The Bike

After much deliberation, I decided on buying the well tried and tested Surly Long Haul Trucker and opted for 26″ wheels. This bike has taken people from┬áhere there and everywhere to here there and everywhere and is the quintessential long tour bicycle at my budget.

Why I chose this bike:

  • Steel framed so that if it does break, there’s an increased chance that i’m going to be able to find somebody with the welder that can fix it
  • 26″ wheels because I will be travelling in remote areas of the world and with this being the most commonly sized wheel, I am most likely to be able to find spares such as spokes, bearings, inner tubes and tyres
  • Simple controls with cantilever brakes and simple gear shifters making repairs in the field easy to do
  • Mounts all over the place to fix pannier racks, water bottle holders, tyre pump and anything else I may need. It even has spare spoke holders on the bottom arm!
  • Great reputation as a touring bike


  • Brooks B17 saddle
  • Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 26×2.0 tyres
  • Tubus Tara front pannier rack
  • Tubus Logo Evo rear pannier rack
  • Ortlieb back roller classic rear panniers
  • Ortlieb front roller city front panniers
  • Altura Dryline bar bag
  • 3 x BBB Fueltank XL 1.5ltr bottle cage



Tools, Accessories and Spares

  • Topeak Alien II Multitool
  • Next Best Thing 2 cassette remover
  • Spare spokes
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Park Tool TL1 tyre lever
  • Topeak road morph pump with Guage
  • 1 spare inner tube
  • Weldtite TF2 cycle grease
  • Muc-off dry lube
  • Spare chain
  • Chain quick link
  • Replacement brake pads
  • 1 gear cable
  • 1 brake cable
  • Cable ties
  • Steel tie wire
  • PTFE tape
  • Duct tape
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Hose clamp


  • Vango Banshee 200 tent
  • OEX 4.0 sleeping mat
  • Blacks 3 season sleeping bag for now
  • Solar light


  • MSR Whisperlite Internationale
  • Hi Gear 2 person cookset
  • Lighter
  • Cutlery + tea cup (important)


  • Acer notebook computer
  • Nikon D5200 with 11-16mm Lens and 70-300mm Lens
  • 5v output solar panel
  • MP3 player
  • Mobile phone
  • Power bank
  • Charging cables

Others bits

  • Harmonica
  • Toiletries bag
  • Books
  • Notepad and pen
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