Touring Bike Accessories and Bicycle Touring Gear

Over the years, I've used hundreds of different types of touring bike accessories and bicycle touring gear. Here's a look at reviews of gear for long distance bicycle touring.

Some tips on how to wild camp when bike touring.

Best Bike Touring Accessories

At the time of creating this blog post, I've been bicycle touring for the better part of 20 years. During this time, my cycling trips have taken me all over the world, where I've experienced a multitude of different countries, terrains, and environments.

As you can imagine, I've used hundreds of different items of bike touring gear, ranging from tents through to the touring bicycles themselves. All of these bicycle accessories have been tested to the max!

Whilst I've not written or reviewed every single piece of long distance bicycle touring gear I've used (thankfully!), I do have a number of reviews you might be interested in.


I've broken down the reviews of touring bike accessories and gear into sections below. If you're considering buying some bike touring gear for your next bicycle tour, some of them might be worth a quick read before you splash your cash!

Bicycle Touring Packing List

Let's start with a few bicycle touring packing lists, which detail some of the bike touring gear I've taken with me on recent bike tours.

These lists include items I use when camping, navigating, and also some of the electronic gear I take with me to document the journey and write blogs such as this.

Sadly, I never created bike touring packing lists for my England to South Africa and Alaska to Argentina bicycle tours. Still, I'm sure you will find these other gear lists from different cycle tours useful.

Touring Bicycle Reviews

The best bicycle handlebar bag for bike touring

True story – On my very first bike tour around New Zealand, I flew over to Auckland, visited a bike shop, and picked up a cheap hybrid (as they were known then) bike for under 200 dollars, and proceeded to pedal it around New Zealand for 4 months.

At the end, I even managed to sell the bike for around 75% of it's original value!

Since then, I've come to realize that specifically designed touring bikes have many advantages when it comes to riding on a long trip.

I've used a few different types of touring bicycle on various tours. Such reviews as I did create are listed below.

Touring Bike Accessories 

A touring bicycle is really a sum of its parts. The best bike in the world is going to feel like crap if you don't have a comfortable seat, and everyone has their own opinion on what are the best types of handlebars for bike touring.

Below, I've listed my reviews of things like seats and handlebars, along with some other posts to do with choosing a bike for touring, and thoughts on components.

Tools for Bicycle Touring

Once your touring bike is set up the way you want it, you'll need to think what type of tools you want to carry on your bicycle tour.

The bare minimum for a repair kit should at least be a patch kit and bike pump, but it's worth considering multi-tools and chain breakers for longer tours.

Here's a few essential bike touring gear tools I use regularly, and take on tour with me.

Bike Touring Bags, Panniers, and Trailers

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Review

Once you have chosen a bike, you are going to need something to carry all your bike touring kit in! The most common ways, are panniers, trailers, and framebags.

Here's a look at some of the bike touring bags I've used, along with some reviews and thoughts.

Bike Camping Gear

Wild camping in Central Greece during my bike tour

One of the great things about bicycle touring, is having the freedom to camp at the end of every night. Of course, you'll need some form of sleeping system to do this.

In some countries, you can happily use a hammock system, whilst others a tent is necessary. Along with the sleeping system, there's other things to consider such as bike camping stoves, sleeping mats, and sleeping bags.

Here's my bike camping gear reviews.

Clothes for bike touring

What clothes should you take on a long distance bike tour? It's always a tricky one to answer, and depends how much weight you want to carry.

These reviews cover things such as cycle touring shorts and waterproof clothes.

Gear for long distance bicycle touring

Best Bike Accessories FAQ

There is a wide range of gear available for bicycle touring and bikepacking, including panniers, racks, handlebar bags, bike trailers, saddle bags, and frame bags. In addition, there's all sorts of other cycling accessories, such as helmets, bells, locks, and pumps.

Readers who are looking to purchase some new gear for their next bicycle touring adventure might find the following questions and answers helpful.

What is the best waterproof pannier for bike touring?

The best waterproof pannier for bike touring will depend on your individual requirements, but Ortlieb is recognized as having excellent quality products especially when it comes to panniers.

What is the best front rack for bike touring?

There are a few different types of front racks available, but the most popular option for bicycle touring is the low-rider style. Some of the best brands include Tubus, Surly, and Salsa.

What is the best trailer for bike touring?

The most popular option for bicycle touring when it comes to trailers is the BOB Yak trailer. The Extra Wheel trailer is also a good choice, especially for outback style adventures.

What is the difference between bikepacking and bike touring?

The main difference between bikepacking and bike touring is that bikepacking usually involves more off-road cycling, whilst bike touring is more suited for on-road cycling. Bikepacking involves traveling lightweight with gear stuffed mainly into frame bags, while bike touring is typically done with racks and panniers.



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  1. Great information, thanks dave. I have limited wifi and have been reading your blogs as i cant watch utube. I am hoping to do the euro velo 6 route next year. Total newbie here so its loads of valuable information.


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