Going on a cycling tour? Aside from planning your route, it is necessary to create a checklist and prepare the things you need for the tour. It goes without saying that you will have to carry everything you bring with you so it is important to prepare only the lightweight essentials and do away with unnecessary items.
Here are our best tips of what you need to bring for your two-wheeled adventure:
- Bicycle – We’re not kidding you. You need a bike, of course, but we want to emphasise the need to bring the right If you will be riding through rough, off-road trails, you will need a mountain bike that has upright handlebars and a low gear range perfect for pedalling through steep trails. Whatever type of bike you need, visit your local bicycle store or buy bikes online to save time.
- Water Bottle – Water is one of the most important item to bring during a cycling tour. Never rely on shops being accessible and open all the time so bring plenty of water for yourself.
- Chamois Cream – While this can be a little off-putting for some, chamois cream can protect you from unwanted chafing and lessen the friction between your clothing and your skin. Chamois cream is an anti-bacterial that comes in several forms including balms and creams.
- Padded Shorts – this can help reduce possible abrasions in the butt area as it can be worn without underwear. The padding can range from thick to thin. Thick ones are typically designed for long distance riders, which are for men and women to enjoy. Bringing the right pair of padded shorts can make all the difference. Pack at least two pairs for your trip.
- Cycling Shoes – If you will be covering a long distance for the tour, bring a pair of lightweight cycling shoes optimised for good foot pedal positioning.
- Bike Tool Kit – At the minimum, a bike tool kit includes a puncture patch and glue, pump, tire levers and tubes. Some zip ties, small-sized bolts, nuts and spare spokes may also be useful.
- Light Foods – Expect to burn extra calories during the cycling adventure. The mountain and the sea are sight to behold but to fully enjoy the ride, you have to load up on food to fuel your system. Make sure you bring carbo food with you to give you enough energy for the trip.
- Electrolyte Drink – Water may not be enough to keep you hydrated during the entire trip. An electrolyte drink can help you avoid cramps and keep you better hydrated.
- Waterproof, lightweight Jacket – No matter where you are going, a jacket is a must. Just make sure it won’t put on too much weight on your backpack.
- Sleeping Mat – Bring a lightweight sleeping mat especially if you are planning on camping during your cycling tour. You will need all the rest you can get after pedalling all day.
- Cooking Tools – Bring a bowl, spork, drinking cup, cooking pot, a portable stove and lighter. There are small and compact versions of these tools ideal for biking tours
- Stuff Sack – this can be particularly helpful for compressing your things and keeping them organised. It’s great if it’s waterproof, but if it is not, then include a dry bag for important things.
By packing lightweight and space-saving essentials, not only will you have everything you need—you will have more room to spare for other equally important things. You will enjoy the tour and appreciate the scenic view around you.