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My setup went through three phases whilst on the road. The larger picture is the standard touring setup I used for most of the trip, then there was full tank mode with +10L water storage and capacity for 3 weeks food that I rode across the Puna and Bolvian altiplano. The final slimline setup ditched the panniers altogether whilst maintaining capacity for 4L water and food for just over a week. I find that a durable backpack on a rack is wonderful for long distance dirt touring. It provides flexibility and is excellent to be able to shoulder weight for any demanding hikeabikes.

Preparing for my first bike trip across Europe was a daunting task, I found gear lists and advice of others very helpful in this process. Therefore, I thought I would throw together a little information about what I use and the thought process behind it. 

HOWEVER: I feel it is important to note that you can have an adventure by bicycle with almost ANY gear. Don't get too caught up in the gear vortex. My first tour I had basic clothing, a cheap tent and a broken sleeping pad. JUST GET OUT THERE.


Cycling Europe I opted for a traditional touring setup with a Surly Longhaul Trucker bicycle, bombproof Ortlieb panniers, drybag, and handlebar bag. I tried to keep my setup light and versatile. However, looking back on the trip there is a lot I could have left behind (clothing especially). Quickly I discovered it was dirt roads, gravel and hidden single track that I loved.


After much deliberation I decided that for South America I wanted a more off road capable bike and a setup that would allow me to ride these routes whilst travelling through a diverse range of weather conditions. Much of my gear was still useable, but I also swapped a few things and introduced some new items. Below is a current list of what I am using in South America. 


If any gear changes I will try to update the list to reflect this. 




-Bombtrack Beyond +1 2018 model


A 27.5” wheeled steel mountain bike. Capable of mounting all types of racks and cages. Has proved excellent on all manner of terrain. 


Largely stock aside from:


  • Brooks B17 saddle

  • Shimano hydraulic brakes

  • 180mm Shimano Icetech front disc rotor

  • DMR metal pedals

  • Ergon grips

  • Maxxis Chronicle 27.5”x3” tyres (running tubeless)




  • Tubus Logo rear rack

  • Salsa Anything HD cages with Salsa drysacks x2

  • King Cage steel bottle cages x2

  • King Cage Titanium Manythings cage

  • Voile and Black Diamond straps

  • Alpkit Stingray custom rolltop framebag

  • Alpkit Fuelpod 25 toptube bag

  • Mountain Hardware Scrambler 40 backpack (strapped to rack)

  • Revelate Designs harness with Ortlieb 22L drysack

  • Revelate Designs Egress Pocket

  • Acepack feedbag

  • Handmade Bolivian feedbag




  • Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo tent

  • Thermarest XTherm sleeping pad

  • Cumulus Xlite 400 down sleeping bag

  • Rab silk sleeping bag liner

  • Tyvek groundsheet

  • MSR Groundhog pegs




  • Trangia Alchohol Stove

  • Vargo Hexagon Titanium Wood Stove

  • MSR windshield

  • Seatosummit 1.2L pot

  • Seatosummit plastic spork

  • Sawyer Mini water filter

  • 2L Platypus bladder

  • GSI mug

  • GSI pot scraper

  • Bic lighter x2




  • Opinel no9 knife

  • Cheap Leatherman copy

  • Topeak multitool

  • Assorted Allen keys and wrench

  • Lezyne Mini HV pump

  • Chain lube

  • Spare chain link

  • Spare brake pads

  • Rag

  • Tubeless sealant

  • Tubeless bacon strips

  • Puncture repair kit

  • Pedros tyre levers

  • Tyre boot

  • Spare tubes x2 (Tubolitos)

  • Needle and thread

  • Zip ties and duct tape




  • Salomon XA Pro 3D trailrunners

  • Merino socks (one for sleeping) x3

  • Icebreaker merino boxers x2

  • Mountain Hardware zip off trousers/shorts

  • Rab shorts

  • Icebreaker merino t-shirt

  • Bolivian football t-shirt

  • Icebreaker merino longsleeve

  • Cotton button up longsleeve shirt

  • Mountain Equipment zip up breathable jacket

  • Black Diamond synthetic softshell

  • Arc’teryx Alpha FL rain jacket

  • Rab windshell

  • Columbia rain trousers

  • Bamboo leggings

  • Wool hat

  • Converse cap

  • Widebrim hat for deserts

  • Buff

  • Teva sandals

  • Wrap around sunglasses

  • Neoprene socks for wet weather

  • Giro cycling gloves

  • Mountain Equipment waterproof insulated gloves




  • Iphone SE (with Lifeproof case)

  • Anker 20000mah powerbank 

  • Apple MacBook 13” (with waterproof sleeve)

  • External hard drive

  • Fuji XT2 camera with 18-55mm f2.8 lens

  • Garmin InReach satellite messenger/safety beacon

  • Giant bicycle speedometer

  • Cheap headphones

  • Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

  • Black Diamond Storm headlamp

  • Assorted cables, chargers, memory cards and cleaning stuff




  • Trusty Casio watch

  • Specialized helmet

  • Small first aid kit

  • Small chain and padlock

  • A few water purification tablets

  • Sunscreen

  • Notebook

  • Joby tripod

  • Toiletries bag

  • Travel towel

  • Klean Kanteen 2L

  • SIS 1L water bottle x2



If you have any questions about gear, my setup or bicycle travel in general please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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