Step 3: What gear do I need? Paul
Step 3: What Gear Do I Need?
Sorting out the redundant
It is a sure as death and taxes, if you are planning to bicycle tour, even for one night, you are going to have to take some stuff with you. Even if you plan to stay in paid accommodation and eat takeaway all day, the gear list may only be a change of clothes, a toothbrush and puncture repair kit, but for the full month long self-supported tour you will probably pack four panniers and possibly even a trailer.
Regardless of the type of tour, your mantra should be “Lighten the load where less is more”.
Remember that the fun of the ride is directly proportional to the weight you are dragging around.
Take it from someone who shipped 11 kilogram home after my first week of cycling down the River Murray in 2015. That first week was absolute torture!
Wherever you can, buy or pack lightweight, less bulky and multi-purpose alternatives that are appropriate for your expected conditions.
Ideally this should at least be an overnight stay after which you may find yourself eliminating some things you thought essential and adding others you overlooked.
If it helps you sort out your list, I have split my list of gear into four separate lists, these being bike, camping, personal and photographic gear. I find it easier that way to manage each individually, especially when the length of rides varies and I adjust contents accordingly.
Good luck with assembling your list.
Don’t get discouraged, this process of trial and error is something we all do, it’s all part of constantly massaging the contents of our ideal bicycle touring packing list. It will take time to get is just right.
The cycling movie maker's friend: Hands free movie making with a variety of creative placement options. For the ride down the River Murray, I made my own mounts out of PVC water pipe which where great, but they were not flexible in their positioning and so the range of angles I could get from the bike was limited.
If only there was a clamp out there that gave me a wide range of mounting options. Well folks, I think I have found just what I need.
Being a solo traveler, I don’t have many photos that include yours truly and this tripod is a great way to be included in the creative shots. Being a solo traveler, I Being a solo traveler, I don’t have many photos, I don’t have many photos that include yours truly and although there are occasions where I could ask someone to take my picture, from experience, I know I won’t be happy with the result. However, being the smart cyclist that I am, I started looking for lightweight tripods and quickly discovered the adaptable GorillaPod.
Retailing at around $20, it is made from stainless steel and has a lockdown handle. I wouldn't use the lockdown feature as a pressure cooker or to seal food inside while cycling, but it will be a good storage area for packaged hers etc. Being able to pack inside items is certainly a space saver and makes getting the next meal ready a whole lot easier
Besides the pure joy of just being out on the bike, the other aspect of solo cycling that I especially enjoy is recoding the experience.
Photography has always been a passion but now, out discovering Australia at a snail's pace, there are countless micro stories to be told with an equally endless range of possibilities to be explored in their telling.
It has been a few years since I had purchased a decent camera but having tried using my mobile phone for cycling photos, I made the decision recently that something a little better was needed for my next big trip.
This small, relatively lightweight solar panel has totally changed how I think about cycling with all my photographic / electronic gear.
Strapped to the back or front of my bike, it can be positioned so that it takes full advantage of available sun light to keep the internal battery charged.
The Soto OD-1NP Muka Stove is an improvement on earlier liquid fuel stoves in that the burner does not need priming and it burns with a strong intense heat, cooking food very quickly.
The Soto OD-1NP Muka Stove is an improvement on earlier liquid fuel stoves in that the burner does not need priming and it burns with a strong intense heat, cooking food very quickly. Fill the fuel bottle (sold separately) with methylated spirit or Shellite, pump it until the gauge shows the red marker and you are good to go. From the 3-4 times I have had it out on trips with me, I must say that I am very impressed.
When I purchased my Vivente Anatolia from BMC here in Adelaide some five months ago, one of the standard features that caught my eye was that it came with front and rear light powered by a front axle dynamo.
As a solo cyclist, it is imperative that we making sure that our drinking water is safe; a dose of dysentery with the associated diarrhoea and vomiting for days will not only stop us cycling, it will deplete what could be finite water reserves. It may even lead to acute respiratory infection in which case we may not be able to get to hospital; a dangerous situation for anyone out in the bush on their own.
Before getting my Blackwolf Grasshopper 3 hiking tent, I was using with a small two man tent that although very convenient to carry on the bike, it was clumbsy to erect, cumbersome to get in and out of as well as being very short on inside room.