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Bike Touring Preparation Tips

Bike Touring

Photo By gabriel amadeus under CC BY License

There are many options available for bike touring, here are some things to consider when planning your outing or booking with a tour operator.

Decide How You’d Like to Tour

Credit Card Touring– travel very light staying at hotels and hostels along the way, eating out at restaurants.

Fully Loaded-also known as self supported carrying everything you’d need, food, camping gear including tent, sleeping bad and stove.

Supported Tour– a SAG (acronym for Support and Gear) vehicle follows your route carrying all your gear.

Gear Carriers

Bicycle touring is very similar to backpacking. Pack panniers just as you would a backpack. One exception, you’re going to now carry a couple of pounds of bicycle repair tools.

A good source for front or rear racks, panniers and packs:

Some bicycle tourist like to travel with everything but the kitchen sink. Trailers designed to haul large loads nearing 100lbs are commonly called BOBs (Beast of Burden).

A great online worldwide bicycle journal, forums, reviews and classified source is www.crazyguyonabike.com

Common Bicycle Tools To Carry

  • Multi-Tool- Topeak Alien II
  • Tire Pump- Topeak Road Morph
  • Tire Gauge- Presta or Schrader Valve stem
  • Two Spare Tubes
  • Patch Kit
  • Zip Ties


  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Take-a-Look rear view mirror (helmet or sunglass mounted)
  • Warm and cold weather gloves, rain mitts
  • Bike shoes
  • Socks acrylic for summer, smart wool for winter or cool conditions
  • Bicycle shorts with built in chamois
  • Tights
  • Patagonia silk weight long sleeve shirt
  • LL Bean short sleeve bicycle shirt
  • Wind stopper skull cap
  • Power stretch long sleeve half zip pullover
  • Screaming yellow vest
  • EMS Raincoat and Golite Reed rain pants
  • Women- wrap around skirt to cover bike shorts
  • Crocs to wear in town after the day’s ride is done

Great Bike Tours is here to answer any of your questions when planning a group or private tour with us. We look forward to speaking with you. Please call 802-777-2009 or visit http://greatbike.wpengine.com/private-tips/for more information

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