What Kit Do You Need To Go Adventure Cycling?

The idea is to design your bicycle touring equipment kit list that you don't even need to think about it when you go on your cycle trip.

A good system will allows you to concentrate on the experiences of traveling by bike without your equipment being a distraction or frustration.

I come from a mountain biking background which is why the kit I decided to take leaned towards mountain biking. I would recommend tailoring your personal kit list to the type of touring you will be doing.


  • Lycra shorts
  • Long sleeved breathable base layer
  • Short sleeved breathable base layer
  • Sports-style shorts (for casual and over-the-top of lycra wearing) such as the Kona Stuff shorts.
  • Pair of sturdy boots (can go for the Shimano Trans-Alp boot or perhaps a comfortable walking boot) – whatever is comfortable is best, but you will be living in them.
  • Couple of pairs of cottons socks (we also had special breathable socks called 1000-mile socks which wicked the sweat away very well).
  • A breathable fleece jumper / jacket from a reputable brand
  • A waterproof jacket - cycling specific shaped is ideal
  • Waterproof trousers (£7 from Aldi!)
  • 1 pair of underwear - whatever is most comfortable although a thong might be more practical for washing
  • 1 smart cotton shirt - perfect for cocktail parties and champagne receptions
  • 1 pair of lightweight cotton trousers for loafing
  • Gloves - I had fingerless for the summer from Decathlon but full finger gloves for the winter.
  • Oakley sunglasses or equivalent high quality pair - sunglasses are an essential piece of kit and it's worth investing in a decent pair
  • Helmet
  • At least 1 Buff headwear item

Additional luxury items

  • Pair of waterproof socks from Sealskin (not that waterproof but warm - they melt well in fires too)

Camping Equipment

  • MSR Dragonfly stove (or Trangia multi-fuel) - will burn petrol, diesel, alcohol, meths, parafin, etc etc
  • MSR Miniworks water filter
  • Vaude Hogan Ultralight tent (weighing in at 1.4kg) - the pole break after a couple of years
  • Mountain Equipment sleeping bag - I've got the -25 comfort one. Warmer sleeping bags are generally heavier.
  • Silk sleeping bag liner - bought off ebay.
  • Multi-tool (Gerber or Leatherman- although most of the tools now broken off the leatherman)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Czech ex-army pan set (from Ebay)

Additional luxury items

Bike Fixing kit

  • Alien Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Cassette tool

Additional Luxury items

  • Mini adjustable spanner
  • Bottom bracket tool
  • Crank extractor tool
  • Cone spanners
  • Spare tube

Additional luxury items

  • British army issue poncho
  • British army issue bivvy bag


  • Kona Explosif or Caldera Frame
  • Sun Rhynolyte Rims on Shimano XT hubs with DT swiss butted stainless spokes
  • Schwalbe Marathon XR 2.25 touring tyres
  • Magura Odur touring forks
  • Adjustable stem
  • Yeti lock on grips
  • Cheap pair of bar ends
  • Shimano 8-speed rapidfire gear shifters
  • Shimano XT front mechanism
  • Shinano XTR rear mechanism
  • Fibrax, Clarks, or Shimano XT gear cable inner and outer
  • Magura Louise Brakes, levers and discs
  • FSA X-Drive cranks
  • Wellgo V12 copy flat-pedals
  • SRAM 8-speed chain
  • Shimano XT 8-speed cassette
  • Bontrager seatpost (although Easton or Thomson preferred)
  • Brooks Champion Flyer Saddle (became mis-shapened over time.)
  • Tubus Logo rear pannier rack
  • Carradice Super-C Panniers
  • Extrawheel Voyager single-wheel trailer with Crosso panniers
  • Chris King Nothreadset

Bike spares

  • 2 8-speed chains
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