Touring by Bike South America, Africa and Europe by Bicycle

Touring by Bike

Checklist for bicycle touring

This is just a permanently evolving checklist. Since this is my first intended big tour, I will post on what I need and don’t have, what I never use but carry with me, etc…

What’s in my luggage (or better said what was in the luggage when I started the tour):

Clothing
– 3 pairs of T-shirts (for biking)
– socks (2 pairs of mountain socks – Decathlon, 2 pairs of biking socks and 2 pairs of normal street socks – cotton)
– one wind stopper (not quite polartec but I prefer this one due to the hood)
– one GoreTex jacket
– GoreTex pants
– biking pants (2 pairs)
– long pants (with a zipper to transform them into shorts)
– biking gloves + silk gloves

Electronics
– D80 camera + battery grip + camera charger
– Panasonic full HD video camera
– phones
– tablet (an old Galaxy Tab 7″)
– memory card
– mp3 player + earphones
– GPS 60csx series
– spare batteries for GPS and the front lamp
– solar battery for recharging the tablet and the phone

Bike stuff
– a spare chain
– 6 spare spokes
– 2 spare cameras
– toolset
– odometer
– bike pump
– bike light
– spare battery for the video camera
– two spare batteries for the photo camera (on the camera I have a battery grip with two batteries already)

Other
– sleeping bag
– silk inner bag
– inflatable pad
– tripod

In Lima I completed the luggage with things that I either didn’t have at home or (in most cases) just forgot to bring:
– cable USB – Galaxy (smart enough it also works with the Sony Ericsson Experia Arc – micro USB)
– adapter for Peruvian electricity plug
– card reader SD, microSD, so I can (try to) download some pictures and free the memory cards from time to time.
– multi tool (I was looking for a Swiss army knife but I found this one and invested 44 Soles in it).
– bike helmet
– one lubricant oil, since I forgot in Stockholm the one I had

If I forgot something, REI has a nice bicycle touring check-list here.

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