ready to ride

Above: The rig.

Bike and Trailer–

A used 20″ Novara Safari touring bike bought for $420.  I pulled my gear in a B.O.B. Yak steel cargo trailer.

The bike has been outfitted with:

Sun Rhyno Lite rims

Avid BB7 disc brakes

Schwalbe Marathon XR tires.

Brooks B17 saddle

Fenders and over-sized water bottle cage

Above: Click this picture to see notes about what I’m bringing

Other Gear–

  • A Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 backpacking tent
  • An MSR Whisperlite International stove that burns on any type of fuel (even unleaded gasoline!)
  • Moutain Hardwear 30 degree synthetic sleeping bag
  • Thermarest foam sleeping pad
  • 4 polyester T-shirts
  • 2 polyester long sleeved shirts
  • 1 pair of convertible pants
  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 fleece
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 pairs of boxer shorts
  • 2 pairs of cycle tights (1 short, 1 long)
  • Homemade First Aid kit
  • Homemade bike repair kit
  • 1 folding spare tire, 1 spare tire for the trailer
  • Alien bike tool
  • Headlamp
  • Mac PowerBook G4 laptop
  • Small camp towel
  • 1 pair of shoes
  • 1 pair of Teva sandals
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • A bunch of maps
  • iPod
  • Digital camera
  • Bike helmet


  1. no helmet? :-)

  2. no pocket knife? nice tent though

  3. how come you did not put your helmet on the list i saw it with my own eyes!!!!!!!!!

  4. i am the one with the fuzzy pen

  5. Having grown up in Venezuela (a third world country), I would suggest also taking a knife, flint (to make fire), and most importantly a compass. Also, read up on a couple of survival books while you are still in the US…just in case….
    Good luck! You have a lot of people living vicariously through you…

  6. Guys like you give me hope and keep my dream alive. Let me know how I can help…


  7. why did you choose such a small (20 in) bike?

  8. No Sense Of Humor ?

  9. Hey Andrew,
    Is that the laptop in which I installed the new hard drive and additional ram? I’m glad to see it is filling such an important role.
    I hope you continue to have a safe and successful trip. I am very happy to have met you in Japan.

  10. what kind of ipod do you have? isnt it gross wearing dirty clothes? what kind of shoes do you have? what did you do for the holidays? am i overwhelming you in questions?huh?huh?huh?

    (i am Kacy’s brother)

  11. Andrew!
    were you are right now?

  12. Hi, We are Japanese students.
    The picture with the sea and mountain is very beautiful. We want to go to Nicaragua.
    Your trip by bicycle is very exciting for us.
    We want to be strong like you and we want to do a trip by bicycle all over the world some day!!!

  13. hey andrew, what kind of camera are you using? I’m looking into buying a nice camera and those are amazing pictures

  14. what sort of fenders do you have your safari?

  15. I will be cycling in Colombia over the New Year. End-to-end for the second time.
    I want to buy a hybrid similar to yours to use there.
    Can I buy them in Bogota, Bucaramaga or other cities.
    Answer please urgently.


  16. Andrew,

    Why did you decide to use a trailer instead of panniers? From your experience thus far have you been happy with your choice?

    Safe travels, you’re an inspiration to many.

  17. What kind of derailleurs? Are the Safari frames aluminum? Does it make for a stiff ride?

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