I ended up having two set ups with the north island being the first picture, way too much stuff and so heavy. When I got to Wellington I decided to have a reorganisation to get a lighter set up so the second picture is what that ended up being. Below I’ve listed what i had on that set up because I will use that again in the future.
BIKE – Or Daisy as she is better known.
Specialized AWOL – fitted with supernova front Hub and Supernova Front/Rear lights
Saddle – Brooks C17
Panniers – Front/ Rear – Sport Roller Classic / Sport Roller Classic 40L
Apidura Top Tube pack – Really useful for quick access – I’ve got my camera in mine and a little multitool.
Alpkit Possum Medium – I used this as my tool bag, simple access to everything you need.
Simple Bike Computer – Tell me distance and speed.
Two Water Bottle Holders
Lower Black Bottle is small tool kit – Learnt from Shaun, another cyclist I spent a week with when I started. Handy for punctures/simple fixes as it means I don’t have to remove everything from my pannier to reach my buried tool kit!
Tent – MSR Hubba Hubba NP
Sleeping bag – RAB 3 season
Travel pillow – Folds up really small, I pack it with my roll mat (Small Luxury)
Cooker – Alpkit Brupot with a simple Gas Cooker
CLOTHING – ON BIKE
Board shorts – They get wet…then they dry, easy.
Padded Shorts – I wear these under my board shorts.
Cycling top X 1
SPD Mountain bike shoes – My logic was once they are wet it doesn’t matter, swap to dry shoes in the evening.
CLOTHING OFF BIKE
1 x Shorts
2 x T Shirts
1 x Jumper
1 x Shoes (lightweight walking shoes)
1 x Lightweight Jacket (can be used on the bike if I really need it…so far I haven’t)
1 x Flip Flops
IPad mini (blog etc)
Go Pro (In some ways I’ve got too many ways of taking pictures but I don’t care…I enjoy taking pictures so don’t mind carrying them all)
Kindle (Could use IPad but the battery doesn’t last as long and means I can leave iPad buried in my bags when I can’t be bothered to dig it out.)
Food – This obviously varies but usually enough to cover me for a few days
Water – I’ve got two bottles on the bike. Also 1.5 Litre Plastic bottle I strap next to my tent.
Basic First aid kit
Tool kit – Puncture Kit/ Inner Tubes/ Duck Tape/ Cable Ties/ Multitool with Knife/ Inner tube patch kit