I include here a list of articles I wrote during the Take On Africa trip relating to the gear I used:

  • A New Bike  January 26, 2009

    For months I have been deliberating what I am going to need to take on my trans-African bike ride. Listing the basic kit I need is easy; the difficulty is in the details and the hardest decision so far has been choosing which bike to buy. After count…

  • Equipment List  February 10, 2009

    Here’s a list of what I am going to take with me. Details where known are provided and I will update the list as I buy things. (Items marked with an ‘x’, I already have.)
    Bike Stuff

    x Bike – Thorn Raven Tour. Ordered and ready to collect
    x Racks…

  • Equipment List – updated  March 8, 2010

    Below are three photographs showing all the gear and equipment I arrived in Africa with on my bike.

    I have since got rid of the MSR stove and fuel bottle as I had problems with this and I forgot the bike helmet in Bissau (although I never actually s…

  • Equipment Review  September 1, 2010

    This is quite a thorough list of how the bike, panniers and racks have held up and problems I have had. Most people won’t want to read beyond this intro, which is fine. I just hope that perhaps for anyone planning a similar trip, they may find some of …

  • Thoughts on a Rohloff-Equipped Bike  September 1, 2010

    I debated a long time whether to get a bike with a Rohloff hub, or a regular dérailleur system. In the end, not knowing much about bike maintenance and being inherently lazy, the appeal of a low maintenance piece of equipment won. If, in the unlikely …

  • Camping Equipment Review  March 21, 2011

    Tent – MSR Hubba Hubba
    This tent was a great choice – a two-man tent which is free-standing and can be put up inner only meets all the needs of travelling in Africa. The inner, a mesh material, acts as a mosquito net – I frequently put this up on …

  • Clothing Review  March 21, 2011

    Keen shoes – Targhee II
    I just love Keen shoes! These lasted the duration of the trip – that’s over 24,000km of cycling and walking when the roads were too bad to ride. Through torrential downpours, river crossings, muddy tracks and sandy paths. Ok, s…

  • Bike Equipment Review – After 25,000km  April 20, 2011

    I wrote a review of the bike equipment after a year on the road, from Yaounde in Cameroon, after 17,000km. Now, having completed my ride to Cape Town, after 25,000km in total, it’s time for an update.

    Since Yaounde there has been little to fix –…