What you need to take on your cycling holiday depends on where you are going and what time of year you are travelling.
Check the weather forecast of your cycling holiday destination and take the appropriate clothing. It’s also a good idea to get some miles in your legs before you go as this will make your cycling holiday experience more pleasurable and less painful.
Here is a checklist of things to take
If you are going somewhere with a cooler climate or travelling in the winter also take
Check the cleats on your shoes to make sure they are not wore out, replace them if necessary before you travel or take a spare set with you.
If you are taking your own bike I’d recommend that you have it serviced before you travel, this should reduce the chances of any mechanical issues whilst you are away.
Before you set off on your Cycling Holiday you need to check the Cycling Check List:
Remember when packing your bike to bring all the bits to rebuild it when you get to your cycling holiday destination e.g, Skewers for your wheels, pedals, seat post and seat post clamp, spacers for the headset, screws for re-attaching your handle bars to your stem, screws for re-attaching your rear mech to the frame. This my seem blindingly obvious but they are all items that I have been asked to supply to our clients when they have arrived and realised they have left said items on the kitchen table at home!! Get yourself a bag to place all these items in as you remove them when packing your bike
When taking your own bike bear in mind that you may not be able to purchase spare parts at your cycling holiday destination, especially if the LBS doesn’t stock your Brand of bike or if you are riding a custom built or unusual Brand/Model of bike or there are local/public holidays and the LBS is closed.
If you are hiring a bike check what is provided within the bike hire, make sure they can provide the correct pedals for your shoes (if in doubt take your own pedals).
I’d highly recommend that you take your own saddle, it’s only a couple of minutes to change it but having your own saddle will make a rental bike more comfortable. Afterall if you are sore below you won’t want to ride so much!
If you are flying to your cycling holiday destination, leave your CO2 cannisters at home, they will only be confiscated at the airport!
Finally make sure that you have holiday insurance that covers you for cycling/mountain biking
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