#GreatNorthRide — The Kit List!

Mmm. Kit list.

Packing for a long distance challenge is often a compromise between comfort and weight, especially when you’re loading up your road bike and turning it into a makeshift touring bike (again!). I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I’ve got the compromise entirely right yet but after a few days of packing — unpacking — repacking — muttering curse words at my panniers —unpacking — repacking… (you get the idea), here is the current kit list for my 6000km challenge!

A few items have been sponsored but nothing has made this list unless I would happily spend my own money on it.


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  • 1 x Mavic Scorpio MTB Shoe
  • 1 x KEEN Terradora Ethos Shoes
  • 1 x Flip Flops
  • 1 x Waterproof jacket
  • 1 x Waterproof trousers
  • 1 x fleece trousers




  • Murphy, Adventure Mascot (the small green bear in the third picture)
  • 1 x Lacrosse ball (for rolling out tight/angry muscles!)
  • Selection of teas kindly donated by Grizzly’s Blends (everyone knows that tea fixes everything!)
  • Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack
  • Travel towel
  • Journal
  • Sunglasses
  • Cable ties
  • Bike lock
  • Gaffer tape (around one of my water bottles to save space)
  • 2 x spare inner tubes, 1 x spare folding tyre, tyre leavers, bike pump, multitool
  • Medical kit (various plasters/bandages/dressings, tick remover, KT tape, rehydration sachets, ibuprofen, sterile wipes. For more advice in this area check out Beyond First Aid and my blog here)
  • AETHIC suncream
  • Washbag (toothbrush, toothpaste, solid shampoo bar, small bottle of conditioner, solid soap bar — for washing me/clothes/cooking stuff, small bottle of moisturiser and also a tub of chamois cream)

That’s it! Anything you think I’ve missed? Packed too much of? Let me know! Say hi on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.