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 a major 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!

Webtogs: UK based outdoor gear and clothing retailer that sell a wide range of products, ideal for going traveling

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.

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.

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.

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.

BikePack bagsBrooks 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 as well as their new touring panniers.

Brooks England

Bradt Travel Guides have once again provided a selection of guidebooks to help with planning the next trip.

Bradt Travel Guides

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.

Schwalbe Tyres

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 down 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: 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!


Thanks to Ecotour in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the invaluable help with finding a good horse to buy.

And thanks to for the maps of the Road of Bones.