Sony Alpha A6000 Digital Camera
In early 2017, we invested in a mirrorless camera. The obvious pros compared with a traditional DSLR are the reduced weight and size. The Sony A6000 is one of the most highly rated entry-level mirrorless cameras on the market. We'll update you on how the Sony withstands the rigors of a bike tour through Central Asia's rough roads.
Nikon D3100 DSLR
We purchased our D3100 back in 2013 and are highly satisfied with the camera. Even after being exposed to extreme conditions from intense heat and cold to long periods of time in humid climates, the camera continued to function without fail. It performed above and beyond our expectations. Now that we have the new Sony Alpha A6000, we'll be using the Nikon as a back-up.
If you want to take selfies, then it's a good idea to get a tripod. Over the years we've used several different tripods, all of which eventually broke. Recently we met a cyclist who was using a Tamrac TR404 ZipShot Mini Tripod. We got one and it's amazing. Most tripods are heavy, difficult to carry and slow to set up, causing many missed photo opportunities. The ZipShot Mini Tripod is the answer to this problem! Just release the two red shock cords and the legs of the ZipShot Mini spring open in seconds. It weighs just 9 oz. folds up to a compact 9 inches. It assembles to a height of 28 inches.
What's better than delving into a good book after a long, hard day in the saddle? With a Kindle, you can tote along dozens of books without any extra weight or bulk. On a budget? Download your e-books for free from US libraries.
SanDisk Clip Jam MP3 Player
When you're on the road for months (or years) at a time you may find yourself in need of a little mental stimulation. Listening to podcasts while you ride is a great way to stay informed, learn something new, get entertained or just escape from the big climb ahead. Using a dedicated MP3 player means you won't have to worry about depleting your phone's battery.
Our GoPro has been stuffed in the bottom of our panniers for the past several years, but we'll be dragging it our to film our ride through the Pamirs. GoPro has become standard equipment for cyclists who want to film their round the world bike touring adventures.
Toshiba 14-inch Laptop
Most folks are surprised that I carry a full-sized laptop in my panniers. What can I say? like the big screen for watching movies and editing photos and love all the storage space for stocking photos. For a computer that cost around $300, I certainly can't complain about the quality. This computer has been bumping around the world with me for almost three years and it's still going strong.
Lenovo 11.6 inch Laptop
In early 2017, Eric upgraded to a small Lenovo laptop. We'll fill you on how it copes with the bumps and rattles of the road.
Solarc Solar Charger
When you're off the grid, keeping electronics charged up is essential. Our German-made Solarc charger can charge USB devices such as our MP3 players, headlamps, phones, and Sony camera.