Readers Rig is a series of articles that showcases bikepacking kits from riders around the world. Be it long rides or short, races or slogs, everyone has their own unique set up. We hope you enjoy these rigs and maybe pick up a thing or two to add to your set up.


I first got into bikepacking with the divide in 2010 before having a bit of an epiphany, going full roadie, and creating the Trans Am Bike Race. After that was done, I questioned whether to head back to the dirt, or “go bigger”. I ended up going bigger and will race solo around the world crossing Europe, India, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. I depart February 11th with a flight from Halifax to Lisbon where I will begin pedaling roughly 18,000 miles for around 3 and a half months. Also worth noting I’ll be dipping into the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race to cross Australia with nearly 100 other racers.

Getting there, Lakeview here I come. #steensmazama

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Racing around the planet is something I’ve dreamed of doing since I heard rumours of a global event in 2010.  I’m supported by my friends, family and my work through my bike shop (cult) brand Ride Yr Bike. I’d like to say thanks to folks like Mike Hall and Juliana for inspiring so many to push themselves further and another thanks to everyone who helps get me there.

Bike Build: Soma Double Cross Disc 62cm, Schwalbe Marathon Supreme Tubeless, Shimano 105 drivetrain

Bike Bags: All Revelate Designs

  • Frame Bag: Electronics and lithiums in Lezyne bags, spare gloves, room for food/bladder
  • Seat Bag: Sleeping bag/bivy, rain and synthetic jackets
  • Front Top Tube: Multi-too, MP3 player, and GPS
  • Rear Top Tube: the chain, bolts, patch kit, chemical hand warmers
  • Feed Bags: Therm-a-rest roll fits nicely in one feed bag, synthetic vest and warmers go in the other, stuffed with more chemical warmers, a spare cable, and cheap sunglasses.

Clothing: Louis Garneau bibs and jerseys, DeFeet warmers, Pearl Izumi MTB shoes with covers, Glacier Glove Ice Bay gloves, puffy vest and polyester shell, Outdoor Research Primaloft Vest, LG Proof Gloves, Defeet Duragloves, Craft Thermal Multigrip Glove, Endura Hummvee Waterproof Pants, Craft Rain Jacket, Mammut Eigerjoch Light Jacket, DeFeet socks, all clothing 100% synthetic materials

Sleep System: Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 32, SOL Escape Bivy, Therm-a-rest NeoAir X-lite

Extra Gear: 2x 64GB micro SD cards contain 32 GB music and 10GB maps with an MP3 player and a spare phone with no service. Google phone with international service. Navigation with Garmin Etrex 20, 2x Spot Trace for maximum dot watch. Mike Hall’s very own Lezyne pump taken on his own race around the world. 26,800 mAh iDaye cache battery, 3 tubes, 4 patch kits, Tri-flow, 10 speed chain, tire lever, seat post bolts, presta adapters, Crank Brothers multitool, sleeping pad patch kit, 40 ultimate lithium AAA and AA16142625_413279425670109_8401353688226312055_n

GoFundMe: http://gofundme.com/nathanjonesWCR2017

Website/blog: http://rideyrbike.com

Instagram: @rideyrbike

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NathanJonesRacesAroundEarth/

Trackleaders: http://trackleaders.com/njearth17

6 Comments

  1. Gogo Nathan can't wait to follow you exciting just reading about it

    David Clark Nathan can’t wait to follow you exciting just reading about it

  2. Go get it Nate! Much Love!

  3. May the force be with you!

  4. Good luck Nathan, will be following your travels from bonny Scotland

  5. Good luck Nathan be safe be strong keen too follow every inch of your progress as I’m also planning the same trip also inspired by vin Cox and his global bike race idea hoping to depart Feb 2018 ( in 55 and only have one leg looking to do in 150 days or less so your trip really is of upmost interest to me . Best wishes buddy kind regards Karl.

  6. Nathan Jones is such an awesome dude! SPOT TRACKING/STALKING HIM is one of the most fun and inspiring things!

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