Stuff

A biking event like this needs decent equipment. The coming months we’ll fill this page with all the essential gear we bought or will buy.

Bike and setup:

We bought two masculine versions of the Koga Signature (frame KS-TR 26″, colour mystic black and frame size 54 and 57 cm) with the following (main) accessories:

  • Gear: Rohloff 500/14 CC speedhub with 16-teeth sprocket and 38-teeth chainwheel.
  • Chain: 2 different ones: Shimano CN-HG91; narrow type chain and KMC Double X Durability Nickel plated; 1/2″x3/32″.
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-A530.
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore XT V-brakes with levers BR-M770 and brake pads S70C/M70R2.
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon XR 50-559 26″x2.00″.
  • Inner tubes: Schwalbe type 13 50-559 26″x2.00″ French valve 60 mm.
  • Saddle: Brooks B-17 (Soraya substituted the saddle for different ones along the way).
  • Seatpost: Koga Signature.
  • Handlebar: Koga Multigrip.
  • Stem on Soraya’s bike: Ritchey and Michiel’s: Koga Signature (we both added a Satori stem riser).
  • Rear rack: Tubus Logo.
  • Front rack: Tubus Ergo.
  • Panniers: all Ortlieb including one racktop bag (Soraya) and excluding one racktop Sea to Summit bag for tent (Michiel). We cycle with a handlebar bag, two front and two rear panniers.
  • Michiel is pulling on the American continent an ExtraWheel with two panniers.
  • Cyclo computer of Soraya’s bike: Cat Eye Enduro8 and Michiel’s: Sigma BC-1106.

Camping gear:

And we cook:

  • Stove: MSR Whisperlite international.
  • Fuel bottle: MSR 887 mL/33 fl. oz (fits in bottle cage bike !).
  • Fuel: whatever burns.
  • Pan: MSR Seagull (one pan & lid).
  • Silverware: 2x Light My Fire spork.
  • Cups and bowl: Sea to Summit.
  • Wooden spatula.
  • Water purifying systems: SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier (broke down after half a gallon. In the meantime: Coleman iodine-tablets).

Must be recharged equipment:

  • Canon digital IXUS 950 IS.
  • Canon EOS 600D (New Zealand and Hawaii).
  • Dog dazer (North America and Asia).
  • Garmin eTrex Vista HCx.
  • Apple MacBook Air and iPad 2 (New Zealand and Hawaii).
  • GoPro HD Helmet HERO.
  • Battery charger and of course rechargeable batteries (North America and Asia).

Soraya’s clothing (brand):

  • Outdoor jacket Event (REI).
  • Soft shell jacket (Haglofs; got stolen in Wanaka, New Zealand).
  • Fleece jacket (Columbia).
  • Outdoor pants (The North Face).
  • Waterproof outdoor pants (REI).
  • Long legging (Icebreaker).
  • Two pairs of long cycling pants (Kalenji).
  • One pair thermal leg warmers (Novara).
  • Three pairs of socks (KEEN).
  • Biking sandals (KEEN).
  • Walking sandals (KEEN).
  • Blouse long sleeve (Royal Robbins).
  • Blouse long sleeve (Silverback).
  • T-shirt (Macpac).
  • T-shirt (Icebreaker).
  • Long sleeve (Icebreaker).
  • Biking gloves (PEARLiZUMi).
  • Gloves (Novara).
  • Two bandanas (Buff).
  • Cheapest flip-flops (Decathlon).
  • Towel (Rubytec).

Michiel’s clothing (brand):

  • Outdoor jacket Event (REI).
  • Soft shell jacket (Mountain Hardwear).
  • Waterproof outdoor pants (Patagonia).
  • Rain pants (Alpine Design).
  • Light pants (REI).
  • Two pairs of cycling pants (Kalenji).
  • One pair thermal leg warmers (Novara).
  • Two pairs of socks (KEEN).
  • Biking sandals (KEEN).
  • Walking sandals (KEEN).
  • Blouse long sleeve (Columbia).
  • Blouse short sleeve (Kathmandu).
  • Long sleeve (Icebreaker).
  • Short sleeve (Icebreaker).
  • Biking gloves (GIRO).
  • Gloves (PEARLiZUMi).
  • Two bandanas (Buff).
  • Cheapest flip-flops (Decathlon).
  • Towel (Rubytec).