Bike Touring Gear
March 30, 2011 5:56 AM Subscribe
Tell me about your indispensable gear for bicycle touring.
posted by backseatpilot to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (27 answers total) 52 users marked this as a favorite
A few friends and I got really excited about the prospect of bike touring late last season, and I want to try to make it a reality this summer. For these upcoming trips, I currently own a) a bicycle, and b) a helmet.
So, I probably need to equip myself a little better. Ideally, I'd like to camp rather than stay in hotels. What's the one piece of gear that made your bicycle tours just that much easier, more comfortable, or generally more enjoyable? I realize I'm going to need things like a sleeping bag and a tent, but I'm at a loss otherwise. How many changes of clothes is appropriate? What do you normally bring for food?
The bike I'm planning to use is a 2006 Specialized Sirrus. I have a rear rack, bar ends (flat handlebars), and a single bottle cage. What else should I consider for the bike? More bottle cages? Change the handlebars?
To start off, I'm envisioning rides we can do to places that have transit we can return to Boston on, such as riding to the Cape and taking the Provincetown ferry home. So, probably a lot of three-day weekends for the time being.
(As an aside, I have experimented with heavy loads by transporting a 45 lb bag of cat litter home strapped to the top of the rack, and the bike was almost unrideable. Is it going to be really foolish to load this up with touring gear?)