Gear and equipment

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There’s no need pack everything but the kitchen sink, but there is some great gear and equipment to consider adding to your packing list for your next bike tour. Here are a few suggestions. (Don’t forget to check out our suggested packing list, too!)

Every operator and tour will have different types of equipment provided, such as bikes, locks, helmets, etc. Be sure to check what’s included by reading through the tour page information and your pre-tour documents.

Here are a few additional suggestions:

Map holder

Since many rental bikes come with saddlebags but not handlebar bags, many people find a map holder helpful so that you don’t have to keep pulling increasingly wet, sweaty paper from your pockets. These plastic sleeves attach to your handlebars and make for easy reference to the route maps provided by the tour operator.

Day pack

Even with the saddlebags, you may wish to bring a day pack that you can drop into the bag and lift out when you go exploring by foot or stop at a restaurant. That way, you don’t have to leave valuables behind or take off the saddlebags each time. Another option is a waist pack.

Electricity

Voltage and plug types differ around the world. Check out this listing by country to see what kind of adaptors and/or converters you need if you’re taking any electronics. (Note that European countries use a 220-volt current but different plugs.) Local electronics stores should have adapters and converters, or check with Travel Essentials.

One of the top questions we get is whether the hotels have hairdryers. Well, some do and some don’t. Since many American models have the wrong voltage (and are heavy), we recommend a travel dryer that has a switch for 110 and 220 voltage.

Additional resources

Bicycle clothing and accessories
PerformanceBike.com
Nashbar

Travel clothing and accessories
Travel Essentials
Magellan’s Travel Supplies

BikeTours.com “Gear Shop”

BikeTours.com has partnered with New Headings to offer you bicycle and travel clothing and other gear you’ll need for your bike tour. To the gear shop