Cycling the Silk Road taught us a few things…
Here is comprehensive list of the kit we used and would recommend - we’ve provided Amazon links where possible
Tent - Vango Banshee 200 - cheap and can withstand a stand storm in Mongolia!
Saddle - Brooks B17 Special - can’t recommend high enough!!! Both of us used it and had no problems
Tyres - Schwalbe Marathon Plus 32mm 700C - great for road riding but could go larger width for off-road
Rear Pannier Rack :
Topeak Tubular Rack - did the job, and cheap!
Tubus Rack - well known amongst tourers
Rear Panniers - Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic 40L - couldn’t be better!
Apidura Top Tube Pouch
Apidura Frame Pack
Cycling shorts - Castelli Endurance or First Ascent
Thermal cycling socks
Cycling Wind Breaker - Castelli or First Ascent
Cycling Cap - Sweathawg - great for keeping sweat out your eyes!
Waterproof Jacket - Regatta Pack-It-Jacket
GoPro Hero 4 Black - awesome all-round action camera
DSLR - Canon 750D - great upper entry level DSLR and takes great photo/video
Compact - Sony RX-100 II - great for its size and price
Drone - DJI Phantom 4 Advanced - amazing quality video
Solar Charger - Anker PowerPort Solar Lite
GPS Satellite Tracker - SPOT Gen3 - includes SOS beacon
Parts and Spares:
Tools & Maintenance:
Bike Pump - Topeak Turbo Morph G Mini - great piece of kit, includes a pressure gauge!
Puncture Repair Kit - Park Tool - the best we’ve found!
Dry Bike Chain lube
Multi-tool - Topeak Alien Pro ii - has almost every tool you’d need on the road!
Spares & Repairs:
Spare Chain and Chain Links
Derailleur Hanger - Shimano Deore XT
Brake pads - Shimano Semi-Sintered
Brake and Gear cables
Duct tape & Zip Ties (both a must have for touring!)