After one year and three months cycling from the Netherlands to Singapore, our equipment has changed considerably. We’ve ditched many items we thought we could not do without on a long tour. The biggest change is perhaps is our bicycles, however, we still think the Surly Long Haul Truckers were a good choice for Europe and Asia. Since we especially enjoyed the off-road sections, we opted for another bicycle that would make cycling these roads even more fun!

Robert’s Surly Krampus XL – total 15,200g
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Bracket: SRAM DUB
Cranks: SRAM NX Boost
Chainring: SRAM Boost 28T Steel
Chain: Shimano 11sp
Mechanical disc brakes: TRP Spyke
Brake levers: Avid
Wheels: WTB Kom i45 Tough rims, DT Comp spokes, Prolock nippels, DT Swiss 350 hubs
Casette: Sunrace 11-50
Shifter: Microshift 11 Topmount
Derailler: Shimano SLX M7000
Tires: WTB Ranger 29×3 Tough
Seatpost and stem: Salsa
Handlebar: Jones H-bar Loop w/ Ergon grips
Saddle: Brooks B17
Pedals: Shimano XT M8020

Lynn’s Surly Krampus Medium – total 15,000g
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Bracket: SRAM DUB
Cranks: SRAM NX Boost
Chainring: SRAM Boost 28T Steel
Chain: Shimano 11sp
Mechanical disc brakes: TRP Spyke
Brake levers: Avid
Wheels: WTB Kom i45 Tough rims, DT Comp spokes, Prolock nippels, DT Swiss 350 hubs
Casette: Sunrace 11-50
Shifter: Microshift 11 Topmount
Derailler: Shimano SLX M7000
Tires: WTB Ranger 29×3 Tough
Seatpost and stem: Salsa
Handlebar: Jones H-bar Loop w/ Esi grips
Saddle: Brooks B17 Ladies
Pedals: Shimano XT M8020

Robert’s Equipment – total 14,853g

Bags & Bottles – total 3045g
Bottle bags x2 – Mounted on the handlebar 150g
Top Tube bag – Acepac Roll fuel bag 120g
Frame Bag – Alpkit Custom Stingray 300g
Saddle bag – Blackburn Elite Outpost 560g
Fork cages x2 – Blackburn Outpost x2 330g
Fork dry bags – Sea to Summit 5l x2 200g
Water bottles – Zefal 800ml x4 280g & Nalgene Silo 1500ml 200g
Water bladder – MSR Dromlite 2l 130g
Handlebar harness & roll – Vaude Trailfront 700g
Foldable backpack – Black Diamond 185g
Accessory pack – Rockbros 170g

Clothes & Shoes total 4567g (usually ~2800g carried, in winter less)
Rain/wind Jacket – Outdoor Research Foray Gore-Tex Paclite 460g
Down Jacket – Rab Microlight 430g
Long Underpants – Odlo Warm Long Pants 148g
3/4 Rain Pants – Endura 163g
Padded Shorts – Craft 140g
Shorts x2 – Revolution Race 280g & Salomon 164g
Long Sleeve x2 – Odlo Merino 218g & Paramo zip neck 184g
T-shirt – Ayacucho 150g
Thermal long sleeve – Craft 120g
Socks x3 – North Wave Expedition 65g & Axant x2 140g
SPD Shoes – Shimano XM7 1130g
Sandals – Wildebeast 300g
Underwear x2 – Mons Royale 80g & Decathlon 60g
Gloves – Sealskinz 107g
Shoecovers – Vaude 176g
Hat – Merino buff 52g

Sleeping Gear (Shared) total 3080g
Tent – MSR Hubba Hubba & footprint 1800g
Sleeping pads x2 – Therm-a-Rest All Season x2 1280g

Cooking Gear (Shared) total 1325g
Alcoholburner – Trangia 110g
Woodburner – Firebox Nano incl. case and windscreen 255g
Cooking Pot – MSR Stowaway Pot 1600ml 554g
Bowls – MSR Alpine x2, good for food and drinks 173g
Cleaning brush – MSR brush 23g
Spoon+fork – Toaks Titanium Spork x2 35g
Lightersx2 40g
Cutting board – 50g
Knife – Morakniv 85g
Spice pot – salt & pepper mix 100g

Wash & Care – total 75g
Fastdrying towel – Sea To Summit Drylite small 75g

Electronics & Other Essentials (Shared) total 785g
Smartphone – Samsung A6 175g
Wallet – Tatonka 50g
Headlight – Petzl Tikka 90g
Sunglasses – Alpina Sylon with neck cord 40g
Rear light – Blackburn Click Rear USB 40g
Powerbank – Anker PowerCore 20.000 mAh 365g

Tools & Spares (Shared) total 1545g
Spare tube – Schwalbe Freeride 29+ inside a sock 240g
Multitool – Cannondale with chain breaker and spoke tool 200g
Combi pliers – Knipex mini 50g
Straps x4 – Fixplus x4 100g
Tool bag – USWE tool pouch 55g
Few allen keys and wreches – For removing the pedals etc. 120g
Bike lock – Kryptonite cable + padlock 450g
Cycle computer – Sigma Alti 12.14 100g
Cassete removal tool – The Next Best Thing MK2 25g
Tire repair kit – Lezyne tool, needle & floss, Park tool tire patches and x15 Tire plugs, tube repair kit 75g
Spare brake pads, bolts, nuts, tie wraps, SPD cleats etc. – 130g

Lynn’s Equipment total 11,769g

Bags & Bottlestotal 2817g
Bottle bags –  Mounted on the handlebar 150g
Top Tube bag – Acepac Roll fuel bag 120g
Frame Bag – Alpkit Custom Stingray 265g
Saddle bag – Blackburn Elite Outpost 560g
Fork cages – Blackburn Outpost x2 330g
Fork dry bags – Sea to Summit 5l x2 200g
Water bottles – Zefal 800ml x4 280g & Nalgene Silo 1500ml 200g
Handlebar harness & roll – Vaude Trailfront 700g
Foldable backpack – Marmot Kompressor Comet 162g
Accessory pack – Ortlieb 130g

Clothes & Shoes total 3400g (usually ~2400g carried, in winter less)
Rain/wind Jacket – Outdoor Research Aspire Gore-Tex Paclite 350g
Down Jacket – Rab Microlight 400g
Long Underpants – Odlo Warm Long Pants 130g
3/4 Rain Pants – Endura 154g
Padded shorts – Craft Rise 140g
Sports bra – Craft 80g
T-shirt – Craft 80g
Long Sleeve x2 – Mons Royale Merino 175g & Paramo zip neck 168g
Thermal long sleeve – H&M 150g
Shorts – Dare2b 191g
Socks x3 – North Wave Expedition 60g & Axant x2 140g
SPD Shoes – Shimano XM7 860g
Sandals – Wildebeast 230g
Underwear x3 – 50g
Gloves – Sealskinz 105g
Shoecovers – Vaude 133g
Hats x3 – Merino buff x2 100g and Giro cycling cap 20g

Sleeping Gear (Shared) total 2275g
Sleeping bag – 2 person system: Therm-a-Rest Vela Double quilt 1020g & Cumulus Comforter L430 745g
Sleeping bag liner x2 – Ferrino Pro Liners x2 480g

Wash & Care (Shared) – total 675g
Fastdrying towel – Sea To Summit Drylite small 75g
Toiletry bag & first aid kit – 600g

Electronics & Other Essentials (Shared) total 1877g
Solar panel – Anker 21W Solar Panel 431g
Headlight – Black Diamond 54g
Mirrorless camera – Sony A6000 510g
Camera bag – cleaning kit inside 340g
Smartphone & Handlebar holder – iPhone SE incl. case 148g
Tablet – iPad Pro 10.5” inside UAG case 872g
Soft case – Passports, Dutch ID-cards, Driving licenses, Spare passport pictures, Vaccination booklets (Gele Koorts, Rabiës, Tekenencefalitis, Japanse encefalitis, Buiktyfus, DTP, Hepatitis A en B) – 264g
Wallet – Deuter zipped 50g
Rear light – Blackburn Click Rear USB 40g
Sunglasses – Alpina Curuma II with neck cord 40g

Tools & Spares (Shared) total 725g
Pump – Lezyne Floor Drive wrapped with duct tape 200g
Spare tube – Schwalbe Freeride 29+ inside a sock 240g
Chain lube and rags – 70g
Straps x4 – Fixplus x4 100g
Cycle computer – Sigma 5.16 80g
Seamgrip & other repair stuff – 35g

Reviews

Things we liked

Surly bicycles (versatile, durable, innovative, fun bicycles!)
MSR Guardian water purifier (super fast and reliable purifier)
MSR Hubba tent series (our Mutha Hubba served us for many years and we are happy to buy the 2-man version soon)
Anker solar panel and battery packs (A solar panel and battery pack lasted us 15 months and still going strong, which is pretty good!)
Lezyne floor drive pump (screw-on type of pump which makes it easier to pump alone, plus a gauge-meter)
Blackburn Bikepacking gear (durable and inexpensive bikepacking gear)
Revolution Race clothing (durable, inexpensive, great fit)
Nalgene water bottles (durable, easy to clean, work with our MSR purifier)

Things we didn’t like

MSR Whisperlite stove (great for shorter trips but gave too many problems after months of cooking, despite having a repair kit, and the plastic pump is the worst)
Topeak Bikepacking bags (inexpensive but the quality is not good, zippers broke after a few weeks)
Topeak Road Morph pump (though many people like this pump we always had a hard time to pump, keep it on the valve and get good pressure)
Five Ten MTB shoes (soles didn’t last long for shoes that are made for flat pedals….)
Teflon cookware (easy to clean but scratches will happen no matter how careful you are)
Merino T-shirts… (nice to wear but the Merino fabric will break and stretch within a year)