A not absolutely exhaustive list of what we ride with – I doubt even our most avid followers would wish to know the brand and quantity of underwear we’re sporting en route (see for an example…)

This will be updated towards end of trip with brief review of selected items!


Modified (and resprayed) Dawes Double Edge aluminium tandem, circa 2006 – bought second hand for £500 ($800) – lovingly serviced pre-departure by Darren at Poundbury Cyclosport

Gearing: 27 speed (mainly Shimano Deore with Travativ tandem cranks)

Brakes: Avid cable disc

Wheels: 48 (!) spoke 26”

Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2.0”

Bars: Captain – Modolo Yuma Mohican bars (trimmed to fit Ortleib bar bag); Stoker – Nitto bullhorn – both with bells

Grips: Captain – WTB grips with Velo foam on bends; Stoker: Velo foam – double wrapped

Saddles: Captain – WTB V-groove (basic model); Stoker – Specialized Sonoma BG (women’s specific)

Pedals: Wellgo basic alloy model, with Powergrips


Front: Tubus Tara

Rear: Blackburn EX1 disc specific (skewer mounted)

Bottle cages: six on main frame (including 1.5 litre universal cage), plus Minoura saddle mount dual bottle adaptor, fitted behind  rear rack. Total capacity: 6 litres

Lights: Cateye

Stand: ClickStand

Luggage (all Ortleib except drybag)

Bar bag: Ultimate Classic 5l

Front Panniers: Sport Packer Classic- 30l

Rear Panniers: Bike Packer Plus – 40l

Basic drybag (for hammocks) bungee’d to rear rack


Leatherman Crunch

Leynze multitool (with cable cutter)

Park multitool (with chain breaker)

Park spoke key

Blackburn high volume mini-pump

Spray lube (bought locally)

Latex gloves


Inner tubes (x3)

9-speed chain

Spare disc pads (2 pairs)*

Replacement rear hanger(from– stock almost all dropouts known to man!)*

Tandem specific (extra long) gear and brake cables*

Spare (extra long) rear skewer for disc specific rack*

Spare headset cartridge bearings*

Various replacement nuts/bolts

Replacement spokes (3 lengths) x2 of each

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tyre(x1)

Clothing (fits with ease into front panniers)

On-bike wear (each):


Windproof gilet


Long sleeved thermal

Bike shorts (x3 each)

Cycling tops (all synthetic – x3 each)

Innov-8 Hot long-peaked cap


Zip-off technical trousers



Footwear: Salomon trail shoes (Emma); Northface Frog sandals (Andrew)

Off-bike wear:

2 T-shirts, 2 shirts, 1 pair lightweight trousers (Andrew)

2 dresses, 2 T-shirts, ¾ length cotton trousers, cardigan (Emma)


Other kit (fits with ease into rear panniers)

GPS Edge 800


1st aid kit

Oxford Handbook of Expedition Medicine

Spot tracker

Power Monkey solar charger and torch

Petzl e+LITE headtorch

Kindle e-books and reading lights

Panasonic FZ38 hybrid camera and mini tripod

Hewlett Packard Pavilion DM1 11.6” notebook

Wash bags


Silk sleeping bag liner

In dry bag on rack

Mosquito hammocks

Kryptonite D-lock and cable loop


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