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OUR BIKEPACKING / CYCLE TOUR & EXPEDITION KIT LISTS

What do you need to join one of our bikepacking tours or expeditions? We ride through the bike requirements, recommended kit list(s), what is available to hire from us, and frequently asked questions...

BIKE & BAGS
A TYPICAL LOADED BIKEPACKING BIKE
BIKEPACKING BIKE

1. Adventure Bike (available to hire)
2. Suitable Tyres (32mm+ wide)
3. Saddle
4. Pedals
5. Bottle Cages
6. Bottles / Flasks / Bladder
7. Lights + Mounts
8. GPS Unit + Mount
9. Fork Cages (optional)

BIKEPACKING BAGS

10. Handlebar Pack (available to hire)
11. Seat / Saddle Pack (available to hire)
12. Top Tube Pack (available to hire)
13. Frame Pack (available to hire)
14. Panniers (optional, available to hire)
15. Backpack (optional)
16. Fork Packs (optional)
17. Hip Pack (optional)
18. Dry Bags (optional)

KIT LIST A
KIT LIST A: THE ONE WITH SOME CAMPING

19. Helmet
20. Cycling Shoes
21. Cycling Cap (optional)
21. Buff (optional)
22. Gloves
23. Waterproof / Wind Jacket
24. Insulated Layer / Gilet
25. Merino Top / Cycling Shirt
26. Padded / Bib Shorts
27. Overshorts
28. Waterproof / Wind Trousers / Leg-Warmers
29. Cycling Socks

30. Multitool*
31. Pump*
32. Tyre Levers*
33. Inner Tubes* / Tubeless Plugs
34. Patch Kit*
35. Tape*
36. Small Knife*
37. Pliers*
38. Quicklinks* / Spare Chain Length*
39. Zip Ties
40. Straps / Bungees
*(please bring if you have them, but guides do carry)

41. Tent / Bivvy (available to hire / tipi place)
42. Sleeping Bag / Quilt, packable, 300-400 Weight (available to hire)
43. Sleeping Mat, packable (available to hire)
44. Sleeping Bag Liner
45. Inflatable Pillow (optional)
46. Warm Socks
47. Warm Hat
48. Packable Towel
49. Washkit
50. Tissue Pack

51. Packable Footwear
52. Packable Leggings / Trousers / Shorts
53. T-Shirt / Merino Top
54. Packable Down / Insulated Jacket
55. Spare Underwear

56. Mug (Pannier option available)
57. Spork (Pannier option available)
58. Aperitif Flask (Pannier option available)
59. Ride Snacks

60. Headtorch
61. USB Battery Pack
62. Charging Cables
63. Spare Batteries
64. Camera (optional)
65. Phone
66. Journal / Sketchbook (optional)
67. Pens (optional)
68. Money
69. Passport / ID
70. Insurance

KIT LIST B
KIT LIST B: THE ONE WHERE WE DON'T CAMP

19. Helmet
20. Cycling Shoes
21. Cycling Cap (optional)
21. Buff (optional)
22. Gloves
23. Waterproof / Wind Jacket
24. Insulated Layer / Gilet
25. Merino Top / Cycling Shirt
26. Padded / Bib Shorts
27. Overshorts
28. Waterproof / Wind Trousers / Leg-Warmers
29. Cycling Socks

30. Multitool (optional, guides carry)
31. Pump (optional, guides carry)
32. Tyre Levers (optional, guides carry)
33. Inner Tubes / Tubeless Plugs
34. Patch Kit
35. Tape (optional, guides carry)
36. Small Knife (optional, guides carry)
37. Pliers (optional, guides carry)
38. Quicklinks / Spare Chain Length
39. Zip Ties (optional)
40. Straps / Bungees

41. Sleeping Bag Liner
42. Warm Socks
43. Warm Hat
44. Packable Towel
45. Washkit
46. Tissue Pack

47. Packable Footwear
48. Packable Leggings / Trousers / Shorts
49. T-Shirt / Merino Top
50. Packable Down / Insulated Jacket
51. Spare Underwear

52. Mug (Pannier option available)
53. Spork (Pannier option available)
54. Aperitif Flask (Pannier option available)
55. Ride Snacks

56. Headtorch
57. USB Battery Pack
58. Charging Cables
59. Spare Batteries
60. Camera (optional)
61. Phone
62. Journal / Sketchbook (optional)
63. Pens (optional)
64. Money
65. Passport / ID
66. Insurance

KIT LIST C
SILK ROAD MOUNTAIN RACE KIT LIST
FAQs

Will my own bike be OK for a Pannier Tour, or should I hire one?
Nearly all of our tours are designed to be ridden on a gravel ‘adventure’ bike which run 32 – 50mm tyres and has a good range of gears. The wider tyre the better, and the larger the rear cassette / smaller the front chainring the better. Whilst we carry spares and all the tools for mechanicals, we’d appreciate you bringing a few spares with you on the trip if your bike has specific componentry – Cannondale derailleur hangers, for example. We’ve learned that one from experience! Bike recommendations can be found in the individual Trip FAQ’s.

What do you mean by Off-Bike Clothes?
This is a set of spare, dry clothes to pull on in the evening to relax and socialise in – whether at Pannier Basecamp, or remote mountain hut. A comfy t-shirt or base-layer, warm jumper/hoodie/fleece/down jacket, a spare pair of shorts or packable trousers (like Polartec leggings), underwear and socks. Clothes need to be as packable as possible – ready to be squished into bikepacking bags. No huge winter fleeces, or heavy-denim jeans, basically.

Do I need to pack Off-Bike Footwear?
You’re more than welcome to stick in your cycling footwear, but a few years’ experience says it is really nice to have a spare pair of footwear to slip on in the evening, for wandering about outside and in. A pair of light packable pumps, flip-flops, or outdoor sandals like Bedrocks, Crocs or Tevas are ideal as they are lightweight and easy to carry on a bike…

What about cycling shoes, pedals and bottles?
If you hire a bike it will come fitted with flat pedals as standard. If you use clipped in pedals like Shimano SPD you will need to bring your shoes and pedals with you and we will then fit them to your bike at the start of the tour. Road riding shoes / cleats are rarely suitable for our Tours, given the terrain and off-the-bike time, so please think twice about using these! If you can, please bring your own water bottles; two will do it…

Should I bring my own food?
Food is a staple on our tours – main meals are highlights, designed around the riding. We do have a selection of ride snacks to hand out regularly on our tours, however we recommend you bring a selection of your favourites with you, just to make sure you have something with you at all times to avoid the risk of bonking. Plus, we like to see (and taste) all your novel riding snacks and treats – special points for the most ‘out-there’ or unusual…

BYOM? BYOS? Bring your own mug? Bring your own spork?
We’ll have everything you need to eat and drink with us, but please do bring your own favourite camp/enamel mugs and sporks with you if you’ve got your own already. Bring your own stove and hot-drink kit, if you’d like. The more the merrier; it’s always cool to see new things and setups…

What’s the watermelon stuff all about?
On one of our first Desert of Wales recce Tours, Stef had a watermelon in the van, parked up near our wild swim spot on the River Irfon. Awaiting the group of riders, he Sharpie-d a Pannier logo on it and looking for something to cut it up with settled on the splitting axe in the back of the van. So now, the tropical fruit axe-ing features as ceremony now-and-again on trips. So tasty. So refreshing. So ridiculous.

We’re here to help and ensure your bikepacking experience with us is the best it can be, so please do speak to us if you have any further questions, or importantly, don’t understand something or want more detailed information >> basecamp@pannier.cc

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