Solo Bikepacker


    My Studio
    Welcome to my comprehensive gear list, tailored for bikepacking enthusiasts, solo bikepackers, and those embarking on thrilling cycle touring adventures around the world. Here, I share the essential tools and setup I use to document and chronicle my exhilarating bikepacking experiences

My Documentary

Essential Tools, and Strategies for Documenting, Organizing, and Creating

Welcome to my comprehensive gear list, tailored for bikepacking enthusiasts, solo bikepackers, and those embarking on thrilling cycle touring adventures around the world. Here, I share the essential tools and setup I use to document and chronicle my exhilarating bikepacking experiences. Join me as I break down each section, providing valuable insights into powering your gear on the go, selecting the perfect camera equipment, enhancing your cinematic storytelling skills, optimizing your editing workflow, and effectively managing storage and backups.


My objective is to chronicle my bike-packing adventures around the world in real-time through weekly video updates on YouTube. Ultimately, my dream is to create a comprehensive documentary series that could potentially be released on Netflix. I believe in the importance of providing timely content to my viewers, as I understand the disappointment of following a YouTuber only to discover that their latest video is several months old. Inspired by Matt from Ja Yoe Nation, who displayed remarkable dedication and produced three high-quality videos per week, I aim to adopt a similar routine. By adhering to this plan, I hope to capture captivating stories and deliver consistent, engaging content


Section 1: Powering Your Gear on the Go for Bikepacking Expeditions
Discover how I keep my gadgets powered while venturing on extensive bikepacking journeys. Explore the ingenious strategies, portable chargers, solar panels, and power management techniques that ensure uninterrupted power supply throughout your world cycle tour. Whether you’re riding solo or in a group, staying connected and capturing breathtaking moments becomes a seamless experience.


Section 2: Camera, Microphones, Tripods, and Drones for Captivating Bikepacking Footage
Learn about the camera equipment I rely on to capture stunning visuals of my solo bikepacking expeditions and cycle touring adventures. Discover the perfect cameras, high-quality microphones, versatile tripods, and agile drones that enable you to immortalize every breathtaking vista and thrilling moment along the way. Find out how to securely store and easily access your gear for effortless shooting during your world cycle tour.


Section 3: Mastering Cinematic Storytelling: Elevating Your Bikepacking Narrative
Unleash the power of cinematic storytelling to elevate your bikepacking experiences. Discover the profound impact of enrolling in a cinematic camera course, enabling you to create compelling narratives that captivate your audience. Unlock the secrets of composition, lighting, and capturing emotive moments, enriching your solo bikepacking journeys and world cycle tour with unforgettable tales.


Section 4: Efficient Editing Workflow: Enhancing Your Bikepacking Videos
Embark on a transformative editing journey by leveraging the software and workflow techniques I employ to bring my bikepacking stories to life. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced editor, uncover valuable tips and tricks to streamline your post-production process. Maximize the quality and impact of your final videos, captivating viewers and showcasing the essence of your solo bikepacking and cycle touring adventures.


Section 5: Data Storage and Backup Strategies for Bikepacking Explorers
Discover the intricacies of managing your footage while on the road, ensuring its safety and accessibility throughout your world cycle tour. Explore efficient storage solutions, backup strategies, and organization systems that safeguard your precious files during your solo bikepacking expeditions. Seamlessly handle data storage challenges, even in remote locations, and confidently preserve your bikepacking memories.


Join me on this thrilling journey of exploration as we uncover the ideal studio setup for documenting bikepacking adventures. Together, we can push the boundaries of bikepacking storytelling, catering to the unique needs of solo bikepackers and cycle touring enthusiasts worldwide. Let’s inspire others to embark on their own incredible bikepacking journeys, creating enduring memories of their world cycle tours.


Powering Your Gadgets:

Essential Considerations for Documenting Your Adventure

When it comes to capturing and documenting your bikepacking tour, the specific camera, drone, or editing hardware you use may not be the most crucial factor. What truly matters is ensuring a reliable power supply for your gadgets throughout the journey. Whether you’re editing your blog in your tent, flying a drone, or ensuring your cameras are always ready to capture those breathtaking moments, power becomes a primary concern. Consider the following power options:


Solar Power

"Power on the Go: Bikepacking Adventures with Solar Panels"

Solar power is my preferred method of charging my devices while I’m on tour. It offers several advantages: it’s free, readily available (especially in sunny countries and during the summer), and even on cloudy days, it can still provide a charge, albeit at a slower rate.

During my travels, I carry a single 60-watt solar panel, which I deploy for approximately two hours around lunchtime. This panel is connected to two waterproof 10,000mAh battery banks. If there is still sunlight when I reach the campsite, I make an effort to charge my devices again. However, I generally set up camp just before sunset to ensure discreet camping.

I always position the 60-watt solar panel to capture the first rays of morning sunlight, which gives me an additional three hours of charging time as I usually leave camp around 8 am. This system has proven to be highly effective. On rest days, when I spend time relaxing at the campsite, I can charge my devices just as conveniently as if I were using a wall socket. I even charge my DJI Mini 3 Pro kit direct with solar


Battery Banks

Charge using Solar - Wall Sockets - Dynamo Hub

Previously, I relied on a single 26,000mAh battery bank from Anker. However, even with USB-C and an Anker quick charger, it took over 6 hours to fully charge. This made me realize the importance of having backup options in case of a breakdown. Just imagine if the only battery I carried were to fail—I would be completely stuck. To ensure an uninterrupted power supply, I now carry four 10,000mAh waterproof battery banks. The advantages are twofold: not only can I charge all four 10,000mAh batteries in less than 3 hours from a wall socket using a 100-watt charger, but I can also charge two batteries simultaneously using a solar panel in just 3 hours during noon when I take a lunch break. Additionally, I always bring two international plug adapters. The reason for carrying two is that I’m certain I’ll forget one, and I absolutely despise backtracking while on tour.


Dynamo Hub For Charging

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I decided against using a Son hub dynamo for charging due to several reasons. Firstly, it requires maintaining a specific speed of around 11 km/h, and it’s not specifically designed for charging USB devices. While converters can be added to enable charging at a lower pedaling speed of 7 km/h, I have reservations based on my friend’s experience.


My friend had a significant issue with a Son hub dynamo while touring. The hub locked up in the middle of nowhere, leaving him stranded and unable to ride. It took him several days to walk back to the nearest town and then additional time to reach a major city for support. While Son promptly sent him a replacement, it took over 12 days to arrive, and he had to deal with complicated customs issues, resulting in a nightmare experience.


Throughout this ordeal, my friend incurred substantial expenses, including more than 15 nights in a hostel, over $300 for wheel rebuilding at a local bike shop, and travel costs. These expenses exceeded $1000, which is simply unaffordable for me considering my tour budget.


Therefore, I’ve decided to remove the Son hub dynamo and replace it with a pedal cell designed for charging USB devices. This alternative solution is reliable, charges quickly, and allows for easy connection and disconnection within seconds, which is crucial for not disrupting my travel plans in case of a failure.


I primarily rely on the pedal cell, connected to my 10,000 mAh waterproof battery, during rainy days or when riding at night. While the Son Dynamo Hub is an excellent product and failures are rare, my style of remote adventure and limited budget make it too risky for me to use.



Easy Access Charging

My Optimal Charging Strategy for Bicycle Touri

I learned a valuable technique for convenient charging while traveling from an incredible Indian cyclist who is also a professional photographer and filmmaker. In his gear list, he cleverly consolidated all his batteries and charger into a single stem bag. This allowed him to swiftly grab his charging bag whenever he stopped at a coffee shop, even if it was only for a short 30-minute break. Inspired by his approach, I adopted a similar setup to optimize my bikepacking experience.

Instead of utilizing one of my popcorn bags for my drone or camera gear, I decided to expand my setup by adding two additional popcorn bags. Now, one bag serves as a dedicated battery bag, accommodating four water batteries, an international charger, a drone battery, and four 100-watt USB-C chargers. I have also made sure to carry all the necessary USB-C cables. 

This arrangement has proven to be highly efficient. Even when I pause for lunch in remote locations along the trail, I can easily access my battery banks, cables, and solar panel for direct charging from the sun. Whether I need to rapidly recharge my camera, phone, or any other gadgets, the fully charged battery banks are readily available for plug-and-charge convenience while I continue riding.


My Cameras

From Canon to iPhone - A Journey of Lessons Learned"

The camera selection process for my bike world travels has been a journey of trial and error. As an experienced traveler, I had specific criteria in mind: compact size, long battery life, and easy transfer for editing and backup. Initially, I purchased two Canon G7x III cameras, with one intended for B-roll footage and the other  as my main camera. It seemed like a great choice, especially for vlogging.


However, after using both cameras for about six months, I encountered a few issues that made me reconsider this setup. Firstly, using SD cards and constantly removing them to connect to my card reader resulted in damaging one card and losing precious footage. It was a frustrating experience that led me to unleash a string of expletives. I also attempted wireless transfer, but it proved to be painfully slow. Another limitation was the cameras’ 4K recording, which only allowed for 10 minutes of continuous footage due to an unchangeable default setting. Moreover, despite carrying three batteries, their lifespan wasn’t impressive. I had to bring an extra charger that took three hours to fully charge the batteries, which would barely last me a day. Lastly, the H.264 format codec consumed more storage compared to the more efficient H.265 codec.

In addition to the Canon cameras, I also acquired a DJI action camera and a 360 camera. However, editing footage from three different cameras with distinct formats and color grading proved to be time-consuming and inconvenient. This compelled me to reassess my entire camera setup.


By chance, I recently purchased an iPhone 12 Mini to replace my outdated iPhone 6 Plus, which was stuck on iOS 12. Originally, I had my eyes set on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but it was well beyond my budget. Used models were being sold for a steep $1000, which simply wasn’t feasible for me. Besides, I rarely use my phone—I primarily keep it on hand so my girlfriend can reach me when I’m out at the bar. Most of my friends know I don’t take my phone with me to the bar, or else I’ll receive calls asking if Mark is there and to bring him home! Let’s return to the topic of phones, though.


After conducting research, I discovered that the iPhone 12 Mini wasn’t as popular, particularly in Vietnam. It seemed to be more of a status symbol to have the iPhone 12 Pro Max with its larger screen. Consequently, the iPhone 12 Mini was available at a significantly lower price, around $400, making it a much more affordable option for me.


To my surprise, the 4K quality of the iPhone 12 Mini was astonishingly good. Further research led me to numerous cinematic videos shot solely with the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone Pro Max. I particularly enjoyed using the Filmic app and for all my recordings, as they made file transfers effortless. I primarily used Apple’s Thunderbolt cable with USB-C to connect directly to my iPad Pro. Additionally, proved incredibly convenient, allowing me to upload shots as proxies to online storage in seconds. The iPhone is lightweight, compact, offers excellent battery life, and the 4K footage looks amazing.


Therefore, I made the decision to utilize the iPhone 12 Mini as my B-roll camera and the iPhone 12 Pro Max as my primary camera. The battery charges quickly and lasts a long time, eliminating the power issues I faced with the Canon G7x III. Of course, I invested in a few accessories, such as a camera grip, which has become an essential tool for me. It features a mount for a microphone or light and seamlessly attaches to my tripods or gimbal.

Looking back, I wish I had chosen this setup from the beginning. It would have saved me both time and money

My DJI MIni 3 Pro

My Journey in Drone Evolution

Drones, oh man, these things are an absolute blast! And every year, they just keep getting better. My first drone was the DJI Spark, and let me tell you, it was fantastic. Sadly, I had to leave it behind in Australia at a friend’s place, along with all my bikepacking gear, just before the whole world went haywire with that flu situation.
I tried shipping it back to Vietnam, but regulations wouldn’t allow me to import a used product, and the cost of shipping it, especially with the battery, would have been astronomical. Luckily, a friend had a spare DJI Mini 1 and kindly gave it to me. I love how compact it is; it fits perfectly in my stem bag for easy access. It didn’t have the “follow me” feature like the Spark, but a third-party app made that possible with the DJI Mini.
To be honest, I was quite content with it, but my luck ran out when I decided to update the firmware. Long story short, it messed things up big time. I spent four weeks tirelessly working on it, trying to revert the firmware, but no matter how many hours a day or night I put into it, I couldn’t fix the damn thing. It stressed me out to no end. Frustrated, I ended up buying the new DJI Mini Pro with its three 47-minute batteries.
Let me tell you, this new drone is absolutely mind-blowing! It’s compact, shoots in 4K, and has some incredible “follow me” and cool shot features. And the best part is, you don’t even need to connect your phone to the controller anymore, because the DJI Mini 3 Pro comes with an on-screen display built right into the controller. It’s a game-changer! For me, it’s brilliant, simply because it works flawlessly. It records in the 265 codec, capturing perfect 4K footage and amazing night shots that look truly professional. I couldn’t be happier with it.
I use it so often that I even decided to remove the DJI action camera from my bike setup. Why bother with that when I can easily get even better shots with the drone? Sometimes, I mount the drone onto my bike, and let me tell you, the gimbal on this thing is badass. The only additional thing I added was a bike mount for the controller, just something I got off AliExpress. It makes life so much easier, having the controller right there on my bike, allowing me to keep an eye on the two-thirds filming.
Now, I do have three of those 47-minute batteries, but to be honest, it’s a bit of an overkill. I get so much flight time with just one 47-minute battery that I could easily get away with just two of them, with one serving as a backup. I got that advice from my friend Blake Lewis, who’s also touring with the drone setup. After a month of touring in remote locations, he said he wouldn’t buy three batteries again, as two are more than enough. Charging three batteries takes about three hours with my trusty 100-watt ungreen USB-C charger. Plus, I can even charge them with my 60-watt solar panel when I’m out in the boonies.
The best feature, hands down, is the wireless transfer from the drone directly to my iPad Pro. The DJI app they use is lightning fast. I honestly don’t know how they do it, but it’s so quick that I don’t even need to bother with cables or removing the 256GB SSD card. The convenience is unbeatable. I’ve been beyond badass—no, make that genuinely ecstatic—with this drone.
I store this compact drone in my handlebar stem bag, specifically a popcorn bag from Meritgear based in Holland. When ordering the bag, I requested a slightly larger size to accommodate padding around it, providing extra protection for my drone and controller. Both the drone and controller are placed inside a waterproof dry bag within the stem bag, ensuring additional safeguarding. This setup allows for easy access, enabling me to launch the drone and activate the “follow me” mode within a minute. Moreover, while riding, I can conveniently charge the drone using battery banks that fit inside the bag alongside the controller and spare blades.
The only downside I encountered was when I bought it in Vietnam and went to register it. I should have registered it online in the UK, as the replacement program for loss or damage wasn’t available for those registering in Vietnam. My bad, but besides that little hiccup, it’s worth it. The DJI Mini 3 Pro with its on-screen display built into the controller has truly elevated my drone experience. It’s a testament to how far drone technology has come, and I couldn’t be happier with the convenience and incredible features it offers.

The Wireless Mic:

Quality Audio for Your Bikepacking World Tour"

Discovering the importance of audio while filming, regardless of the camera you use, is a significant realization. Many times, when watching YouTubers on their world bikepacking tours, the sound of the wind becomes so overwhelming that it drowns out their words. Through my extensive experience of watching YouTube videos, I’ve come to understand that ensuring good audio quality is crucial before embarking on documenting adventures.


To tackle this issue, I initially purchased a muffler to suppress the wind noise on my camera’s internal microphone. While it worked well, the sound quality still fell short of my expectations. Consequently, I decided to invest in an external directional microphone, opting for an affordable one from Amazon priced at around $30. This microphone proved to be effective as long as it was pointed towards me and kept close. However, when some of my shots were at a distance, I realized the need for a wireless setup that could clip onto me, while the primary receiver remained connected to the camera.


To my pleasant surprise, the wireless setup surpassed my expectations in terms of sound quality. I chose the Rode Wireless Go 2, which features a dual-microphone system, making it suitable for podcasting and interviews. Although the device boasts numerous features, truth be told, I only utilize about 20% of its capabilities. Nonetheless, I appreciate its exceptional sound quality and clarity, even while cycling down a mountain with winds reaching 40mph, directly hitting my face.


In summary, if you’re seeking a straightforward solution, I highly recommend obtaining the Rode Wireless Go 2. Its performance is impressive, and it ensures excellent audio quality throughout your adventures.



Getting That Steady Shot

Tripod Gimbal Camera Grip Power Solo

I have a preference for the tactile experience of holding a camera rather than an iPhone. To achieve steady shots, I recently acquired the iSteady V2 gimbal, which impresses with its compact size and effectiveness. One of its standout features is the built-in active track, which proves particularly useful during camping or capturing shots on the go. It provides the illusion of having a dedicated cameraman. Fortunately, I can still use my preferred app, Filmic Pro, alongside this gimbal.


Initially, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the grip of the gimbal. Personally, I prefer the farmer’s hold grip. However, I discovered a camera grip priced under $15 that not only feels great in my hand but also comes with a mount for attaching a light or a microphone. I mainly use it to mount the Rode Wireless Go 2 receiver. Additionally, it features a tripod mount, making it easy to attach when needed. While there are more expensive brands like Shilfcam available, this affordable option performs perfectly well, prompting me to purchase one for each of my phones.


On another note, while writing this section, I also considered the advantages of replacing my Canon camera with iPhones. When using a dedicated camera, any damage or mishap often entails sending it away for repairs, resulting in waiting time. Imagine breaking a camera while on tour and having to wait for it to be returned to you. Not only would it be costly in terms of accommodation, but it would also hinder content creation. However, with a phone, there are numerous stores where it can easily be fixed within an afternoon or morning. It’s definitely something worth contemplating.


Moving on to tripods, I haven’t had much luck in that area. Have you ever witnessed a YouTuber whose tripod was toppled by the wind? It may not be a big deal if you’re on grass, but it happened to me on a rocky surface. I had to make a difficult decision between saving my tent from being blown away or catching the falling tripod. Unfortunately, I made the wrong choice, resulting in the camera hitting the ground with such force that the lens cracked. I had to endure weeks of waiting and pay over $300 for Canon to repair it. That was certainly a lesson learned. Eventually, I invested in a heavy-duty tripod that proved to be sturdy and reliable, albeit rather heavy and bulky.


When I made the switch to using the iPhone as my primary camera, I replaced the cumbersome tripod with the ULANZI MT-44 tripod, which is also from the same brand as my camera grip. I purchased two of them, enabling me to set up multiple camera angles, and they both fit conveniently into my camera gear bag. It’s a relief not to have to carry around the heavier, older tripod or waste time attaching and detaching it from the rear of my bike. Thus far, I’m delighted with this setup, especially considering its affordable cost.



My Lighting Equipment

Simple But Effective And Compact

This lighting equipment was one of the final pieces I purchased to complement my studio camera gear setup. It’s funny how life works—I used to be a lighting technician for bands like Bon Jovi and Aerosmith in my youth. Those were the good old days, partying, drinking, and enjoying concerts. The best part was getting paid to be there, although it took a toll on my liver. I should have known then how crucial lighting is in capturing the mood and adding style.


I’ve come to realize that I enjoy having genuine chats in the tent at night, whether it’s discussing the day’s events or doing gear reviews. It’s a great place to engage with others while on the road. I decided to make a few videos testing my gear using just the tent’s light. Unfortunately, the light quality was pretty bad. Watching a few YouTube videos confirmed this fact.


To improve my videos, I purchased a Ulanzi VL49 RGB LED light. It’s small, offers millions of colors, and works brilliantly. The battery life is impressive too. I use it a few times a week and only need to charge it monthly. This light has truly enhanced the visual effect of my videos, making them better overall. The best part is that it only cost me $20. I even ordered another one so I can use it on my other phone when I’m doing multi-camera filming.

Online Course about Flim Making

How To Tell A Story

When I initially began documenting my Bikepacking journey, my focus was primarily on creating a gear list. The first video I uploaded to YouTube was filmed using a GoPro. Reflecting on it now, the quality was shaky, the sound was poor, and it was a single, unedited take lasting 30 minutes of me rambling. I didn’t bother with any editing at all. At that time, I never had any intention of documenting my adventures; I was content with exploring various types of bikepacking setups from the comfort of my living room.


I embarked on numerous weekend and month-long bikepacking trips without recording anything. For me, the essence of the adventure was best preserved in my mind alone. I didn’t feel the need to capture it on camera. However, something changed after many years. I fine-tuned my bikepacking setup, paid attention to my clothing choices, and focused on optimizing my food and meal preparations using just one pot. Once I was completely satisfied with these aspects, a follower asked me why I didn’t document my adventures. Intrigued, I decided to give it a try.


I invested a significant amount of money in assembling cameras, drones, and editing equipment, honing my skills in the process. Despite having all the gear, I soon realized that I lacked experience in storytelling and capturing real-life moments effectively. The videos I made during some trips didn’t meet my expectations. Determined to improve, I took a leap and enrolled in a course on Teachable taught by a YouTuber whose work and style I admired. I specifically sought a downloadable video course that I could watch offline while being in the middle of nowhere, enhancing my skills.


So far, I am still on a learning journey, but I can already see the difference it’s making. Over time, my storytelling and editing abilities will undoubtedly improve.



Editing While On The Trail’s

Unleash Creativity: LumaFusion for iPad Pro

When it comes to editing, my setup revolves around an iPad Pro, a Magic Keyboard, and a LumaFusion keyboard cover by EditorsKeys. This combination offers efficiency and convenience, with handy shortcuts at my fingertips. The Apple Pencil is an essential tool for me, especially when it comes to intricate and detailed editing work.


I’ve found LumaFusion to be my preferred editing software. What sets it apart is that it only requires a one-time payment, saving me from the burden of a monthly subscription fee. Not to mention, it’s remarkably fast—faster than my previous method of using a MacBook Air running Final Cut Pro. While Final Cut Pro is now available for the new iPads with the M2 chip, I’ve decided to stick with LumaFusion. This choice allows me to allocate the money I’ve saved towards enjoying a well-deserved cold beer after a rewarding day of riding.

To take my editing capabilities up a  notch, I’ve incorporated MultiCam Studio. This feature proves invaluable when I’m using multiple cameras simultaneously. It seamlessly integrates footage from these sources, adding an extra layer of dynamism and depth to my videos.



My Storage Solution

Fast Editing Direct With A 2TB external SSD drive

For storage, I rely on a reliable external 2TB SSD drive. This setup ensures quick and efficient editing, as I can directly access and work with the footage from the external drive without any delays.

My editing process follows a routine. Each night in the tent from Monday to Friday, I transfer footage from my drone and iPhones. This typically takes around 15 minutes. Then, I spend approximately 30 minutes organizing the footage on the storyboard. By the end of the first week, I have all the footage arranged in chronological order, ready to tell the story of that week’s thrilling bikepacking adventure.

On Saturday nights, I focus on enhancing the soundtrack, adding voice-overs to narrate my travel experiences, and applying color grading. I particularly enjoy experimenting with the Nordic look, which adds a unique aesthetic to my videos.



Color Grading

Saving Time Approach With Luts

Color grading used to be a time-consuming process for me until I discovered the power of LUTs. With just a simple drag and drop, I can achieve the desired look and feel for my videos. Personally, I have a fondness for Nordic LUTs as they provide a cinematic touch that enhances the overall visual experience. Now, I spend less than 15 minutes on color grading, allowing me to streamline my editing workflow.


One advantage of standardizing my camera equipment is the elimination of variables. By exclusively using my iPhone and drone, along with consistent settings, I no longer have to worry about mismatched footage from different cameras. This simplifies the color grading process even further.


Typically, I dedicate Saturday nights to adding soundtracks and voice-overs, and it is during this time that I also apply the desired LUTs for color grading. By Sunday, my video is ready for upload, polished and perfected in terms of both visuals and audio


Sound Track & Voice Overs

Elevating Your Videos with Copyright-Free Music.

Soundtracks and voice-overs play a crucial role in elevating the impact of my footage. I firmly believe in the power of epic soundtracks, but I also understand the challenges posed by copyright issues. To avoid any complications with strikes on my YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram accounts, I subscribe to a monthly service called Epic Sound. It ensures that I have access to high-quality music that enhances my videos without risking copyright infringements. I had initially tried a storyboard account that claimed to offer copyright-free music, but even though I paid for the service, I faced the unfortunate experience of my channel being demonetized a few days later. After several back-and-forth emails, they eventually reinstated my monetization, but I had already lost thousands of watch hours. 


To prevent such setbacks, I now opt for a yearly subscription with Epidemic Sound, which costs $108. This service not only offers a wide variety of styles and choices but also guarantees a worry-free experience without any copyright strikes. Every week, I download music files from Epidemic Sound, usually selecting around 20 options, and add them to my ever-expanding library of copyright-free material. I now have over 200 gigs of soundtracks to choose from.


As for voice-overs, I keep the process simple and straightforward. I plug my wireless Rode Go 2 microphone into the iPad and use the voice recording feature within the LumaFusion app. It’s a seamless and easy setup that allows me to add narration or commentary to my videos. On Saturday nights, I dedicate about an hour to working on the soundtracks and voice-overs. During this time, I also review and fine-tune the weekly edits, ensuring they are ready for color correction and final touches.




Crafting Content on the Road: Wi-Fi, Uploads, and Optimization

On Sundays, I always plan to stop at a place for lunch that offers a good internet connection. I learned the hard way to inquire about the availability of free Wi-Fi before ordering a beer. Sometimes I would be told that Wi-Fi was either unavailable or required payment. Lesson learned. Now, before ordering my beer, I ask for the Wi-Fi password and confirm its availability. If the internet is reliable, I proceed to order my lunch and take advantage of the opportunity to spend a few hours uploading my weekly documentary. This ensures that the video is updated for my followers. While the upload is in progress, I multitask by charging all my battery banks and devices. Additionally, I create an iCloud backup of my footage and work on optimizing the SEO and marketing for this week’s episode.



Seo & Marketing The Crap Out Of It

No Point Investing All This Time And Money If You Don’t Share .

SEO and marketing are often overlooked aspects of content creation. Have you ever watched a YouTube video with amazing visuals, brilliant soundtracks, and professional editing, reminiscent of BBC documentaries, only to discover that it has garnered a mere 500 views in the last six months? This is a common pitfall for many content creators. They focus solely on creating outstanding content but neglect the crucial step of optimizing it for search engines and marketing it effectively. After spending weeks producing a high-quality video, it’s essential to allocate time to promote it and maximize its reach.

Here’s my routine: I use Canva to design a thumbnail, usually opting for a pre-made template and only replacing the photo and title. To generate an attention-grabbing title, I utilize AI technology to generate around 20 options, from which I choose the best one. I also incorporate trending hashtags related to bikepacking and cycle touring. Before setting off, it’s convenient to compile a list of these hashtags, which can be easily copied and pasted, including the title as a hashtag.


Additionally, I have a pre-designed description template that includes links to affiliate programs, a warm welcome to viewers, and my social media links. I write a brief paragraph about the current episode and add it to the description. Once the video goes live, I have a limited window of one hour to heavily promote it. I send the link to all my friends via Facebook Messenger, asking them to watch, like, and comment. Next, I share the YouTube link in the top bicycle/bikepacking Facebook groups, formulating the post as a question to generate engagement and ensure its visibility. Sharing it on my Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter accounts follows suit. 

Finally, I schedule posts on my social media accounts to provide follow-up information and promote the upcoming video, ensuring that even while I’m in an area without an internet connection, the marketing efforts continue.


I decided to conduct a little experiment, and brace yourself, it involved posting a thumbnail with a half-naked picture of my girlfriend in our tent for one of my videos . The result? Bam! Over 75,000 views in just five days! Talk about click bait mastery, right? But hold on to your seats, because here’s the twist: despite the initial surge of viewers, the watch time turned out to be merely a few seconds. Yep, the excitement was short-lived, my friends. But hey, even though I had a moment of questionable tactics, let’s stick to the plan I mentioned earlier. It may not involve scandalous thumbnails, but you know what? You never know which video will unexpectedly skyrocket to success! Keep those fingers crossed and let the adventure unfold!


By following this routine, I strive to create captivating content, optimize it for search engines, and effectively market it to increase its visibility and reach a wider audience.


Storage Managemnet Work Flow

Codex 264 vs 265 I Wish I Knew this Before I Started

When considering storage options, it’s essential to first determine your preferred recording format. I’m not referring to the resolution choice between 1080p and 4K, as that decision is relatively straightforward. However, opting for 4K recording ensures that your content remains future-proof. Let me explain further.


Imagine embarking on a tour and diligently documenting your experiences in 1080p. While this resolution suffices for YouTube, envision reaching the end of your Bikepacking adventure with the intention of compiling your best footage into a full-length film or documentary. You dream of selling it to Netflix or showcasing it at renowned film festivals like Cannes. Then, unfortunately, you receive the news that these platforms only accept 4K footage during the application process. This is why 4K recording is considered future-proof; it ensures compatibility and maximizes your content’s potential.


Now, let’s explore the H.264 and H.265 codecs. Codecs refer to the formats in which your camera compresses files. H.264 is the most commonly used camera format, while H.265 is a newer but less prevalent format. When choosing a camera, it’s crucial to consider not only its ability to record in 4K but also how it compresses the footage for storage on your camera card.


In my personal experience, I made a mistake by not thoroughly understanding codecs before purchasing my Canon G7X III camera. Unfortunately, it supports the H.264 codec, while my DJI drone, action cam, and iPhones support the more efficient H.265 codec. This discrepancy has significant implications. If you record in H.264, shooting one hour of 4K footage every day for a year would occupy over 3TB of hard drive space. Keep in mind that this calculation doesn’t even account for the drone, action camera, or B-roll camera. However, if your camera supports the H.265 codec, the same amount of footage would only require 1.78TB of space. This highlights the importance of cameras that save and compress footage in the H.265 format, as it significantly reduces storage requirements.


It’s worth noting that in reality, you may not record 30 minutes of footage every day with all your cameras. Taking this into consideration, a 2TB hard drive would last well over two years when using H.265 compression.


Upon realizing this costly lesson, I made the decision to replace my two new Canon G7X III cameras with iPhones. The primary reason behind this choice was the iPhones’ support for the efficient H.265 codec. It was a hard pill to swallow, but it was necessary to avoid future storage issues and maximize efficiency.


Storage Back Up Plan

Back Up Back Up did I Say Back up

Have you ever experienced the frustration of losing footage due to overheating or misplacing micro SSD cards, or even worse, a complete hard drive failure? Let me share with you my storage management schedule, which helps me mitigate these risks:

On a daily basis, I rely on my iPhone 14 Pro Max for capturing main footage, while the iPhone 12 mini is dedicated to recording B-roll footage, eliminating the need for SSD cards. However, for my Drone, I still utilize SSD cards.

During the recording process with the iPhones, I make it a point to perform the first backup at the end of each shot. Prompted by the device, I have the option to send the file to I-frame as a proxy. Depending on the strength of my internet connection, I decide whether to proceed with the backup. Even if I choose to backup but lack internet access, the files designated for I-frame backup are automatically synchronized once I’m within Wi-Fi range.

At the end of each day, when I arrive at the camp, I transfer the footage from the iPhones to my iPad Pro using a USB-C or Apple Lightning cable. This method proves to be faster than relying on Wi-Fi or AirDrop, saving battery life on each device. Subsequently, I utilize the iPad Pro to transfer the files to my reliable 2 TB SSD hard drive. To ensure an extra layer of protection, I also back up any footage captured that day by the DJI Drone or DJI Action camera to the same external 2 TB drive. It’s worth noting that I edit directly from this external 2 TB drive using Lumerfusion on my iPad Pro.

As a weekly routine, I transfer all newly captured footage from the 2 TB SSD drive to a second SSD drive, provided by the same company. This serves as an additional backup measure. Additionally, every two weeks, I perform a backup to my iCloud storage of the 2 TB SSD drive, ensuring my content is securely stored in the cloud. Once the iCloud backup is done and checked i format any ssd micro cards and delete videos photos from the iPhones ready for new content .

To safeguard against potential data loss and for long-term archiving, I have a practice of sending a dedicated 2 TB SSD hard drive marked with the year (e.g., 2023 footage) back home every year or approximately every 10 months, depending on the filling capacity of the 2 TB SSD drive. This allows me to preserve my footage in a physical location separate from my primary setup.


Protect Your Camera Gear

Vibration - Crashes - Rain - Extreme Cold -Thief.

I have implemented an additional section in my workflow to ensure the protection and safety of my gear. Firstly, I utilize bikepacking popcorn bags along with waterproof dry bags and reflective insulation. This combination works wonders in safeguarding my equipment, even in sub-zero temperatures. To maintain optimal battery temperature, I also include a heat hand warmer when necessary. For instance, I use a stem bag to secure my drone and controller, while another stem bag is dedicated to my camera gear, tripod, gimbal, and wireless microphone. Each bag is adequately padded and equipped with waterproof compartments. I also reserve a stem bag specifically for batteries, charger, and cables, including an international wall socket for convenient filming and on-the-go recharging.


The setup I have described is primarily designed for easy access to capture exceptional video moments while on the bike. It allows me to swiftly grab and shoot or quickly charge my equipment. However, there is one downside to this setup: when I need to stop for food shopping or any other activity that requires me to divert my attention away from the bike. Considering the significant value of the smartphones, drone, and battery banks, I take precautions to protect my gear.


To address this concern, I always carry a Sea to Summit foldable backpack stored in my top tube bag. Whenever I need to leave the bike unattended, I transfer all my valuable items, including my wallet and passport, to the backpack. This ensures that everything is securely with me and minimizes the risk of loss or theft. It provides an additional layer of peace of mind, knowing that my expensive equipment and essential documents are kept safe, just in case.


Now, let’s delve into how I store and protect my editing equipment. I employ a tomtoc hard case to house all my hard drives, iPad Pro, card reader hub, AirPods Pro, and various cables. To provide an extra layer of security, I place the tomtoc hard case inside a 100% aqualung dry bag. This double-layered approach ensures the utmost safety. Considering that I typically engage with my editing gear at night within the confines of my tent, I store it within my sleeping bag, providing an additional cushioning effect and shielding it from any bumps along the trail. On Sundays, when I dedicate time to editing, I simply remove the gear from my sleeping bag while at the restaurant, ensuring total protection throughout the process.


I really dislike thieves; they are despicable individuals. So, how can I protect my gear when I’m traveling? The truth is, I never let my bike out of my sight, but there are times when I have to, like when I sleep in a tent or when I need to go shopping, eat at a restaurant, or stay in a hotel.


Firstly, when it comes to hotels, if they tell me I can’t bring my bike to the room, I simply inform them that I won’t stay and cancel my booking. Interestingly, once you assert this, they usually allow you to keep the bike in the room. Even high-end hotels like Hilton resorts have accommodated this request for me on several occasions. It’s a rule I never break.


Next, when I go shopping for food supplies, I usually do a weekly shop, which means I buy a lot of items. It takes me about an hour to navigate the store, trying to decipher the different languages on the packaging. It’s true what they say, never go shopping when you’re hungry. So, I find a bar nearby and bring my bike inside. I explain that it’s expensive and I don’t want to leave it in the street parking. They almost always agree, and I enjoy a few beers and order some food for lunch. Afterward, I let the bartender know that I need to go and get a new SIM card from the shopping mall across the street, and they’re okay with me leaving the bike there as I’ll be back for a few more beers. Then I go shopping, take my time to look for deals, and return to the bar to enjoy a few more beers. It’s worked out well for me.


When it comes to restaurants, I typically look for a place where I can either eat outside or have a clear view of my bike from the window. I’m willing to spend an extra 10 minutes searching for such a place, and if I can’t find one, I’d rather not eat there. I try to avoid situations like that.


I’m a big guy, weighing over 100kg and standing at 6 feet tall. I can handle myself, and I’m not afraid to confront jerks. Sometimes, it’s even a stress relief for me. Generally, I don’t have a problem with people approaching me and trying to go through my bags. There was one incident in Sri Lanka where someone quickly backed off when they heard me tell them to “fuck off” and I gave them a smack on the head. So, I’m not too concerned about thieves when I’m on my bike.


Now, let’s talk about sleeping arrangements while camping. After a long day’s ride, I’m usually exhausted. I fall fast asleep after editing and watching some zombie movies and having a few beers. I always try to find a stealth camping spot where no one can see me. If there are too many people around, I move on and set up camp in the dark. I bring my gadgets inside the tent because I need to work on my editing. Here’s a trick I’ve found to be effective: I tie my bike to the tent guy lines. These lines are so thin that no one can see them. If someone tries to steal my bike, the whole tent shakes, waking me up immediately. At that point, I ready to kill them all. Then I bury them in a shallow gravel pit. I’ve been doing this for years, and it has worked great. My bike and gear have always been safe. The only expense I’ve incurred is buying a few shovels over the years, but it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind

The Addition Costs: You Don’t Think About

While Documenting Your Bikepacking Adventures

Before delving into budgeting for your camera and editing gear, it’s crucial to consider the ongoing expenses once you possess all the equipment. The reality is that costs can quickly accumulate, especially with many companies shifting towards monthly subscription services. However, I aim to provide you with ways to minimize expenses as much as possible, although in some cases, payment is inevitable.

Epic Sounds App

Unlock The Power Of Soundtracks

As mentioned earlier, I rely on EpicSounds for all my soundtracks due to their extensive selection. Personally, I find the yearly subscription to be worthwhile, even though they offer a monthly subscription option. By opting for the annual plan, I manage to save a few dollars.

Luma Fusion App

Unleash Your Editing Potential On The Trails

When it comes to editing, I use Luma Fusion, a software that requires a one-time payment. Currently, they sell the software for around $29, granting lifetime access without any recurring monthly fees. However, it’s worth mentioning that they recently introduced a significant update for multi-cam functionality, which costs an additional $20 as an optional add-on. Since I work with two cameras and value an efficient workflow, I decided to invest in this upgrade.

VidiQ App

Maximizing Your Documentary With Seo Free

Search engine optimization (SEO) is not limited to websites; it also plays a crucial role in optimizing your videos, especially for platforms like YouTube. While VidIQ offers a monthly subscription, I stick with the free version as it provides the essential feature I need—a checklist that helps me assess the quality of my SEO. Thus, I avoid paying the $10 monthly fee, which accumulates over the course of a year.

Film Pro App

Unlock the potential of iPhone filmmaking

Regarding Filmic Pro, I was fortunate to purchase it for a one-time fee of around $14. However, a year later, they introduced a substantial upgrade and began charging a monthly subscription. Since I’m satisfied with the older version, which works exceptionally well for me, I can avoid the monthly subscription and save money. Nevertheless, if I hadn’t previously acquired it, I would likely opt for the monthly or yearly subscription, as it significantly enhances iPhone filmmaking capabilities, offering more options at a cost of approximately $39 per year.

Empowering Seamless Video Workflow and Collaboration in the Cloud" is a service that allows immediate video uploads, just seconds after shooting. Although it requires a subscription, I find it worthwhile for several reasons. I believe that the future of all cameras will involve eliminating SSD cards and hard drives, with footage being instantly uploaded and securely stored on servers. aligns with this vision perfectly. It seamlessly integrates with iPhone, Filmic Pro, and LumaFusion editing software. Whenever I finish filming a scene, prompts me to send it, and if the clip is satisfactory, I agree. It swiftly converts the clip into a 1080p proxy file, which is then uploaded to the cloud studio. Even if I’m in a remote area without internet access, remembers my choices and automatically uploads all the footage once I regain cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. I primarily use it for backup purposes. Additionally, I hope to utilize the collaborative features of in the future, where a professional video editor can start working on the project while I’m on location. They can provide feedback or request additional footage, such as capturing the mountain pass or camp scenes to enhance the overall project. Although I realize that day is far off for me, perhaps I will find a film student studying cinematic filmmaking who needs a project for their quarterly assignments. I wouldn’t mind paying for this service. Speaking of which, I recently checked my payment history and found that I opted for the yearly plan seven months ago, which cost me $157 for the year, averaging around $13 per month. This subscription grants me over 2TB of storage. Additionally, if you are an Adobe subscriber, you’ll be pleased to know that is now included with Adobe Creative Cloud since Adobe acquired the company for a whopping
 $1.275 billion in cash.

Online Backup

Make Sure You Don’t Forget

In this section, I neglected to mention the costs associated with online storage, as there are numerous options available. Personally, I have exclusively used Apple iCloud with a 2 TB plan, so I can’t provide a direct comparison to other cloud service providers. However, I have heard that Microsoft 365 Family offers up to 6 TB of cloud storage (1 TB per person) and, similar to Apple, Google Storage is priced at around $10 per month


In Stem Bag
$ 2150 Investment
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • Ulanzi CG02 CapGrip II
  • Rode Wirelss Go 2
  • Ulanzi VL49 RGB
  • Gimbal Hohem iSteady V2
  • Tripod ULANZI MT-44
  • Camera Lens cloth
  • Merit Gear Popcorn Bag
  • Reflexive Insulted Padding
  • Waterproof Dry Liner


In Stem Bag
$ 1395 Investment
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
  • DJI Pro Controller
  • DJI Pro Pus Battery
  • Ugreen Usb C Cables
  • Spare DJI Blades
  • Tool For Blades
  • Camera Lens Cloth
  • Apple Air Tag
  • Merit Gear Popcorn Bag
  • Reflexive Insulate Padding
  • Waterproof Dry liner


In Stem Bag
$ 675 Investment
  • 4 x waterproof 10000 Mha Battieries
  • DJI Pro Plus Batteries
  • Ugreen 100 Watt Charger
  • International Wall Plug
  • Ugreen Usb C Cables
  • Apple Air Tag
  • Merit Gear Popcorn Bag
  • Reflexive Insulted Padding
  • Waterproof Dry Liner


In Sleep Bag
$ 3115 Investment
  • iPad Pro 1TB 2018 Model
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Apple Pencil 2
  • Lumafusion Keyboard cover
  • Ugreen Usb C. Cables
  • hyperdrive usb c hub
  • 3x Helix Dura 2TB USB-C SSD
  • 1 Tb Of SSD Micro Cards
  • Apple Air Tag
  • Tomtoc Portfolio Case
  • AquaQuest's Tyhoon Case


You Made it This Far

If you’ve made it this far, Holy Shit,  hope it give you lots to think about on your on documenting your adventure . It has taken me over two years of extensive research, trial and error, and accumulated knowledge to develop my perfect studio setup for my bikepacking adventures and future world tour. The process of crafting this page alone has consumed the past 15 days, resulting in over 8556 words. I can’t help but think my old English teacher, Miss Glenfield, who taught me back in the 80s at Comber High, would be proud. My friends break My balls regularly about my grammar and spelling lucky i got a few good grammar police friends that spent the time going over it and point out my million mistakes. 

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