What do you need for a long distance cycling trip?

Equipment List

Modify the following list depending on your personal needs and past experiences. Keep in mind that you generally won’t need any more gear for a hundred-day tour than for a fourteen-day tour. This is what we have needed so far on Indian roads for short trips.

On-the-bike Clothing

  • Cycling helmet
  • Touring shoes — good for walking as well as riding, i.e. some flex in the sole
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
  • Socks — wool ]c (2 or 3 pair)
  • Leg warmers or tights for riding (rain pants could substitute)
  • Short-sleeved shirts (2)
  • Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
  • Rain gear, jacket and pants

Off-the-bike Clothing

  • Comfortable shorts
  • Underwear (1 to 3 pair)
  • Sandals, flip-flops, or lightweight shoes
  • Hat/ Cap
  • Rain Coat/ Sweater (depends on the season)

Miscellaneous

  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Lightweight lock and cable
  • Water carrying bladders or containers – at least 650ml
  • Basic first-aid kit with emergency numbers
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Camera and journal (optional)
  • Bear spray and cords to hang bags

Tools and Spare Parts

  • Tire levers/ patch kit
  • Spare tube (and tire, depending on the trip)
  • Mini-pump
  • Electrical tape
  • Spoke wrench
  • Spare spokes sized for your bike’s wheels
  • Allen wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • Chain tool (or substitute a good multi-tool for this, allen wrenches, and screwdrivers)
  • Brake cable
  • Extra nuts, bolts, and wire (particularly for racks)
  • Assorted plastic zip ties
  • Bicycle light (optional)
  • Rearview mirror (optional)
  • Hoseclamp
  • Spare brake pads
  • Spare clipless-pedal-cleat bolts
  • Duct tape

Camping

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Ground cloth
  • Personal eating utensils (fork, spoon, cup, bowl)
  • Stove (optional)
  • Cooking equipment (Small pots and pans – optional)
  • Boxes (to carry food if excess)

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