If someone you know is ready to embark on a multi-day bicycle trip, or is gearing up for a gravel race, there's a lot of specialized gear that will help them make the most of the experience. Here's a selection of items to get them set for their next cycling adventure.
Porcelain Rocket Charlene saddle bag
This compact seat bag from custom-bag maker Porcelain Rocket has 3-5 liters of cargo capacity for day trips or ultralight backpacking.
It’s constructed from sturdy, 500D and 330D Cordura with reinforced stitching at critical locations.
- £95 / $125 / AU$200
Revelate Designs Mag-Tank
Revelate Designs has been designing and refining bikepacking gear longer than most other brands. The Mag-Tank is a top-tube feedbag that uses a magnetic latch, which makes grabbing a mid-ride snack easy.
- £35 / $41.30 / AU$55
Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking
This book is a great resource for cyclists who are curious about venturing beyond their usual well-worn routes. Author Nick Legan covers the skills and gear you need for your first bikepacking adventure, as well as the basics of getting started with gravel racing.
- £16.43 / $24.95 / AU$35
WTB Resolute tire
The Resolute is WTB’s all-condition gravel tread. It has tightly packed center knobs to roll quickly on hardpack with widely spaced transition knobs that provide plenty of grip on rough or muddy tracks.
This tubeless-ready tire is available in 700c and 650b versions in a high-volume, 42mm width.
- £39.99 / $49.95 / AU$68.99
Anyone who loves long backcountry rides will love MSR’s Trailshot.
Fill up from trailside water sources by squeezing the silicone body – it will move up to one liter of water per minute through the filter.
- £33.98 / $45.95 / AU$99.50
Redshift ShockStop suspension stem
The ShockStop suspension stem uses a combination of adjustable elastomers to offer a bit of flex that will take the edge off rough roads. It’s available in lengths from 90 to 120mm. Redshift also offers integrated mounts for the cycling computer of your choice.
- £105 / $139.99 / AU$185
Easton EA70 AX handlebar
Easton's EA70 AX handlebar is a smart addition to any gravel bike.
This alloy handlebar has a shallow drop with 16-degrees of flare at the drops to give riders more comfort and stability when grinding out the miles on unpaved roads.
- £71.99 / $75.99 / AU$116
Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage
The Outpost Cargo Cage can carry oversized water bottles, a cookset, stove fuel or anything else you can stuff into a small dry bag.
This carry-all cage will mount to two-bolt water-bottle bosses and has 8.8lb/4kg of cargo-carrying capacity.
- £25.91 / $24.99 / AU$39.95
Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm bar tape
The DSP 3.2mm is Lizard Skins thickest handlebar tape. It features a distinctive pattern that gives you plenty of grip.
This cushioned tape has been proven on the cobbles of the Paris-Roubaix, so it should work well for your gravel-road wanderings.
- £24.49 / $45.99 / AU$40.99
Salsa EXP Anything Cradle with straps
Salsa Cycles' EXP Anything Cradle stands apart from many other handlebar cargo systems by using a pair of arms to position your cargo away from the handlebar, so you don’t have to worry about a cramped cockpit and kinked cables.
The Anything Cradle allows you to carry your dry bag or whatever else you need to transport with the included straps.
- £85 / $109.99 / AU$145