A Different Kind of Freedom A Different Kind of Freedom: A 3300 Mile Solo Bicycle Trip Across Tibet Tibetan Nomads in Western Tibet

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Equipment List

The following is a list of all of the items that I carried during the journey, exclusive of food.

Sleeping Equipment

  • one person tent - Sierra Designs Divine Light Tent with stuff sack
  • sleeping bag - Feathered Friends Snow Bunting GorTex with compression stuff sack
  • sleeping mat - Thermarest with stuff sack

Clothing

  • Teva sandals
  • hiking shoes
  • riding gloves - with long fingers and covered back to protect our hands from the sun
  • socks (3 pair)
  • long pants (1 pair)
  • long sleeve cycling shirt -lightweight
  • cycling shorts (1 pair)
  • expedition weight long underwear zip turtleneck shirt
  • medium weight long underwear bottoms
  • underwear (3)
  • pile jacket - 300 weight Polorguard
  • GorTex jacket - Marmot Alpinist jacket
  • rain pants - REI GorTex cycling pants
  • pile hat - with earflaps
  • baseball hat - to protect face from the sun
  • bandanna
  • cotton surgical mask - to reduce the amount of road dust that inhaled every day, commonly used in Tibet to help fight off bronchitis
  • stuff sack - 1 for clothes, 1 for food
  • winter gloves - GorTex ski type gloves
  • balaclava - light weight
  • small towel

Cooking Equipment

  • metal spoon
  • cooking stove - MSR XKG II stove with stove cleaning kit and nylon bag
  • fuel bottle - filled with kerosene fuel
  • cook pot - large metal Chinese mug with lid, 1 liter size
  • water bottles - 2 liter Nagel plastic bottles, 1 with nylon carrying bag
  • plastic soda bottle - 1.5 liter size (only on areas with little water)
  • bicycle water bottles - 2 large size water bottles
  • water filter - Katadyn water filter with old toothbrush to clean water filter

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • flashlight - Maglight with extra light bulb and two AA batteries
  • mini Bic lighter
  • candles - (2) used for starting cook fires
  • thermometer
  • compass
  • small hand mirror - 2 inches across
  • comb
  • toilet paper
  • soap
  • Chapstick with sunblock
  • sunblock cream - SPF 25
  • multi-vitamins
  • sunglasses - glacier glasses
  • notebook
  • writing pen (2)
  • Tibetan Dictionary-Phrase book
  • zip lock bags (4) - heavy duty freezer bags
  • local postcards with Chinese stamps already affixed
  • reading book
  • mini tripod for camera - 3 inches long
  • camera - Olympus Stylus Zoom, 35-70 mm zoom with extra battery
  • film - 8 rolls
  • fishing hooks (3)
  • fishing line - 60 feet
  • two extra AA batteries

Important Documents and Papers

  • passport
  • credit card
  • US dollars $300
  • AMEX Travelers checks US$2000
  • airplane ticket
  • money belt
  • photocopy of airplane ticket
  • photocopy of passport and traveler check numbers (5) - one copy in each different pack
  • maps - ONC maps for Yunnan, Tibet and Pakistan, Chinese Government map of Xizang Province (Tibet), map of China,
  • notes from collected research - 2 pages

First Aid Kit

  • elastic hair tie (3)
  • heavy sewing thread
  • sewing needle (3)
  • folding scissors
  • aluminum foil
  • safety pins (3)
  • adhesive tape
  • drug usage information sheet
  • Diamox - drug for high altitude
  • Trimethoprim-sulfa D.S. (Septra) - antibiotic
  • Ciprofloxicin (Cipro) - antibiotic
  • antibiotic cream - 4 small packs
  • bandages (6)
  • alcohol swab (3)
  • tinidazole 4 grams - drug for giardia two doses
  • sterile pad (3)
  • mole skin
  • iodine swab (2)

Bicycle Equipment

  • bike computer - Avocet cyclometer with altimeter
  • bicycle tire pump - mini Zefal Mt. Bike pump
  • extra bicycle tire
  • small piece of inner tube tire rubber
  • bicycle tube patch kit (2)
  • extra spokes for back wheel and front wheel
  • hacksaw blade - 3 inch piece for cutting bolts and other pieces of metal
  • climbing webbing - 2 pieces 10 feet long to tie all of the items on the rear rack of the bike
  • bicycle brakes - extra set for front and back
  • ball bearings - for headset and pedals
  • lubricant - TriFlow and motor oil
  • metal wire - 20 feet
  • metal U clamps for front and back racks in case the frame mounts broke
  • freewheel removable tool
  • rag
  • grease
  • Loctite - for gluing nuts and bolts in place
  • allen keys - 4 sizes
  • pipe clamps (4)
  • extra derailer cable and extra brake cable
  • bolts for front and back rack (6)
  • chain links (5)
  • spare bicycle tube (2)
  • crank arm extractor tool - small inset washer type
  • washers (10)
  • cool tool - multi-purpose bicycle tool, crescent wrench, chain tool, spoke wrench etc.
  • duct tape
  • strapping tape
  • large Mountain Smith bag for tools
  • canvas pedal covers - these homemade covers helped keep our feet dry and warm
  • SOG tool - multi-purpose tool, pliers, knife, metal file, can-opener etc.
  • front panniers - mid size from Overland Expeditions
  • rear panniers - Overland Expeditions
  • fanny pack - Mountain Smith tour pack
  • lower rider front bicycle rack - Bruce Gordon
  • rear bicycle rack - Blackburn Expedition Rear Rack
  • mountain bike - Fisher Hookookoo, steel frame bike in case welding needs to done on the spot


All images and text Copyright © 1996 Ray Kreisel