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Equipment For Touring


  • Rear panniers (you should only need front panniers if you are carrying camping gear)
  • Bicycle (either a touring bike with low gears or a mountain bike with road tyres)
  • Handlebar bag
  • Cycling computer
  • Pump
  • Drink bottles (x2)
  • Bike locks (U-lock plus cable lock)
  • Octopus straps (x2)
  • First aid kit
  • Compact, fast drying sports towel,
  • Toiletries
  • Comb
  • Medicines
  • Sun block
  • Camera and film
  • Small notebook plus pen
  • Maps
  • Guide book
  • Wallet (traveller's cheques, credit cards, ATM card)
  • Documents (passport, YHA card)
  • Plastic bags for keeping things dry (e.g. ziplock bags)
  • Compact, fold-away day pack (for day walks)

Major toolkit (all this fits into a small first aid pouch!):
  • 4" long nose pliers 
  • Hyper Cracker cluster remover 
  • 10/11 mm ring spanner for brakes 
  • Puncture repair kit with extra patches and glue 
  • 14 mm crank removal tool 
  • 2.5 and 3.0 mm Allen keys 
  • "Kool Tool"  Phillips/cheesehead screwdriver
  • double ended  tyre pressure gauge
  • triangular 4" file
  • 300 x 300 mm cloth to lay things on
  • 150 mm (6") adjustable spanner 
  • Brake cables (x2) 
  • Gear cables (x2) 
  • 300 mm tie wire 
  • 150 mm coat hanger wire 
  • Locktite 290 10 ml bottle 
  • Teflon grease in film cannister 
  • Cap screws,
  • nuts and bolts (especially M5) in film canister 
  • Assorted 150 mm lengths of heatshrink  Brake pads (1 pair) 
  • 10 ml bottle of chain oil
  • Half roll of electrical tape 
  • Strips of self amalgamating tape (x4)
  • Toothbrush (for cleaning bike bits)
  • Tube valve cap 
  • 1 pkt 1/4" ball bearings 
  • 1 pkt 1/8" ball bearings 
  • Small pocket knife with scissors 
  • Small tube lithium bearing grease 
  • Hose clamps (x3) 
  • 150 mm cable ties (x10) 
  • Surgical gloves (1 pair) 
  • Spoke key
  • Tyre valve
Other tools in small pouch underneath bike seat:
  • Allen key multitool, 
  • Spare inner tube, 
  • Rag, 
  • Electrical tape,
  • Puncture repair kit,
  • Tyre levers.
Other Bike Spares:
  • Spare tyre, 
  • Extra spare inner tube,
  • Spokes for front and rear wheels and nipples (x4)
Camping Equipment
  • Front panniers,
  • Lightweight (e.g. mummy shaped) down sleeping bag.
  • "3 season" bag rated down to -5C, (even during summer)
  • Silk inner sheet,
  • Inflatable lightweight
  • sleeping mat,
  • Lightweight, compact tent (needs to be able to withstand strong winds),
  • Groundsheet,
  • Compact fuel stove,
  • Fuel stove repair kit,
  • Saucepan or billy,
  • Fuel bottle,
  • Spoon,
  • Swiss army knife,
  • Mug,
  • Plate or bowl,
  • Small pot scourer,
  • Water bag (e.g. bladder from wine cask),
  • Toilet paper (just in case!),
  • 10 m of cord for a clothes line,
  • Small clothes pegs,
  • Torch (especially one which can double as an emergency bike light),
  • Torch batteries.
Clothing
If possible, steer towards synthetic, light-weight and fast drying fabrics such as chlorofibre and polarfleece, and away from cotton, which is heavy, has very little thermal insulation when wet, and takes days to dry. Bear in mind that it can be wet, windy and even snowing in the Tasmanian high country in summer. You can leave your "good" clothing behind in the youth hostel and just take your practical clothing on the Giro. Tasmania is a pretty informal place.The following list is appropriate for a Tasmanian summer, with extra clothing for the rest of the year added in italics:

  • Cycling shorts (x2) (or one pair shorts and one pair long cycling pants),
  • Cycling tops (x2),
  • Cycling shoes, Galoshes (if you have them),
  • Cycling mits,
  • Cycling helmet,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Cloth cap or sunhat,
  • T-shirt,
  • Shirt with collar,
  • Walking shorts,
  • Light trousers (jeans are too heavy and take ages to dry!),
  • Thermal long-sleeved top (extra top for winter)
  • Thermal long pants (extra pair for winter),
  • Rain jacket (or cycling jacket),
  • Light waterproof overpants,
  • Warm top (e.g. Polarfleece pullover),
  • Thermal hat (e.g. thin balaclava which can be worn under helmet),
  • Gloves (e.g. chlorofibre gloves) (warmer gloves and overmits in winter),
  • Sports sandles (if cycling shoes ok for walking) or light walking boots,
  • Something to sleep in, Socks (3 pairs), Underpants (3 pairs),
  • Swimsuit (not for winter!)