Bicycle touring gear and equipment list
This blog details a complete bicycle touring gear and equipment checklist for those looking to embark on a bicycle touring trip.
Gear and equipment for a cycling trip will vary according to the climate, the duration and the style of riding. If you plan to camp, if you plan to stay in accomodation or if you are going to be in hot or cold climates then you will require different kit.
This list is for people looking to both bicycle tour and camp. So it includes camping equipment and is set up to be able to cook your own food along the roadside.
Bicycle – Giant toughroad
Helmet – Specialised align
Tent (light weight 2 man) – Illumina X by NovaPro
Sleeping bag (light weight, rated to -5 or -10) – Vangoo Ultralite 900
Thermarest / sleeping pad – Alton goods Ultralite
Water Filter – GRAYL water filter bottle
Eco friendly BODY soap
Jet boil – JetBoil
Small cooking pot – JetBoil
Butan cannister – JetBoil
Sharp knife for cutting veges / meat
Eco friendly DISH soap
Handle bar bag – RockBros bikepacking bag
Panniers – RossWheel 35L bike Panniers
Cargo rack – Comingfit on Amazon
Headlamp – BlackDiamond 400 Lumens
Bike light front – HiMax rechargeable 1500 lumens
Bike light rear- Hi Max rechargable
Straps / Bungee chord
Dry bag / rain cover – Kathmandu 30L dry bag
Puncture repair kit x 2 (spare tube, pump, tire levers, cycling multi tool)
Chain tool – ToPeak mini 9
Padded shorts – FDX all day Greys Men’s
Cycling shoes (shoes suited to cycling)
Buff / banana
Cycling socks – I prefer bamboo to wool
Leggings / skins
Thermal top short sleeve
Riding shirt non thermal – your outer layer
Underwear SYNTHETIC – must be synthetic to avoid chaf
Spare Woolen thick “Camp” socks – to wear around camp
Windbreaker / Rain jacket
Eye protection ( Polarised sunglasses)
Wallet / Credit cards
Vaesline (for riding chaff)
First aid items
Quick dry towel for cleaning up
Dry bags x 2 (one for electronics, one for other essentials such as maps etc)
GPS / Maps
Drone – Mavin Mini lightweight
Go Pro – Go Pro 10 or above recommended for stabilisation
Extra Batteries for camera, drones, go pros or headlamps.
I hope this blog helped anyone looking to go on their first cycling journey. I did a 2 week cycling trip around Tasmania, off the south coast of Australia in early 2022 and learnt what gear was essential and what wasn’t. Padded cycling pants were a surprising ‘must’ for me and I realised I brought too much clothing.
I recommend a bicycle that has front suspension and has all-terrain tires and is built for both on-road and off-road cycling capabilities, as I had a thin wheeled bicycle which did not always suit my needs.
Ride safe and enjoy your trip! There’s no need to rush on the road and take the time to soak it all in.
If your looking to find bicycle touring equipment I recommend
For north America REI:
For Europe, Decathlon:
Otherwise for all the smaller items there is always Amazon:
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