The Gus Wagon's Bikepacking Adventure

Last year when travelling internationally was easy, our good friend Angus The-Gus-Wagon Burrell packed up his Kevin of Steel for a global bikepacking adventure. While his travels were ultimately disrupted by Covid19, Gus still got to see plenty of the world and is keen to relive his travels with us. Part 1 of this series focuses on how he came to setup his rig for a global biking adventure.

The Gus Wagon's Bikepacking Adventure
The clean CURVE Kevin of steel waiting patiently to be taken on an adventure

Bike Set Up:

Bike Curve Kevin of Steel (GXR)
Easton EA70XC Wheelset 700c
Sram RIVAL 1x11 Groupset (42x10-38t)
Soma Cazadero 700 x 42mm Tyres (setup tubeless)
Shimano XT pedals
Easton cockpit, WTB Saddle
Bags/Racks: Rapha x Apidura Handlebar Bag
Threadworks Feed Bags
Apidura Frame Bag
Apidura Saddle Bag
Rapha Top Tube Bag
Silca Tool Canister
King Cage USB x 4 (mounted on each seat stay for bidon mounts)
King Cage ManyThing Cage x 2 (mounted to fork legs)
Gorilla Cage mount - Free Parable

My Kitchen:

Cooking Jetboil Zip
Spork
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife (also used for just about anything)
Katadyn BeFree 3.0L Water Filter

Clothing:

On Bike: Rapha Explore Cargo Bib Shorts
Rapha Short Sleeve Merino Base layer
Patagonia Short Sleeve Cotton Shirt
Rapha Lightweight Merino Socks
Rapha Explore Shoes
Rapha Helmet
Cold & Wet Weather: Rapha Explore Down Jacket
Rapha Explore Rain Jacket
Rapha Long Sleeve Baselayer
Endura Rain Pants
Seal Skinz Waterproof Thermal Gloves
Goretex Socks
Buff
Off Bike: Zip-off Trousers
Colombia Deck Shoes

The bits:

Electronics: 4 x USB Charger With Adaptors
Wahoo ELEMNT
iPhone
Exposure Diablo Front Light
2 x Battery Packs (approx. 1 week of battery power)
Sony A6000 Camera
Airpods
Petzl Headlight
Various cables for charging all of the above
Tools: Lezyne Multi-tool
Spare Chain links/quick links
Tyre Levers
Spare Tubeless Valves
Dynaplug with spare plugs
Tyre Boots
12.oz bottle of sealant
Small flick knife
Spare SRAM inner gear cable
Leatherman tool
Sewing Kit
Various dry bag and silicone repair patches
Silicone Seamsealer
Spare Zip ties

My home away from home:

Sleeping: Sea to Summit Duomid Shelter
Klymit Insulated Air Mattress
Sea to Summit Sleeping Bag
Sea to Summit Liner
Rapha Merino Socks
Misc: Water Purifying tablets
Sunscreen
Bike lock
Hip flask of whisky
Hand Sanitiser
iPad
Journal and Pen
Hydrapak 4L Bladder
First Aid Kit
Sea to Summit Pocket Towel

With all my gear packed and loaded it was time to board a flight. I didn’t know when I would be returning home. All I had was the gear on my bike to see me through the next 12 months or so. The process of putting all of the gear together, testing it, and working out how it would all pack into the bike was a part of the process I ended up enjoying. Knowing how critical every piece of equipment would be to my survival I spent plenty of time getting it right. With all the preparation done it was now time to ride in some of the most remote yet beautiful places in the world!

Stay tuned for some more tales from The Gus Wagon's worldwide adventures. 

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