Gear

Bikes

  • Thorn eXXp frames and forks (customised version of their eXp with the main difference being a longer wheelbase).
  • Sun Rhyno rims,

Luggage and storage

  • 1 pair each Ortlieb Backpacker Plus rear panniers.
  • 1 pair each Ortlieb Front Roller front panniers.
  • Agu Quorum bar bags (both 10 litre to start with, Luke’s later replaced with a 6 litre model which is more rigid.)
  • Karrimor 35 litre rucksack later replaced with a Berghaus 20 litre model, for use as a daysack off the bike, strapped across Anna’s rear rack on the bike and used to stuff fruit, bread and other random things into.
  • Ortlieb rucksack conversion kit so one of the rear panniers can be carried as a rucksack.
  • Assorted Outdoor Designs stuffsacks and mesh bags for storing clothes, dirty washing, small Nalgene bottles etc.
  • Assorted Outdoor Designs drybags for storing paperwork, manuals and batteries.
  • Aquapac storage pouches for electronics and cameras.
  • Assorted Nalgene bottles for food.
  • 2 Outdoor Designs guidebook pouches – great for keeping books dry, clean and unscuffed.
  • Mesh shoe bag, for storing Tevas in the open so they dry out and don’t smell (so bad)!


Spares and repair

  • 6 inner tubes
  • 4 brake cables
  • 4 gear cables

Camping

  • Tent – Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT.
  • Supplementary steel tent pegs (12) – the supplied aluminum pegs are great in sandy or soft ground but hopeless in baked clay.
  • Tarpaulin – 2mx2m – for lining the porch or sleeping on when we don’t pitch the tent.
  • Lifesystems Duo Mosquito Net.
  • 2 Thermarests.
  • 2 foam squares – 50cmx30cm – for sitting on to eat our lunch!
  • 2 RAB Ladakh 600 sleeping bags – sent home for the hottest stretch between Mali and Ethiopia.
  • 2 RAB silk sleeping bag liners – enough on their own when it’s hot.  Very light and quick-drying.
  • Ortlieb 15 litre folding bowl – wins the “most versatile equipment award”, great for washing up, washing clothes, carrying things, washing ourselves….
  • Assorted Ortlieb water bladders – 10, 4 and 2 litre sizes.  We anticipated carrying 40 litres or more in the Western Sahara and in Chad/Sudan, but only ever carried a maximum of 25 litres or so including our bike bottles.


Clothing – Luke

  • 1 pair Gramicci shorts.
  • 1 pair Endura MTB shorts.
  • 3 pairs Endura padded undershorts.
  • 3 t-shirts – OutdoorScene make fantastic hard-wearing and uncreasable ones that are still going strong after a year on the road.
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt.
  • 1 short-sleeved shirt.
  • 1 pair Gramicci trousers.
  • 3 pairs boxer shorts.
  • 1 pair swimming trunks.
  • 3 pairs Endura bike socks.
  • 2 pairs ordinary socks.
  • Shimano M038 SPD shoes.
  • Teva sandals.
  • Marmot lighweight waterproof jacket.
  • The North Face fleece jacket.
  • 1 pair cycling gloves.
  • Limar helmet.


Clothing – Anna

  • 1 pair North Face Capri Pants.
  • 2 pairs Endura padded undershorts.
  • 1 pair Endura Coolmax cycling shorts.
  • 1 pair light cotton trousers.
  • Regatta zip-off travel skirt.
  • 1 Craghoppers long-sleeved shirt.
  • 1 Outdoorscene long-sleeved top.
  • 2 t-shirts.
  • 1 vest top.
  • 2 lycra sports bras.
  • Selection of off-the-bike underwear!
  • 1 bikini.
  • 2 pairs Endura bike socks.
  • 1 pair ordinary socks.
  • Shimano M038 SPD shoes.
  • Teva sandals (later replaced with Teva flip-flops).
  • Marmot lighweight waterproof jacket.
  • Patagonia fleece jacket.
  • 2 cotton head-scarves.
  • 1 pair Girlgear cycling gloves.
  • Limar helmet.


Electronics and Photo

  • Psion Series 3C palmtop.
  • Canon EOS 300D digital SLR camera, with 18-55mm F4-5.6 and 75-300mm F4-5.6 lenses.
  • Canon IXUS 500 digital compact camera.
  • Canon Speedlite 540EX flashgun.
  • Selection of ND grad, UV, Skylight and Polarising filters.
  • Cleaning materials for cameras.
  • Hama Gamma tripod.
  • Universal battery charger for li-ion and NiMH batteries.
  • 9 x 800mAh AAA and 24 x 2300mAh AA rechargeable batteries.
  • Spare battery for digital SLR.
  • 2 Petzl Tikka headtorches.
  • 1 Petzl Zoom headtorch.
  • Sony short-wave radio.
  • Portable CD-burner.
  • Selection of CD-R and CD-RW blank recordable media.


Medical

  • First Aid kit containing plasters, bandages, antiseptic etc.
  • Lifesystems Dental First Aid kit.
  • Medical kit containing antibiotics, painkillers, anti-malarials, antiseptic, antihistamines and other medication.
  • Sterile needle pack.
  • Bausch & Lomb contact lenses and solution.
  • Mosquito repellent.

 

 

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