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Packing List for Cycling Tours

The following packing list is based on the experience of plenty of cycling tours with a duration of up to 14 days. "Normal" clothes are included. The list is based on the following conditions:

  • Daily washing of jersey, undershirt, underpants, socks

  • Overnight stay in hotels or guesthouses and not in tent


In case of overnight stay in youth hostels, you should add a towel. If you expect cold weather, the shorts should be replaced by zipp trousers or by light jeans.

If you travel alone, I recommed to add a spare foldable tyre (weight approx. 220 g). If you are afraid to leave your bike alone (for example if you go in a food shop), you should add a small lock (approx. 200 g).

A small rear pannier is adequate to store the luggage. Compared with a combination of a handlebar bag and a rucksack it has the advantages that it is lighter, your back is free and you have no additional weight, pushing on your saddle.

The packing list does not include the following equipment, which is worn usually when cycling: bike shoes, bike socks, cycling shorts, bike undershirt (sleeveless), jersey, bike glasses (shaded), cycling gloves, helmet and heart rate sensor.

Tip: After washing the clothes, wrap them strongly into a towel. After that they will be much less wet and dry after the night. The functional underpants can be washed every day and they will be dry after wrapping them strongly into a towel.

Luggage

Weight in Grams

Bike Jacket (ligthweight, waterproof, Gore-Tex or similar)

331

T-Shirt

161

short-sleeved Shirt

185

Shorts

220

functional Undershirt (short-sleeved)

105

functional Underpants

42

2 Pairs of Socks

59

Running Shoes (Nike Mayfly)

253

Swimming Trunks

65

Swimming Goggles

18

Wind Vest

138

Arm Warmers

56

Leg Warmers

110

Racing Cap

27

A Pair of light Shoe Covers (Lycra) for Rain

40

4 Plastic Bags (small, to wear under shoe covers in case of rain)

25

2nd Set of Lenses for Bike Glasses (for cloudy conditions)

15

Nail Scissors

19

Travel Detergent

142

Shampoo

250

Toothpaste

35

Toothbrush

12

2 Disposable Razors

13

Shaving Brush

44

Shaving Soap

76

Cremes/Salves/Tablets

150

Sunblocker (2 Tubes)

233

Sunblocker Lipstick

6

(2 spare Contact Lenses)

(4)

(Cleaning Liquid for Contact Lenses)

(290)

(Small Box for Cleaning of Contact Lenses)

(11)

Small Air Pump (Topeak Carbon)

55

2 spare Tubes

200

3 Tire Levers

31

Small Rag

23

Chain Oil

40

Allen Wrenches (size as required)

28

Combination Wrench (size 8 for female srews of rear rack)

23

Spare Screw and Female Screw (fixation of rear rack)

3

Small Screwdriver

10

Spoke Wrench

10

Piece of old Tyre (length approx. 10 cm, for the provisional repair
of a tyre in case of a bigger damage)

4

Plastic Zipties (for provisional repairs)

2

First Aid Cloves (prevents the hands from dirt in case of repairs)

20

4 spare Spokes

20

2 Bike Bottles

166

Wallet

80

ID Card

(included in wallet)

Credit Card

(included in wallet)

EC Card

(included in wallet)

Health Insurance Card

(included in wallet)

Driver License

(included in wallet)

Car Registration

(included in wallet)

Tickets, Concession Cards

(included in wallet)

Copies of Road Maps

50

Ballpen

6

Smartphone (including battery and SIM card)

118

Charger for Navigation Device and Smartphone

60

Digicam (Canon Powershot S95, including battery and memory card)

191

Spare battery(s) for Digicam

21

Total Weight of Luggage

4.296

 

Rear Panniers

742

 

Racing Bike with Rear Rack

8.086

 

Total Weight of Racing Bike + Rear Rack + Panniers + Luggage

13.124

 
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