A while back, we posted about how the gear you carry on a bike tour doesn’t really matter.
It was a reaction to the idea that we can create a ‘perfect’ experience if only we carry the ‘perfect’ equipment. It was also a call to just get out there and ride – without spending too much time agonizing over what to pack.
We were reminded of this idea again, when we spotted this graph in a mountain bike magazine.
The Eureka moment typically occurs the first time you fail to keep up with a guy on a battered old singlespeed, struggling behind on your pristine pride and joy with tyres handpicked for the conditions, and shocks tuned to the terrain.
We updated the post with a picture of this graph. It’s a fitting summary of how we feel about bike touring equipment: nice to have, but not nearly as important as getting out the door in the first place.