A downloadable list of all my bikepacking gear can be found in this post, first some background information.
Clothes and personal items
If you’re riding as I did, taking your time, enjoying exploring towns and pueblos and staying a few days, you will want more clothes than if you’re on a mission to finish a route as fast as you can. You don’t have to be dirty and smelly all the time! After having a shower, it was so good to be able to put clean clothes on. I washed my dirty gear in the hostal bathrooms and dried them where I could.
I had packed for warm to hot weather in the day, with chilly mornings and evenings (above freezing temperatures) I would swap out some items if I was riding in colder weather. My clothes were packed in a vacuum bag, to keep the volume down.
Sleep System and camping
My preference was to have a completely free-standing tent. I really can’t be doing with staking out the guy ropes every time I put it up. I was generally happy with my choice of tent, although in strong winds it felt quite unstable. It’s tall and thin and must be pitched with the thinner end facing the direction the wind is coming from, which isn’t always easy to establish. It survived, was roomy enough for me and all my gear, except my bike, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in it.
Standard, out of the showroom Specialized Camber FSR 2017 except for tubeless tyre
Upgrade. Standard tyres - Ground Control and Purgatory.
My only criticism of it would be that a full suspension bike is obviously heavier than a gravel bike, but not to a point where I wanted to throw it down a mountain!
I’d love to get some quick released pedals for it, but that’s for when I’m rich!
I chose the Arkel Rollpacker luggage as they looked the most suitable for a full suspension bike. At 25 litres they are some of the largest bags about. When I fell off my bike riding down from the Puerta de la Ragua, the luggage took a hard hit. On my final day of the ride, the front Rollpacker bracket snapped, I managed to fudge a repair to continue. I can only think I may have cracked it in the aforementioned shunt. I also think I put excessive stress on it by strapping my tent to it, now I don’t do that. After contacting Arkel, they promptly sent me a new front bracket free of charge, I did have to pay the postage though.
My fork luggage bags are Gorilla Cages, I bought new ones after I had my accident, which was caused by one of the bags falling into the front wheel. I also bought the correct bags for them this time, which is a great improvement!
I carry a lot more than things than a bikepacker on a mission would. All the extra gear doesn’t fit into the bike bags, so I carry some in my rucksack. The rucksack is quite heavy, and when I’m tired it feels extra heavy! I carry my laptop, electronics, food, water, some paperwork, and a fleece in it. I would like to not have to ride with it but can’t see I can keep my luxuries if I didn’t use it.
I’m happy with my cooking stuff in general although my cookpot is causing a problem, as it gives a metallic taste to boiled water, currently ongoing.
At some point I’ll need to buy a new stove, the one I have is around ten years old and it sometimes falls apart! But I will stick with the screw on gas canister type I think. I found it difficult to find screw on canisters in the small pueblos in Spain, luckily I’d bought an adaptor that fits into my existing canister, so I can refill it with a butane aerosol type bottle, which are easily found in ferreterias in Spain.
My YouTube films are very basic, I only use a GoPro, without gimbal and don’t use a drone. My notebook and camera are very basic too. I’d like to attract more subscribers to my channel, and think I need better equipment and content to do this, so I may review my whole media production equipment setup. If I continue with the current standard of my films, I’ll keep my current setup.
As far as navigation goes, I had taken three mobile phones with me, all with SIMs with data. It was lucky I had taken three, as I broke my newest one on the second day of the ride. I smashed another completely in my tour-ending accident, so was left with one properly working. At least one spare phone is a must for me.
I’m navigating with Google Maps, Google My Maps and Ridewithgps. And I carry a Garmin Inreach Explorer which can always be used as a navigation device also.
I'd love to add a bike stand to my gear, but really I'm not sure I can afford the weight, I'm pretty heavy already. I will weight my bike and gear at some point!
Below is an XLSX sheet of my gear that you can download, in case you want to adapt it for yourself. It shows what I carry, product details and where I store it, I hope it's useful to you!
Full Gear List Item
1.5 litre Water Bottles x 2
Tea, Coffee And Sugar
Bag of Vitamins
Windshield For Stove