Print

What to Pack for a Bike Tour

Packing for a bike tour depends mainly on the duration of your trip and the route you'll be taking. This Buzzle article makes your job easier by bringing you a list of things to pack for your next bike tour.
What to pack for a bike tour
Rule of thumb
As a regular rider, you may be aware of how strenuous cycling can be. Therefore, while packing for a bike tour, always stick to the less is more philosophy.
Packing for any kind of journey is always a learning experience. First-timers are usually in the habit of taking practically everything, lest an emergency requirement puts them in a tough spot. As one gains experience, it becomes easier to gauge what one actually needs, and what can easily be left out.

Bicycle journeys are not one of those where you can afford to pile on the pounds, and travel like it means nothing. Lugging the heavy panniers can certainly be an 'uphill' task; considering that you'll be doing all the lugging yourself. The guidelines that follow, therefore, will be of utmost use to those of you who are planning their maiden bicycle voyage.

Bike Tour Packing List
The things mentioned here are generalized for the benefit of readers; you will always have to make deletions or additions to the list, in order to make it more personalized.

Clothing

While packing clothes, the emphasis should be on lightness. Pick clothes which not only weigh less, but also fold well and occupy less space. Keep the weather in mind while you're choosing clothes, and pack accordingly. Also, carrying heaps of clothes just does not make sense, as you'll always get opportunities to find a laundromat in the towns that you cycle through. If you're willing, you can even do your laundry whenever you stay in a hotel. Here's a list of recommended clothing items you can carry. The number of each item will depend upon the duration of your trip.
  • Comfortable shorts
  • T-shirts/tops
  • Pants (include rain pants too)
  • Undergarments (minimum 3 pairs)
  • Sandals/lightweight shoes
  • Woolen hat
  • Wool sweater or jacket
  • Gloves (wool or fleece)

Cycling Apparel

Your cycling apparel will determine the comfort of your ride, so make wise decisions while packing these. Invest in a good pair of cycling shoes which will protect your feet from the after-effects of constant pedaling. These shoes may even double up as walking shoes, so ensure that there is ample toe space so that your feet do not get cramped. Here is a list of things you must carry:
  • Cycling helmet
  • Touring shoes
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shorts
  • Socks (woolen and synthetic)
  • Leg warmers or rain pants
  • Short-sleeved T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts (for layering and sun protection)
  • Rain gear
  • Waterproof shoe covers

Bicycle Tools

Your bicycle tools will make up a significant part of your baggage, especially if you're scheduling a long trip. You will be roughly needing the following items:
  • Tire levers/patch kit
  • Spare tube and tire
  • Mini-pump
  • Super glue (for nuts and bolts)
  • Spoke wrench
  • Spare spokes
  • Multi-tool that combines a screwdriver, Allen wrench, and chain tool
  • Vice grips
  • Brake cable
  • Derailleur cable
  • Extra nuts, bolts, and wire
  • Assorted plastic zip ties
  • Small chain lubricant and rag
  • Bicycle light
  • Hose clamp
  • Spare brake pads
  • Spare clipless pedal cleat bolts
  • Duct tape

Camping Gear

Again, this applies to those who're in it for the long haul. In most cases, you will not need to pack anything other than your regular camping essentials which include:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Basic utensils (plate/spoons/forks/knives)
  • Basic cooking utensils
  • Portable stove and fuel

Everything Else

By this, we're essentially referring to the sundry items that are an important part of your baggage. This includes your personal things like toiletries, first aid components, gadgets, and food items. The list will include:
  • Wallet, cash, cards, and travel documents
  • Cellular phone and charger
  • Toiletries
  • Quick drying towel(s)
  • Pocket knife
  • Food items (energy bars, dry fruits, etc.)
  • Lightweight lock and cable
  • Hydration pack/water container(s)
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Sunglasses and sunblock
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Sewing kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Nylon and bungee cord
  • Camera
  • Hooks and cords to hang bags (if needed)
  • Toilet paper/wet wipes
  • Plastic bags (to keep wet clothing/soiled laundry)

Keep in mind that the list of things mentioned here contain suggested items. You are free to add or remove things to suit your requirements. Just ensure that your panniers do not weigh more than 40 pounds, and that the weight is distributed evenly. Take a trial run to gauge if the weight you're carrying is feasible as well as manageable. After all, your comfort has to be a priority above everything else.
By
Published: December 12, 2013
Post a Comment
Name: