Considered a mix of backpacking and bike riding, bike touring is a popular and still a growing choice of adventure for many outdoor enthusiasts all around the world.
Compared to other ways of traveling and exploring, bike touring is cheaper, healthier, and more slow-paced. The bicycle lets you cover more ground while still being slow enough to enjoy the views and interact with nature, the people, and the places along the way.
After you decided what type of bike touring adventure you’d like to indulge in, it is time to build your kit list. This is daunting for every beginner. But spend time researching and testing to see what’s needed and what’s not.
The kit list discussed in this article is what worked for us on our bike touring. Even so, we changed the place of most items several times during our trip, depending on what we needed easy access to on specific days, etc.
Trying it out there is the key. Eventually, you’ll figure out your final bike touring kit list and the perfect place for each item.
Parts of a Touring Bike
Your bicycle is your lifeline and buddy when bike touring. It is essential to know its parts, usage, and how to do basic repairs. These are also important when packing your gear.
Let’s take a look:
Back Pannier 1
Back Pannier 2
Handle Bar Bag
- Spend time planning and testing
- Get the right kind of bike
- Learn basic bike repair and maintenance
- Depending on where you’ll be bike touring, choose the best season to head out
Bike touring is one of the greatest ways to travel and explore. A perfect spot in between fast travel by air (or other faster vehicles) and slow-paced adventures like hiking. Smell the flowers, swim in the rivers and lakes, meet locals, witness every sunset outdoors, and greet every glorious morning from your camp!