Cycle-tour kit list for cycling in extreme winter conditions

Cycle-tour kit list for cycling in extreme winter conditions

In December I hope to travel to Alaska and cycle there with quite a bit of equipment It’s going to be a tuff winter journey and the conditions are very challenging. A good bike and gear are absolutely necessary.

In my preparation I take the following into account:

  • Cycling between 5°C and -5°C is annoying because it is not only about cold but it is also important to protect myself against wetness
  • Cycling in -15°C is comfortable and for me not much different than +15°C
  • If the temperature starts to drop below -20°C and there is no strong wind, then cycling and camping with the right gear won’t be very annoying
  • Cycling in  -30°C is also no problem until I need a break, camping is a challenge with little room for mistakes or malfunctioning gear
  • Cycling and camping in -40°C is possible but quite exhausting

More substantive preparation for these circumstances can be found here.

In order to prepare for all these weather conditions, I have been quite committed to purchasing the right gear over the past few years. I have carefully tested the list of items that follows according to my personal preferences.

 

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BIKE AND BAGS

✔ Surly Long Haul Trucker
✔ Surly Front Carrier
✔ Tubus Cargo Rear Carrier
✔ Brooks B17 Saddle
✔ Bottle Holders 2x

ON THE FRAME

✔ Front Bags Vaude SE World Tramp II Bike Bags
✔ Back Bags Ortlieb Back Roller Classic 2 x 20L
✔ Back Bag Top Ortlieb Rack Pack 40L
✔ Apidura Handlebar Pack 14L Expedition
✔ Apidura Accessory Pocket 4.5L Expedition
✔ Vaude triangle frame Bag
✔ Sheepskin Saddle Pad
✔ Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus Tires
✔ Schwalbe Earothan Inner Tubes

THERMOS

✔ Thermos 1L
✔ Thermos Stanley 0,75L
✔ Thermos Stanley All-In-One Food Jar 0,53L

 

CLOTHES

First layer (underwear):

✔ Craft Active Comfort Bike Boxer
✔ Icebreaker 260 Zone Half Zip Shirt
✔ Icebreaker Roamaway LS Mock Neck
✔ Boxershort Regular
✔ Icebreaker 260 Tech Shirt
✔ Icebreaker 260 Tech Legging

Second layer (fleece):

✔ Northface fleece sweater
✔ Salewa thick fleece hoodie
✔ Quechua fleece pants

Third layer (wind/rain):

✔ Fjällraven Expedition Down Jacket
✔ Patagonia Down Jacket
✔ Berghaus Ridgemaster Gore-Tex Jacket
✔ Quechua rain paints

FEET

✔ Sorel 1964 Pac Nylon Winter Boots
✔ Alpaca merino wool socks
✔ Smartwool Classic Hike socks
✔ Set of feet warmers from Haägo

 

Equipment cycling North America winter 2022-2023

HEAD AND NECK

✔ Fjällraven Cap
✔ Coldavenger Expedition Balaclava
✔ Buff Merinowol
✔ Buff Regular
✔ Helly Hansen Balaclava
✔ Snow Glasses Sinner

HANDS

✔ Forclaz liner Gloves
✔ Gore-Tex Winter Gloves
✔ Extremities Tuff Bag Overwand
✔ North Face Himalayan Want
✔ Set of hand warmers from Haägo

 

Equipment cycling North America winter 2022-2023

CAMPING

✔ Hilleberg Soulo Tent
✔ Pieps Shovel
✔ Gerber Pack Hatchet
✔ Pull Saw
✔ Termometer
✔ Petzl Tactikka Plus Head Torch
✔ Brush to wipe away frozen condensation

COOKING

✔ MSR XGK-EX
✔ (Backup) MSR Whisperlite International Burner
✔ MSR fuel bottle 891ml (on the bike frame)
✔ MSR fuel bottle 591ml
✔ MSR alphine 2 pan set
✔ Fox Outdoor whistling kettle
✔ Bialetti Espresso Maker
✔ Homey Pocket Knife
✔ DIY Pine spatula and spoon
✔ Lighter / matches / steel

 

Equipment cycling North America winter 2022-2023

SLEEPING

✔ Forclaz isolerende Foam Mat MT500 (2,2 R)
✔ Exped SynMat 7 MW Sleeping Mat (4,9 R)
✔ Sleeping Bag Fjällraven Polar -30°C Long
✔ Cumulus Teneqa 850 -15°C as Quilt
✔ Sleeping Bag Liner Sea To Summit Reactor Extreme

 

ACCESOIRES

✔ iPhone 7 Plus
✔ Charge Cable iPhone
✔ Powerbanks Xtreme 26000Mah and 10000Mah
✔ Boost Earphones
✔ Nikon PowerShot G7X Mark II
✔ Spare Batteries

 

HYGIENE

✔ Deuter Accessories Wash Bag
✔ Sea to Summit Microfiber Towel
✔ EHBO kit (incl safety blanket)
✔ Toothbrush and toothpaste tablets
✔ Soap/shampoo bar
✔ Hostel Earplugs for the snoring
✔ Pee Bottle

 

OTHER STUFF

✔ Exped Schnozzel Pump Bag
✔ Bank card with reader for internet banking
✔ Mastercard
✔ Some cash
✔ Notebook with pen
✔ AAA Spare Batteries

 

Even though all this stuff is very expensive, I consciously chose to take this trip without sponsorship deals. All these items have been consciously purchased, usually second-hand, over a longer period of time. I value the free feeling of cycling and I also like to be completely independent. I share experiences to help and inspire, voluntary donations made in this context I see as a nice appreciation and I am very grateful for that. You can donate here.