Thought I’d post the gear list for my Iceland bicycle tour, as I’m aware some folk out there are interested in this kind of stuff.
After further deliberation, I’ve settled on the extra weight of my trusty Vaude Hogan XT for this trip. It might be a bit more susceptible to wind due to its size, but it provides a luxurious home for a fortnight. I am going to seam seal it properly this time, though, and have a tube of SilNet coming in the post.
Any observations/ thoughts, please spill them in the comments or drop me a line.
Bike: Surly Troll, 22-inch. Tubus Cargo and Duo racks.
22T/32T/44T 12-34 (low gears!)
Tent: Vaude Hogan XT
Luggage (on bike): Carradice Super C front and rear panniers. Alpkit Airlok dry bag, 35ltr. Nike bum bag for bits and bobs.
Bike transport/other luggage: Evoc Bike Bag. Hi Gear Cargo bag.
Sleeping bag: Mountain Equipment Co-operative Merlin, large.
Sleep mat: Thermarest Prolite 4 and Blacks foam mattress. Exped Pillow.
Atura Waterproof ¾ shorts
Montane Velo H2O jacket (trialled as a wind/drizzle shell)
2 pair Endura wicking mesh undershorts
1 pair Merino underpants (Rapha, get me! Was a gift)
3 merino tops – Mountain Warehouse and Smartwool (two for riding, one for off the bike)
Merino long johns, Smartwool
Gore cycling mitts
Sealskinz winter riding gloves
Berghaus Fleece (optional)
2 Buffs (at least)
Endura Baa Baa Beanie hat
Endura Piranha Glasses
Specs for nightime (for reading, not night vision)
Shimano SPD shoes
Keen Newport sandals
Fjalraven Nils trousers
North Face down jacket
MSR Pocket Rocket
MSR Titanium pot with lid
Gas canister ‘feet’
Platipus 3ltr bladder
2 Nalgene lightweight hipflasks (for whisky)
Standard bidon and cage plus Top Peak Modula XL cage for oversize bottles
Lifeventure frist aid kit
Clarins moisture replen cream (the best, but expensive)
Samsung Galaxy S2
Samsung Galaxy Tab (with books on Kindle)
PowerGen external battery
Olympus EPL1 with 14-42 kit lens
Iceland Maps, Ferdakort and Michelin
Small shower gel
Petzl Tikka Plus Headtorch (probably not needed)
Spare spokes and nipples
Two tubes (at least!)
Two adjustable spanners
WD40 (small can)
Spare chain links (SRAM gold links)
Spare brake and gear cables
Abus D lock
Kryptonite steel cable