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Bike Touring Gear List: What You Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

By Monkeys And Mountains Adventure @Laurel_Robbins

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Having the right bike touring gear is one of the reasons why my cycling adventures have been epic. Each time I have prepared for a bikepacking trip, I've learnt about new gear items I never realized I needed.

Essentially there isn't much you need to add to your bike touring gear. After all, you don't want to overpack or you'll be over-exerting energy that is better served exploring. But if it is your first time, it doesn't hurt to be slightly over-prepared since detours and hiccups along the way are almost inevitable.

Bike Touring Gear List: What you Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

Read on to find out what you need to make your bikepacking adventure a success.

Bike Touring Gear List: What you Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

It will likely rain at some point while you're hiking the TMB. Shells don't take up much room. It will save you from rain, hail or even snowstorm. Price Range: from$35 to $170

Bike Touring Gear List: What you Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

Only 2 is enough if they are long-sleeved with the option to roll the sleeves up, otherwise, bring 2 short-sleeves and 1 long-sleeve shirt. Price Range: from $8 to $55

The advantage of wearing a cycling-specific top is the nifty pockets on the back. They are great for holding extra food, your phone and other small items. They are also incredibly comfortable and made with cool fabric, perfect for summer and spring. Price Range: from $17 to $28

Bike Touring Gear List: What you Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

While cycling you may need to protect yourself from the elements. UV Sleeves are a great way to protect against sun and moderate wind without having to add a whole layer that may make you overheat. They are also super easy to slip on and off. Price Range: $12 to $15

Bike Touring Gear List: What you Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

Look for ones that are shock-absorbing, or with gel padding. They make a huge difference in preventing handlebar palsy, a painful condition where the ulnar nerve becomes compressed. Price Range: from $10 to $60

Bike Touring Gear List: What you Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

Cycling helmets are not legally required, but we highly recommend wearing one at all times. Price Range: from $16 to $300

Bike Touring Gear List: What you Need for an Epic Cycling Adventure

The Top Tube Bag is perfect for storing items that you use often and may need to reach quickly, like your phone or your tube kit. Price Range: $20 to $40

(you can wear hiking pants over them). Alternatively, you can choose between padded hiking shorts or padded hiking pants. The choice is yours, but padding will help prevent saddle soreness. Price Range: from $7 to $20

You only require this if you bring your own bike. On our recommended cycling tours, you'll be provided with a bike and with a repair kit. Price Range: from $8 to $40

There are lots of towns and villages where you'll be able to stop and get something to drink, but I recommend always having enough water with you. Check out this post on hydration packs for more options. Price Range: from $13 to $60

Although completely optional, this is a nifty piece of bike touring gear. It's adjustable so you can store an extra bottle or a portable coffee flask. Price Range: $10 to $13

Safety should always come first. It's always good to have a bike light (front and rear) in case you're caught in bad weather, are riding on busier roads or get delayed and end up riding into the night. Price Range: $10 to $17

Additional Notes on this list of Bike Touring Gear

Snacks

Although there are lots of restaurants along the way, I recommend having some nutritious snacks with you, since you may get hungry along stretches where there is nothing available. A typical day for us was a quick coffee stop in the morning, lunch in a restaurant, followed by another coffee and cake stop later in the afternoon!

Luggage Transfer

If you're having your luggage transferred, on one of the Danube Cycling Tours, that we recommend please note that your luggage will be left unattended at times. As a result, I would carry your valuables in your panniers.

There is nothing more exciting than embarking on an adventure prepared. With this list of bike touring gear, you'll be on your way to an adventure like no other.


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