Gear for Bikepacking Norway

For a month long bikepacking trip in Sweden and Norway in June/July I rode my main expedition wheel, a modified 2010 Surly Pugsley. Wheels built by Nicholas Carman.

The bags are the latest from Revelate Designs, including an excellent zipperless frame bag that Eric sewed on short notice and sent me for testing. I found it near perfect; it’s going back to him for analysis and modification and I’ll miss it while it’s gone. I’m proud to be a Revelate gear ambassador these days, but well before that I bought, abused, and absolutely confidently relied on their fantastic gear.

I also used the versatile and bombproof Everything Bags from Cleaveland Mountaineering to carry two dry bags—one Sea to Summit, one Salsa—on the forks. Highly recommended.

The Fat Bike was essential (I would have been even happier with 5″ tires). I did not use a backpack. The longest stretch between resupply was five and a half days, which was easily managed.


Base Outfit

Swrve softshell 3/4 pants, Peak Design camera clip on belt
Rapha padded undershorts
Giro merino polo
Merino socks
Lowa hiking shoes
Cycling cap

Dry bag strapped to fork leg
Mission Workshop merino hoody base layer
1 spare pair padded undershorts
1 spare pair merino socks

Mesh bag of toiletries: toothbrush, paste, floss, salt odor crystal, spare contact lenses, micro saline solution bottle, fragment of soap

Mesh bag of meds: ibuprofen, zithromycin, zolamide, benadryl allergy, immodium, dayquil sinus, steri strips, transparent dressing, antiseptic wipes, bandaids

Dry bag strapped to fork leg
Patagonia Puff hooded jacket, synthetic fill
Golite Tights
Gore waterproof jacket
Patagonia Torrentshell rain pants

Handlebar sling
Tarp tent Moment
JRB Down quilt rated to -4C
3/4 length Thermarest NeoAir Xlite pad

Front Bag, strapped to handebar sling
Merino Buff
Panasonic GX7 Micro 4/3 camera 25mm Leica DG Summilux F1.4 lens
Toilet paper
Passport+Travel paperwork
Credit cards/cash
2-3 pages from small notepad
Space pen

Gas tank
Trail snacks

Gore-Tex Shell mittens clipped to front bag
Defeet merino gloves
Gore-Tex socks
Trail snacks

Feed bag x2
Trail snacks
12-40mm Olympus M.Zuiko F2.8 lens packed in zip lock

Frame Bag
MSR Superfly Stove
Fuel canister
Titanium Pot + scrubby
Titanium spork
Small soft flask for whiskey
Wet wipes
4 tent pegs
Bug headnet
Spare memory cards
Spare batteries for cameras and Steripen
Eyeglasses in microfiber bag

Repair kit in small nylon sack: lube bottle, 1/4 shop rag, patch kit, 4 brake pads, quick link, 6 zip ties, 1 tube, camp mattress puncture kit

Small bag at junction of top tube and seatpost
4cm knife
Sunscreen stick

Tools in small nylon sack: #4, 5, 6 Allen keys, torx wrench, chain tool, stein hypercracker cassette tool

Saddle Bag
Enameled cup clichéstrapped outside

On Frame
GoPro Hero 3+ camera, handlebar
Pump, downtube
x2  .7L water bottle front forks
x2 .7L water bottles rear triangle