2022 Tour Aotearoa Gear List

It’s time for another attempt at the Tour Aotearoa. On a recent Facebook discussion I posted that my kit weighed in at 12.8 kg for the bike with tools etc. and that I had 5.2 kg of clothes and camping kit. I was asked to provide my gear list so here it is!

The bike:

  • Specialized Diverge gravel bike with Di2
  • Specialized Sawtooth tyres which proved great on the Kopiko for the sort of mixed road/gravel that the TofA has. I’m running a 42 at the front and 38 at the rear as that is the largest the bike will take.
  • Shimano XTR PD-M9120 pedals with large surface area
  • Cinch bottom bracket power meter
  • Hunt front wheel with SON dynamo
  • Profile design aero bars
  • Sinewave beacon dynamo light
  • Rear lights: NightRider USB, B&M Dynamo
  • Garmin Varia RTL515 rear radar/light

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The bags:

  • Stealth custom handlebar bag with top (T) and bottom (B) compartments. The top stores raingear and the bottom cold weather clothes in a dry bag.
  • Stealth custom frame bag. The left side has a top (TL) pocket for medical and other things not needed. The right side has two pockets. Top (TR) is food and things needed like lock and day bag; Bottom (BR) is for food and bulky items.
  • Gastank is a Blackburn bag which has been adapted to have cables passing through from behind the stem. There is a 10,000 mAh TP battery pack which has pass through capability. The dynamo charges it and then cables go back out to the Garmin and also the Sinewave light override.
  • Seat bag is a Porcelain Rocket which has a removable dry bag. It’s been modified with a Revelate mesh pocket bag on top, two feed bags on the side, and a bag underneath which holds my jandals.

Packing approach: This is based on experience that when I am really tired I don’t think straight so things need to be compartmentalized and easy to find.

  • Cold weather clothes in dry bag in handlebar
  • Sleeping/post ride gear in dry bag in seat bag
  • Camping gear in seat bag
  • Tools separated into two main bags: one in the Framebag (BR) with things I will need like tubes and lube; the second in a pocket inside the lid of the handlebar bag with things that are rarely needed (e.g. spare brake pads)
  • My ratchet and small tools are in their own bag (Framebag TR)
  • Electronics and cables are in their own bag (Framebag BR)
  • Medicines and first aid gear in two separate bags



Here is how it looks for the Framebag with what goes in on each side.



Here is the full gear list. It can be downloaded as a table here.


  • 2 x 1 Litre water bottles; 1 x 750 mL water bottle
  • B&M Dynamo Rear Light
  • Garmin Varia RTL515 Rear Light/Radar
  • Lezyne Pump
  • NiteRider Rear USB Light
  • OT Buckshot Bluetooth Speaker
  • Otto Lock
  • Sinewave Beacon Dynamo Powered Front Light with USB Adapter


  • 2XU Recovery tights
  • Attaquer Cycling Jacket
  • Buff
  • Castelli Core Mesh SL Sleeveless Undershirt
  • Castelli Orange Hi-Viz Cycling vest
  • De Soto Arm Cooler Arm Covers
  • Dexshell Ultra Thin Socks
  • Dexshell Ultra Thin Socks
  • Eye glasses/Sun glasses
  • Gore C5 shorts
  • Gore Rain Overmitts
  • Gore Rain Pants
  • Gore Rain Road Overshoe
  • Gore Shakedry Rain Jacket
  • Groundeffect Jolly Roger head protector
  • Jandals
  • Kathmandu buzzGuard hat
  • Lake MX-331 cycling shoes
  • Merino long sleeve shirt
  • Montbell Cross Runner Pants
  • Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket
  • Pactimo Stratos 12 H Bibs
  • Rapha Brevet Lightweight Jersey
  • Sealskinz Waterproof Gloves
  • Specialized Body Geometry Gloves


  • 1 x asthma inhaler
  • 1 x Large Kinesys SPF30 suntan lotion
  • 1 x Small Kinesys suntan lotion
  • 30 x 200 mg caffeine pills
  • 90 x Sports Legs pills
  • Assos Skin Repair Gel
  • Covid Vaccination Pass (laminated)
  • Dental Tape
  • Electrolyte Powder
  • Epipen (Bee Sting Allergies)
  • First Aid kit
  • Lip Balm – SPF 30
  • Lip Ointment
  • Medicine kit
  • N95 Mask (x 2)
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer
  • Razor
  • Re-Skin Silicon Skin anti-chafing patches
  • Satchel DZ Nuts Chamois Creme
  • Sea-to-summit micro insect head net
  • Toilet Paper in plastic bag (Coleman’s Backpacking Toilet Paper)
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste (Toob travel toothbrush)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Zinc SPF50 bar


  • Earplugs
  • Montbell Down Hugger 900 sleeping bag
  • Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Pillow
  • Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Sleeping Mat
  • Sleeping mask
  • Sleeping mat patch kit
  • Zopiclone Sleeping Pills
  • ZPacks Hexamid Tent (pole and pegs separate above framebag)


  • 1 x Long Universal USB Micro/USB-C Cable
  • 1 x Short Universal USB Micro/USB-C Cable
  • 1 x Short USB extension cable
  • 1 x Sinewave Coiled USB Micro Cable
  • 10,000 mAH Pass-through Power Bank
  • 4 x AAA SPOT batteries
  • 4 x CR2032 batteries
  • Garmin 1000 (Backup)
  • Garmin 1030
  • Garmin 945 Power Adapter
  • Garmin 945 Watch
  • Google Pixel4 cell phone
  • ICE-Info-Now! ID tag with emergency contacts
  • Micro-USB Torch (plugs into power bank)
  • OTG Adapter
  • Petzyl Bindi Micro Head Torch
  • Pixel4 Garmin Mount Phone Case (backup if GPS’ fail)
  • Shimano Di2 Charger
  • USB AC Adapter – Dual
  • USB Key with backup GPX files
  • Wahoo ANT+ heart rate monitor


  • 2 x Disc brake pad set
  • 2 x REI velcro straps
  • 2 x Tubolito tubes
  • 2 x tyre boots
  • 2 x tyre irons
  • Absolute Black Graphen Chain lube
  • Aerobar 5 mm extended hex key
  • Boa shoe repair kit
  • Boa shoe torx wrench
  • Cable Ties
  • Chain Hook
  • Cinch Power Meter Opener
  • Derailleur Hanger
  • Di2 Cable
  • Di2 Cable Connector/removal Tool
  • Fibre Fix Spoke
  • Gerber Paraframe Mini Folding Knife
  • Leatherman Squirt PS4 multi-tool
  • Lezyne Chain Remover and Link Plyers with 11 Speed Superlink
  • Patch kit With Adhesive and vulcanizing patches
  • Porcelain Rocket Seatpost Clamp Wrench
  • Spare Chain Links & 11 Speed Superlink
  • SPD Cleat + Bolts
  • Spiral Micro Chain Brush
  • Tenacious Tape
  • Topeak Ratchet with TX25/M3/M4/M5/M8 hex sockets
  • Tubeless patch kit
  • Tubeless Tyre Valve
  • Unior Micro Cassette Remover
  • Valve adapter – Presta-Shraeder

Medicine Kit:

  • Diclofenac 100 SR (Anti-Inflammatory)
  • Excedrin Migraine (Pain)
  • Loperamide (Diarrhoea)
  • Loratadine (Bee Sting)
  • Ondansetron (Nausea)
  • Oxycodene (Pain)
  • Panadol (Pain)
  • Prednisone (Asthma)
  • Tramadol (Pain)
  • Zopiclone (Sleeping)

First Aid Kit:

  • 4 x Bloodstop Hemostatic Gauze
  • 6 x cotton buds
  • Blister Patches
  • Hydrocortisone (Skin Allergies)
  • Joshua Tree Cycle Salve
  • Kinesys Tape
  • Latex Gloves
  • Medical Tape
  • Neosporin (Antibiotic/Pain Relief Crème)
  • Steri-Stips
  • Sticking Plasters
  • Syringe

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