Bicycle Touring Gear List

By Ethan Maurice | September 3, 2015

Over the summer of 2013, I pedaled 4,450 miles across the United States on a bicycle with my brother. It rocked. You should do it too. Here's a list of everything I brought, so you know what you need.

Camping Gear

  • Lightweight Backpacking Tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Stove Fuel
  • Lighter
  • Backpacking Cooking Pot
  • Lightweight Bowl
  • Lightweight Utensils
  • Platypus or Dromedary Water Bottle (2-3 liter)

     

Personal Items

  • Cell Phone (& Charger)
  • Laptop, iPad, or Netbook (& Charger)
  • Camera (with Memory Card & Charger)
  • Wallet
  • Personal Documents (Driver's License, Passport, Insurance Card etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Deodorant
  • Mini Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper (keep in a zip lock bag(before use))
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tooth Brush & Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Chap Stick
  • Medication
  • Lightweight Towel

     

Tools

  • Bike Specific Multi-Tool
  • Tire Irons
  • Bicycle Tire Pump
  • Tire Pressure Gage
  • Tire Patch Kit
  • Chain Lube

Bike & Gear

  • Bike
  • Comfortable Seat (Brooks Saddle)
  • Front/Rear Racks with Waterproof Panniers (or Trailer)
  • Handlebar Bag
  • Rear View Mirror
  • Flashing Tail Light
  • Spare Tubes
  • Quality Touring Tires
  • Bike Computer
  • Bike Lock (lightweight, cheap one)
  • Water Bottle Cages
  • Water Bottles
  • Spare Tire

     

Clothes & Accessories

  • Lightweight Synthetic T Shirts (2 or 3)
  • Cycling Shorts (1 or 2)
  • Synthetic Underwear (2 or 3)
  • Cycling Socks (2 or 3)
  • Cycling Leg & Arm Warmers
  • Fleece or Wool Warm Mid Layer
  • Cycling Rain Jacket
  • Off Bike Shirt
  • Off Bike Shorts
  • Off Bike Pants
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Cold Weather Gloves
  • Sneakers or Cycling Shoes
  • Off Bike Shoes or Sandals
  • Helmet
  • Hat or Beanie

     

Other Stuff

  • GPS or Maps
  • Headlamp
  • A Set of Spare Batteries
  • Duct Tape (wrap some around a pen or pencil)
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Nylon Cord (to hang food)
  • Pen & Pencil
  • Journal (for profound thoughts)






     

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