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.
You have here a list of 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 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
It seems strange, but 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 not 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 are cycling in
- Phone holder – High, so you can record videos of the street
- 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 – Sygic or Google Maps are both fine, just make sure you download the maps.
- Ulysse speedometer – to have your speed visualised and tracked.
- AutomateIt – you can trigger the map automatically if you start cycling
- Overlays – You can get a floating layer with widgets, for example maps or weather widget always visible.
- AZ screen recorder – record your screen for afterwards 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!