Touring: What to bring
What bike should I ride?
We sell a range of bikes that are appropriate for touring. They include the very popular Vivente World Randonneur, as well as lots of secondhand Dutch "trekking" bikes which make fantastic comfortable touring steeds.
You can browse our full range of touring-ready bikes.
What tools do I need?
For a self-supported tour, we carry the following tools:
- patch kit
- 8/9/10 socket (for mudguard nuts)
- allen key set
- torx keys (if you have disc brakes)
- spoke keys
- 15mm pedal spanner
- chain tool
- Fiberfix Kevlar Spoke or cassette cracker (for removing the cassette to replace broken drive-side spokes)
- small screwdriver
If you're starting from scratch, we recommend picking up the Lezyne Port-A-Shop kit, which takes care of everything except spoke keys and the cassette cracker.
We also recommend you carry the following spares:
- brake cable
- gear cable
- M5 nuts and bolts
- brake pads
- chain quick-link
- cable ties
- chain lube
- spare spokes
If you have more questions, email us.
What else do I need?
It depends on where you're going and what you're doing. If you want to go "credit card touring", then all you need is a water bottle and some snacks.
You'll also need a way to carry your gear. Most people will get away with a pair of rear panniers and a handlebar bag. If you can't fit everything in there, you can strap a bag to the top of your rear rack. If you feel like you need front panniers for an overnight trip, you're probably carrying too much stuff. Longer trips may require front panniers.
We use and recommend Ortlieb bags, like the Back Roller Classic and Front Roller Plus. They're waterproof and durable. The best racks to put them on are the German tubular steel Tubus Logo (rear) and the Tubus Duo (front). Some aluminium racks are pretty strong, but others will break, and that's the last thing you want when you're 50km from the nearest town.
Need more information about touring equipment? Want to know what the best sleeping mat / tent / lightweight spork is? Several of our staff are complete gear heads and will happily discuss the merits of tunnel vs freestanding tents for hours. Email us, or drop by for a chat.
If you're looking for a detailed packing list, here's one Chris put together.