One of the commonly asked about is what gear we use and what we carry with on a cycle tour. On this page I aim to cover the basics of what we carry with a few little rants about things I think are important.


I like bikes, and I like to have the right one so I have a Surly. Surly makes big heavy steel framed bikes, and then they fit them with big heavy steel racks and everything ends up being heavy. The upside of this is that you can carry an immense amount of stuff and never worry about hurting your bike, or as experience has shown you can be run over at low speed and hurt the car more than your bike. The downside of this is that my bike weighs in at 21km before it is loaded, and for a longer trip can easily reach 50km on the road. Thank god for gears!

My Surly loaded up for an 8 day ride.

My Surly loaded up for an 8 day ride.


I use Ortlieb Panniers. No particular reason other than that I like them and I could order 7 at once when I wanted to get our panniers. They are super tough and very reflective so I don’t think anyone could have a bad word to say about them.

To be specific I have back-roller plus and front roller plus models with a large handlebar back. I also got the map case that fits onto the handlebar back which has proven to be a great investment because it is just so convenient.

Wet Weather Gear

Over shoes! I don’t really have much else to say because raincoats are raincoats and safety vests are safety vests, but if you are planning on riding a lot invest in some water proof overshoes to keep you feet warm and dry. We both use Gore City Overshoes which are great.

I’ve recently invested in a pair of dutch RainLegs which are a great invention. They are a waterproof rain cover for the tops of your legs, that leave the underside of your legs free to sweat and stay cool.

Useful Links

If you want to read more come back and read again one day, or go to the following links which provide excellent advice on gear.

One Response to Gear

  1. John Adams says:

    Hi there – love your blog! Where did you get that Surly ECR in some of your other posts? It looks great but I can’t find a supplier. My VWR needs a rugged playmate.

    Many thanks and safe riding!


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