<5$ Gear to set up your Bicycle for a Road Touring trip

No, I am not going out of path, I assure you that this blog is still about minimalism.

However,
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.

 

Part of a blue touring bicycle and legs of the cycler
I may cycle Naked but I always wear the reflective jacket.

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
A bicycle parked in front of a diamond shaped, colorful, building in the night
Reflectors shining in the night, while I am Parked in front of the National Library in the Belorussian soft Dictatorship

It seems strange, but lights are the most important accessory.
You need in total six lights fastened on the bike!


A bicycle hanging by it's right pedal on a wooden bench in a bus stop
If the bicycle is not too heavy, you can lift it for smaller reparation without having to take out all the bags, which is really handy. So avoid to bring too much stuff.

Tools – For repair


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

 


The handlebar of the bicycle with phone older, compass-bell and basket
The phone older, compass-bell and basket, really useful stuff!

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 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

The back side of a touring bicycle
Reflectors and lights, the most important accessories

Optional, for extra comfort

 

Two men on two bicycles bike touring in the nature
The most Road Touring Cyclists I have met, travel with the bicycle fully loaded, which is for me not necessary, it’s more hassle than comfort.                                                                                           Here Jaque on the left and a canadian cyclist on the right, they were both lovely and extremely knowledgeable; cycling the world.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

A laptop on the back rack of a bicycle, used as desk
With the use of a simple elastic you can transform your bicycle in an handy laptop desk

 

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.

If you want to know what to put in your backpack, read the post I wrote about it.
I also have a dedicated page about all technical aspects of traveling the world for long time.

Two bicycles parked in a small street with a men looking at it
My bicycle compared with the one of a traveler friend, Luca, another Luca in Riga. I have much less gear and my bike set up looks almost like a city bike. I have spent much less money then him!

 

I hope you have found the informations 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!

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