Bikes and Gear

The bikes

We used our reliable touring bikes, however for the ice biking tour we made some modifications:

Winter gear

Basically we already had our winter gear available from various other cycling and mountaineering tours involving cold temperatures and/or high altitude (see also Greenland, Tibet, Projekt 7000). Some important considerations were:

What proved good, what not?

Please note, that most things simply worked as expected. Therefore, it is not really possible to carry out a ranking of particular pieces of equipment. However, there were a few, major and minor items we took along that made our life significantly easier due to their importantce in every-day life on tour:

There were, however, also a few items we would not again take along for cycling or mountaineering in cold weather: