Kit List

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

Camping gear:

Tent - Vango Banshee 200 - cheap and can withstand a stand storm in Mongolia!

Sleeping Bag - Vango Latitude 400

Roll Mat - Therm-a-rest ProLite Plus

Silk Sleeping Bag Liner - Rab

Dry Bags - Exped Dry Bags


Touring bikes:

Surly Disc Trucker

Condor Heritage Disc

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

Folding Tyres - Continental Contact Travel 37mm 700C

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!

Tube Packs:

Apidura Top Tube Pouch

Apidura Frame Pack

Cycling Kit:


Cycling jerseys

Cycling shorts - Castelli Endurance or First Ascent

Leg Warmers - Castelli

Arm Warmers - Castelli

Thermal cycling socks

Cycling gloves - Castelli

Winter gloves

Cycling shoes

Cycling Wind Breaker - Castelli or First Ascent

Cycling Cap - Sweathawg - great for keeping sweat out your eyes!

Daily Kit:

Waterproof Jacket - Regatta Pack-It-Jacket


Wool hat

Helmet - Uvex or Kask

Buff Face Masks

Camelbak 2.5L Hydration Pack

First Aid Kit - LifeSystems

Water purifying Tablets


Camera Gear:

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

Extra batteries

Tripod - GorillaPod

GoPro Jaws Clamp Mount

Solar Charger - Anker PowerPort Solar Lite

Bike Computer - CatEye wireless

Bike GPS - Garmin EDGE 1000

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!

Tire levers

Dry Bike Chain lube

Cleaning Kit 

Multi-tool - Topeak Alien Pro ii - has almost every tool you’d need on the road!

Pocket knife - Victorinox Swiss Army Knife / Opinel No.8 Pocket Knife

Spares & Repairs:

Inner tubes

Spare Chain and Chain Links

Derailleur Hanger - Shimano Deore XT

Spare Spokes

Brake pads - Shimano Semi-Sintered

Brake and Gear cables

Duct tape & Zip Ties (both a must have for touring!)