Over the years I’ve done a lot of experimenting on my bike trips. Every trip has been different and I’ve brought different items with me on each of my tours.
After nearly eight years of bicycle touring, I’ve learned what I need to bring with me and what I should leave at home. And even though I’ve learned a lot over the years about some of the unnecessary items you might be temped to take with you on a bike tour, I’ll likely bring some more stupid things with me in the future.
Here are some of the things I brought with me on tour, that I really did not need:
- A soft-case ice chest.
- A full size tripod for my camera
- A full 3-piece cook-set
- A solar panel in Europe (The sun hardly ever came out and there was
simply no need for a solar panel)
- My cell phone when I went to Europe (It didn’t work at all and I had
to carry it around the whole time)
- Pepper spray (I’ve carried it on numerous tours and never used it.
I won’t be carrying it anymore.)
There are likely a lot of other stupid things I’ve brought with me, but I can’t think of them at the moment. I’ll think of them as time goes by and update you on my stupidity by posting in the comments section below.
One of my favorite stupid things I ever saw someone carrying with them on a bike tour was a stuffed jackalope. This rider was obviously carrying the stuffed animal as a joke, but this is quite possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen strapped onto the back of a traveling cyclists bike.
Another favorite of mine is the Coconut Head that Ted Schredd carried with him on his tour around the United States. You can read more about Ted Schredd and his epic bike ride in his book, “The Cycling Adventures of Coconut Head”
What is the dumbest thing you have ever brought with you on a bike trip? Or what is the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen someone else carrying with them on a bike trip?