What Gear Do I need for Touring?

Fully Loaded Touring

A question frequently asked ‘Do I need a tourer for touring?’

No, not necessarily.

There are advantages to tourers

Designed to carry a heavy load.

Long wheel-base to more stable

Multiple hand position

The geometry means that it’s more upright.

It is possible to make a few adaptations to your bicycle to make it easier for cycle touring.

Fitting bar ends to flat handlebars

Changing your tyres so that they’re wider

Changing the gearing

This video goes into a lot of  the adaptations that you may want to do to your bicycle. 

These are all just suggestions and the adaptations will vary depending on the terrain that you are going to tackle.

Jo and her hybrid has cycled across France and the UK.  The only adaptation that she made was the addition of handlebar ends.

There are so many different ways of setting up your bicycle.

What do I carry with me?

As little as possible

Try and half whatever you pack.


A tool kit which may include a puncture repair kit, two spare inner tubes, a bicycle multi-tool, a tyre boot, a bicycle pump, some spare chain links, gear cables, brake cables, cable ties, tie down strap or bungee.

A First Aid Kit.


For credit card touring you might be able to get by on two sets of clothes. 

Don’t forget to pack for all weathers, so remember your waterproofs.

Dry bags or packing cubes can help tremendously with organizing your gear.

What to carry everything in?

There are so many choices and options available. What you ride and what style touring you are doing will also determine the bags that you use to carry everything in.

A list of what I took with me on tour can be found on my equipment page.

By Susan Doram

I am passionate about cycling and enjoy encouraging others to ride their bicycles. I am a cycle coach and founder member and chair for Leicester Women's Velo and Founder member and club secretary for Ride on Sistas. I love to encourage others to get active. I am an award wining personal trainer and one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019. I've been on numerous cycle tours and have encouraged others to join me. Part of my cycle touring experience has included cycling around the world for just over 2 1/2 years.

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