Dave & Bron's incredible Journey
from Beijing to London by Tandem

Between June 1995 and May 1996 Dave Mountain and Bronwen Ley undertook a 10,000 mile tandem journey between Beijing and London. Here are some travel notes regarding their trip to give a taste of their experiences. These are followed by some specific notes covering the countries visited and the equipment used which may be of use to others considering a similar undertaking.

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Dave Mountain on
Bronwen Ley on

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The Equipment

I made our bike on a frame building course run by a well-known tandem manufacturer. The insight this gave me into the bike in times of mechanical trouble was invaluable and after a re-spray and re-fit on return the bike is still going strong.

All our equipment was carried in two Ortlieb rear roller, two Ortlieb front roller panniers, one Ortlieb waterproof sack strapped to back rack and a tool pouch under the front saddle. Karrymats and tent poles were rolled together in a large survival bag and strapped to front rack. Spare tyres were folded in three and strapped to the panniers and spare spokes and a few bits of the tool kit were stored inside the rear seat tube.

 Wardrobe 

Carried for each person unless otherwise stated. 

  • Pants: 3 pairs (D)
  • Knickers: 3 pairs (B)
  • Bras: 2 (B)
  • Socks (thin): 2 pairs
  • Socks (thick): 1 pair
  • T-shirts: 2
  • Shirt: 1
  • Trousers: 1 pair
  • Ron Hill Tracksters: 1 pair
  • Silk thermal long johns: 1 pair
  • Silk thermal long sleeved vest: 1
  • Thermal long sleeved vest: 1
  • Fleece pullover: 1
  • Shorts/swimming trunks: 1 (D)
  • Swimming costume: 1 (B)
  • Headover: 1
  • Hat: 1
  • Gloves (thick): 1
  • Gloves (thin): 1
  • Cycling mitts: 1
  • Cycle shorts: 2
  • Waterproof jacket: 1
  • Waterproof trousers: 1 pair
  • Sandals: 1 pair
  • Lightweight walking shoes: 1 pair - as these were our only footwear apart from sandals, a pair of spats/overshoes would have been an excellent addition to this list.

 House and Furniture 

  • North Face Tadpole tent
  • Karrymat (small size) x 2
  • Mountain Equipment Lightline sleeping bag x 2
  • Snugpak silk sleeping bag liner x 2

 The Kitchen 

  • MSR XGK 11 multi-fuel burning stove
  • Fuel bottle
  • Lighter
  • Stove lighting paste
  • Stainless steel mess can x 2
  • Stainless steel mug x 2
  • Spoon x 2
  • Katadyn mini water filter
  • Tupperware bowl and lid
  • Miscellaneous herbs and spices
  • Tin opener
  • Pan scrubber

 The Bathroom 

  • Soap
  • Toothbrush x 2
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand towel (bar towel size) x 2
  • Shampoo
  • Razor
  • Tampons

 Medicine Cabinet 

  • Emergency dental kit
  • Sterile pack (needles, sutures etc.)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Plasters and plaster strip
  • Steristrips
  • Sterile wipes
  • Betadine
  • Dressings
  • Crepe bandage
  • Tubegrip
  • Safety pins
  • Ibuprofen
  • Piriton
  • Imodium
  • Antibiotics and antibiotic cream
  • Anti-malarials
  • Anti fungicidal cream
  • Vaseline
  • Thermometer

 The Study 

  • Maps
  • Guidebooks
  • Light reading
  • Photo Album (of friends and relatives, house, car, work and leisure. Excellent ice breaker and explanation of who/what you are)
  • Writing paper and pens
  • Address book

 The Workshop 

  • Puncture repair kit
  • Tyre levers
  • Pump
  • Pliers
  • 8,9,10 mm spanners
  • 6" adjustable spanner
  • Pedal/headset spanner x 2
  • 2.5,3,4,5,6 mm Allen keys
  • Small flat bladed screwdriver
  • Chain link splitter
  • Crank puller
  • Hyper-Cracker (cassette removal)
  • Spoke key
  • Adjustable pin tool (for eccentric bottom bracket adjustment)
  • Sealed bottom bracket removal tool
  • Hacksaw blade
  • Needle file
  • Toothbrush
  • Spare tyres x 2
  • Spare tubes x 2
  • Spare cables - brake, gear, brake straddle and length of sheath
  • Spokes x 5
  • Brake blocks
  • Oil and grease
  • Tin of odd screws including chain ring bolts
  • Pannier fixing spares
  • Cable ties
  • Araldite
  • String and wire
  • Insulating tape
  • Spinnaker repair tape

 Miscellaneous Stuff 

  • Money belt x 2
  • Passports
  • Travellers cheques
  • Credit card
  • Water bottles x 6
  • D-Lock
  • Padlock
  • Swiss Army knife x 2
  • Notebook
  • Headtorch
  • Mini Maglite
  • Short wave radio
  • Cameras - 1 SLR with large range zoom lens, 1 auto focus compact
  • Slide Film
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Spare straps and bungee cords
  • Backgammon set
  • Bum bag (would replace with handle bar bag in future)
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