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Gear

Explanations to the Gear Table

In the following table we present all of our equipment we carry and carried on this tour. The partitioning in Tizian’s and Belinda’s stuff is done with respect to usage, not ownership. The small bicycle graphics for each item show by whom and roughly where on the bicycle this item is transported in general, as well as for spare parts if they have been used meanwhile (for more detailed explanations on this please see the legend). In general for every item the precise weight is given; as consumables (such as water, food, etc.) however vary strongly over time, the stated weight for those items is meant to be a rough estimate of their average weight.

Podcast Episodes about our Gear

In the following podcast episodes we have presented parts of our equipment in more detail:

Tizian’s Gear Belinda’s Gear
Garage
Bicycle

17.7 kg

Vsf Fahrradmanufaktur TX-400

2020 I finally purchased a designated expedition bicycle. Steel frame, 26 inch wheels, Magura rim brakes, no suspension, front rack. For details see below.

Vsf Fahrradmanufaktur TX-400

In comparison to other touring bikes rather cheap, but still very robust and used by many bicycle tourers. The specific parts are listed and described below.

16.4 kg

Rear Panniers

2 × 1255 g

Vaude Aqua Back Plus

Waterproof rear panniers. The panniers are very similar to those of the market leader Ortlieb, but the philosopy of Vaude puts more emphasis on sustainability in terms of manufacturing and materials.

Vaude Aqua Back

Waterproof, robust, and sustainably produced bicycle bags.

2 × 948 g

Front Panniers

2 × 948 g

Vaude Aqua Back

I am using the Vaude Aqua Back as front panniers; they are somewhat bigger than the for this position designed Vaude Aqua Front.

Vaude Aqua Front

Only differ from the Aqua Back with respect to their smaller size.

2 × 800 g

Packsack

673 g

AquaQuest White Water Duffel

Waterproof bag (50 litre) that is easy to pack from the top due to its large opening. Can be strapped to the Vaude panniers with side release buckles.

Ortlieb Dry Bag PD350

59 litre packsack, waterproof; I mainly use it for the tent.

481 g

Handlebar Bag

632 g + 59 g

Vaude Aqua Box

Unfortunately, slightly smaller than the large Ortlieb models; but that was not reason enough for me to start using a other bag than from the Vaude Aqua Series. Incl. carrying strap.

Vaude Aqua Box

Waterproof, contains a small inner pocket which allows to get some order with all the small stuff in there. Super handy for snacks to be able to quickly grasp them while riding. Weight incl. inner pocket and small carrying strap.

669 g + 15 g

Top Tube Bag

238 g

Ujing Top Tube Bag

Cheap made-in-China top tube bag. One of the few bags that hang down on the left and right of the top tube. A mobile phone stowed inside of this bag can be reached unbeatably fast thanks to a hook and loop fastener; and that is important, because for navigation I constantly need to take a look on the smartphone map.

Bike Computer

29 g

Sigma BC 1609 STS

Wireless bicycle computer, common features (no altimeter data). By now, I have this computer in use for about 10 years with very little downtime.

Sigma BC 7.16 ATS

(switched from wireless BC 9.16 only few days after tour start, as that one’s sensor stopped working, and the 7.16 was the only available bicycle computer in the next bike shop)

Wired bicycle computer.

21 g

Lock

Abus Cable Lock

According to Amazon recensions any lock can be forced up. Thus, also this rather small, light and flexible lock will prevent spontaneous robbery. Thanks to it being a combination lock we do not have to carry any key with us.

405 g

745 g

Abus Tresor

To be sure (in case Amazon reviews turn out to be not that trustworthy ;-)), we also have this more robust chain lock with us. It is also a combination lock.

Helmet

264 g

Uvex I-vo cc

Bikemate Helmet

A helmet from Aldi which I have owned and used for ages now.

285 g

Helmet Raincover

30 g

Vaude Helmet Raincover

I thus save the hood on the rain jacket.

Saddle Cover

41 g

Vaude Saddle Raincover

Unfortunately, the Brooks leather saddle tolerates water poorly.

Vaude Saddle Raincover

My saddle might handle water better than Tizian’s Brooks, but it is nevertheless nice not having to sit on a wet saddle.

24 g

Carrier Straps

126 g + 60 g + 58 g

Carrier Straps (3 Pieces)

Although I attach the packsack directly to the rear panniers using side release buckles, bumpy roads require additional attachment to the seat post by a carrier strap to prevent the packsack to slip backwards. Moreover, the carrier straps are needed to attach objects on top of the front rack.

Carrier Straps (2 Pieces)

One flexible carrier strap with hooks and one strap with side release buckles. Both I use to attach the packsack to rear rack and panniers. The one with side release buckles can also be used to carry panniers, e. g. the handlebar bag.

124 g + 41 g

Rucksack

65 g

Motorhead Folding Rucksack

Small, to fist-size foldable rucksack; ideal for city sightseeing or short hikes.

Gym Bag

A promoting gift from the KIT Career Fair, foldable to a very small size and light, nice for sightseeing in cities or buying groceries.

76 g

Banner

54 g

Zweiradler Tours Banner

Small ‘advertising banner’ that can be attached to our rear packsack. Invites passers-by to look up on our website what those loaded bicycles they just saw are all about.

41 g

51 g

Central Asia Tour Banner

Already in December 2019 we had jerseys printed with the logo of the Central Asia Tour 2020 that we had planned back then (Covid-19 …). Unfortunately the print included the year. Now, I cut and sewed the shirt into a small advertising banner (that does not show the outdated year anymore) that I can attach to the handle bar bag.

Weight of Garage

25 191 g

22 098 g

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Bedroom
Tent

Husky Beast III

3-person tent (i. e. for 2 persons + luggage). Pretty affordable tent which convinces mainly by its simple concept: No frills, simply hang the inner tent on the two tent poles, throw over the outer tent, done. The inner tent consists almost entirely of mosquito netting, so the ventilation is top. However, we are on the road now with the second set of tent poles, because the first is broken. Incl. stuff sack.

2960 g

156 g

Accessories: 11 V pegs made out of aluminium from Shine Trip. Some are already deformed a little bit, so it is probably not the best quality. On the other hand, the drawcords are very handy when pulling out the pegs.

Spare Parts: Tent Pole Segement • Repair Sleeve • Washers (fit exactly around the poles) • Patches • Glue • Side Release Buckle • Inner Tent Hooks • Cord Stopper

82 g

Chairs

520 g

Helinox Chair Zero

Possibly the lightes camping chair on the market, which still feels robust and can be loaded up to 120 kg according to Helinox. Of course, the seat level is rather low, which makes it somewhat difficult to work with objects standing in front of the chair (like the stove). But it is perfect to relax after a demanding day. Incl. stuff sack.

Helinox Chair Zero

Very lightweight and small camping chair, yet robust (has a capacity of 120 kg) and comfortable. After having a camping chair, one cannot imagine any more how one could have lived without one … . Incl. stuff sack.

520 g

Ground Sheet

444 g

Tarpaulin

Cheap tarpaulin (technically made for gardening/industry/car trailers). We use it mostly as a tent underlay for protecting the groundsheet of the tent, as a picnic blanket or as a sun protection.

Sleeping Pad

413 g

Vaude Perfomance 7M

Very lightweight and small packing size, but not self-inflatable. Can be inflated to a very thick and accordingly comfortable size. Four years after the purchase two of the air compartments got connected to a single larger one, because apparently the glue holding the compartments separated wear out. Due to the five years warranty, I got a new one for this tour. Incl. stuff sack.

Exped Airmat HL M

Very small and lightweight sleeping pad due to its body-shaped form and it being not self-inflating. However, it does not provide much thermical isolation, but for this I have the additional sleeping mat below. Incl. stuff sack.

323 g

12 g

Accessories: Repair Kit

Accessories: Small Pump (keeps moisture out of the inside of the mat) • Repair Kit

44 g + 15 g

Sleeping Mat

Old Sports Mat

As additional isolation under the sleeping pad or to sit upon. Unfortunately it is pink.

222 g

Sleeping Bag

1027 g

Alvivo Ibex 500

Rather inexpensive down sleeping bag (as per dealer because Alvivo produces this sleeping bag in large numbers). Comfort temperature 4 °C. Incl. stuff sack.

Alvivo Ibex 500

Down sleeping bag with a comfort temperature of 4 °C; so far I have only used it in one night with temperatures below zero, but these could be endured well (provided of course one wears some additional layers of clothes in the sleeping bag). Incl. stuff sack.

944 g

Sleeping Bag Inlet

276 g

Cocoon Micro Fiber Travel Sheet

If it is too warm for sleeping in the down sleeping bag, but one still wants to cover oneself somehow. In cold nights one can maybe lower the comfort temperature of the Ibex 500 a little with help of the inlay. Originally, the opening on the right side is closed only by a tiny Velcro strip, which simply not enough to hold tight. Therefore, I went to a Repair Café and added a zipper. Incl. stuff sack.

Forclaz Silk Liner

Thin inlet made of silk, which makes it very lightweight. In warm nights it can directly be used as sleeping bag, in cold nights as inlet to save the down sleeping bag from dirt and for additional heat. Incl. stuff sack.

116 g

Pillow

Thermarest Compressible Pillow

Very comfortable compressible pillow: 30 × 41 × 10 cm, packs to about one fourth of this size.

198 g

Headlight

74 g

Sigma HeadLED

Headlights are definitely more functional than flashlights.

Crane Headlight

To see something despite darkness, mainly in the tent or while cooking in the evening. Weight incl. batteries.

111 g

Alarm Clock

24 g

Casio W-87H

Digital watch with detached watch strap: The smallest and lightest clock with an alarm function that we could find. It allows us to save the battery of our smartphones by turning them off even in the nights in which we want to have an alarm in the morning. Weight incl. battery.

Weight of Bedroom

2946 g

5535 g

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Wardrobe
Shoes

969 g

The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack

For years I haven’t worn any other shoes than this model. Relatively lightweight and still robust. If one wears them every day, of course they nevertheless wear out after two to three years. By now I have already bought my fourth pair of Hedgehogs. The orthopedic raise of my right shoe accounts for 77 g of the weight.

Lowa Gorgon GTX Ws

Trekking shoes with barefoot soles, which makes them very comfortable and good for the knees. Unfortunately the inner soles are already coming apart. For cycling this does not do much harm, but they are probably not suited anymore for long hiking trips without fixing this.

675 g

724 g

Keen Clearwater CNX

Outdoor sandals. In the past I always only took flip-flops with me instead of sandals, but now they are supposed to be a bit more robust and also be used for cycling. Let's see if carrying them along turns out to be worth it. The orthopedic raise of my right shoe accounts for 96 g of the weight.

Keen Clearwater CNX

Robust and waterproof outdoor sandals. Especially in hot temperature it is very uncomfortable to cycle in closed shoes. Also, it’s good to have a lighter pair of shoes in which one can get into fast.

435 g

Rainwear

218 g

Vaude Strone Rain Jacket

Thin, lightweight racing bicycle rainjacket with longer back and without hood (since I already have the raincover for the helmet).

Triple2 SMUDD nul

Sustainably produced rain jacket made from recycled plastics. Rather one of the more expensive purchases I did for the tour, which I still have to test for its functionality.

191 g

120 g

Vaude Men's Drop Pants

On my previous tours I always carried a pair of rain pants, but have never worn it. Yet I didn’t want to set out to Central Asia completely without one. The compromise: Short rain pants. Lighter and smaller in packing size, it still saves the body parts which are especially exposed when cycling, the thighs.

Vaude Women’s Drop Pants II

What makes me really uncomfortable when cycling through rain is the cold stemming from the clothes on thighs and butt being wet, so I decided to go with this long rain pants. In winter I can also use it as an additional layer also if it is not raining. Weight incl. stuff sack.

144 g + 8 g

Self-Made Gaiters

Made from parts of an old Aldi rain pants in order not to get too wet feet.

51 g

Jackets

496 g

Vaude Wintry Jacket IV

Warm softshell jacket for cold days.

Crane Softshell Jacket

Cheap thin softshell jacket, but seems to withstand medium wind well so far.

322 g

352 g

Vaude Posta Long-Sleeved Trikot

As soon as it gets a little bit chilly in the short-sleeved trikots/t-shirts, I put on this jacket. Since I have several trikots and t-shirts but only one such thin jacket, it will probably become one of my most worn item of clothing.

Quechua Fleece Jacket

Very comfortable jacket from Decathlon, a hoodie.

350 g

Btwin Wind Protection Jacket

Very thin, produced for bicycle racing; good for mild days to protect from the sun or when going downhill.

88 g

Long-Sleeved Shirts

359 g

Fleece Pullover

One of my favourite pullovers; appeals to me optically, it is warm, dries fast and though I have worn it constantly and everywhere for ages now it has shown almost no signs of wear yet.

Quechua Fleece Pullover

Comfortably warm and lightweight Decathlon fleece pullover.

204 g

259 g

Wijld Long-Sleeved Shirt

Thin, long-sleeved T-Shirt.

Vaude Tacun Blouse

Long-sleeved blouse for sunny summer days, as it is airy and due to the long sleeves protects the arms from the sun.

146 g

310 g

TCM (Tchibo) Long-Sleeved Functional Shirt

Another layer for cold days. Eine weitere Schicht für kalte Tage.

Wedze Ski Undershirt 900

Long-sleeved functional shirt. Breathable, warm lowest layer on cold days, for cycling as well as in the tent.

217 g

Long Trousers

384 g + 71 g

The North Face Exploration Convertible

Zip-off trecking pants with seven zip pockets. I have seldomly worn them on the bicycle so far, but whenever one is out and about via foot, they are the first choice. Unfortunately, these pants are the reason I need to carry a belt (71 g) with me.

Quechua Zip-Off Pants MH550

Very airy zip-off trousers with practical pockets; I intend to use them mainly off the bicycle.

309 g

402 g

Vaude Men’s Wintry Pants II

Casually cut trousers; softshell on the front (extremely effective against cold headwind and also a little water-repellent), comfortable stretch material on the back side (like sweatpants). No butt padding.

Vaude Women’s Wintry Pants IV

Very comfortable, windproof and water-repellent long cycling pants without padding.

290 g

239 g

TCM (Tchibo) Long Underpants

Long Functional Underpants

Synthetic, warm, for cold days and nights.

137 g

Harem’s Pants

Very thin material, ideal for warm days if one doesn’t want to get sunburn, or for places where one has to cover one’s knees or legs.

154 g

Short Trousers

176 g

Nike Sports Pants

Nike’ sports pants (bought in Cambodia), with three zipper pockets.

Shorts

147 g

152 g

Vaude Active Pants (Old)

Old cycling shorts which I have worn a lot and which thusly is already heavily worn-out. I will still use it until it gets big holes eventually and then throw it away.

Kalenji 3/4 Tights

Are actually running pants, but for me they are also comfortable on the bicycle (I really do not like padded shorts).

151 g

162 g

Vaude Active Pants (New)

Because the thing with the holes of the old cycing shorts probably won’t take very long, I already have this new copy of shorts with me.

Short-Sleeved Tops

154 g

Zweiradler Tours Presentation Jersey :-)

In the corporate design of our tours.

Zweiradler Tours Presentation Jersey :-)

In the corporate design of our tours.

106 g

140 g

Vaude Men’s Advanced Tricot IV

Cycling jersey; thin, lightweight, sportive.

Vaude Women’s Advanced Tricot IV

Airy, comfortable cycling jersey with pockets at the back side.

111 g

2 × 147 g

Wijld T-Shirts (2 Pieces)

Mainly (but not neccessarily limited to) everything aside from cycling.

Wijld T-Shirts (3 Pieces)

T-shirts made of wood: Light, comfy, and when aired sweaty smell is gone quite fast. Thus they are more convenient than cotton or synthetic shirts.

3 × 94 g

Pyjamas

440 g

Long-Sleeved Pyjamas

Mainly for protecting the sleeping bag. To me this seems more convenient than using the sleeping bag inlay for this purpose.

Pyjamas Pants

I am not comfortable sleeping in sweaty clothes or being sticky ;-), so I have these long pyjamas trousers made of cotton and modal, which feels nice and is cooling in summer, and wear them togother with one of my t-shirts which I can also wear during the day.

206 g

Underwear

172 g

H.I.S Underpants (4 Pieces)

Underpants (7 Pieces)

(2 weeks after tour start reduced from originally 9 to 7 due to being unnecessary weight)

314 g

234 g

Socks (6 Pairs)

2 pairs of long, 2 pairs of medium-length (but thicker ones), 2 pairs of short/thin ones.

Socks (7 Pairs)

1 pair of thick merino socks, 1 pair of merino sports socks, 3 pairs of short sports socks, 1 pair of long and 1 pair of short cotton socks.

318 g

Bras (2 Pieces)

83 g

Swimwear

83 g

Adidas Swim Trunks

One can also go bathing with cycling pants, but the swim trunks are sufficiently lightweight to not do any harm with taking along these anyway.

Bikini

100 g

Head and Neck

Cap

To shield the sunlight.

62 g

95 g

Adidas Woollen Cap

Quite thick, but still fits beneath the helmet if necessary.

Fleece Cap

Looks stupid, but fits well beneath the helmet and warms wonderfully.

35 g

40 g

P.A.C. Multifunctional Cloth

Made of merino wool. Can be worn as headband below the helmet against cold ears, or as scarf.

Simond Multifunctional Cloth

Multi-purpose cloth: Can be used as scarf, headband, wristband, headscarf, and many more.

32 g

Wedze Fleece Scarf

To save the neck from severe cold.

27 g

Cloth

Large cloth, usable as thick shawl, as headscarf, or also as skirt (at places where one needs to cover one’s knees).

184 g

18 g

Balaclava

Yet another item against the cold.

Balaclava

36 g

Hands

63 g

Forclaz Trek 500

Gloves from Decathlon, touchscreen-compatible. Only for moderate temperatures and not waterproof.

Forclaz Trek 500

Gloves from Decathlon, are supposed to be windproof and water-repellent, but in reality only resists weak wind and very little water.

51 g

48 g

Forclaz Trek Overglove 500

Water- and windproof top layer gloves, not lined. According to Decathlon they reduce the temperature limit about another 7 °C (however, this seems to be a rather optimistic value, in my view).

Forclaz Trek Overglove 500

Water- and windproof mittens as outermost hand coating.

45 g

Storage

2 × 73 g

Bags für Rain and Winter Gear

I use a fabric bag to put in the rain gear (rain jacket, rain pants, rain cover for the helmet) and one for the winter clothing (gloves, cap, multifunctional cloth, balaclava).

Bags for Sorting

One bag mainly for winter gear, the other to keep underwear and socks together. Additionally a plastic bag to store the unused pair of dirty shoes cleanly in the pannier.

82 g

Weight of Wardrobe

7320 g

6093 g

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Kitchen
Stove

473 g

Primus Omnifuel incl. Pump

Camping stove capable of burning gas, petroleum, gasoline or diesel, such that one should find usable fuel anywhere (mainly it will be gasoline). The problem with burning liquid fuels is that they tend to produce soot and thereby clog the stove. Precautionary, we have bought a rather expensive stove, such that this hopefully does not happen so often. Incl. the pump for creating the pressure in the fuel bottle.

214 g

Accessories: Wind Screen and Heat Reflector (aluminium) • Storage Bag • Multitool (for stove maintainance) • Grease (for pump maintainance)

109 g

Accessory: Cake Ring (Even with a cake ring, baking a cake is rather difficult with the Primus stove; we use the cake ring as a top piece for the stove to increase the distance to the pot. Even though the Primus Omnifuel can be regulated, it only knows temperatures between very hot and extremly hot. To allow moderately hot, for not burning everything immediately, we’ll try to use the cake ring.)

145 g

Primus Fuel Bottle 0.6 l

Bottle for liquid fuels.

Dishes

566 g

GSI Glacier Stainless Base Camper Pot

Pod made of stainless steel with a capacity of 3 l and usefull silicon handles, including lid with holes for draining and storage bag.

72 g

Quechua Camping Soup Plate

With volume scale. Diameter 16 cm, volume 0,5 l.

100 g

Plastic Bowl with Lid

Can be used for example as a small salad bowl or a large muesli bowl. Diameter 16,5 cm, volume 1,2 l.

30 g

Cutlery

Quechua plastic cutlery: 2 forks, 2 spoons.

104 g

Cooking Utensils

Bread knife, vegetable knife, peeler, wooden spoon.

67 g

Cutting Board

Thin cutting board made of plastic.

116 g

Dishwashing Utensils

Detergent, Sponge (split into four small pieces), steel wool (split into two small pieces).

38 g

Small Microfibre Towel

As kitchen towel.

Food Storage

238 g

IKEA 365+ Plastic Box

To store leftover or delicate food. Volume 1 liter.

20 g

Vegetable Net

14 g

Food Bags

31 g

Clips

Weight incl. storage tin.

Water Containers

2 × 194 g

Quechua Aluminium Bottle 1.5 l (2 Pieces)

With aluminium bottles, in contrast to plastic bottles, one is save from water tasting like plastic.

Thermos Hard Plastic Bottle 0.7 l

An exceptional plastic bottle that after years of use still doesn’t cause its contained water to taste like plastic :-).

185 g

Thermos Bottle 0.75 l

Keeps hot drinks warm for a very long time; it’s just fantastic to have a hot tea on an icy morning, which could be prepared the evening before.

309 g

Tea’dicted Insulated Bottle 1 l

438 g

Ortlieb Water Bag 10 l

If we need to carry water for several days.

140 g

Sawyer Water Pouch 2 l

Additional water capacity; this pouch was included in the Sawyer water filtration system.

29 g

Water Treatment

198 g

SteriPEN Classic

Water purification via UV lamp. Works absolutely reliably so far (no bad diarrhea in Nepal 2018 ;-)). Incl. storage bag and batteries.

Sawyer Micro Squeeze

Water filtration system, which filters 99,9999 % of bacteria and protozoa (acording to Sawyer). Very lightweight and compact, can be cleaned and reused and used on any standard water bottle or the corresponding water pouch.

54 g

7 g

Accessories: Cleaning Coupling (to couple a bottle in reverse direction on the filter, to backwash and thus clean it) • Spare Gasket

12 g

Coffee Filters (5 Pieces)

For the pre-treatment of more heavily soiled water(rather for emergencies).

Miscellaneous

19 g

BiC Lighter

Mainly required for lighting up the cooker.

Consumables

ø 5333 g

Food • Water • Spices

ø 2667 g

Weight of Kitchen

8294 g

3822 g

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Bathroom
Towels

154 g

Large Microfibre Towel

118 × 58 cm². Fast drying, small size and weight. For showering and bathing.

Olymp Microfibre Towel (large)

Fast drying, small and lightweight. Size: 140 × 70 cm². I classically use it for showering and such.

210 g

Olymp Microfibre Towel (small)

Size: 30 × 38 cm². This small one is more of a multifunctional cloth to be used whenever something needs to be dried, be it face, saddle, dishes, …

30 g

Storage

24 g

Laundry Net

For storing (dirty) clothes.

Laundry Net

35 g

(Toilet) Bags

In order to store all the bathroom stuff neatly and leakproof.

66 g

Glasses

27 g

Humphrey’s Photochromic Sunglasses

Glasses with corrective lenses that automatically adapt their tint to the surrounding brightness.

Sunglasses

With three pairs of glasses having different tints and one protective cover.

68 g

15 g

Glasses with Corrective Lenses

I use them as spare glasses.

114 g

Spectacle Case

For the spare glasses. In addition, snapping cases are extremly handy for catching mosquitos inside the tent!

First Aid

202 g

First Aid Kit

Dressing material (plasters, bandages, compresses) • Emergency blanket

70 g

Hansaplast Disinfection Spray

14 g

Geratherm Clinical Thermometer

Galistan-filled thermometer. Weight incl. storage box.

111 g

Medicine

Ibuprofen (pain killers, also for fever), lorano (antihistamine, against allergic reactions), loperamide (anti-motility medication, temporarily stops diarrhea, but shall only be used in emergency, not as proper treatment), azithromycin (antibiotics for diarrhea caused by bacterial infections, for emergency), elektrolyte powder (to restore mineral salts while having diarrhea), malarone (prophylaxis and emergency medication against malaria).

heat it Insect Bite Healer

Mini gadget for treating mosquito bites with heat via smartphone.

4 g

Feminine Hygiene

Menstrual Cup

It is so much better, more practical and sustainable than tampons, sanitary pads or other disposable products. Those of you who have never heard of this thing before and are wondering what it is should really check it out! Incl. storage bag.

14 g

Accessory: Cleaning Container

17 g

Panty Liners

(Self-)Made of cotton, washable and reusable.

24 g

Personal Hygiene

Foamie Travelbox

Storage box for shower soap. Solid shower soap it is more eco-friendly and sustainable (no packaging), lasts for more washes but foams as much as liquid one. This is why we try to avoid buying liquid body wash.

55 g

Nail Clipper

18 g

Brush

With small mirror.

35 g

Hair Cutting Scissors

52 g

Razor

33 g

63 g

Laboratory Wide-Neck Bottle

Enables us to urinate inside the tent, especially if it’s rainy and/or cold outside. 500 ml with handy wide opening.

Pibella Travel

17 g

Hair Ties

1 g

Earplugs

20 g

Consumables

Shampoo • Shower Soap • Deodorant/odium bicarbonate • Hand Washing Detergents

ø 340 g

ø 201 g

Hand Sanitiser • Toilet Paper • Handkerchiefs • Condoms

ø 386 g

Toothbrushes • Toothpaste

ø 128 g

ø 200 g

Sun Screen • Bug Spray (Careplus with 50% DEET)

ø 27 g

Personal Medicine • Skin cream or similar (especially in winter for dry skin)

ø 72 g

Weight of Bathroom

1222 g

1625 g

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Office and Studio
Smartphone

171 g

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5

Outdoor smartphone: Water, dust and shock proof, exchangable battery.

Motorola Moto g7 Play

In terms of price a lower middle class smartphone, but perfectly fine in my opinion, and regarding battery life even better than many more expensive products.

162 g

Accessory: Rubber Mounting

18 g

Camera

161 g

Sony DSC-WX350

Small-sized compact digital camera with 20 times optical zoom and veritable image quality. Due to ist small size it is perfectly handy to take pictures one-handedly during riding. Weight incl. one battery.

GoPro Hero 7 Black

When my old digital camera wasn’t usable any more, I used this opportunity to purchase an action cam. For still images this one has also an acceptable image quality and in addition it is robust and veeery tiny. However meanwhile it already has three successor models I think … Weight incl. one battery.

118 g

3 × 23 g

Accessories: Spare Batteries

Accessories: 3 Spare Batteries (by Homesuit) • Frame Case

3 × 13 g + 26 g

Mounting: Smallrig Super Clamp • Straps and Mount (to attach the GoPro to bags, helmet, etc.)

200 g + 71 g

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX880K

Mirroless interchangeable lens camera with MFT sensor and including Lumix G Vario 12-32 mm/F3.5-5.6 lens. Bought second hand about two months before tour start; it will probably take a while until we know all the settings and options :-). Weight including original battery as well as lens.

374 g

Accessories: 2 Patona Spare Batteries • Carrying Strap

2 × 30 g + 18 g

Drone

239 g

DJI Mini 2

Small camera drone with a flight time von about 30 min per battery. It is a new acquisition for this tour, but DJI has a profound reputation and already by the very first look the drone and it’s accessories seem to be really high-quality and well thought out.

412 g

Obligatory Accessories: Remote controller • Propeller Protector • Gimbal Protector

610 g

Optional Accesories: Transport Bag • 12 Spare Propellers incl. Screws • 2 Spare Control Sticks • Screw Driver • 2 Spare Batteries • Charging Hub (also for discharging the batteries; thus, the drone batteries can be used as an additional power bank)

Microphone

183 g

Zoom H2n

Small, portable microphone. Can be used with batteries recording directly onto a SD card and can also be connected to the laptop via USB to be used as a laptop microphone. Weight incl. batteries.

83 g

Accessories: Wind Screen • Bag • USB Mini B Cable

E-Reader

Tolino Shine 3

In order to get to read once and then on the tour we brought this E-reader. Weight incl. (improvised) Case.

162 g + 12 g

Laptop

1206 g

Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe

Acer Swift 3

While planning the tour my old laptop stopped working, so I decided to buy a new small and lightweight one which I could bring on the tour. This one is no expensive high-end product, but it does a what it should and I did not have any problems so far.

1216 g

522 g

Accessories: Case • Charger • Docking Station • Mouse

Accessories: Charging Adapter • Laptop Case • Anker (Micro-)SD to USB-C Adapter

485 g

Memory Devices

9 g

SanDisk MicroSD and SD Cards

4 × SanDisk MicroSD 64 GB Extreme • SanDisk MicroSD 64 GB Ultra • SanDisk SD 16 GB Ultra • Intenso SD 8 GB Class 4 • 4 × SanDisk adapter from microSD to SD.

2 g

6 g

USB Flash Drives

128 GB • 64 GB • 16 GB

6 g

Power Supply

Anker PowerPort Solar

Solar charger with USB port. So far seems to be very good and makes us independent regarding electricity. On a sunny day, the big Anker Powerbank can be filled half.

483 g

363 g

Anker Powercore 20100

Big power bank with 20100 mAh. Incl. storage bag.

Anker Powercore+ Mini (2 Pieces)

Each has a capacity of 3350 mAh. Weight incl. storage bag.

2 × 84 g + 6 g

Accessories

39 g

Tripod

Mini tripod, to shoot self-timer images more easily.

33 g

USB-C and Micro USB Cables (2 of Each)

Two of each to be able to charge several devices simultaneously.

44 g

37 g

Charging Adapters (2 Pieces)

Output 5 V 1 A and 5 V 2 A or 9 V 2,67 A and thus compatible with our cameras, smartphones, microphone etc.

35 g

14 g

Sony MH410c Earphones

Earphones

14 g

Games

Nsv Qwixx

Strategic dice game.

34 g

Writing Materials

44 g

Notepad

DIN-A6.

Notepad

DIN-A5.

274 g

Scetch Block

Also DIN-A5.

163 g

12 g

Pens

fine Faber-Castell felt-tip pen • wide Stabilo felt-tip pen • Ballpoint pen • 2 Faber-Castell pencils

22 g

Accessories: Pencil Sharpener • Rubber

13 g

Documents

2 × 40 g

Passports

Passports

2 × 40 g

5 g

Identity Card

Identity Card

5 g

4 g

Driving Licence

Driving License

5 g

32 g

Bank/Credit Cards

Partially invalid cards serving as ‘false prey’ in case of robbery.

Bank/Credit Cards

Partially invalid cards serving as ‘false prey’ in case of robbery.

32 g

38 g

Health/Emergency Related Documents

Vaccination passport • Covid Vaccination Certificates • organ donor card • health insurance • emergency phone numbers (like of embassies) • emergency contacts

Health/Emergency Related Documents

Vaccination passport • Covid Vaccination Certificates • organ donor card • health insurance • emergency phone numbers (like of embassies) • emergency contacts

27 g

22 g

Photocopies

Paper copies of passports and passport photos.

Photocopies

Paper copies of passports and passport photos.

17 g

Miscellaneous

Whistle

As a warning signal.

16 g

World Map

World map in DIN-A2 format, showing a physical map on the front and a political map on the back. We will continuously mark our route on that map as we ride, to be able to show it to interested people we encounter.

37 g

48 g

Visiting Cards

39 g

Storage

85 g

Wallet

Wallet

19 g

140 g

Boxes

For putting in the documents and electronic accessories.

Storage Bag

9 g

Consumables

Cash

Weight of Office and Studio

4667 g

4511 g

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Workshop
Pocket Knife

100 g

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

Provides already about half of all tools that are usually needed: Blades, saw, scissors, tweezers, tin opener, bottle opener, screwdriver.

Tools

208 g

Presch Allen (Hex) Keys

Sizes in mm: 2/3/4/5/6/8.

19 g

Presch Torx Keys

T25 and T20: The first one is required for all the screws of the Magura brakes, the second is needed to adjust the position of the headlights.

19 g

Screwdriver

A little bit smaller than the one in the Swiss Army Knife; it is needed for example for opening the gear lever and replace cracked shift cables.

85 g

Knipex Cobra Tongue-And-Groove Pliers

Super small water pump plier with a length of only 125 mm, but still having a capacity for nuts up to 27 mm.

25 g

Wrench

A small wrench with two sizes: 8 mm and 10 mm; needed for the stand, fenders and the head-/taillight.

136 g

Chain Tool

Required for repairing a broken chain or for replacing a worn chain by a new one (which will definitely be necessary at some point of our tour).

36 g

Spoke Key

Required for replacing broken spokes or repairing a tacoed wheel.

36 g

Cassette Removal Tool

To remove the cassette one also needs other tools we do not carry, but in contrast to this tool which is specific for our Shimano HG cassettes, the others are probably available everywhere.

3 × 12 g

Tire Lever

For removing the tires from the rim or put them back on.

Spare Parts and Repair

31 g

Rema Tip Top Patch Kit

Contains patches in different sizes, vulcanizing glue and sandpaper.

2 × 216 g

Schwalbe Tubes (2 Pieces)

We have french valves (also called Sclaverand or Presta valves), which can only hardly be found outside of the Western World (since their holes in the rim are thinner than for Schrader or Dunlop valves, we cannot use these).

2 × 616 g

Shimano Chains CN-HG95 (2 Pieces)

10 gear chains.

8 × 9 g

Magura Brake Pads Black (8 Pieces)

3 × 7 g

Spokes (2 Pieces)

Lengths 256 mm, 260  and 262 mm.

18 g

Shift Cable

9 g

Vaude Spare Parts for the Panniers

Reduction adatper – for adapting the diameter of the mounting system of our panniers.

10 g

Lowa Laces

On the one hand, experience shows that Tizian wears out his laces relatively quickly, and on the other hand, you can also use them as a sturdy cord for various purposes (e. g. as a clothesline).

24 g

Pattex Repair Extreme

All-purpose adhesive.

68 g

Screws and Nuts

Could be useful for diverse damages.

25 g

Needle, Thread and Patches

13 g

Coin Cell Batteries

For bike computers (CR2032) and alarm clock (CR2016).

Maintenance

138 g

Chain Oil

9 g

Topeak Chain Hook & Wear Indicator

For measuring the wear of the chain.

155 g

Pump

Plus adapter from French to Schrader valve.

79 g

Rags

Glasses cleaning cloth (for fine dirt/for polishing), micro fiber cloth, a couple of small rags made out of an old Jeans (for coarse things like the chain, for which the rag should be tear-resistant).

76 g

Old Socks

Used as working gloves or as a coating of the stainless steel bottles (for preventing them to rattle on the frame) as well as protection bag for spare tubes.

33 g

16 g

Old Toothbrush

For cleaning the chain.

2 g

Ruler

131 g

Erdal Leather Grease

Mainly for greasing Tizians Brooks saddle. But if necessary, it can surely also be used for greasing other things (not only leather).

Attachment

32 g

Velcro Straps

6 g

41 g

Cable Ties

230 × 5 mm white (16 pieces), 180 × 2 mm black (15 pieces).

Karabiner

13 g

213 g

Duct Tape

51 g

Rubber Bands

4 g

Safety Pins

45 g

Cord

30 g

Clothes Pegs

Storage

343 g

Big Tool Bag

17 g

Small Tool Bag

Weight of Workshop

4037 g

52 g

Total Weight

54 677 g

44 736 g

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The bicycle icons and their position in the table indicate in which pannier and on whose bicycle the gear item is usually carried while driving. Depending on climate, place or other circumstances this however changes.
Meaning of the Icon Tizian Belinda
Rear Left Pannier Mainly kitchen and workshop. Bedroom/items that are only used in the tent.
Rear Right Pannier Mainly bedroom. Mainly wardrobe and bathroom.
Packsack Mainly wardrobe and bathroom. Usually only the tent and sleeping mat.
Front Left Pannier Mainly items which should be easily accessible during the day, like rainwear, first aid kit, toilet paper etc. Mainly pantry (food pannier).
Front Right Pannier Mainly pantry (food pannier). Mainly items which should be easily accessible during the day, like rainwear, jackets etc.
Handlebar or Top Tube Bag Mainly items which should be quickly accessible, like camera, smartphone, snacks, sunglasses etc.
Attached to the Bicycle
Not clearly assignable to a pannier Prime example: handkerchiefs, of which I carry a pack in almost every pannier.
Only for spare parts: In use by now
No longer carried with us (sent back, lost, broken, disposed, given away)
Load Distribution back to top
17.66 kg
16.42 kg
13.21 kg
8.48 kg
13.41 kg
12.12 kg
4.12 kg
2.85 kg
1.49 kg
9.18 kg
4.09 kg
Total: 97.41 kg (63.33 kg without bicycles)
carried and used by Tizian
carried by Tizian and used by both
consumables carried by Tizian and used by both (estimated average load)
consumables carried by Belinda and used by both (estimated average load)
carried by Belinda and used by both
carried and used by Belinda

including consumables
excluding consumables
Bicycle Components back to top
We both have a TX-400 by Vsf Fahrradmanufaktur, both in diamond geometry with 26  inch wheels, but Tizian has the model of 2018 while Belinda the one of 2019, thus they differ in some places. Furthermore, we both exchanged some components individually or added some new ones.

Frame

Headset

Stem

Handlebar

Grips

Rearview Mirror

Brakes

Rear Derailleur

Front Derailleur

Shift Levers

Chain

Cassette

Crankset

Bottom Bracket

Pedals

Saddle

Seat Post

Rims

Spokes

Tyres

Front Hub

Kickstand

Fenders

Chain Guard

Rear Rack

Front Rack

Headlight

Tail Light

Bottle Cages

Accessories

Frame
Vsf Fahrradmanufaktur TX-400
Diamond frame made of double butted 25CrMo4 steel, which is quite more robust in contrast to aluminium and, in case of emergency, meldable. Tizian’s TX-400 has a frame height of 57 cm, Belinda’s one of 47 cm. (Installed as standard.)
Headset
Ritchey Comp Logic V2
(Installed as standard.)
Stem
Tizian FSA – Full Speed Ahead Afterburner 6° Belinda Humpert Ergotec High Piranha
With this stem the handlebar is situated a little lower than with the originally installed stem by Humpert Ergotec – I was used to that position from my old bicycle. (Individually replaced.) (Installed as standard.)
Handlebar
Humpert Ergotec Trekking
Made of aluminium. (Installed as standard.)
Grips
Ergon GP5
Ergonomic handles with snapped off horn. The grips are made of rubber, so they get slightly sticky from heat, but besides that they are very comfortable. When sitting on the bicycle the whole day one is quite happy with the various possible grip positions. (Individually replaced.)
Rearview Mirror
Busch & Müller Cycle Star
Having a rearview mirror on the bicycle turns out to be really practical and pleasant; thinking about it, there is actually no reason why it should be less helpful on the bicycle than on a car. The Cycle Star is lightweight and flexible and can even be readjusted while cycling. (Individually added.)
Brakes
Magura HS33
Hydraulic brakes are considered to be more low-wear, reliable and robust than mechanical brakes. In contrast to disc brakes, a defective hydraulic rim brake can easily be replaced by a worldwide available mechanical rim brake. According to our bicycle dealer, the Magura rim brakes apparently need even less maintenance than hydraulic disc brakes. Unfortunately however, rim brakes of course in turn lead to a higher abrasion of the rims. All in all it was difficult to assess which of rim or disc brakes are better in total. Hence we just sticked to the ones that have anyway been installed by design on our TX-400s. (Installed as standard.)
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Deore XT RD-T8000
10 speed rear derailleur with long cage. In contrast to internal-gear hubs, a derailleur is significantly more easy to maintain or to find spare parts for in remote regions (but in turn it is more error-prone). Moreover, internal-gear hubs are fairly expensive (with this the bicycle costs would have doubled). The 30 speeds however could gladly be set a little lower, as with how it is now one also reaches one’ limits when ascending steep slopes, whereas we hardly use the highest gears. (Installed as standard.)
Front Derailleur
Shimano Deore XT FD-T8000
The suitable front derailleur of the Shimano Deore XT T8000 series. (Installed as standard.)
Shift Levers
Shimano Deore SL-M610
3 × 10 speed gear shifter. (Installed as standard.)
Chain
Shimano CN-HG54
Mountainbike chain for 10 speed gearings and HG cassettes. As spare chains we carry the higher quality HG95, see workshop. (Installed as standard.)
Cassette
Shimano CS-HG500-10 11-34
HG (Hyperglide) cassette for a 10 speed chain. Gradation of the tooth number of the sprockets: 11-13-15-17-19-21-23-26-30-34. (Installed as standard.)
Crankset
Shimano Deore FC-T521
10 speed crank arm with integrated chain guard. Teeth: 48-36-26. (Installed as standard.)
Bottom Bracket
Shimano Octalink BB-ES51
Installed as standard was the Octalink BB-ES300, which however is not as robust as the BB-ES51. We decided for exchanging this part because the bottom bracket is one of those components which we couldn’t easily repair ourselves if it gets damaged. (Individually replaced.)
Pedals
Tizian Sgodde Flat Pedals Belinda VP Components VP-196
As with my old clipless pedals I did not have the feeling that they yield much improvement and because I didn’t want to buy new clipless pedal shoes, I decided for flat pedals instead. (Individually replaced.) Standard pedals made of aluminium. (Installed as standard.)
Saddle
Tizian Brooks B17 Belinda Terry Figura Gel Max Women
The traditional bicycle touring saddle per se. Hard leather, which allegedly adapts to one’s butt after some hundred kilometers and thus gets comfortable. After a few tours with this saddle I cannot enthuse that much about this saddle as other bicycle tourers do, but all in all I still usually had less butt pain than my tour partners that used other saddles. (Individually replaced.) Before encountering this saddle I tried out various different other saddles. Even after measuring my seat bones and choosing seemingly fitting saddles I generally got pain in my seat bones after only a fraction of a day’s ride. With this saddle now however I can endure also longer day stages. The Figura series is meant to be for people cycling in a slightly sportive position, and the gel version is definitely good enough and more affordable than the GT or GTC Gel one. (Individually replaced.)
Seat Post
Humpert Ergotec Skalar
Patent seat post made of aluminium; the special mount of the saddle with two saddle screws has various advantages: For one thing obviously not the whole burden is loaded on one screw, for another thing the screws are in this setup more subject to tension and less to shear forces. In addition, the incline of the saddle can be adjusted precisely by correctly tightening the screws. (Installed as standard.)
Rims
Tizian Ryde ZAC 2000 Belinda Schürmann YAK-19
(Installed as standard.) Hollow aluminium rim, 26 inches. Same as Tizian’s rims the hole for the valve is made for Presta valves (French valves) and thus too small for the globally more widespread Schrader or Dunlop valves. The dealers we bought the bicycles from also did not want to enlarge the holes by drilling due to safety/insurance reasoning, thus we have to rely on our spare tubes for now – or at some point on any local mechanic who doesn’t take the safety issue that seriously ;-) (Installed as standard.)
Spokes
ED 2,34
Spokes with a diameter of 2.34 mm at the head and 2 mm on the other end. (Installed as standard.)
Tyres
Tizian Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Belinda Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Evolution
The wired Marathon Mondial came with the bicycle when I bought it; beeing a wearing part, I will stick to them first and switch to the more high-quality Evolution version when they are worn down. (Installed as standard.) The Marathon Mondial Evolution folding tyres are more failsafe than the standard Marathon Mondial; although they also do not get the attribute flat-less by their manufacturer Schwalbe, they are only half as heavy as the ‘flat-less’ tyres Marathon Plus Tour. The ones I have are 2 inches wide and are thus rather thick, therefore better for gravel roads. (Individually replaced.)
Front Hub
Shutter Precision PV-8
Smooth-running hub dynamo. (Installed as standard.)
Kickstand
Hebie 611 FOXs
Luckily the TX-400 is by design equipped with a rear stand. In comparison to centrally mounted stands these in general cause a more stable footing, especially when the bicycle is heavily loaded. Furthermore, when being extended, it is not in the way of the pedals, which makes life easier when lubing the chain. The stand is generally a damage-prone component when bicycle touring due to the high load. So far however the Hebie hasn’t let us down. (Installed as standard.)
Fenders
SKS Bluemels
Standard mudguards made of plastic. (Installed as standard.)
Chain Guard
Selfmade Chain Splash Guard
Selfmade splash guard for the chain. Consists only of a piece of a PET bottle attached to the lower bottle cage with cable ties, but keeps the biggest dirt splashed up from the front wheel off the chain. (Individually added.)
Rear Rack
Tubus Cargo Classic
The standard model of the rack expert Tubus from Münster, Germany. As for all Tubus racks also here the spring flap is missing, which does not serves any purpose when using panniers and thus would only be unnecessary weight. The Cargo Classic doesn’t have lower bars to attach the panniers as many other Tubus models do, which would have the advantage that the weight of the packsack, being located on top, would weigh less on the panniers and thus their attachments but more on the upper level of the rack instead (the problem can at least partially be circumvented by stuffing other small luggage, such as our camping chairs, below the packsack to fill up the empty space). Additionally, the lower hanging panniers would lead to better stability due to the lower centre of gravity. At this point we however saved some money and kept the installed Cargo Classic. (Installed as standard.)
Front Rack
Tizian Tubus Grand Expedition Front Belinda Tubus Tara
I decided for a front rack that combines both low- and highrider. The highrider will provide me with additional capacity in special situations (such as having more proviant for particularly long stretches through uninhabited regions). (Individually replaced.) (Installed as standard.)
Headlight
Tizian Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ2 EYC Plus Belinda Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ-XS
LED Headlight with 50 Lux. (Installed as standard.) LED headlight with 70 Lux. (Installed as standard.)
Tail Light
Busch & Müller Line
Dynamo driven tail light with two LEDs. (Installed as standard.)
Bottle Cages
Tizian Cube HPA Bottle Cage 1,5 l • xtreme Bottle Cage for 1,5 l PET bottles • Small Bottle Cage Belinda Three 0,5 l Bottle Cages
Two large bottle cages for 1.5 liter PET bottles and a small one for the fuel bottle. (Only the small one was installed as standard.) Two of them have already been installed by default; I use them for my hard plastic bottle and the thermos bottle (even if they are larger than standard 0.5 l bottles, they still fit in there). The third one I bought extra; it is flexible enough so that the large 1 l isolated bottle can be placed in it.
Accessories
Tizian Flags
Stickers with the German flag made by Michael & Rene Pflüger, attached on the head tube as well as rear mudguard. Binds unbreakably and the colours still shine like on their first day after years of exposure to UV light. They have already led to a free overnight stay once. (Individually added.)
Damages back to top
Tizian Belinda Country Day Distance Description
14 599 km Bonding of handlebar bag loosened
In the bags of the Vaude Aqua series, two different tarpaulin materials are used on different sides of the bags, which are glued together along the edges. In the handlebar bag, this adhesive connection had loosened along one of the edges. For the time being fixed with adhesive tape.
18 769 km Right grip horn broken during accident
In a near collision with a motorcycle and subsequent fall, the horn of the right grip bent off and hangs since then only quite loose.

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