When going on bike tours, it isn’t just training for it that you have to prioritize. In order to prepare for touring, you have to have the right equipment. This doesn’t mean buying new, fancy bike parts, but instead the essentials to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible. Bike tours can last days or even weeks, which is why you must bring these essentials:
Many cyclists often forget how important it is to bring the correct clothing. It’s imperative to keep in mind that your on-bike clothing is just as important as off-bike clothing. For on-bike clothing be sure to pack a helmet, shoes good for walking and riding, cycling gloves, cycling shorts, leg warmers or rain pants, short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts, and rain gear. When packing off-bike clothing, always include comfortable shorts and pants, lightweight shoes, wool sweater or fleece jacket, and a hat. Packing these pieces of clothing will make sure you are ready for any weather situation and to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Tools and Spare Parts
When going on long bike tours, accidents can easily happen. In order for this not to put a damper on your adventure, it’s important to bring bike tools and spare parts with you. Essential tools to bring are tire levers, patch kit, spare tube or tie, a mini-pump, electrical and duct tape, wrenches and a screwdriver, and extra nuts, bolts, and wire. Other spare parts to remember to bring along are brake pads, clip,ess-pedal cleat bolts, hose clamp, a brake cable. By bringing these tools and spare parts, you’ll be saving yourself the frustration of dealing with a broken bike on the tour.
While some tools and equipment may not be totally essential to your bike tour, it will be very helpful to have. Consider packing a basic first-aid kit, sunglasses, sewing kit, pocket knife, water filter, camera and journal, bungee cord, bear spray if appropriate, lightweight lock and cable, and of course toiletries. When considering these essentials, kind in mind whether you’ll be sleeping indoors, outdoors, or both. If you are sleeping mostly outdoors, it’s imperative to have the right camping equipment. This includes small cooking equipment such as a pan and stove, eating utensils, sleeping bag and pad, and a lightweight tent.
Although it may seem like a lot to have to bring, when the essentials are lightweight they are easier to pack and carry. You can also use a carry-on bag to strap to the back of your bike.