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
- 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)
- 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
- 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