Equipment of The Bicycle Tourist

I thought I would share some of my favorite equipment with you. I know, like many things in life, we all have our favorites and those brands that we like/buy just because...but, still this is my favoritie equipment for bicycle riding and touringt.

  • Brooks Saddles
  • The B17 is the flagship model, ideal for long distance sports touring, trekking and atb use. It has been on the market for over 100 years, being featured in as early as the 1898 catalogue . The model is available for gents and ladies: the B17 (gents) and B17 S (ladies). The Standard models feature black steel rails, the B17 Special features copper plated steel metalwork, and the B17 Titanium … both the B17 Special and the Titanium also feature hand hammered copper rivets.

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention Brooks' new saddle, the Cambium (C17). Think of this as an all-weather B17. Its comfy out fo the box, and looks after itself. Also the rail profile is different to the leather B17, giving you more fore/aft adjustment, just like most modern sadles.

    Brooks Cambium is a range of saddles made from vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton canvas enhanced by a thin layer of structural textile for added resilience and legendary Brooks longevity. The uniquely flexible, maintenance-free, waterproof top is designed to follow the rider’s movements that deliver immediate comfort and ease of use.

    The new construction of Cambium Saddles works like a hammock and delivers immediate comfort while absorbing vibration and shock, performance traditionally found only with natural leather saddles.

    The Cambium owes its remarkably natural look and feel to a woven organic cotton textile. After the vulcanization process, the cotton is then treated with Brooks Numac to completely protect the saddle against the elements.

    Cambium Saddles are designed to be ready for use out of the box, requiring no initial or ongoing care or maintenance.


  • Ortlieb Panniers
  • Ortlieb products are a first-class act! Their pannier bags and other equipment is of the highest quality bicycle touring equipment. The best online place to buy this great Ortlieb gear is from Wayne at The Touring Store. Wayne supplies all the high quality Ortlieb equipment that you could ever want. He is also very knowledgable and can answer just about any question you can throw his way.


  • Schwalbe Tires
  • Schwalbe bicycle tires are, like many of the other products I use, very high quality. Thier tires are known worldwide for quality and endurance. This link will take you to the most popular bicycle touring tire made by Schwalbe Tires - the Schwalbe Marathon HS420.