The Joy Of Riding Vs. Equipment

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.

gear vs excitement

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.


  1. Scott Harvey
    1st October 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I agree with the idea that you shouldn’t get too hung up on the equipment you choose but make sure you don’t go too far in the other direction.

    If your gear doesn’t hold up you might have to stop riding.

    • friedel
      2nd October 2012 at 6:42 am #

      This is true as well – balance in all things.

  2. Bigfoot
    25th October 2012 at 12:35 am #

    If we’re talking about a healthy, physically active 18-25 year old, I would agree. But as physical condition and mental agility slowly atrophy with age, then adequate equipment plays an increasingly pivotal role in the success of the adventure.

  3. tony
    8th January 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I agree with bigfoot and scott it is a personal thing with what you feel is right for yourself and the equipment you have is in good order even if it 30 years old or new as long as the tent dos”nt leak the s/bag keeps you warm and the bike is in good working order it really is the same enjoyment or more if you have that extra cash to spend on your trip and not on expensive name branded equipment.

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