers  is the bicycles we've chosen for our journey. The LHT is a simplistic but strong and reliable steel bike built for long distances and heavy packing. We bought ours at Cyclecomponents.


We fited the bikes with SKS Bluemels mudguard, B +M rear mirrors and as many bottleholders we could fit.

Pump: Topeak Road Morph.
A lightweight road frame pump with integral gauge so we can always make sure we have the right pressure in our tires.


We use to have a Pletcher kick-stand but we removed it in Istanbul as we were afraid it might damage the bicycle.




RACKS & PANNIERS

We've both fitted our bikes wirh Tubus Cargo back racks and while Robin went with a Surly Nice rack front rack Ida opted for a Tubus Tara front rack.
The Tubus Tara weighes less while the Nice rack offers an extra plattform. 

As we didn't know anything at all about panniers before this trip we went with the safe card and just bought panniers from Ortlieb.
Initially, we each got two Ortlieb Back-roller Plus rear panniers, two Sport-roller Plus front panniers and one Ultimate6 Plus handlebar bag. We later also desided to invest in one Rack Pack M each as we felt we needed some more space.

Ida's handlebar bag is also fitted with a Ultimate6 Map Case for our maps and useful phrases in the language of the current country.
Robin has an extra small handlebar bag for his phone and other smaller tinklets.

PEDALS, HANDLEBAR & SADDLE

The Shimano SPD PD-T420 pedal offers both clip-in and not. We are both beginners when it comes to clip-in and not quite sure if we'll need/like it or not. 

As we didn't really like the racing handlebar that came with the bikes we both decided to upgrade to a butterfly/touring handlebar. It offers a wide variety of hand positions and offers a upright position. We also installed a secondary straight handlbar for securing our handlebar bags and some other things. 

We've both got ourselves a Brooks leather saddle. Robin has a Brooks B17 that he got as a gift from a friend and Ida has a Brooks B66 that she had laying around at home.

CAMPING GEAR

LIVING

Tent: Hilleberg Nammatj 2GT
Our tent isn't the lightest nor the smallest but a robust all-season, all-arounder that pitches quickly and easily! The extended vestibule allows us the keep all our panniers in the tent and cook food  inside our tent on rainy days. With our tent, we also have a home-made ground sheet to make the vestibule feel more homie as well as protecting the actual tent.

Chairs: Walkstool
We got two foldeable chairs to keep us comfortable whenever we stop. They might be somewhat of an luxury-item but they are definitely worth it when we're cooking.

Toiletry bag:
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail clipper,  tweezers among other. Our toiletry bag is probably filled with the same things that you can expect to bring on any longer trip. 

We have two travel towls (and one sarong) for obvious reasons.

First Aid Kit: Travel Safe First Aid Bag S
You never know what might go wrong on a trip like this! We have filled our kit with everything from plasters, pain killers, tablets against diarrhea to bug repellent.

SLEEPING

Sleeping mats: Exped Synmat 7 LW
We have two matching sleeping mats that offers high comfort, low weight and a small packed size. These have however both broken once. Lets hope our replacement mats last a bit longer...

Sleeping bags: Haglöf Slumber 3S
Our sleepingbags might not be the smallest nor the best but they have kept us warm enough so far and can be ziped up together.

Silk sleeping bagliner:
We bought a two-persons liner that we modifed to fit our sleeping mats so we can use it all by itself when the climate is warm


Pillow: Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow 
Ida has a fancy inflatable pillow while Robin just uses his down jacket stuffed in a sleepingbag casing as a pillow.

COOKING

Camping stove: Trangia 25-3 UL
Heavier then some stoves but it got it all in one simple package. If we where to buy it all again we would probably opt for non-stick all around.  We have both a spirit burner and a gas burner but usually we just use the gas.

Knifes: Mora Companion
The knife is classic all-in-one knife for the outdoor. We have two so that we don't have to fight over it when we're cooking.

Water purifier: Life-straw and tablets.
Portable straw-shaped purifier that can filter up to a 1000 liters. 

Tableware: Two foldable bowls, one foldable cup, a whole lot of sporks and a solid Mumin cup mostly used for whisky.

Thermos: Primus Lunch Jug 0.5 L
We use them for our breakkie (overnights oats) but also to store left-overs (which there never seem to be any).

ELECTRONICS

LIGHTS

Head torches: Black Dimond Spot and Olight H25
Head torches are by far the most convinent when preforming any typ of task in the dark.

Front bike torch: 2 x IXON Premium
Really strong front torches that allow us to ride in the dark. Not that we usually ride in the dark but when we do... 

Rear bike light: Sigma Stereo K969
Rechargeble red rear lights to ensure that cars can see us in tunnels and in the dark. 

Camp light: Munkees mini LED lantern
Small camping light that was given to us by a shopkeeper in Sofia. Perfect for beeing able to see in our tent after hours without attracting unwanted attention.





POWER & COMMUNICATION

Power banks: 2 x Swees Model RJ-PB06
Powerful (26000 mAh each) powerbanks that keep all of our gear recharged.

Solar Panel: ANKER PowerPort Solar Lite 15W
We really liked the idea of not relying on power outlets throughout our trip but we have to admit that the solarpanel hasn't really worked out. But we keep it around for emergencies. 

Phones and GPS: Nexus 5X and Nexus 6
Our phones are packed with offline maps, music and podcasts to keep us going (in the right direction). They are also quite handy to keep in touch with people at home as well as the people we meet along the way.

We also bought some bluetooth comradios made for motorbikes that we modified to fit our bicycles. In therory this might have been a good idea to ensure communcation during busy traffic but in reality we never use them. 

MULTIMEDIA & OTHER

Reading: Kindle Paperwhite E-readers
We have one Kindle each loaded with lots of books. They are great for both entertainment and information. The built-in light also saves us from using a reading light in the tent. 

Cameras: Sony Alpha 5000 and GoPro Hero3 with remote control, mini-tripod and selfie stick. Sometimes you want something a little better then just your mobile phone camera. Two additional cameras might be a little excessive but we use our Sony for scenic shots and the GoPro for action shots.

Computer: Asus Transformer Book T100
We got this one as we needed a compact computer that we could charge via USB. We have to admit that it is a quite frustating device, but that might just be that it runs Windows.  

Cycle computers: VDO M4 WR
These little bike computers not only tells us speed and distance but also gives us temperature, elevation and gradient throughout our travels.