Gear is probably one of the most discussed topics on bicycle touring and bikepacking forums. Not surprisingly so, because everyone wants the best equipment on his or her bicycle touring trip. However, ‘the best’ is a subjective term and can be different per person or situation. Therefore, every bicycle touring gear list is different. It depends on what country or climate you’re cycling in, what road surface you’ll encounter if you’re a light or heavy packer, and many other variables.

We found it very useful to read what other people pack, so here is our bicycle touring gear list for one year on a bike combined with multi-day hikes.

Bicycle touring gear list for one year on a bike South America 1
Bicycle touring gear list for one year on a bike South America 2

Bicycle touring gear list: Bikes

We both have an Idworx Easy Rohler – a 28″ wheeled touring bike with Rohloff hub, Magura HS33 Firm Tech brakes. The bikes are largely stock aside from

  • Tires – 28 x 2 inch Schwalbe Marathon Almotion 
  • Saddle  Brooks England
  • Racks  Tubus carriers
  • SON Hub dynamo

Bicycle touring gear list: Panniers and bags

  • Back panniers  Waterproof Ortlieb back roller classic (2 x 20L) 
  • Front panniers – Waterproof Ortlieb front roller classic (2 x 12.5L)
  • Handlebar bag – Brooks England for camera
  • Backpacks  Osprey Atmos 65L (Pim) and Gregory Stout 45L (Nienke) – for multi-day hikes
  • Dry bags  Various dry bags and waterproof compression sacks from Sea to Summit 
  • Daypack  Sea to Summit Ultrasil – lightweight and packs extremely small

Bicycle touring gear list: Camping

  • Tent + footprint  Hilleberg Nallo 3GT, very spacious and with vestibule, 4 season tent, NOT freestanding but have always been able to pitch the tent
  • Sleeping pads – Thermarest NeoAir All Seasons SV 
  • Sleeping bags   3-seasons lightweight sleeping bags (limit 0°C / extreme limit -9 °C) 
  • Sleeping bag liner 
  • Tarp   very versatile and only 200 grams

Bicycle touring gear list: Cooking

  • Stove  MSR Dragonfly – Multifuel stove, with an adjustable flame 
  • Fuel bottle  MSR 0.9 liters
  • Pots – MSR Alpine 2 pot set, 1 & 2 liters – Stainless steel 2-person pot 
  • Pan – Primus  – small foldable frying pan, hardly ever use it when camping
  • Waterfilter  MSR Autoflow gravity filter –  fast, no-pump ultralight water filtration  (broke down because of freezing)
  • Water bags (2x)  Ortlieb 10L, proved useful to carry extra water for a few days
  • Cutlery bag – Opinel, cutting knife, lightweight fork, spoon, knife
  • Coffee sock
  • Plates and mugs  
  • Containers for salt, pepper, and lots of herbs

Bicycle touring gear list: Electronics

  • Laptop –  Dell Latitude E7380 Ultrabook –  compact and lightweight  + waterproof sleeve
  • Camera – Sony A6000 system camera  – compact and a good overall performer
  • Camera  lenses –  Sony  E 16 – 50 mm & Sony E 55-210 mm 
  • Tripod –  cheap ali express tripod
  • Camera remote control – Youpro
  • Phones – Smartphones (Samsung and iPhone) – are also used as a navigation device
  • Phone holders – SP Connect, great for navigation
  • Ereaders –  KOBO Aura edition 2
  • External hard drive  –  Mypassport  2 TB– for all the pictures
  • Powerbank (2x) –  Xiaomi 20000 mAh – pass-through technology to be able to charge the power bank and simultaneously charge a device
  • Hub dynamo charging system –  Bush and Muller USB werk – generates electricity while cycling
  • Solar panel –  Anker Powerport Solar 2
  • Emergency locator beacon – Garmin inReach mini –
  • Cables, chargers, headphones, memory cards, world plugs
  • Head torches & USB rechargeable flashlight

Bicycle touring gear list: Tools & Spares

  • Pump –  Topeak Road Morph G
  • Multitool –  Leatherman
  • Tire repair kit 
  • Chain lube
  • Spare tubes (3x) 
  • Spare tire 
  • Spare brake pads –  
  • Spare spokes – 
  • Missing links –  
  • Rohloff hub oil and cleaning fluid – Recommended to change oil every 5000 km 
  • Repair kit Magura brakes – 
  • Spare Ortlieb screws and spacer clips – cycling off-road, the hook and bots get loose once in a while
  • Nuts and Bolts – a variety of allen bolts
  • Duct tape, electrical tape and tie wraps

Bicycle touring gear list: Clothing


  • cycling shoes –  Vaude TVL Pavei, comfortable clip-in bike shoes
  • hiking boots –  Lowa Lady Light GTX
  • Shoes Tom’s when not cycling or hiking
  • hardshell (rain jacket) –  Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex 
  • midlayer  Arc’teryx atom hoody
  • down jacket Bought in Peru  to survive the cold nights
  • warm vest –  Patagonia fleece sweater
  • cycling shorts (2x)
  • cycling shirts (2x)
  • casual shirts  (2x)
  • merino long sleeve (2x) 
  • trousers  – 1x short, 1x legging, 1x long trouser
  • underwerar and merino socks (4x)
  • swimwear
  • Woolen glove


  • cycling shoes – Vaude TVL Pavei, comfortable clip-in bike shoes
  • hiking boots – La Sportiva Tx4 Mid GTX, comfortable and lightweight approach shoes
  • hardshell (rain jacket) –  Black Diamond hard shell for hiking and general use (sadly lost this one) – Patagonia 2013 hard shell
  • rain pants – Bergans, nothing special, but light and packs small
  • down jacket –  Decathlon down jacket
  • warm vest –  Patagonia better sweater fleece 
  • cycling shorts (2x) –  sportful bibshort, Gonzo cycling underwear
  • cycling shirts (2x) –  nothing fancy, but like to wear flannel shirt
  • long sleeve merino (2x)  Dilling –  good value for money
  • shorts –  one shorts when for on the bike, shirt for of the bike
  • trouser –  Fjall Raven Karl trousers – durable G1000 material
  • shirts –  various
  • swimming truncks
  • underwear and merino socks (4x)  
  • cycling buff
  • Woolen gloves 
  • easy shoes –  Tom’s

Bicycle touring gear list: Other

  • Wallet, passports, copy of passports, vaccination booklet
  • Helmets
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Notebook + pen
  • First aid kit 
  • Toiletries 
  • Clothing line
  • Universal drain plug
  • Bike chain lock 
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