The following companies have provided goods or services to help the expeditions suceed:
Webtogs, the UK-based online retailer for outdoor gear and clothing are continuing to be the main sponsor. They have a vast range of products from top brands, including the likes of Berghaus, The North Face, Icebreaker and KEEN. Most of the gear they sell is ideal for travelling. Check it out!
Avanza Kayak & Outdoor, a Swedish retailer, specialises in folding kayaks and Canadian canoes. They represent the leading manufacturers Feather Craft, Klepper and Pakboats, as well as inflatable kayaks from Alpacka Raft and Gumotex. Great if you want to hit the water, whether sea, river or lake, which is what I shall be doing with an Alpacka Raft.
Ison Distribution, an outstanding distributor of high quality bicycles, parts and accessories, are helping me with replacement parts for my bike. They are the sole Rohloff distributor in the UK, and have also developed a series of own brand products, including 4-jeri, Halo, Gusset, Identiti, Genetic, Light Blue, Passport, ID and Society.
EVO web hosting are generously hosting this website. EVO provide an excellent service and have responded rapidly to all my queries when setting up this site as well as the Take On Africa website.
Bike-Bag UK, a division of BuggyBags.co.uk, have provided a frame bag for my Specialized Rockhopper MTB for adventures in the UK. BuggyBags have long specialised in Kite Buggy products and have recently expanded to making Bike-Bags, custom made to fit you bike frame.
BikePack is a Polish-manufactured brand and they sell their bags throughout Europe. BikePack specialise in expandable seat bags and bar bags that come in a range of sizes and materials, as well as smaller bags to fit the top frame.
Brooks England produce quality handmade leather saddles in England, as well as a range of bags and clothing. They have provided a replacement saddle for my worn-out B17 as well as touring panniers and handlebar bag for the 2013 tour.
Bradt Travel Guides have once again provided a selection of guidebooks to help with planning the next trip.
Schwalbe are the bike tyre specialists no matter what terrain you’re riding on. I’ll be trying out their Ice Spiker Pro tyres for winter biking and also their new Mondial range for long-distance touring.
Alpkit are a UK-based outdoor gear company making quality, affordable stuff that works great and looks cool. They’ve provided a down jacket and snow ankkors for my upcoming winter bike trip as well as some other goodies for the trip after.
Cumulus make great down sleeping bags for even the coldest environments, and down jackets and bags too. They’ve provided me with a -40C rate bag for my upcoming winter bike trip and jacket for the Asia trip.
Dogwood Designs, of Fairbanks Alaska, make pogies – otherwise known as bike mitts. They fit over your bike handlebars and keep your hands toasty warm when winter biking. Perfect! They don’t have a website, but you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 907-488-4447
Airtrim, a Swedish company, make breathing filter masks that recover the heat and moisture from exhaled air, so when you breathe in, it protects your air passages from the cold. Especially important for long periods of activity in sub-zero temperatures, like 3 months in Siberia!
Swedish company, Locker Room, are providing me a bike helmet and neoprene socks for biking in the UK.
Camp Ripan of Kiruna have kindly agreed a place for us to stay on our arrival, before we set off on our winter bike-ride through northern Sweden, Finland and Norway. Swedish hospitality at it’s best!