Equipment check for my first bicycle tour

As my trip looms nearer, I thought I would share my packing list for my first ever bicycle tour. If you were preparing for a similar trip, you would be glad to know that some airlines do give extra weight allowance if you are bringing along a sports equipment. In my case, a bicycle would get me an extra 10 kg weight allowance for check-in luggage with Qatar Airways.

Due to the fact that I am flying to Frankfurt and returning from Munich, I needed to ensure that everything I pack will go on the bicycle. That means using a foldable duffel bag instead luggage cases so that the duffel bag folds and pack into the pannier easily.

Here’s my packing list for this trip:

Bicycle Accessories

  • Panniers and racks (front and back)
  • Handlebar bag
  • Seat bag (with Carry-on bag to carry the bicycle)
  • Water bottle with cage
  • Cycle computer
  • Flashlight (mounted on handlebar)
  • Rear bicycle light
  • Bell
  • Front and rear fend guards
  • Bungee cords
  • Bicycle locks (one U-lock and one cable lock)

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (1/2 man)
  • Sleeping bag with liner
  • Air pillow
  • Camping stove (fuel to be purchased at travel destination)
  • Cooking pot with utensils (spork)
  • Mug
  • Water bag and water bottle
  • Lighter
  • Washing Detergent

Clothing

  • Cycling gloves
  • 1 long-sleeve jersey
  • 2 cycling T-shirts
  • 2 cycling shorts
  • Sports shoes (Timberland Radler with Pedal Flex technology)
  • 6 Sock pairs
  • Underwear (boxers)
  • 2 T-shirts (random)
  • 2 singlets
  • 1 pair of cargo shorts
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 tracksuit
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 flip flop
  • Buffs
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Washing powder

Electronics

  • Battery-powered glow stick
  • Batteries
  • Smartphone
  • Chargers
  • Travel adapter
  • Camera
  • Mp3 player
  • Kindle
  • BlackBerry Playbook (no laptops for this trip)

Tools/Gears

  • Duct tape (taped around a card)
  • Multi-tool (screw driver, allen keys, various size wrenches, chain breaker, tire remover, knife)
  • Travel pump (my seatpost pump)
  • Spare tubes (one for main tires, one for backup)
  • Patch kit
  • GPS (Garmin eTrex with waypoints and routes mapped out)
  • Rope
  • Cable ties (lots of them!)

Others

  • Notebook/extra paper
  • Pen
  • Foldable day pack

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