Family Cycle Tour Equipment


The foundation of our trip and, we hope, the secret to our success has to be the gear and equipment we use. Although we are striving to complete our tour on the lowest budget possible, when it comes to your cycling gear, there are some areas in which you simply can not opt for the cheapest way out. However, our major purchases- namely our bikes and child trailer- have been a combination of ebay bargains and a work-funded discount scheme, enabling us to stretch the pennies further than we would have otherwise managed. As we have yet to undertake any serious mileage with our gear- and still have bits we need to buy!- this list may change over time- and as always, if you have any particular experience or advice for us, we’d appreciate your input- just contact us!

Frame Dawes Horizon 2010 with Reynolds 520 chromoly frame Wheelies Direct £750
Gears 24 speed Shimano Alivio gears
Brakes Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes
Wheels WTB Dual Duty double wall alloy rims
Tyres Schwalbe tyres
Saddle Selle Italia FLX saddle
Panniers Altura Dry Line Panniers (pair) Wheelies Direct £99.99
Pedals Wellgo Single Cage 964 Black/Silver Chain Reaction Cycles £8.95
Frame Dawes Kara-kum touring bike (gents!) with lightweight alloy frame and butterfly handlebars EBay £440.00
Gears Shimano Deore 27 speed gears
Brakes Shimano V-brakes
Tyres Schwalbe Marathon Plus (x2) Spa Cycles £42.00
Saddle Bell Female Gel saddle (replacing the original Selle Italia FLX Gel men’s saddle- ouch!) Asda £13.00
Pannier Racks Bob Yueh front and rear racks
Panniers Altura Pannier bags EBay (included with bike)
Dyno Wheel (front) Shimano N30 Dynamo Wheel Rigida Sputnik Spa Cycles £80.00
Trailer Chariot Corsaire XL EBay £300.00
Wheels Schwalbe Marathon Plus (x2) Spa Cycles £42.00
Raincover (To be purchased in Canada if needed)
Footmuff/cover Vango Nitestar Baby 2-season sleeping bag Charlies £9.99
Camping Basics Tent Vaude Taurus II 3-man wilderness tent Gumtree (secondhand) £90.00
Sleeping Bags Gelert X-Treme Lite 1000 sleeping bags (x4) Charlies £119.96
Mattresses Gelert X-Treme Lite self-inflating 3/4 mattresses Charlies £39.98
Rubber mallet/peg-extractor with wooden shaft Surplus&Adventure £4.99
Theo Sleeping Bag Charlies £19.99
Accessories Torches Icon Black Diamond head torch Ellis Brigham £64.99
Wind-up torch
Rope Gelert Multi Purpose Rope 10m Charlies £2.99
Cooking Camping Stove MSR Whisper-Lite liquid fuel backpacking stove EBay £54.99
Pans Karrimor camping pan set (2.0l pot, 1.5l pot, 1.1l frying pan & lid) Field&Trek £12.00
Utensils Stainless Steel KFS cutlery clip set (3) Surplus&Adventure £5.25
Washing-up bowl Web-tex Collapsible water bowl Surplus&Adventure £4.95
Bowls Lexan Large Bowl – 20cm Blue (x2) Outdoor Gear £3.09
Mug Lexan Mug – 415ml Outdoor Gear £3.95
Toaster Four Slice Folding Toaster for camping stove Outdoor Gear £2.15
Can opener Gelert can opener Outdoor Gear £1.03
Matt Underwear Next Mens boxer (x3) Next
Baselayer: Bottom Trekmates Merino Long Johns Black Outdoor Gear £22.75
Baselayer: Top Merino wool mens baselayer (top) Mountain Warehouse £14.99
Socks Brasher 4 Season Socks Blue Outdoor Gear £17.16
Trousers Bear Winter Lined Survivor Trousers – Long Craghoppers £39.37
Long-sleeved shirt Kiwi Winter Long-Sleeved Shirt Craghoppers £15.00
Fleece Craghoppers Corey Half Zip Microfleece Top Moss Outdoor Gear £17.58
Becki Underwear Endura Women’s Padded undershorts (x3) Evans Cycles £29;98
Sports bra Shock Absorber Run Sports bra Wiggle £32.40
Baselayer: bottom Merino wool ladies baselayer (bottom) Mountain Warehouse £14.99
Baselayer: top Merino wool ladies baselayer (top) Mountain Warehouse £11.99
Socks (3) Sugoi Walleroo-Z crew cycling socks Wiggle £17.40
Cycling shorts Revolution Pursuit 6 panel cycling shorts Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op £19.99
Trousers Pika Winter lined trousers Craghoppers £18.75
Long-sleeved top NosiLife Atoll Long-Sleeved Zip Top Craghoppers £10.50
Fleece Craghoppers Ladies Miska ½ Zip Microfleece Navy Outdoor Gear £17.58
Short-sleeved top Mavic Cloud Women’s Jersey Evans Cycles £32.99
Tank top Nike women’s sports vest Sports Direct £8.99
Shorts Bontrager Rhythm WSD Shorts Evans Cycles £34.99
Theo Baselayer: bottom Regatta boys thermal base long johns Regatta £6.99
Baselayer: top Regatta boys thermal base layer tee Regatta £4.99
Trousers Fleece-lined jogging bottoms (x3) Tesco £12.00
Fleece Craghoppers Bear Grylls Microfleece fleece Outdoor Gear £14.99
Waterproof Trousers Regatta mud jump waterproof overtrousers Regatta £13.00
Socks To be purchased in Canada
Shoes Boys Hi-Tec Waterproof GX Hiking boots Tog24 £19.95
Gloves Boys lined all-season ski gloves Tog24 £6.99
Coat Regatta X-ert Performance waterproof boys jacket Regatta £21.99
Cycle Helmet Boys Junior cycle helmet Asda £6.99
Hat To be purchased in Canada
Becki Waterproof Jacket Crane Run high-visability weatherproof jacket Aldi £8.99
Jacket Women’s Kruxx Jacket Craghoppers £15.75
Waterproof Trousers Vaude ladies drop waterproof cycling trousers Wiggle
Hat Merino wool skull cap
Helmet Women’s cycling helmet Asda £9.98
Gloves SealSkinz all-weather ladies cycle winter gloves Wiggle £22.00
Glove liners SealSkinz Merino Thermal Liner Glove Outdoor Gear £6.04
Shoes Merrell – Siren Sport GTX £69.99
Glasses/Sunglasses dhb triple lens cycling glasses Wiggle
Matt Jacket Viewfield Jacket Craghoppers £22.50
Waterproof Trousers Chandler Lined Overtrousers Outdoor Gear £19.65
Hat Merino wool buff Field&Trek £18
Helmet Giro Monza helmet Wheelies Direct £74.99
Gloves Gore-tex outer shell waterproof gloves Field&Trek £29.99
Glove liners SealSkinz Merino Thermal Liner Glove Outdoor Gear £6.04
Shoes Merrell – Refuge Pro GTX £74.99
Glasses (clear) Freebie from work!
Sunglasses Mens sports sunglasses Boots £6.99
Phones Iphone 3GS (Becki)
Orange San Francisco (Matt)
iphone mount Tigra BikeConsole iPhone 3G/3GS Bike Mount Holder Kit‏ EBay £19.99
Digital Camera Canon S95 point-and-shoot digital Ebay £249.99
Camera case JAM Neoprene ultra-compact camera case £4.99
Tripod Gorilla Pod £10.99
Universal charger/mount Nokia DC14 bottle dynamo/bicycle USB charger and mount Amazon £25.00
Toiletries etc. Towels (Matt&Becki) Microfibre bath towel large (x2) Surplus&Adventure £29.50
Towel (Theo) Microfibre body towel Surplus&Adventure £9.75
Clothes line Flexible clothes line with built-in clips Surplus&Adventure £3.99
First Aid Kit Basic first aid kit, compiled by ourselves Boots
Mosquito repellent Mosquito repellent coil + spare coils Surplus&Adventure £5.94
Menstruation Mooncup £19.99
Contraception Mirena coil GP
Spares Inner tubes (Chariot) Michelin G4 AirStop Butyl Tube – 20″/450a Confort Chain Reaction Cycles £3.99
Inner tubes (Bikesi) Michelin A2 Airstop Butyl Tube – 700c 700x25c-32c (x2) Chain Reaction Cycles £7.98
Spokes Becki’s old wheel
Brake Pads Clarks 55mm Caliper Brake Shoe (1 pair) Chain Reaction Cycles £9.99
Chains Shimano HG40 chain (7 Speed) Chain Reaction Cycles £6.99
Shimano HG53 chain (9 Speed) Chain Reaction Cycles £13.99
Repair kits Weldtite Airtite Puncture Repair Kit(s) Chain Reaction Cycles £1.99
Bike Locks Kryptonite KryptoFlex cable 7ft Chain Reaction Cycles £12.99
Kryptonite KryptoChain and Padlock Ebay £4.99
Tools Multi-tool Topeak Alien II multi-tool Wheelies Direct £36.99
Bike pump Lezyne Micro floor pump HVG Wheelies Direct £34.99
Adjustable spanner
Lubrication Finish Line Wet Lubricant 4oz bottle Wiggle £6.64