The gear I’ve been carrying is meant to keep me warm when the temperatures are down to -15°C. I tend to prefer carrying heavier but sturdier gear which won’t let me down after a few months.

Everything has been through some rough use and abuse and is still in pretty good condition.

I chose to have most of the weight on the front of the bike as I think it is easier to handle that way, whether I have to carry or lift it, go down some rough paths or up some steep hills. If the weight were on the back, I would have to push the handlebar down when climbing steep bits as the front wheel would keep lifting up.

On another hand, it’s a bit tricky to ride narrow singletracks or rocky paths as the panniers go down quite low and get caught on rocks quite easily. Even though, I was pretty happy with the weight distribution : heavy, dense stuff (mostly food) in the saddle bag, light and bulky gear in the panniers.


BIKE
Bombtrack Arise Tour 2019
Surly front rack + Tubus rear rack
Helmut Equipement bags : Lunda Back Wheel (2*25L), TR Manivelle Handlebar (8L), Warewolf Saddlebag (10L)

CAMPING GEAR
2 men tent – Ferrino Nemesi 2
Therm a Rest XTherm air mat
Sleeping bag – comfort temp -8°C
Sleeping bag liner – fleece or silk, depending on the season

COOKING GEAR
Primus Omnifuel stove + 2x lighters
650ml pot + 400ml cup
Cheap aluminium plate + spork + knife
4x 750ml water bottles
Sawyer water filter

TOOLS AND SPARES
Pump
Inner tube patches + tyre leavers
Small multitool (flat + philips screwdrivers, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm allen keys)
1.5 + 10mm allen keys
Chain tool
15mm + 10mm wrenches
Chain lube + bit of cloth
Derailleur hanger
1x brake cable + 1x gear cable
1x chain quick link
2x brake pads
Stove maintenance kit
Air mat puncture repair kit
Needles + thread
Duct + electrical tape

CLOTHES
Thin synthetic insulated jacket
Gore-Tex rain jacket
Rain pants
Thin gloves
1x buff
1x shorts
1x thin merino leggings
2x short sleeve merino T Shirts
1x thin 1/2 zip fleece
Underwear
2x socks
1x MTB flat pedal shoes
Non cycling clothes : pants, T Shirt, 1x socks

Additional winter clothes :
Thick down jacket
1/2 zip merino base layer
Thick merino leggings
Longsleeve merino baselayer
1x neoprene socks
1x neoprene gloves
1x thick, warm (not wind nor rainproof) gloves
Wool gaiters

ELECTRONICS
Panasonic Lumix gx80 camera + 25mm and 12-32mm lenses + 3 batteries
10″ laptop + 2x 1TB hardrives
Phone
Headlamp
Cables

MISC.
ID card + passport
Wallet
Pens + notebook
Watercolour set + brush
Toiletries bag + microfiber towel