Mon Équipement de Cyclo-Voyageur : Personal Selection for All Seasons

A Life on Two Wheels: My Equipment, My Home

As a long-distance cyclist, my bike is much more than a means of transport: it's my home, my daily refuge. This nomadic lifestyle makes my equipment not only a choice for comfort and safety, but also an absolute necessity, as they are the only possessions I own. I'm often asked how I manage to cope with the various weather conditions encountered over the seasons, with everything I own reduced to the essentials.

It's crucial to understand that the material I present here is the result of my own experiences and preferences, and is not necessarily suitable for all bike travelers. Every adventurer has unique needs and priorities. Nevertheless, for those who are interested, here is a list of my equipment, chosen for its sturdiness, reliability and comfort, enabling me to travel by bike all year round, in any weather condition, be it snow, heatwave, or in between these extremes.

My bike

  • Frame All-terrain SilkRoad model.
  • Speed system Rohloff Speedhub 500/14.
  • Saddle Imperial Brook B17.
  • Tires Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26", Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro with studs.
  • Luggage rack Front Tubus Grand Expedition, rear integrated into the frame.
  • Bags Ortlieb BACK-ROLLER XL PLUS, Ortlieb RACK-PACK 89L (rear), Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic (front), ORTLIEB Ultimate 6.5L (handlebars).
  • Dynamo SOUND 28.
  • Lighting SUPERNOVA front and rear lights.

Sleeping and Bivouac

  • Tent : Samaya 2.5.
  • Sleeping bag Therm-a-Rest Questar 0F/-18C, Therm-a-Rest Polar Ranger -20F/-30C.
  • Mattresses Therm-a-Rest Neoair Xtherm Nxt Max.
  • Stove Optimus Polaris Optifuel.
  • Saucepan MSR Ceramic 2 Pot Set.
  • Chair Helinox Chair One.
  • Floor mats waterproof 3 x 4 metres.

Electricity

  • Charger On E-Werk - Busch & Müller bicycle dynamo.
  • Solar panel : BigBlue 28W.
  • External battery : Powerbank Anker PowerCore Essential 26800mAh.

Travel Tips: Adapting Your Equipment to Your Trip

Ultimately, gearing up for a cycling adventure is a very personal process, influenced by multiple factors such as climate, terrain, and above all, your own preferences and experiences. The equipment I've presented represents a compilation of what has worked for me over the miles I've ridden. It's crucial to remember that the key to a successful trip lies as much in the preparation and choice of equipment as in the ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances on the road. I encourage you to test your equipment in different conditions, to be open to change and, above all, to enjoy every moment of your journey. I wish you all the best, and may each pedal stroke bring you joy and discovery!