Cycling Kit List

Cycling Brecon Beacons (103 miles)

Come to think of it. You dont really need much to travel on a bike. As long as you have a tent, sleeping bag and a sleeping mat you’re pretty much good to go. Food and water can be easily picked up along the way.

I think this kit list rundown just goes to show you don’t need all the bells and whistles that goes with cycling. You dont need a super expensive bike, clothing or gps system. I simply used a commuting bike, basic cycling clothing and my nose for sense of direction.

Primary Weapon — Giant Escape III

Storage/ Rack:

  1. Rear pannier bag (50 litre – probably worth mentioning worth spreading the weight across the entire bike as opposed to just the rear).
  2. Rear bike rack

Camping:

  1. Tent (Wild Country Zephyros 2).
  2. Sleeping bag (season 3)
  3. Sleeping mat (vango)

Clothing:

  1. Neck scarf (for on the evenings & cold windy days).
  2. Bib-tight (recommended for the colder seasons).
  3. Layering system. (Think hard about layers and clothing materials).
  4. Cleat shoes
  • Baselayer: Consider a layer close to the skin. Ideally not too tight.
  • Midlayer: Slightly thicker than your baselayer ideally long sleeve. Again not too tight against skin.
  • Outer layer: the layer that will protect you from the wind and rain and ultimately keep you warm

Checkout GoOutdoors layering system for more information on layers

Food/ Water:

  1. 1 litre bottle x2
  2. Cereal bars
  3. Fruit

Other:

  1. Book (turns out carrying books are quite heavy and unnecessary)
  2. Bungee cords
  3. Sunglasses.. not because it was sunny but because I almost lost an eye or two bombing down the odd hill or two.

These are the bare essentials I took whilst my two day trip across the Brecon Beacons. If you have the space I would recommend a small cooking stove. Again all depends on the trip, distance and location.

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