Cycle touring gear list

For future touring cyclists, this was all the gear my brother and I took on a two month cycle tour around New Zealand’s south island in summer.

I’ve included all my gear and the shared gear, but not my brothers own gear (except his bike).

My bike

  • 2009 Giant Strata aluminium hardtail mountain bike 26er with slick tyres

The Giant bike

The brother’s bike

  • 2014 Merida Big Nine XT edition aluminium 29er with slick tyres

The Merida

Bike bags

  • Rear pannier rack
  • Ortlieb classic rear panniers
  • 8L dry bag for cooking gear
  • 20L dry bag for tent
  • 40L dry bag for food (all dry bags were bought from a boating store. One person carried the 20 & 8L, other person got 40L)
  • 8L Berghaus bag for camera which was attached to brake levers with cable ties
  • Tioga saddle bag (for spare tube, multitool and pocket knife)
  • Topeak top tube bag (for iPod and wallet)


  • 2 x 75cm bungee cords to secure dry bags on top of rack
  • Large detailed map
  • 3 x water bottle cages and water bottles
  • Shimano XT clipless pedals
  • Bar ends
  • Wired speedo
  • Small compass (never used it)
  • Superglue
  • Bike lock with 4m wire that if cut screams at 120 dB
  • First aid kit inc. finger nail clippers, bandages, paracetamol and various tablets
  • Minimal toiletries bag inc. toothbrush, toothpaste, retainers, roll on deodorant, small soap and laundry powder
  • Passport and flight printouts
  • Aquatabs water purification tablets
  • Sunscreen
  • Pen

Bike tools & spares

  • Specialized mountain bike handheld pump
  • Multitool with chainbreaker
  • 2 x spare tubes
  • Puncture repair kit
  • 2 x steel core tyre levers
  • 10 x spare spokes
  • 1 x chain whip
  • 2 x spare chain quick links
  • Chain lube
  • Cable ties
  • Duct tape


  • 4 x undies
  • 4 x socks
  • 2 x cycling knicks
  • 2 x polyester shorts
  • 1 x Kathmandu zip off pants that convert from long to short
  • 2 x cotton shirts
  • 2 x long sleeved cotton tops
  • 1 x safety vest (worn while riding for visibility)
  • 1 set of merino wool thermals
  • 1 x polar fleece
  • 1 x Berghaus Goretex Active jacket
  • 1 x rainpants
  • 1 x beanie
  • 1 x small microfibre towel
  • 1 x long fingered gloves
  • 1 x helmet
  • 1 x hat
  • 1 x sunglasses
  • 1 x Shimano mtn bike cycling shoes
  • 1 x joggers
  • 1 x thongs (flip flops)


  • Bergans Compact Light 3 person tent (for two of us). Excellent warm tent with large vestibule for gear.
  • Tarp ground sheet (2.5 x 1.8m) for underneath sleeping area
  • Marmot Pinnacle down sleeping bag -9oC comfort rating
  • Mountain Designs self inflating 3/4 length air mattress
  • Homemade cotton sleeping bag liner



  • MSR micro rocket stove
  • Butane gas canister (bought at destination)
  • Lighter and matches
  • MSR 775mL stainless steel pot (would have been good to have a second slightly bigger pot as well)
  • Plastic bowl
  • Cup
  • Kathmandu stainless steel knife and separate combined spoon and fork (plastic one snapped)
  • Flip out pocket knife
  • Small tupperware container for salt
  • Small tupperware container for sugar

Camera and Electronics

  • Olympus OMD-EM5 camera
  • Olympus 12-50mm lens
  • Olympus 40-150mm telephoto lens
  • 6 x 32GB SD cards (a lot as I was shooting a timelapse video)
  • 4 spare camera batteries
  • Camera battery charger
  • Polarizing filter
  • Neutral Density filter
  • Micro fibre towel for cleaning lenses
  • Manfrotto compact tripod
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Ipod and USB cord for charging
  • Black Diamond 70 lumen headtorch
  • Spare AAA batteries for headtorch

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