Kit for my Journey Back Home

Bike and the kit


I am riding a Surly Disk Trucker. And I love it. It’s an absolute tank, super strong and stable. Here’s my bike and riding kit:

  • Surly Disk Trucker 2013 (parts detailed here)
  • Rear Rack: Tubus Cargo Classic
  • Front Rack: Tubus Tara Low Rider
  • Rear Panniers: Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic
  • Front Panniers: Ortlieb Front-Roller Plus
  • Handle Bar Bag: Ortlieb Ultimate5 Classic
  • Lowe Alpine Nanon 50:60 backpack, to go on top of back rack
  • Seat: Original WTB SST Comp
  • 2 X Schwable Marathon Dureme tires, 26 X 2.0
  • 1 X Schwable Marathon Extreme
  • Cascadia Hybrid/Touring Fenders (Front and Back)
  • Shimano A530 pedals
  • Minoura bottle holders X 3
  • Helmet: Bell Sweep XC


  • Exped Schnozzel Pumpbag – Also serves as waterproof bag for sleeping bag and the mat
  • Sleeping bag: Marmot Hydrogen
  • Helinox Chair
  • Sleeping mat: Exped Synmat UL 7
  • Sherpa inner lining
  • MSR Hubba + MSR Gear Shed extension + MSR ground tarp
  • MSR Fuel Bottle, 591ml
  • MSR Whisperlite Stove
  • Cooking Pots: Snow Peak Trek Combo Titanium
  • Quick release clips X 5: Useful to have
  • Gerber Bear Grylls Knive
  • MSR PackTowl Ultra light
  • Livedventure Ti Spork
  • Sea Summit Cup

Repair Tools and stuff

  • First Aid Kit
  • Warranty Papers, photocopies of passport, IDs etc…
  • Lube and degreaser
  • Repair Kit and Tools
  • Some spare parts and batteries, all fitted in the container
  • Bike Lock: Onguard Doberman Combo Cycle Lock
  • Tire levers
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spare tubes – always at least 2, with schrader valve
  • Crank Brothers MP19 Multitool kit
  • Long nose pliers + cutters
  • ParkTool Spoke Wrench
  • Valve converter
  • Allen Keys key (#2 to #9)
  • Cable ties (a bunch of them)
  • Small-Medium size Wrench
  • IceToolz Pedal Spanner
  • Spare Parts for panniers and bike computer
  • AA Batteries, Lithium 2032 Batteries
  • Heavy duty tape and electric tape
  • WheelsMan Emergency Hanger, in case the derailleur breaks
  • Spare break pads – Avid Pad BB7 X 2
  • High Duty Straps X 2, to hold the pack on the top of the back rack


  • Columbia Airgill Light long sleeve shirt
  • Columbia Men’s Solar Polar long sleeve shirt
  • Skins C400 Wind Stopper Cycling Jacket (for cold, windy weather)
  • Leopard Trek Hoodie, for chilly nights and after a day’s ride. I’m considering getting a new fleece though…
  • Asolo Goretex trekking boots, used on walking days and cycling in the rain
  • Lowe Alpine long sleeve shirt
  • Mont trekking shorts, multi-usage, very versatile
  • Lowe Alpine Rain Jacket – for non-cycling
  • Under Armour long sleeve skin top
  • Macpac Mountain Bike Shorts
  • North face waterproof trousers
  • Reef Flip-Flops
  • Zoot Ultra Tempo 2.0 shoes, super light and comfy; been having these for ages
  • 2XU T-shirts x 2
  • Lafuma Trekking Trousers
  • Gore Oxygen GT Rain Jacket – For cycling
  • Icebreaker underwear (1) and Holeproof Explorer underwear (2), mainly used after a day’s ride and non-cycling days
  • Pearl Izumi arm warmers, for cooler early morning rides
  • Icebreaker Merino t-shirt, for non-cycling days, try to always keep clean
  • 2XU shorts, for non-cycling days
  • 2XU cycling shorts, usually used as base layer with my Mont shorts on top
  • Kathmandu trekking sox
  • Clean pair of socks (2)
  • Capo cycling socks
  • Waterproof socks: Sealskinz Thin Ankle Length X 1
  • Towel
  • 2XU compression tights, for recovery. Super compact and light, they always helped me recover faster
  • Buff headwear
  • Roeckl cycling gloves
  • GreenEdge cycling cap
  • Netti cycling winter gloves
  • Shimano MT 43 cycling shoes
  • Not in images: Merino long sleeve hoody shirt, super versatile; can be used for cycling, at night or non-cycling days. Love it!
Clothing Gear

Usual cycling day clothes


Rain kit



I haven’t listed various chargers needed to power some of these items. They’re all nicely fitting in a plastic container. Except for my laptop and my camera battery, the rest can be charged by the Powermonkey. My camera isn’t in the image: I used it to take the photo. 🙂

  • Canon 7D
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS USM lenses
  • External Drives: Western Digital My Passport, 2 Tb and 1 Tb
  • Powermonkey eXplorer solar panel recharger, 2200mAh battery + various plugs in the little bag
  • Laptop, Sony Vaio Z46GD + lightweight and protective case
  • HTC Desire mobile phone
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ultra-wide lenses
  • iPod mini 16GB
  • AV Labs memory card reader: saves heaps of camera battery when transferring photos to my laptop
  • Garmin Egde 500 (cadence and speed sensors are mounted on the bike…)
  • Lenses hood, Canon EW-83E
  • Remote cable shutter
  • Camera brush, to clean mirror and lenses
  • 16GB Extreme Scandisk memory card X 2 + SD slot adapter
  • 1GB memory card, used to store my favorite photos
  • Camera strap