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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Australia
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

How I started
The 5 years before I left


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Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle touring lights

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping


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The list below is the gear we used in South America with notes of how it evolved over time due to advances in technology and changes in personal preferences. Please keep in mind that

 

 

 

 

Bike and Bicycle Touring Packing List for Camping and Traveling.

I am reluctant to post our packing list because it draws debate and criticism from those who enjoy what I call "arm chair bicycle touring".  Our gear packing list is constantly changing therefore it is a work in progress.  This list contains the bicycle touring and travel equipment we bring with us and not what I think all bike tourists should have with them.  What a traveler or tourist brings with them is a personal decision.  Keep in mind that we do not always have every item with us.  We have different gear for each continent we are visiting depending on the climate, terrain, and economic level.  I have tried to note these distinctions where they apply.  I hope this equipment packing list provides you with ideas for your next international or domestic bicycle tour.

MAIN PACKING LIST


Touring Bicycles and Accessories

 

Touring Bikes
-Front Racks
-Rear Racks
-Handlebars
-bungee cords
-Touring Tires
-Fenders
-Bottle Cages
-Water Bottles
-Kick Stands
-Cycle computer
-Bicycle lights
-Saddles
See expanded list of  Bike Components

Articles about our touring bikes

The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Why no shock on the bikes?
Why no Bob Trailer?


Panniers / Bike Bags

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Click to see the full line of Ortlieb bags for sale


We have used several brands of bicycle panniers and highly recommend Ortlieb. See Why we switched to Ortlieb waterproof Panniers?


Picture of Tim standing in front of the ancient  Friendship Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Tim's Panniers - front
Tim's Panniers - rear

Tim's Handlebar bag
Cindie's Panniers - front
Cindie's Panniers - back

Add on waterproof rear pockets
Clip on shoulder straps to convert pannier into daypack
Tim's and Cindie's Under seat bag


Cleaning up and looking our best for Chinese immigration and customs officials.  With waterproof Bicycle Touring Panniers there is no need to remove them during a bike wash. - Vietnam/China border.


Camping

Buying Camping Equipment

Tent and Ground Cloth
Tarp
Sleeping Bag  Water proof stuff sack
Sleeping pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
Water Storage / Solar Shower 
Flash Light (Torch) Electronics
Camp chair


Tools, Spare Parts, and Repair Kits

Tools

Spare Parts and repair kits

-Tube patch kit
-Tire levers
-Tire pump
-Chain Tool
-Allen Key Set
-Cassette Cracker (remover)
-chain ring bolt wrench (spanner)
-17-18 mm Cone wrench (spanner)
-Chain Lube / Rag
-drive train cleaning brush
-Spoke Wrench
-Spare Spokes
-wire emergency spoke
-8,9,10 mm Wrenches (spanner)
-15 mm (cone) Pedal / 32 mm Headset -Wrench (spanner)
-Crank Puller-Bottom Bracket Tool

-Multi Tool - Leatherman (Knife, Pliers, screw drivers, needle nose pliers, file, Etc.)

-Spare Tubes
-Frame Bolts
-Zip Ties
-Shift/Brake Cable and housing
-Electrical. Tape
-Duct Tape (not pictured)
-Bike Grease
-Short Chain Piece
-Spare Brake Pads
-hose clamps

-Pannier Repair Kit
-Stove Repair Kit
-Sewing Kit (not pictured)
-Water filter repair kit

For continents where we plan on extended wilderness camping and/or riding where modern spare parts are limited.

-Spare Foldable Tire
-Rear Axel
-Tent Repair Kit
-SIS Cable Cutter

-Adjustable Wrench: I rarely carry this because adjustable wrenches (spanner) can be found in most gas stations around the world.

Eye glasses repair kit (we no longer wear eye glasses)


Kitchen

-Cooking knife
-Spices
-Olive oil
-Iodine Tablets
-Zip Lock Bags

-Coffee
-Sweetener
-Creamer
-Peanut Butter (When we can find it)
- We always have at least two meals with us but in remote areas we carry up to 2 weeks supply of food staples.

-Pots and Pans : 4 quart pan, two pots, coffee cup for Tim, coffee cup for Cindie.
-Utensils: 2 Sporks
-Tea Strainer
-can opener
-Pot scrubber
-Liquid soap
-dish drying rag: only carried when we are camping/cooking a lot

Camping Stove

-Stove
- Fuel bottle:  size depends on the continent we are traveling and the frequency of gas / petrol stations
-Lighters
-Stove Repair Kit


Electronics

Computer
Laptop Computer
Software/CD ROM/DVD
Microphone
Network Cable and coupler
Music / News Radio
MP3 / Cable
Portable Speakers
Shortwave radio
Headphones
Still / Video Camera
Video / Still Camera
Extra 8 Hour Battery
Power Cord
Cleaning Kit
Lenses - Zoom - Wide Angel - filter
Mini Tripod
Mini DV Tapes
Memory Stick
USB Cable / Fire Wire
Power and Electricity
NiMh AA Rechargeable Batteries
AA Battery Charger
Power Converter for Battery Charger
3 way splitter (US Plug) Extension Cord
Other
Flash Light (Torch)
Head Lamp
Bike Flashing Tail Lights
Altimeter / Compass watch
Bike Computer
Articles

Electronics and bicycle tours
How do I obtain electricity
Why not a solar panel.


Water Purification/Storage Department

10 Liter Water Container/Solar shower
Shower Head

Iodine tablets
Water Filter
Water filter repair kit


Health
Lip Balm
Sunscreen
Insect Repellant
Mosquito coils
Toilet paper

scissors

Lotion
Fingernail clippers

email cindie for her personal list

SHOWER BAG

Tooth brush
Tooth paste
Pack towel
Brush
Comb
Shampoo
Soap
Razor

first aid kit

 

 


Clothing

Helmet
Sunglasses
-Bandana

Cycling Clothing

Cycling jersey
Cycling tights
Cycling shorts
Cycling gloves
Cycling shoes
Light weight wool socks
Wind/rain jacket and pants
Gore-Tex socks

Camping Clothing

Long underwear top
Long underwear bottom
Fleece jacket
Fleece pants
Short sleeve shirt
Convertible pants
Swim suit
Sun hat
Bandana
Cold weather hat
Sandals

Nylon Stuff Sack
Laundry bag


Papers and Money

Maps  water proof case

Travel books

Vault

Passports
Visa card
ATM card
Birth certificate
Social security card
Drivers license


Security

combination lock
Cable

Knife

Pepper Spray

Pac safe


 

   
   

 

 

Tim's Bike List
Cindie's Bike List

Tim's Backpack List
Cindie's Backpack List

 

Tim's Bike List

 

Handlebar Bag

Camera / Camcorder
Radio
Wallet
Maps
Knife
Lip Balm
Flyers
Pen

Left Front
Tim's Clothes

2 long john top
1 fleece jacket
2 convertible shorts/pants
fleece sweat pants
long bike gloves
Ski (warm) Hat
1 pair Gore Tex Socks

Right Front
Tim's Clothes

2 bike bib shorts
2 bike jerseys
1 long sleeve bike jersey
short bike gloves
bandannas
8 pairs of wool socks in mesh bag
Adventure Hat

 
Left Rear
Food, Water, and Gear

Pan

Shower Bag

books

Tools


OUTSIDE POCKETS

10 liter water bag
Water Filter

Tim's Inflatable Sleeping Pad
Tire Pump with Gauge

AC Adapter for AA Charger
Charging Cord for Camera / Camcorder

6 tubes
emergency tire

Right Rear

Computer dry bag dust cloth

Instant coffee
Sweetener with plastic spoons
Powered milk
Oatmeal


OUTSIDE POCKETS

Stove/wind shield

AA Rechargeable Batteries
AA battery recharger
External antenna for Shortwave Radio

Tim's Inflatable Sleeping Pad
Head Lamp

Charging Cord for Computer
extension cord
plug adapters

Pac Safe
leg bands
cloths line
shoulder straps for bike bags

Rear Rack

Tent Ground Cloth
tennis / hiking shoes
Camp Chairs
bungee cords

 


Cindie's Bike List

 

Handlebar Bag
 

c

d

e

Left Front
Cindie's  Clothes

b

c

d

e

Right Front
Cindie's  Clothes

b

c

d

e

 
Left Rear
 

Electronics Bag

c

d

Basement / Storage

Right Rear
 

c

d

Basement / Storage

Rear Rack

2 Sleeping Bags in 1 large dry bag.
2 bungee cords

 


Tim's Backpack List

 
 
 

 


Cindie's Backpack List

 
 
 


 

Pac Safe


Gear that Saves Money

Below are some specific examples of things that we carry that save us money that most cyclist would consider unnecessary.

We have a stove and cookware to save money in restaurants.

A solar shower to extend the number of days that we can free camp.

Our Water filter prevents the necessity of buying water in countries where you can not drink the tap water.

chairs

battery recharger

shortwave radio

 

 

 

Touring Bicycles

Tim's Bicycle
Front Rack
Rear Rack
See list of Tim's Bike Components

Cindie's Bicycle
Front Rack
Rear Rack
See list of Tim's Bike Components

Accessories on both bikes
Bottle Cages
Water Bottles
Cycle computer
Bicycle lights
 

Why no shock on the bikes?

why no bob

 


Panniers / Bike Bags

Tim's Panniers - front
Tim's Panniers - back
Tim's Handlebar bag
Tims Under seat bag

Tim's Panniers - front
Tim's Panniers - back
Tim's Handlebar bag
Tims Under seat bag

Daypack

bungee cords


Electronics

How do I obtain Electricity
Why not a solar panel.

Laptop Computer
Software
MP3
Video / Still Camera
Shortwave radio
Flash Light (Torch)
Batteries and charger
Altimeter / Compass watch
Bike Computer
Bike Lights


Camping

Buying Camping Equipment


Tent and Ground Cloth
Tarp
Sleeping Bag  Water proof stuff sack
Sleeping pad need pic
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
Water Storage / Solar Shower  need pic
Flash Light (Torch) Electronics need pic
Camp chair need pic


Kitchen

Cooking knife

Lighters

Stove

Pots and Pans - titanium, 4 quart pan, two pots, coffee cup for Tim, coffee cup for Cindie


Cook box
Spices
Olive oil
Dishes
Utensils
Pot scrubber
Liquid soap

 


WATER DEPT.

10 Liter Water Container
Shower Head

solar shower

Iodine tablets
Water Filter

 


FOOD BASICS / STAPLES

Ziploc bags

 


Health

Lip Balm
Sunscreen
Insect Repellant
Toilet paper

first aid kit

Lotion
Fingernail clippers

Shower bags

 


SHOWER BAG

Tooth brush
Tooth paste
Pack towel
Brush
Comb
Shampoo
Soap
Razor


FIRST AID / EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

 


Clothing

Sunglasses

Helmet

Cycling Clothing

Cycling jersey
Cycling tights
Cycling shorts
Cycling gloves
Cycling shoes
Light weight wool socks
Wind/rain jacket and pants
Gore-Tex socks

Camping Clothing

Long underwear top
Long underwear bottom
Fleece jacket
Fleece pants
Short sleeve shirt
Convertible pants
Swim suit
Sun hat
Bandana
Cold weather hat
Sandals

Nylon Stuff Sack
Laundry bag

 


Papers and Money

Maps  water proof case

Travel books

Vault

Passports
Visa card
ATM card
Birth certificate
Social security card
Drivers license


Security

combination Lock
Cable

Pac Safe

Knife

Pepper Spray


Bicycle Tools

Tools  Tool bag

Tire patch kit
Tire levers
Spare Tubes
Spare Foldable Tire
Tire pump with pressure gauge

Tool knife


Household tools and Repair Kits

sewing kit
scissors

Leatherman


Gear that Saves Money

Below are some specific examples of things that we carry that save us money that most cyclist would consider unnecessary.

We have a stove and cookware to save money in restaurants.

A solar shower to extend the number of days that we can free camp.

Our Water filter prevents the necessity of buying water in countries where you can not drink the tap water.

chairs

battery recharger

shortwave radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice

- Bike Stuff
- Camping

Touring Bicycles
Panniers
Racks
Saddles
Tires
Lights

Fenders
Tools and Spares

Tents
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress
Camp Stove
Water Filter
Pots and Pans
First Aide Kits
Solar Power
Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Pedals
Handelbars/Grips
Headsets
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag

Lights

Helmet
Bike Shoes
Bike Touring Shorts

Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

Much MORE Gear Here!

Sponsors (how?)


Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress Pads


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