The Rest

This and that and that and this...

Of course, bikes, tent and our clothes are the central parts if you think about a bike-travellers equipment. But wait, there's more!

A lot more actually. We need to eat, probably to fix our bikes or ourselves, wash and launder and so on and so forth. Here we want you to give the best possible overview over all those smaller and bigger parts, who were ignored so far.

Miris equipment, right before stowage
The Trunk
We both use Ortlieb bags, they are completely waterproof and really reliable, Ryan used his for his seven other bike trips through Europe and they never let him down. So Miri got hers as a present from her parents for birthday and christmas. Since we got our panniers in one go (although five years apart from each other), it was easy to fit them colourwise. Ryan chose black ones, because you don't see the dirt as fast, and Miri chose blue, simply because blue (it's her favourite colour). We have two large ones at the back, Ryan uses Back-Roller Classic and Miri Back-Roller Plus. On top of it, each carries a black packsack. At the front two smaller ones on the lowrider, Ryan has Front-Roller Classic and Miri Sport-Roller Plus. And of course we both have a handlebar bag, Ryan a fitting black and Miri a blue one. This setup offers enough space for all our stuff and is also comfortable while riding. Additionally, we attached two Salsa Anything Cages over the lowrider, so we can carry more water or other small parts if needed.
The Kitchen
For cooking we use a Trangia, an ethanol stove. We like the silence, and while travelling we aren't on the run and accept 10 more minutes cooking time compared to other alternatives. In return, we pay almost nothing for the fuel (2€ for a bottle, easily enough for 3 weeks). We bought the anodized version, which prevents sticking nicely, without scratching just because we don't use wooden cutlery. For our circumnavigation we bought a mulitfuel stove. This way we can switch over to diesel or other fuels if ethanol isn't available. If there is no drinking water within reach, we have a water filter with us. Our MSR Guardian wasn't the cheapest investment, but when we calculated it through, it seemed cheapter than buying drinking water over two years.
The Sleeping room
We use two Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm matresses, and Mountain Equipment Lamina Z Torch Sleeping bags. The main, neverending topic concerning sleeping bags is if to buy some with synthetic insulation or down-filled ones. While down bags are said to be slightly lighter, synthetic ones are less sensible against moisture. Aside from that, the only thing left to do is to compare the described temperature range with the climate of your desired destination. A really good investment, no matter if down or synthetic insulated, is a bedtick. It saves you the laundry of your sleeping bag, and therefore a lot of hassle. We bought also a slightly warmer one, to improve the insulation of our sleeping bags if needed. Also we can use it solo in warmer climates.
The Bathroom
For us, there is almost no difference between the toiletries at home and abroad. Of course you can use the same toothbrush, razor, nail scissor et cetera, the biggest deviation are the towels. Since everything needs to dry fast, we use microfiber towels. They are drying us less good compared to regular cotton towels, but afterwards they dry themselves pretty quick.
The Pharmacy
We brought just the usual stuff, and luckily needed barely anything of it: Medicine against diarrhoeal diseases, headache and sore throat. Additionally, disinfectant, sunscreen and insect repellant. And of course some dressing material, in case of a more severe crash.
The Garage
Because we can't move without our bikes, the precautions we take are analogous high. We bring: a multitool (with chaintool), some inner tubes, one folding tire, several spokes of each neccesary lenght (you can't expect any bikeshop to have your desired dimension), patches, a pump, superglue, duct tape (probably the most important, since it also patches clothing and tents very effectively), spare screws, chain lube, and of course a good knife.
Also, a manometer is really useful if you want to know if you are running on too much or too less pressure.
The Studio
Of course we want to preserve plenty of our moments abroad. For said purpose, we chose an action cam (Sony HDR-AS200V, we liked the quality better compared to contester GoPro) over a regular video camera, because we also want to film in dusty and rainy conditions. So far, we are really happy with the results. For the pictures, Ryan used his Olympus E-510. But since a DSLR is relatively chunky, this will be changed against a newer compact camera.
Since he got the camera, the sensor quality of compact cameras reached a very good, if not equal level. This is a good chance to save some space and weight, and even a whole special camera bag. Additionally, a smaller camera is a bit more unobtrusive, which allows a more natural approach to people and lessens (hopefully) the risk of theft.
Ryan chose a Sony RX100 M4 to replace the old Olympus. So far we are happy with the result, lets see how this will hold up during our journey.
The Office
There isn't a lot of paper in our bags, but that is even more important: Our diaries, who are a pain to write almost every evening but an even bigger joy to read back home, our papers (and some copies of them), some money, and of course the most commonly used vocabulary of every country we are travelling through.
The Cellar
Everything, what couldn't be sorted into one of the earlier categories: Locks, E-Reader, clothes-pegs, and plastic bags. They are ridiculously important: from storing the laundry or dirty slippers, to throwing away our daily garbage, we can't avoid them.


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