Since our first big bike packing trip a few years ago, the kit has changed. It has grown and developed. The more you get out there and do it, the more you learn about what works and what doesn’t.
So what’s new this time around?
Dan has a full frame bag, Wildcat Gear’s Leopard which is custom made. I made my own DIY frame bag as my bike has a small frame and an odd shape. The pay off for using this triangle is that we lose space for water bottles, so we’ve added two more Alpkit Stem Cells making four in total.
The newer models are a little bit wider and have a band of webbing that makes them fit better to the handlebar. They also have super duper double sided velcro which is much neater and less bulky than the original model’s.
Wildcat Gear brought out an add-on piece of luggage for use with their Mountain Lion handlebar harness, it’s called the lioness and we’ve got one of those each. Take note, the lioness is not a stand alone piece of luggage, but it could make a grand handbag!
Our last fuel bottle corroded so we have this new one that will work with a really cool stove we have seen and is on our wish list. This is attached by Bikebuddy Bottle Cage that Dan saw over on (Un)inspired Ramblings‘ blog (
last seen in Spain now back in London). It wasn’t quite right for Dan’s Genesis frame, but two bites with metal snips and the addition of a couple of stainless steel jubilee clips and a piece of old inner tube did the trick.
The one thing that never changes is the chaos in the house before a trip. And the trick is how to get from this…
To this.I’ve organised the room and ticked things off the checklist as there’s no going back once we’re out the door. I’ve made it the packing list available as a download (tidied up and editable).
Packing the Sleeping Kit
Sleeping bags, sleeping mats and tent, though we might have to change to our tarp and bivvy bags if we’re tight for space.
Faraway Beauty Salon
To save weight, I’ve removed the mascara and did a home dye job on my eyelashes instead. And since taking this photo, I’ve cut one of those travel towels in half. Dan’s going full size.
The bits you don’t see will either be on the bike or we’ll be wearing them.
Next job is to pack the bikes for flight.
I’d love to hear from you if you’d like more detail. I’ll add it here if it helps.
Images of the full set up will be posted next week from the city of Marrakech.