Loaded For the Long Haul
Unless you're a skilled bike mechanic, we recommend that you have your bike checked out before a long-distance ride. Check that your brakes are still in good shape, your cables are properly adjusted and don't need replacement, and your tires are ready to hit the pavement. Make sure you have all the tools you'll need to keep the bike in top shape, especially for longer rides.
Not all bikes are created equal. When it comes to touring, you want to have a sturdy frame, with all the bells and whistles for your long-distance ride. Getting solid racks, having good components that are easy to adjust when you're far from a bike shop, and a comfortable saddle are all key to having a good bike touring experience. We love Surly LHTs and Salsa Cycles.
Sizing your bike is an absolute must before you begin your trip. We recommend that you test ride your bike several times and make adjustments to the seat height or change the stem if you're not comfortable. Long-distance riding requires a comfortable set up. Don't take this for granted! Your body will thank you for the extra attention to detail. Believe us.
Panniers & Accessories
We recommend a handlebar bag with attachable map case, front and/or back panniers, and a small saddlebag for tools and a tube.
Helmet, allen key, lock, front and rear racks, bungee chords, standard pedals, 2 waterbottles, bike lights, smartphone mount.
Spare Parts & Maintenance
Spare tubes, spare chain, patch kit, tire levers, chain lube, chain breaker, air pump.
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