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Bicycle Touring Checklist

bicycle touring checklist

The right equipment is part of a relaxing holiday on a bike. In the run-up to the holiday, you should deal intensively with the topic six to eight weeks before the start of the trip in order to be able to fill any gaps in a relaxed manner.

Choose the right bike for your tour

The most important utensil and at the same time the most important piece of equipment is, of course, the bike itself. The everyday bike is usually sufficient for smaller, occasional trips. If you want more extensive tours that span several days or weeks, it is worth buying a special trekking bike or touring bike. In any case, it is important to test a new bike thoroughly before you go on a long tour or on a cycling holiday. Immediately before the holiday, you should check all screws again for a secure fit and check the brakes and air pressure.

Below we have put together a checklist for bicycle touring. Depending on the type and scope of the tour, as well as the place where the vacation is to take place, some things can remain safely at home. The following compilation is therefore a bit too extensive for most.

Your Checklist for Bicycle Touring

Bicycle Equipment

  • Bicycle lock
  • Replacement hose (make sure you have the right size!) Air pump, patch kit, tool (e.g. a multitool), rag
  • Replacement cables for brakes and gears
  • Replacement chain and chain locks
  • Water bottle(s)

Luggage Transport

  • Two separate panniers in the back
  • Possibly two smaller panniers in front, so-called low-rider pockets (for better weight distribution)
  • Handlebar bag with map compartment
  • Packing roll if necessary

Clothing

  • Bicycle helmet and peaked cap
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shorts
  • Rain pants, rainproof windbreaker
  • Sports / cycling shoes
  • Short and long everyday pants
  • Socks, underwear
  • T-shirts and / or short and long shirts
  • Pullover
  • Sleeping gear
  • Another pair of shoes / (bike) sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

Navigation & Documents

  • Bike computer, possibly with cycling & hiking maps
  • Travel Guide & bed + bike directory
  • ID card / Passport
  • Cash / Credit card
  • Copies of the papers
  • Pen & Pencil
  • Mobile phone (incl. charger)

Mobile Pharmacy

  • Suncream
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Medical thermometer
  • Disinfectant
  • Headache tablets

Hygiene

  • Shower gel / shampoo, soap
  • Comb / brush
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Shaving kit
  • Detergent / washing paste
  • Dish detergent / kitchen towel
  • Toilet paper / handkerchiefs
  • Shoe cleaning / sewing kit

Camping

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Light tent
  • Travel cooker
  • Dishes
  • Food & Spices

Other

  • Digital camera (incl. charger or batteries)
  • Sunglasses, cycling glasses, replacement glasses if necessary
  • Pocket knife
  • Flashlight and light in the tent
  • Folding scissors
  • Books