Building an Ultralight Touring Bike [Video]

Earlier today I made a video showing how I piece together my ultralight touring bike. In the video I’m using the standard 7.6kg setup as described in detail in my book along with my 10.5kg road bike. The 7.6kg is not all on the bike as it also includes what I am wearing; cycle shorts, cycle jersey, socks, SPD MTB shoes, helmet and sunglasses.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Cheers!

10 thoughts on “Building an Ultralight Touring Bike [Video]”

    1. Hi SN, I wish I had a better answer for you but we publishers have very little control these days, it’s only for sale on Amazon Kindle at the moment.

      But you can read it via Amazon’s Kindle Software on a Kindle (of course) but also phones, tablets, laptops, PC/Mac, even in your browser on a cloud platform – which is almost everything really! – Here is the link to the various options:

      Thanks SN, I hope it doesn’t put you off that it’s only in digital formats. Let me know if I can help with anything else?

      1. OK thanks. I couldn’t download it from european amazon stores. I just bought it from and start reading. Thanks for your advices and the book/website. If you will ever visit Athens and need help, don’t hesitate to contact me. All the best.

        1. Thanks SN, that’s a kind offer. I love Athens so there is every chance I will return now I’m back in Europe. I hope you enjoy the book!

          p.s. Please consider leaving a review.

  1. Neat setup you’ve got there! I’ve definitely thought a lot lately about trimming down my touring supplies but think I’ll still stick with rear panniers still. :)

    1. Hi Zach, good to hear from you! I’m sure you will not regret making your bike lighter – it’s a pleasure to tour on a lively set of fast wheels. If you can warm to the idea, swapping out your panniers for dry bags will save (at a guess) easily 1kg, especially as with a lighter load you wouldn’t need such a sturdy rack. You can find good aluminium racks that weigh as little as 300g.

  2. It’s amazing to think that you can have all that you need on your bike, without making it weigh the earth, and also that it all packs down into so few bags!
    Excellent video :)

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