Kit List

Details of everything I took

The bike

I rode what's essentially a stock Brompton folding bike. It's a 14 year old Brompton M6R folding bicycle that I'd bought second-hand a couple of years ago as an M3L. I'd modernised the brake levers and calipers, converted it to 6 speed (the range being 33.1" to 100" with the 50T chainring) and fitted a pannier rack. I used a Brooks saddle which I’ve cycled over 30,000 miles on. I use Ergon GP1 grips to prevent ulnar nerve problems. I ride with Schwalbe AV4 innertubes and Marathon Plus tyres. I have Son dynamo, Edelux II front and rear lights and have the ability to charge batteries from the dynamo during daylight hours using a Sinewave Revolution converter.

I used the Brompton T-bag on the front, and an Ortlieb rack pack bag on the back.

With luggage the bike weighed over 27kg. With water and food over 30kg.

Brompton M6R

Packing list



  • Bikebox - B&W Foldon - Has four wheels, so is VERY easy to cart around the airport, and folds when not in use for easier storage at home. Great purchase.
  • Lock - TiGr mini - I really like this mid-level security lock. It wouldn't satisfy my insurance company as it does not have a 'sold secure' rating, but it is light, and gave me peace of mind when disappearing into a petrol station for 10 minutes.
  • Water bottles - 2x 1 litre, 1x Camelbak 710ml - I really like the camelbak drinking 'spout'. The two one litre bottles were just used to store water, which I would decant into the camelbak to drink out of whilst on the go. I'd often have a spare bottle of energy drink or coke in my bag in case of running low

Puncture repair

Other tools

  • Small screwdriver
  • Spoke key - The DT Swiss nipple wrench is better than the rest!
  • Chain tool
  • Small adjustable spanner
  • Thin 15mm spanner
  • Zip ties
  • Electrical insulation tape - Used to fix front light bracket
  • Lube
  • Plastic bags
  • Chainring spanner

Other bike spares

  • Cogs
  • 44T chainring
  • Chainring bolts
  • Chainlinks
  • Spare spokes and nipples


  • Foil blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Tape, kitchen paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Water purifier tablets
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pro plus
  • Antihistamine tablets in
  • Anadin Extra (aspirin, paracetamol, caffeine)
  • Ibuprofen - Super useful!
  • Chamois cream - Applied once daily!
  • Midge repellent - Used when sleeping out
  • Factor 50 sun cream
  • Vaseline
  • Tweezers



  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Casio watch - For alarm clock when sleeping out
  • Phone
  • Head torch
  • Spare front light
  • 2 battery packs
  • 2x garmin 810 
  • 2 sets of charging cables
  • Glasses lens cloth
  • Flight details
  • Passport
  • Race insurance - I used DogTag
  • Paper map of TAW - I donated this to one of the B&Bs I stayed at

What I was missing

If doing it again, it would be useful to have a wider gear range; so a non-Brompton customisation to allow easier climbing of steep hills with the loaded bike, and not to spin out on the flats and downhills.

I'd take a spare dynamo light mounting bracket. These things aren't really fit for purpose and break every so often.