No, I am not going out of path, I assure you that this blog is still about minimalism.
Here I list gear you may find useful to add on your bicycle if you want to cycle the world, or just have a couple of days on the saddle, even though accessories are not the most important thing in life.
I list what can be useful to take with you for a long, maybe never-ending, road bicycle trip.
It’s a short list for a minimalistic bicycle touring set up, starting with the most important items and ending with the gear you don’t essentially need.
Security – This is the most important gear you need
- Reflectors – The more the better!
- Reflective jacket – To wear all the time you are on the road
- Lights – Solar powered
2x on front with steady light, to fasten on each side of the basket eventually
2x on the back, installed on the mudguard
Reelight – Electromagnetic: one on front & one in the back
- Bike locks, two – Best with code
- Pepper Spray – You will be probably approached by dogs, so you really need it
- Strong stick for dogs – Anything light and practical to take with you
It seems strange, but the lights are the most important accessory.
You need in total six lights fastened on the bike!
Tools – For repair
- Multi-tool – A cheap one will do
- Universal Wrench – Lightweight and strong
- Pump – Even a small one is good
- Repair Set – With the tools to take out the inner tube
- Self-Adhesive patches – Much more convenient than the traditional ones
- Extra inner tube – Practical if you have no time, or no success, to patch
- Tie Zip Wraps – Really useful for anything
- Carabiners – Just in case
Bags – Not too many
- Two rear side bags – The best ones you can order online internationally from Holland, but you need to send the shop a private email. The bigger the better.
- Basket – A basic cheap basket, extremely practical and better than a bag or anything else you can put on the handlebar
Accessories, not vital but useful
- Fenders, Really important, no matter which weather you find
- Phone holder – High, so you can record videos of the street
- Solar Power banks – If you have two power banks and two sets of solar panels, you don´t need to stop to charge your devices
- Usb charger Dynamo – To always have power
- Compass-bell – Two in one, it helps a lot on the way
- Extra bel – Make vehicles hear you is vital!
- Two water holders – You need at least four liters of water with you, all the time! You can install it with the zip ties
- Smartphone accessories – Small things that may be useful
Smartphone apps for bike touring
- Offline maps – Koomot + Sygic + HereWeGo + Google Maps. Best to have them all with offline maps.
- Ulysse speedometer – to visualize your speed and tracked your lapses
- AutomateIt – you can trigger the map automatically if you start cycling
- AZ screen recorder – record your screen for afterward nice memories.
- Audiobooks – unless you like to meditate on the bicycle
Optional, for extra comfort
Which Bicycle for world touring?
In this post I don’t disclose about which bicycle to use simply because it’s not important at all, any bicycle can be good to travel the world, it all depends on your budget and needs.
I can say that the best bicycle is the one you find comfortable to cycle with, possibly a strong bicycle that matches the geography and urbanistic you have to cycle in.
As you may have noticed, the most of those gear I have mentioned are inexpensive and can be easily bought on eBay, keep in mind that the shipping may take about one month, so plan your trip ahead.
I hope you have found the information on this post useful, feel free to share, comment and write.
I would love to know if you think maybe there are accessories that I missed!