Gear

This page was updated at the end of our trip. Inventory and where we packed it changed from time to time, but this is how we generally stored things for most of the time/by the end.

Bike bags were purchased from Revelate Designs and sponsored from Porcelain Rocket and Alpamayo Designs.

Dan

dansbike

Alpamayo front pocket
  • camera lense, windstopper gloves, headlamps, gps batteries, buff, steripen water filter, for a while a tablet
Alpamayo harness with drybag
  • sleeping pads (1 exped downmat 5 lite, and 1 thermarest XTherm), connection kit, Zpacks twin sleeping bag 20 degrees, if need be extra clothing
Porcelain Rocket camera slinger
  • camera in drybag with alpaca hat and alpaca gloves
Alpamayo frame bag
  • food
Revelate gas tank
  • GPS, speaker, ipod
Revelate jerrycan
  • tools (allen keys, chain breaker, bike lube…)
Alpamayo seat pack
  • tent (Hilleberg Nammatj 2), rain jackets (Patagnoia torrentshell), rain pants (Sugoi rpm)
Osprey talon22 backpack
  • Dan’s passports and money, later on a Windows notebook, toothbrushes, sunglasses

Gina

Revelate front harness

seal line kodiac 15L drybag

  • clothing (2 down jackets, 2 pairs of thermal underwear, a dress, 2 undies, spare socks, alpaca hat, alpaca gloves…)

tent poles wrapped in Tyvek (used under the tent to protect its groundsheet)

Revelate front pocket
  • stuff to write, Gina’s passport and money, first aid kit, bike patches, toilet paper
Alpamayo stem bag
  • lezyne bike pump, sunscreen
Porcelain Rocket custom-made roll-top frame bag (Gina’s favourite bike bag!)
  • food
Revelate gas tank
  • accessible stuff like windstopper gloves, buff, sunglasses
Revelate seat bag
  • repair kit (hypercracker, chain breaker, extra cables, brake pads, misc parts), dry bag with chargers etc, pot with stove inside (msr xgk, later replaced by a primus)
Osprey rev12 backpack
  • in hip-pocket: leatherman tool
  • in sunglass compartment: 2 sporks, 1 knife (Opinel no. 8)
  • phone used as mp3 player

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Gear

    • We used to be able to carry around 9l each, two bottles in bottle cages on our front forks, a bottle strapped on top of our front pocket, each a camelback in our backpacks… Here in the south of Chile there’s more water so we don’t have to carry that much.

  1. Hi, guys. I love your blog. You really put lots of effort in it. You had an awesome trip. Very inspiring.
    i have a question if you have the time. I read lots of your posts but maybe i miss one where you already share that.
    I did La paz to Ushuaia 2 years ago. I’m actually on a trip to Mongolia. I want to buy a fatbike Wednesday ( the brother of Pugsley), and do a trip a bit similar as yours, starting in Colombia in january down to Santiago, chili. My problem is that i break everything very quickly. On the trip i’m doing now, i broke both of my rims after 4000km. So my question is: Did you had any problem with your bikes (i have no experience with fatbikes and I’m a bit worried about things breaking down)? Do you have any tips about how to get materiel for the fatbike in south america? If there is shop, where it’s possible to find rim or wheels or any part specific of fatbikes? Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated. thanks

    • Hi Joris,
      Our bikes held up super well. Nothing major broke, the usual things had to be replaced every now and then (cassettes, chains, brake cables etc you can find in bike shops down there). The only issue were our tires which we had to replace about every 5000km. We sent tires and tubes to different destinations (people from Warmshowers) to pick them up along the way. Have a look on the Facebook page ‘fatbikes in chile’, I thibk there’s a dealer of tires in Santiago.
      I hope that answers your question more or less. Feel free to ask more if there’s anything else you wanna know.

  2. Hi. I am planning to visit Patagonia next year, and fatbike seems like a great idea. Considering the region and your experience, what would you recommend the most for this means of transport? Also, are there any fatbike rentals or shops around?

    • Hey Grzegorz
      We both loved fatbike travel, as long as you don’t plan on going fast they make excellent go everywhere machines. That being said depending on the exact location you’d like to ride, there may be other more suitable options. Modern 27+ bikes are great options if you think you’d like to be able to move a bit quicker and if you’ve got more mountain biking experience than we did. The surly bikes are definitely great options and very popular for bikepacking, as are salsa bikes.

      In terms of rentals, I’m not sure there is much. However, there is a facebook group called “fatbikes in chile” and maybe Jaime, the group organizer, can help you out.

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