In 1884 American Thomas Stevens cycled around the world on a penny farthing bicycle with his socks, a change of shirt and a rain coat which doubled as his tent and bed roll.

In 1894, Annie Kopchovsky cycled around the world with a change of clothes and a pearl handled revolver. 

Thoughts on Equipment 

 I wouldn’t get too hung up on equipment, just do it anyway.  My first year I was on a £300 city bike and look at the great time I had!  WBG

The kit in blue I absolutely recommend 100%

Cycling and Sleeping

The Kibo Bicycle by Stanforth Bikes

The Brooks Flyer Saddle

Ortileb Front & Back Roller Classic Pannier Bags

Ortileb Handlebar Bag

Ortileb Handlebar Bag

The Hillberg Akto Tent

1 x North Face Gold Kazoo Sleeping Bag (Donated on route)

1 x Exped Trail Mat (Donated on route)

1 x Trail Thermarest Rolling Mat

Thermarest Chair Kit


Lights and Power

1 x Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger

1 x Torch

1 x Head Torch

1 x Wind UpTorch – in case all else fails


1 x Optimus Multi-Fuel Stove (new addition Nov 2015, courtesy of Pauline and Cathy)

1 x 10 litre foldaway plastic container.  For those weeks in the Sahara Desert.

1 x Pot – so out of shape it looks like I’ve been hitting it off someones head, repeatedly.

1 x Frying Pan – use for chopping board and dinner plate.

1 x Spork – broken in two, but still using.  2 x Sporks (new addition Nov 2015)

1 x Metal Full Size Spoon – luxury item donated when spotted eating with broken Spork.

I x Metal Cup – realized plastic bottom the moment it went on fire after placing on gas stove to heat up cold coffee.  


1 x Spanner – cannot remember what this is for or why I brought it but it’s definitely for something.

2 x ‘Getting the Tyres off Plastic Thingys’

1 x Allon Key for Pedals

1 x Allon Key for Seat Post

4 x Inner Tubes

1 x Puncture Repair Kit – friend absolutely insisted I take; reality is I would hitch hike before using a puncture repair kit.

1 x Pump

1 x Compass – never used but makes me feel like a ‘real’ explorer.


1 x Bikini (The most important piece of clothing!)

1 x Micro Fleece Jumper

1 x Merino Wool Leggings

2 x Merino Wool Tops

2 x Vest Tops 

I x Cycling Vest Top

1 x Pair of Padded Cycling Shorts – never worn but keeping for those bumpy road days in poorer countries.

3 x Pairs of Pants 

3 x Pairs of Socks 

1 x Waterproof Jacket – donated in my 10th country as didn’t have a jacket.

1 x Helmet – a must for overtaking the cars on the downhills. 



1 x pink sink ( new addition Nov 2015)


Love dogs?  Be a hero.  Save a life.  Go to your local shelter for your four legged bundle of joy.  Or don’t save a life.  Don’t be a hero.  And go to a breeder.  The choice is yours.  WBG


9 thoughts on “Equipment

  1. I am almost 67 and getting ready for my first tour. I tried a couple of months ago and did 300 miles but on a gravel bike trail. This will be my first road trip. You give me courage. I’m not afraid of animals eating me – just two legged male noises in the night carrying machetes and axes and assault rifles. Lol – and 18-wheelers going 90mph and squishing me to pieces. Yep would like a partner but all my friends like their rocking chairs. Hope to meet you someday.

    • Hey Judy – awesome!!!

      Where are you doing your road trip? How long is your upcoming trip?

      Hope to meet you too!

      Ishbel xxx

    • Martha Gower-Moseman says:

      I love reading about Ishbel and I hope to doing something like you Judy….next year I’ll be 66, I live in the US and my friend and I who will be 70 plan on doing route 66 here in the states….our first tour and looking forward to it. Love the idea you will also be doing this. My daughter did a solo tour of 15,000 miles in Asia (sorry, don’t know what the km’s are). Good luck and I love following your Ishbel and good luck Judy

  2. Lawrence Windrush says:

    You are bloody marvellous, how do you fund your travels?
    I’m tempted to do the same but I’m dirt poor.
    Best wishes

    • Hey Lawrence!

      More numpty than marvellous I am! lol

      You can travel on 3 dollars a day for basic food. Depending on your passport you will need another budget for visas.
      Or you can get your budget lower by dumster diving around the world. You can use

      You can ask to help people out with jobs in exchange for food.

      I am trained as a Holistic Therapist and Stress Manager so I can always offer people massages if I get stuck. I’ve just donated free massages to all the volunteers on a restoration project of Torres Del Paine National Park where I am in Chile.

      You can travel with the cheapest bike ever and cheap canvas bags just put blags bags inside to create waterproofing for them.

      Does this help? I advise working your ass off with as many jobs as possible for a bit then leave and wing it!

      I’m happy to answer any of your questions even if many to help you get on the way with minimum budget.


  3. I really like your equipment list.. planning to go on my first bike tour and trolling through blogs, i came across pages long of equipment and my jaw just dropped ‘how am i gonna afford all that”
    but i like yours, and i think i will make a copy of it 🙂

    • Hi Laureene,
      What bike tour are you thinking of going on?
      How many miles roughly? What will weather be like?
      If your budget is tight I can help you make the right decisions regarding kit.

      • Martha Gower-Moseman says:

        Love your equipment list….I’ve been wondering about shoes for platform shoes but you’ve answered my question by looking at your FB pages. Thank you

        • Hey!

          Shoes is a personal preference amongst us long distance tourers.

          When I first started out I had the ‘clip in’ shoes and pedals. But I found my knees hurt with cycling so much weight and I couldn’t find the correct position to stop the pain. The other option is to use straps on your pedals which you can fit your foot through. But getting my feet out to put on ground in an emergency can be very difficult if not impossible for me. I am trekking also on my trip. So when I cycle to amazing trekking destinations I leave my bicycle and take off walking with the 70 litres rucksack I have on the back of my bicycle and my walking boots. That’s why I wear walking boots. Most long distance tourers are wearing trekking shoes or trail running shoes. Not high boot like me and unless trekking is going to be a big part of your trio i would advise to follow the trekking shoe route. Depends on weather also. In the heat we are mostly wearing sandals to cycle. I cycled months in flip flops at one point ha ha ha probably not to be advised. I pedal in my walking boots but I have also straps which I don’t use unless I;m cycling up mountains. Then I will secure my feet into them. This is because when your feet are not secured in place on the pedal you are only moving by pushing down on the pedal. When your feet are secured in place you move by pushing down and pulling up. Infant. The most efficient way to pedal is to move your feet in a circle motion rather than up and down. Almost like you are scraping muck off your shoes when you reach the bottom movement.

          I hope this helps. If you have any other queries please contact me. before cycling the world I used to race internationally in velodrome sprinting and before that I was road racing so I know how to ride a bike. And I’m sure your daughter will be an encyclopaedia of knowledge! When you do your trip = share it with the world and inspire others to follow suite. You are an inspiration! Ishbel xxx

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