Cumulus make great down sleeping bags for even the coldest environments, down jackets and bags. They’ve provided me with a -40C rate bag the winter bike trip and Thermarest sleeping mat too.


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 TyresAlpkit 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 the winter bike 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!


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!