What to Put on Your Bike Tour Packing List for Multi-Day Rides
Are you getting ready to head out on a multi-day bike ride? Then you’ll need to be ready for anything, especially the weather.
This can be tricky though, because you need to determine what’s a necessity and what isn’t, since you’ll want to keep your pack lightweight.
Keep reading for the best bike tour packing list that’ll have you ready to tackle anything.
Pack clothing that will be lightweight, versatile, and not very bulky. You may find yourself considering items that’ll be for when you are on and off the bike. However, try and bring as many clothing items as you can that will serve as both; this will reduce the number of clothes you’ll need to pack.
Some riders prefer to wear a light, long-sleeved shirt that’s loose-fitting for riding during the day because it’ll help protect from getting a sunburn. When the weather turns a bit chilly, layering is important to keep you warm from the elements. In the event you face rain, make sure to have your rain gear easily accessible so you can get covered quickly and keep the rest of your items dry.
Other necessities are a couple of pairs of padded bike shorts to keep you comfortable after long days on the trails. Comfortable cycling shoes that have a stiff sole will help increase your efficiency while pedaling. Make sure these shoes have flexibility in the toes if you plan on using the same pair while not on your bike.
Bring a pair of shoes that have extra room if your feet have a tendency to swell some while riding or if you plan on wearing an extra pair of socks when it gets cold. Other recommended items are fingerless gloves to protect your hands from blisters and a bandana or a buff to wear under your helmet.
2. Getting Your Gear Packed
When you’re packing your gear for your ride, keep in mind that you’ll want to keep the weight of your load between 15 to 45 pounds, depending on what you’re comfortable with carrying. You may want to pack these items in a backpack so they’re easily accessible during your ride.
Your essential items such as bike tools and spare parts, food, or cooking equipment should go in the bottom of your backpack since they’re generally heavier. Lighter and bulkier items like extra clothes and raingear should be packed last so they don’t get crushed underneath the heavier items and you can get to them easier.
If you find that your items are too heavy to carry with you while you’re on your bike, then you can store these items with the support vehicle that will be available to carry your extra equipment.
To keep your items in your backpack extra protected from the rain, line the interior with plastic bags or sheeting. Even though your backpack might state it’s waterproof, it can still be prone to water seeping in, especially during heavy rains. This will add an extra layer of protection and peace of mind.
In order to easily identify your clothing items and keep them from getting wrinkles, roll and pack them vertically in resealable bags. This will also help keep things organized and reduce the amount of room needed.
3. Packing Your Bike Trailer
The rest of your gear that you intend on bringing will go into the bike trailer that you will tow behind you. Make sure to keep your load between 15 and 45 pounds; any more than that, and you’ll struggle and not enjoy yourself.
Most trailers come with a cargo bag that you can store the majority of your gear in. Store the heaviest gear towards the bottom and front of the trailer for the best stability. Then take a few minutes to test whether or not that weight is distributed evenly for you and your bike, adjusting things if needed.
Tarps and spare tires for your bike or trailer can be stored in the trailer. If you need quick access to other items such as food, air pump, locks, or rain gear, these items can be strapped with a bungee to the top of the trailer.
4. What to Do With Odds and Ends
Once you’ve decided where to pack your essentials, whether they’re in your backpack or trailer, you may be left with other odds and ends, or items that you pick up along your trip.
Use a detachable bag that can be strapped to your handlebars or a fanny pack you can wear on your person for items such as your wallet or camera. This way, it can easily be detached from your bike and taken with you when you leave your bike for a quick stop.
Other small bike tools or items to fix flats can also be stored in this small bag for quick and easy access.
5. Test It Out
Before setting out on your big trip, it’s important to take your bike fully loaded with your gear for a test run. This way, you can see if you can comfortably manage the full weight of your stuff.
This might be a good opportunity for you to eliminate any unnecessary items once you’ve had a chance to ride with it up and down hills for a few miles.
Depending on what type of tour you’re taking, whether self-organized or through a tour company, you may be able to have additional items transferred from one hotel to the next for you. This would make it easier to keep only the essentials with you during your ride and still have access to things you may need.
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We hope you’ve found this bike tour packing list helpful and will have you ready to get your bike geared up for a great adventure.
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