Updated: Jun 2
Beginners or Experienced, what you need while cycling the world? Best traveling tips.
If you’re planning to travel by bike, there’s no getting around it—you’ll have to bring stuff.
The central truth for this stuff: less is more. Countless cyclists end up shipping excess stuff home a week or two into their ride after they realize how little they actually need and precisely how heavy their extra stuff is.
The other central truth: the less weight you carry, the more fun it is to ride. In time, you’ll figure out what works best for you.
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1- Bike Equipment
Australia 2010 - 7500km from Perth to the Gold Coast.
Lightweight Bike Touring Packing List:
I was a heavy packers for my world bicycle tour in Australia back in 2010, the fact is that the more space you got the more you going to to try to fill it up with things that you probably won't need. I decided to buy a cheap trailer from Amazon and later I will learn that buy quality gear is essential if you don't wanna get stuck somewhere for one week because you try to safe few $$$. I have selected for you the equipment that you will need to bring along your next cycling touring adventure.
1.1 Choosing the right Bicycle
If you plan to ride on pavement for most of your trip, a basic touring bike with skinny tires would be your best choice. Even a road bike could do the job if you're not carrying a lot of weight. On the other hand, if you plan to ride off road a lot, a mountain bike with front suspension will come in handy.
If you’re getting started, there’s a growing range of cheap but good-quality touring bikes, luggage-enabled and ready to roll, you will need to spend at least $1,300. A lot less, in some cases depending the purpose of your trip and the length of it, if you are going for an one year journey you may consider buying a better quality bike.
These bikes are characterized by having cost-saving aluminium frames, basic but solid drive train components (ie: gearing systems), rim brakes, and a basic rear rack to get you started. They are designed and built specifically for touring, often sharing a frame-set with models at the higher end of the budget spectrum. Bikes at the entry-level are often prime for future upgrades for longer and more demanding tours – perhaps after you’ve tried your hand at a short cycle tour a little closer to home.
Here are some of the most highly recommended budget touring bikes that have proven themselves over time and miles:
Adventure Touring Bike
Kona describes the Sutra as a blend between a mountain, road, and touring bike. It certainly has the style of a classic touring bike, with upright lines on a steel frame and a gorgeous Brooks B17 leather saddle. Add fenders and panniers and you could be fooled into thinking you’re riding something vintage, but you also get mechanical disc brakes, a triple chainring with a Shimano Deore drivetrain, and 700c wheels that accommodate 40mm or 29er 2.2-inch tires, which are more adventure oriented.
Classic Touring Bike
This is Trek’s longest-running touring bike, and Bicycling’s editors deemed it one of the best Trek bikes of 2018. With a steel frame, rack and mudguard braze-ons, and a wide range of gears for steeper gradients, the 520 is ready for multi-day bike tours, serious commuting, and bikepacking. It’s an incredibly stable package, even when you load it down with gear on the front and back. Tubeless-ready wheels and mechanical disc brakes bring this classic bike into the modern age.
Giant Toughroad SLR1
Adventure Touring Price: $1,300
Yep, the Toughroad looks like a mountain bike, thanks to the flat bar and big, rugged tires, but this rig has the heart of a touring bike. ALUXX SLR aluminum and a composite fork keep the frame light and nimble, and that flat bar keeps you up and in charge when the road gets rough. The bike comes stock with 700c wheels with tubeless 50c tires, hydraulic disc brakes, and the D-Fuse handlebar and seatpost, which help absorb all that road chatter. Integrated rack mounts on the front and rear let you distribute the load. Don’t like the flat bar? Go with the Toughroad SLR GX1 with drop bar.
2. Shall I use panniers or buy a trailer?
Touring Panniers vs Bicycle Touring Trailers
Firstly, I should begin by saying that there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Whether you use one or the other comes down to you and the situation you think you might use them in.
I personally used both while cycling from Mongolia to Tajikistan in 2015, I had to carry a lots of weight with me due to the extreme cold weather in the Gobi desert, huge sleeping bag, quality lightweight pad & Tent (MSR Elexir 2)& I had also to carry over 20 liters of water (extra 20kg). Check this bag HERE
Pamir highway - Tajikistan 2015
How much should I spend?
Panniers range in cost from around $60 a pair to several hundred dollars. As you spend more you’ll get tougher materials, waterproofing, and replaceable fixings. Bicycle Racks themselves vary in cost from around $30 to $100, with specific models for disk brake bikes, or to fit with very wide tyres.
2.2 - Bicycle Rack:
2.3 - Recommended Trailer
Burley Coho XC, Single Wheel Suspension Cargo Bike Trailer
The Coho XC single wheel cargo trailer brings durability and thoughtful design to gear-hauling for bike camping, touring and single track riding.
New Zealand - South Island - 2012
3. What clothes should I bring along?
On most bicycle tours, you’re on the move with little time for laundry and drying. When possible, travel with fast-drying clothing – from undergarments to outerwear. Check out our clothing recommendations. Synthetic fabrics/blends are not only the most breathable and quick drying, they can also be the easiest to pack.
Here’s what our new slim-line packing list looks like:
Clothing (per person):
4. Camping Equipment.
Mongolia 2015- Gobi Desert
Bike Camping Gear: a complete list of lightweight equipment for cycle touring:
Unless you’re going on a so-called “credit card tour” (meaning sleep only in hotels and eat only in restaurants), the most of your nights out bike touring will probably be camping nights. Camping and bike touring go hand in hand, and camping is one of the fascinating aspects of traveling by bicycle. Finding the perfect spot, sleeping in nature, cooking your own meal, enjoying the stars and waking up in the wilderness. These are experiences you’ll carry with you forever.
4.1 Choosing the right tent
The first thing you’re going to want to remember to pack is your tent. Don’t forget to check for stake sand it’s always a good idea to bring extras just in case. There are so many tents on the market, I will personally recommend the MSR Elixir 2,I have been using it during my Bike touring trip in Mongolia, very easy to set up and affordable. The perfect backpack tool for every adventure. Inspire the world to walk- Cycle - Hike with nature. Professional Gears.
Size: 2 Person
Unique pole geometry optimizes headroom and fits two mats; adaptable rainfly allows for excellent views
Built-in gear lofts and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls enhance livability
Includes an MSR Elixir footprint that allows for a lightweight fast & light setup with rainfly
Freestanding system features color-coded poles, clips and webbing, Plus red vestibules for fast and easy setup
Mesh and solid fabric panels offer ventilation, warmth and privacy
4.2 - Sleeping bag and Pad
The worst part about camping is feeling every rock and twig underneath your sleeping bag when you lie down. Bring a sleeping bag and good pad for an extra barrier between you and the ground. We all want two different sleeping bags on a bike tour. The bag we carry all day should weigh almost nothing and take up almost no space. The bag we sleep in at night should be lofty, spacious, comfy, and warm. The perfect combination of those qualities may be an impossible dream, but sleeping bag manufacturers get closer to it every year. This list of the best sleeping bags for bike touring should help you choose the right one for your next cycle tour.
1- Summer sleeping bag
2- Winter sleeping bag - Extreme temperatures
Top 10 Best Sleeping Pad:
Great sleep in the backcountry can be surprisingly tough to come by. You’d think after a long day of cycling, most bikepackers would be tired enough to pass out face first in their rehydrated mashed potatoes. But that’s not always the case.
Packing a top-notch sleeping pad can help you take your backcountry sleep game to the next level, and it’s critical for comfort and warmth.
Check out this quick list of our favorites one:
Best sleeping pad for ultralight summer backpacking: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite
Best for ultralight 3-season backpacking: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite
Best quiet, comfy & convenient sleeping pad: NEMO Tensor Insulated
Best sleeping pad for 4-Season backpacking & cold sleepers: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm
Best closed-cell foam sleeping pad: NEMO Switchback
Best budget-friendly sleeping pad: Klymit Static V2
Comfy & durable sleeping pad for 3-season trips: Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated
Affordable lightweight sleeping pad for backpackers on a budget: WellaX Ultralight Air Sleeping Pad
Thick, cushy pad that’s great for side-sleepers & tosser-turners: Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SLX
Warm & durable pad that works well for side sleepers: Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated
4.3 -Camping Stove & accessories
Cook gourmet meals on a camp stove while out in the wild! You can make just about anything on one of these. I highly recommend MSR Stove, I have been using it since 2010 and it never let me down. When that long-awaited camping trip finally pops up, make sure you add these outdoor essentials to your packing list, and you’ll have the time of your life. Sure, there will always be a new gadget or accessory that could add to your experience in the wild, but if you want the best camping gear this year, look no further!
Multi-Fuel: Reliably burns more liquid fuels than any other stove.
Dependable: Easy to field maintain; Shaker Jet cleans fuel jet with a simple shake
Compact: New flexible fuel line allows stove to fit in a 1.5-liter MSR pot.
Superfast: Boils 1 liter of water in just 2.8 minutes (using kerosene fuel).
Extra stable: New retractable legs and pot supports provide unprecedented stability.
MSR Quick 2 System Cookset: MSR Quick 2.5L – 266g
Espresso Cups: Juro Tumbler 20 oz Stainless Steel
Fuel Bottle: MSR fuel bottle – 133g
Tea Towel: Any will be fine !
Water Filter: Sawyer Squeeze / 500ml Bag – 127g
Water Bottle: Polar Bottle Sport Insulated Water Bottle
Universal Plug: NEWVANGA International Universal
Cigarette Lighter: Generic – 20g
Pocket Knife: Opinel are the best
Forks, Spoons, Knives, Wooden Spoon: Black Travel flatware set with Case Stainless Steel
Somewhere in Italy
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Health insurance card
Cash and/or credit cards
Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes)
First aid kit
Antiseptic cream or antibiotic ointment
Band-aids and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
Salve for chafing
Medications (in original bottles with your name on them)
Easy to to carry first aids kit
Best cycling books 2020 | Recommendations for riders who love to read
Looking for some motivation before taking off on your next bicycle expedition? Check out the following is a list of bicycle touring books. These are books that have been written by people who went on a bike tour, returned home, and then wrote a book about the adventures they had while out on the road.
1- A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas: Being a True Account of a Bike Adventure from Alaska
Remember when you were a kid and you got your first bicycle? After a few weeks of mastering the dynamics of balancing, steering, and pedaling, all at the same time hopefully, your father released his protective, steadying grip on the seat and you went wobbling off on your own. It was probably your very first taste of independence and freedom and you knew you liked that feeling very much. Few things in life have ever compared to that first solo ride. Almost 40 years after my first solo bike ride, I was able to recapture the excitement and passion of that momentous occasion when I pedaled out of Anchorage, Alaska bound for Tierra del Fuego—the very tip of South America. No matter that it was 17,500 miles distant and would take 3 years to get there; I vowed I would achieve that goal if it took the rest of my life. Read more
A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around The World
When ex-headmistress Anne Mustoe gave up her job, bought a bike and took to the road, she couldn’t even mend a puncture. 12,000 miles and 15 months later, she was home. Her epic solo journey took her around the world, through Europe, India, the Far East and the United States. From Thessaloniki to Uttar Pradesh, from Chumphon to Singapore, she faced downpours, blizzards and blistering deserts, political turmoil and amorous waiters – alternated with great kindness from strangers along the way. “A Bike Ride” is the first in the series of Anne Mustoe’s successful and inspiring travelogues.
Written by Anne Mustoe. Read more
A Ride In The Neon Sun
It’s not easy landing unprepared in a country like Japan. The eccentricities of the calendar, the indecipherable postal system, not to mention the alien alphabet, language and culture, have all to be confronted before the disorientated traveller can feel at ease. Trying to ride a bicycle through the streets of one of the most congested cities in the world would seem to compound your problems. For Josie Dew, however, with over 200,000 miles already clocked up in the saddle few things could be more challenging – or for the reader of A RIDE IN THE NEON SUN, more wonderfully entertaining.
Written by Josie Dew. Read more
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