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Jon's Solo Cycletouring Gear list

What does he take?

Jon's Solo RigThere have been a couple of occaisions when Jon has gone touring solo, these have been overnighters locally in East Anglia and usually when Jon has tried out new bits of kit prior to our main tour. Due to going solo Jon manages to easily get all his kit into 4 panniers and doesn't need to take the racpack, this is acheived by taking our Nordisk Telemark 2 light weight tent which packs up really small.

Below is a list of the kit he takes on a solo trip.

Personal Kit

  • 1 Cycling top Gear note.

  • 2 prs Cycling socks.

  • 1 pr Cycling shoes.

  • 1 Cycle helmet.

  • 1 Gore-Tex helmet cover.

  • 1 pr Ron Hill Bikesters.

  • 1 Gore-Tex Paclite waterproof top.

  • 1 pr Gore-Tex Paclite waterproof over trousers.

  • 1pr Waterproof cycling overshoes.

  • 1pr Gore-Tex socks (great for keeping the feet dry).

  • 1 Pertex top (Callange).

  • 1 pr Cycling gloves Gear note.

  • 1 pr Waterproof cycling gloves.

  • 1 pr Cycling sun glasses (Rudy Project - Wizaard) Gear note.

  • 1 pr Zip off cycling trousers Gear note.

  • 1 Short sleeve shirt.

  • 2 Handkerchiefs

  • Underwear

  • Swimming costume

  • Wash kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, razor, soap etc.)

  • 1 medium sized light weight travel towel (we have tried several types but found the Lifeventure Trek Towels to be the best).

  • 1 Fleece top.

  • 1 lightweight insulated jacket - useful for cold evenings and doubles up as an extra pillow at night.

  • Watch.

  • Bike repair kit (see our main gear list.)

  • 1 x 1 litre Stainless Steel drinks bottles.

  • 1 Stainless Steel 0.5 litre vacuum flask (keeps drinks hot or cold and useful for carrying milk for brews).

  • Maps & Ortlieb waterproof map case.

  • Compact Digital Camera, memory cards and battery charger.

  • Small pair of Binoculars.

  • Small "hotel" type sewing kit.

  • Waterproof stuff sacks or plastic bags for gear inside panniers. (We use some waterproof rucksack liners as we found that plastic bags tend to easily rip and tear with continuous stuffing).

  • Earplugs (for sleeping at night on noisy campsites).

  • 1 bike cable and lock.

  • 1 Brooks saddle cover.

  • 1 First aid kit (plasters, paracetamol, etc.).

  • Sunbloc (Piz Buin Sport - we have found this to be the best as it's non greasy and survives a lot of sweating).

  • Insect repellant.

  • Smartphone, earphones & charger - We use it to make notes for this site and it also has our music collection on it, which is great.

Camping Equipment

  • 1 Nordisk Telemark 2 tent, plus groundsheet protector footprint.

  • 1 Mountain Equipment 'lightline' sleeping bag.

  • 1 Exped down sleeping mat.

  • 1 Blow-up pillow (Ajungilak Komfort Pute).

  • 1 Optimus Polaris multifeul stove Gear note.

  • 1 Camping cook set - includes 2 billies and a frying pan(Optimus).

  • 1 Folding spatula (MSR).

  • 1 Plastic plates.

  • 1 Plastic mugs.

  • 1 Titanium Sporks.

  • 1 Small sharp knife.

  • Washing up liquid and sponge.

  • 5 litre folding water carrier (Ortlieb)

  • Folding bucket (Ortlieb)

  • 1 small LED torches.

  • Swiss Army Knife.

  • Matches and gas lighter. 

See our page on 'How we pack our gear'. It might give you an idea of how we fit it all in!