Europe On & Off-Road: The Gear List

I plan to ride a considerable percentage of this trip off-road so I aimed to lighten the gear as much as possible and I wanted to get rid of the front panniers to ease passage on narrow trails.
As it is not a short trip of a few weeks (I hope), I have to be prepared for weather conditions in the range of -5°C upto 40°C. That, combined with the fact that for this longer trips, I like to have a certain level of comfort (i.e. a decent 2p tent, decent stove & pots, clothing…) going real lightweight won’t be possible.

Cycling with a backpack, even light and small, is not an option for me, I learned in the past. It is sweaty and my back really starts to hurt after a while. So all of the below will be packed in two dry bags and two panniers.
One dry bag in the front with sleeping bag, liner bag and pillow.
The dry bag on the rear rack has the tent and mattress. All the rest is in the two panniers. Initially I wanted to squeeze it all in two small (front) Ortlieb panniers. It is possible, but it would leave no space for food and toilet paper, so I will use the normal standard rear Ortlieb panniers, giving me ample space to carry lots of food for stretches where I won’t see a shop for a while (f.e. Cantabrian Mountains and other parts in Spain and Portugal), or for when I want to carry enough food for a rest day wild camping in the mountains or forest.

Obvious ways to spare a few grams would be to leave the footprint of the tent behind, which I don’t want, for obvious protection. Or, I could use my gas stove i.o. the multifuel stove, but I know from experience these gas canisters are not at all easy to find in remoter areas.
I considered leaving the laptop behind but decided against it. It’s an easy back-up with all my maps and routes in case something happens with the gps, and being away so long (hopefully), means there’s all sorts of stuff one has to arrange from time to time.
I think this is the best I could do to make it as light as possible for this kind of trip.


  • Frame: Santos Travelmaster 2.6 alu, 19inch
  • Wheels: Santos handmade ‘vakantiewiel’ – (rim: Exal) 36 spokes
  • Tires: Schwalbe Smart Sam (2.25” front & 2.1” back)
  • Gears: Rohloff hub (chain rings: front 42, back 20)
  • Breaks: Shimano Deore-XT V-brakes
  • Front Rack: Racktime Topit
  • Rear Rack: Tubus Vega Classic


  • 2 Ortlieb back roller classic panniers (20 L each)
  • 2 Sea To Summit River Dry Bags (20 L each)
  • Wild Cat Frame Bag
  • Topeak top tube bag
  • Revelate Design ‘Jerrycan’
  • 2 AcePac Fat Bottle bags
  • Daypack: Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil
  • Various dry bags

Camping / sleeping:

  • Tent: Hilleberg Nallo 2 incl. footprint
  • Mattress: Thermarest Neo Air + pump sack
  • Down Sleeping Bag: Cumulus Panyam 450 (820 gr – 0°C comf.)
  • Liner bag (Cocoon Travel Sheet Egypt Cotton)
  • Pillow: Sea To Summit Aeros Premium


  • Stove: Optimus Nova multifuel expedition stove
  • Fuel bottle: Optimus 1L
  • Windscreen
  • Pot & pan: Optimus
  • Mug: Primus 4 seasons
  • Cutlery
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cutting board
  • 2 lighters
  • 5 x 0,75 ltr + 1 x 1,5 ltr water bottle
  • Water filter: Katadyn Hiker Pro
  • Sponge


  • Rain jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket

Shirts & pants:

  • T-shirts: 2 long + 1 short sleeved shirt
  • 1 Long sleeve merino wool shirt
  • 2 Cycling shorts
  • Rain Pants
  • Thermo underpants
  • Casual pants
  • 1 pair light running shorts
  • Boxer shorts

Hand & head gear :

  • Cycling gloves
  • Warm Gloves:
  • Beanie
  • 2 Buffs
  • cap
  • Head net
  • Helmet

Shoes & socks:

  • Light Gore-Tex hiking shoes
  • 2 pair thin cycling socks
  • Warm socks

Photography & Electronics:

  • Camera: Sony RX100 MII
  • 2 Batteries for camera
  • 3 x 64 gb memory cards
  • Laptop & laptop sleeve
  • External hard drive
  • E-reader
  • Phone
  • Gps
  • Cycle computer
  • Mp3-player
  • Headphones
  • Head Torch
  • AA-battery recharger
  • 2 Power Banks: 10.000 + 20.000 Mah
  • 8 rechargeable AA batteries for gps
  • Small solar panel
  • Various chargers & cables
  • Small distribution plug

Spare Parts:

  • Tube
  • Brake cable
  • Rohloff shifter cables
  • Spare Rohloff ‘easy-set’ & shifter clamp
  • Break pads
  • 1 chain + chain lock
  • 1 rear chain ring (20 t)
  • Spare spokes (front & rear)
  • Cable ties
  • Screws
  • Optimus & Thermarest repair kits


  • Multitool
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Small screw driver (flat)
  • Allen keys
  • Spanner nbr 8
  • Small pliers
  • 2 Tyre levers
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spoke tightener
  • Chain breaker
  • KMC missing link opener & remover
  • Rohloff oil change kit & screws
  • Chain oil
  • Chain brush


  • Electronic shaver
  • Hair clippers
  • Comb
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo
  • 2 Washcloths
  • Small towel
  • Sun cream
  • Lipbalm
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Tick remover tool
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • earplugs
  • Toilet paper
  • Pocket trowel
  • Plasters
  • Bandage
  • Disinfectant
  • Thermometer
  • Face masks


  • Bicycle lock
  • Sunglasses
  • maps
  • Pen
  • Waterbladder: Ortlieb 10L
  • Wallet
  • Duct tape
  • Passport + ID card
  • Passport pictures
  • Drivers license
  • Debet cards
  • Credit cards
  • Homebanking devices
  • Rope / clothes line
  • 5 clothespins

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