Backpacks

Backpacks

After some experience in riding with backpacks, we know that the best thing to do is to pack as light as possible.

Previously, on our trips through the Alps, we managed to keep our backpacks fairly light. But that was in summer conditions, with pastry shops and gelato cafes along the way. This is winter, in rural South Africa. We now also have the experience of a previous Freedom Challenge, and our packing list is almost exactly the same.

So, this is what we are carrying: *

Clothing

  • Head

    • Buff x3
    • Balaclava
    • SealSkinz skull cap
  • Torso

    • Waterproof jacket with hood
    • Windproof jacket
    • Short sleeve base layer
    • Long sleeve thermal base layer
    • Cycling tops x2
    • Arm warmers
  • Lower body

    • Tights
    • Cycling shorts x2
    • Waterproof pants
    • Knee warmers
  • Hands

    • Heavy winter ski gloves
    • Winter cycling gloves
    • Long fingered cycling gloves
    • Thermal glove liners
  • Feet

    • SealSkinz waterproof socks (mid-weight, knee height)
    • Thermal Sock liners
    • Cycling socks x2
    • Toe covers
  • Off Bike Clothing

    • Fleece jersey
    • Crocs
    • Cargo pants
    • T-shirt
    • Socks
    • Undies x2

(Note the lack of off-bike clothing variation. We're going to be smelly!)

Food & Sustenance

Snacks and packed lunches

Other

  • Map board
  • Map for the day
  • Compass
  • Polar watch
  • Water bottles
  • Waterproof inner bags
  • Shower bag
  • Headlight and red rear light
  • Headlamp and Batteries
  • Cellphone
  • Multi plug and chargers
  • Cash & credit card
  • Bike lock
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries

  • Toothpaste (1x 20ml between us)
  • Toothpaste (1x 20ml between us)
  • Toothbrush (cut in half)
  • Facewash
  • Toilet paper (packs of 10 tissues)
  • Spare contact lenses and lense case
  • Sunblock (1x 16ml tub between us per day)
  • Lip ice
  • Bum cream (1x 40ml tub between us per day)
  • Bennets bum cream

Medical & Emergency Kit

  • Vitamin C fizzys (one each every morning)
  • Zambuc
  • Gauze
  • Strapping
  • Bandage
  • Alcohol rubs
  • Pain killers (Panado and Myprodol)
  • Anti inflammatory (Voltaren)
  • Stoppers (Immodium and Valoid)
  • Anti infection cream (Savlon)
  • Anti-histamine
  • General antibiotics
  • Plasters (all sizes)
  • Space blanket
  • Hand warmer pads
  • Hydration salts / Rehidrates
  • Nail clippers + file
  • Tweezers

Bike Tools & Spare Parts

  • Multi tool
  • Mini Leatherman
  • Mini hub tool
  • Chain breaker
  • Chain Links
  • 2x chain lengths
  • 3x spare tubes and tyre levers
  • Sahmurai Sword tubeless plug kit
  • Sidewall repair kit (needle and thread)
  • Tube puncture repair kit
  • 2x CO2 bombs  & adapter
  • Stan's sealant
  • Hand pump
  • Brake pads
  • Squirt Chain Lube
  • Jockey wheel
  • Spokes and nipples
  • Cables & housing
  • Duct tape
  • Zipp ties
  • Velcro straps
  • Spare cleat & bolts
  • Valves & valve core removing tool
  • Drop-out
  • Paintbrush for bike washing
  • Shock oil in an eye-dropper bottle

*Subject to change by the time we leave