What are my options for getting all that gear onto my bike?
If you are new to bicycle touring it isn’t always easy to know what gear you are going to need for the bike. Look at the how and where that you want to tour; minimalistic or totally independent, winter or summer, on-road or off road; fast or slow and use this a starting point. Ultimately it is your decision and what I say is a must have, may not be something that you even consider.
Everything is subjective and there is no golden rule that will suit all situations or all people.
Listed below is the gear that I always take when staying out overnight with the optional items prefixed with an asterisk (*).
Again, remember that this is what works for me, it is up to you to adapt it so that it makes you happy.
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.
For a long time I have been resisting suggestions that I replace the basic bike pedals with cleats and shoes with clips. But after discussions with several mountain bike risers recently, I have succumbed and joined the serious riders.