Cycling through Africa. Discover the bikepacking essentials for adventure cycling and the touring bike, bike gear and bikepacking bags you need for an amazing bicycle tour travelling through all kinds of terrain!
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Hello, my name is Frederick Marie, I am cycling around Africa. I want to tell you my bicycle tour and my complete bicycle touring gear.
I began in Johannesburg 3 months ago. From Johannesburg, I cycled to Mozambique, then Lesotho and from Lesotho to Port Elizabeth. I cycled the coast to Cape Town, and from Cape Town I cycled to Namibia along the western coast of South Africa.
I am now in Botswana and tomorrow I will cycle to Zambia, and after Zambia I will cycle to Malawi, then Tanzania. I will climb Kilimanjaro – not with a bicycle, for sure! I will go to Zanzibar, then afterwards I will return to the eastern part of Africa. I will go to Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda to see gorillas. From there I will go back to Kenya. I will cross the north west of Kenya and go to Ethiopia, and I will probably stop in Djibouti.
In 10 months, I think I will cycle 18,000 kilometres. Until now, I have cycled 4,500 kilometres.
My bicycle is just here. Now we can have a look at my complete bicycle touring gear.
The bicycle is made of aluminium, so it’s very light but it’s also very strong. The bike with all my luggage is around 50 kilos. I have everything I need to live for one year on my own. I have, for example, a filter – because I need a lot of water, and in many places, water is not good to drink. So I can filter it, and I can drink water from the river. We are very close to the Zambesi River, and it’s possible for me to drink water from the river. I have a stove to cook and I use gasoline – unleaded fuel – because it’s very easy to find everywhere in Africa. A tank, because in Namibia, for example, the distances were very big and sometimes I needed to cycle 300km – which means 2 days – with no access to water. So I have a 5 litre tank, plus 3 bottles. My stove – it’s a very small stove, which works with the gasoline.
A small GPS, just to check my position. Every day I use a map, and I prefer to use a map because if I use a GPS it means I have to charge it, and sometimes it’s not easy to find a place to charge the batteries. I have special tyres. They are supposed to last 15,000 kilometres with no punctures. But in 4,500 kilometres I have had maybe 10 punctures, because the bike is very heavy and the road was very bad. The wheels are also special, with 36 spokes. Because of all the luggage, the wheels have to be very strong.
To speak about my equipment, my clothes, I don’t have a lot, because clothes are very heavy. So I only have 2 t-shirts, 2 sweatshirts, a few pairs of shorts, cycling shorts, and 2 pairs of shoes – cycling shoes and normal shoes. In fact that’s it, because I don’t need more. I try to wash my clothes every week when water is not a problem. In Namibia, for example, water was a problem so I didn’t wash a lot.
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Cycling around Africa: bikepacking essentials for adventure cycling
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