Trial run - 3 day ride to see my grandad along the canals, UK, 2015

When I set about planning this trip the cost of equipment was the one area that I genuinely had no idea about how much a cycling tour would cost as I needed to literally buy everything from scratch.   Now you may think, like I did, that as I was living in Asia that it would be cheaper to source the kit I needed over here but I quickly found out that this was not the case.  The locals don’t really buy this type of equipment and so where you do find a shop which sells the item you want  then it is often sold at a premium price.

When I compared the costs with Europe I often found that the prices back home were much more competitive.  It was also much easier to source the items as I could do my shopping on the internet, get it delivered to my family and friends in the UK, and then fly it back with me whenever I flew home for a holiday.

As I was sourcing everything from new I thought that the cost of the equipment would be around the £2000 mark, but I had no real idea.

Cost of Racks and Panniers

Racks, panniers and Dry BagsDescriptionCost
Rear Pannier rackTubus Cargo Rack£54.00
Front rack Surly Nice front rack£76.00
Rear pannier bagsOrtlieb Roller Classic 40L£99.00
Front pannier bagsOrtlieb Front Roller Classic 25L£80.00
Bar bag Ortlieb Ultimate 6 plus 8.5L£61.00
Map holder Ortlieb Ultimate 6 £17.00
Compression pack XSSea to Summit £20.00
Dry sack Sea to Summit 20L £25.00
Dry sackDry River 20 L£25.00
Dry sackSea to Summit 13L£21.00
Dry sack Dry River 13L £21.00
StrapsROK commuter Strap£9.00
StrapsROK Motorcycle Strap£20.00

Cost of Camping Equipment

Camping KitDescriptionCost
Total Price£624.00
2 Person Tent
MSR Hubba Hubba£253.00
Tent FootprintMSR Hubba Hubba£38.00
Sleeping MatExercise mat£10.00
Sleeping Bag LinerAlps Mountaineering£20.00
Sleeping BagREI Flash£168.00
Head TorchPetzl£16.00
Camping Chair Chair One£75.00
UV Water Purifier Travel Tap £24.00
Water bladder10 Litres£20.00

Cost of Cooking Equipment

Cooking EquipmentDescriptionCost
Cooking Stove Primus Omnifuel II £135.00
Pans Vango Cook Set £25.00
Camping Knife Opinel Outdoor Knife£18.00
Eating Bowl Outwell Collapse Bowl£5.00
Cup Camping Cup£1.00

Cost of Electricals

Total Price£460.00
SmartphoneSamsung J7£185.00
Spare batteryJ7£22.00
Phone coverShockproof phone cover with stand£3.00
SD card 128GBSanDisk Ultra 128GB £30.00
LaptopAsus Eeebook£200.00
Battery recharger packPortable Power Bank Pack£20.00

Cost of Cycle Wear

Clothing ItemDescriptionCost
Short sleeve cycling topEndura£10.00
Long sleeve cycling topEndura£15.00
Cycling glovesAltura fingerless£10.00
High Visibilty sleeveless JacketIronman£30.00
Lycra cycling shortsEndura£30.00
Baselayer longsleeve topNorthface flash dry £45.00
Baselayer tightsNorthface flash dry £45.00
Bike shoes Giro Vibram£55.00
Cycle socks x 2DHB short£5.00
Cycling helmetGiro£35.00
Sun VisorIronman£10.00

Cost of Clothing

Clothing ItemDescriptionCost
Quick dry T-shirt x 1Generic£10.00
Walking trousersNorth Face zip off at knee£10.00
Long sleeve hoodyNorth Face£20.00
Flip flopsHaviana£15.00
Waterproof jacketEndura Pakajac£23.00
Waterproof trousersGelert Packaway trousers£9.00
TrainersSaucony Virrata 2£50.00

The total cost of clothing and equipment that I will take with me came in at £2236.

For a complete breakdown of the costs associated with the other elements of a cycle trip please use the drop down tabs on the menu bar at the top of this page.


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