Cooking

There are few idle moments when bike touring. You wake up in the morning looking to quell the hunger pangs in your stomach caused by your racecar metabolism!

Breakfast is essential and is usually prepared at your campsite upon awakening. Next, you need to pack up your gear and load your bicycle. Once you are fed and your bicycle is packed, you are ready to hit the road.

Lunch is a great way to break up the monotony of cycling all day. Eating lunch in a restaurant can be a great way to meet people and have a cooked meal but sandwiches prepared under a tree tastes delicious as well!

Dinner, the highlight of your day, is a grand affair, as you are attempting to replace some of the 5000 or so calories that you have burned off while cycling! You can eat almost whatever you want while bike touring and not come home carrying the extra few pounds common with most traditional vacations.

Although cooking gear such as a stove, plate, and cookware add weight to your bike, I recommend traveling with them so you can prepare your own food. Restaurant portions are often insufficient to support the caloric requirements of bike touring and not always available close to camping spots.

Multi-fuel stoves are recommended for bike touring. They run on a variety of fuel from lighter fluid to gasoline. Gasoline is excellent because it is available globally so you will not be searching for a camping store to purchase a specific fuel. Multi-fuel stoves are very small. Including bottle, they fit into a nylon bag about the size of a shoe.

The type of cookware you carry will depend on how many people that you are traveling with. For one or two people I recommend using a wok as you can use it to boil and fry. If there are more than two people on your tour I recommend a pot to accompany your wok. With a pot and a wok you can combine them to make a double boiler dutch oven allowing you to bake and cook many more types of food.

Bring along unbreakable cutlery and a plastic or metal plate (frisbees make great plates / bowls / frisbees). You should also bring a folding knife that you can use to cut vegetables and perform any tasks that should arise.
Pack a few spices and a small, re-sealable bottle of oil to carry with you. Purchase the rest of your grocery products day-by-day. Make sure you have bottles with you to carry a minimum three liters of drinking water to keep you hydrated.