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Having the right bike touring gear makes your cycling trip much more enjoyable. That’s why we’ve created this list of what to bring for your bikepacking trip.
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You want to ensure that you have the essential bike touring gear but without overpacking, since then you’ll over-exert energy that is better served exploring. Check out our recommendations for your bikepacking trip that assumes you’re carrying your own bike gear and staying in accommodations along the way.
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
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
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
(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
This sneaker offers you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the ease of clip-in pedals and still be able to explore without having to change your shoes. It’s a great alternative to traditional cycling shoes. I used normal trainers while cycling and had no problems though.
Price Range: $80 to $90
I recommend these even if you are having your luggage transported for you. They come in handy for carrying water, rain gear, and extra layers. You won’t require 2 if you’re having your luggage transported, but I would still recommend two, just to stay balanced. If you are doing the tour on your own, two should be sufficient to carry your gear. That was all I used, and I had a laptop in mine as well.
Price Range: from $50 to $350
For wearing afterward and for sightseeing. Part of what makes the Danube Cycling Tour so special, are all the sights so ensure that you have flip flops, or other comfortable shoes for sightseeing.
Price Range: from $15 to $150
It’s always great to have your cellphone where you can easily reach it. This one is easy to attach and remove from your handlebars.
Price Range: from $16 to $22
2- 3 litres of water
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
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
Depending on where you’re cycling there may be restaurants along the way. However, I recommend checking this first and bringing some nutritious snacks with you, since you may get hungry along stretches where there is nothing available.
When I cycled the Danube, 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!
This bike touring gear list ensures that you’ll have everything you need for a fantastic cycling trip.