What to Pack for the Ride
Here are a couple vital items that may not seem obvious at first, but...
Your Bike Shoes
If you are riding clip-in pedals, please double-triple-extra check that you have packed the right shoes that match the pedals. Every trip someone gets this wrong, and...
As noted elsewhere, there is an OPTIONAL ride along the Las Vegas Strip at night -- highly recommended. IF you want to do this ride you MUST have lights on your bike -- at a minimum that means a blinking white light in the front and a blinking red light in the rear.
Hot Weather AND Cold Weather Bike Clothes
When we are in Las Vegas it is going to be summertime-weather, but that first morning at the Grand Canyon is likely to be chilly -- you're going to want a long-sleeve jersey or jacket, plus long cycling tights or similar. It will warm up later in the day and you can hand off that extra clothing to the staff so you don't have to carry it or the rest of the day.
Flip-Flops or Sandals
When we visit Sedona you will DEFINITELY want some sort of simple shoe to walk from the parking lot to the natural waterslide. We'll carry this stuff for you in the truck so you don't have to pedal with it all day.
A Pair of Sneakers or Similar
You're not going to want to wear your bike shoes ALL the time!
You must wear a hard bike helmet at all times on the ride when you are pedaling.
No helmet/no ride/no exceptions.
Bring TWO water bottles with you or you will dehydrate and die. Have a nice day!
If you prefer to carry a Cambelback or similar hydration pack instead that’s fine, but NO ONE should be out with just one water bottle.
We'll be visiting the natural water slides in Sedona, so...
EVERYONE should have these items with them on the bike at all times while pedaling:
• A cell phone
• A small tire patch kit
• Inner tubes that fit your bike For this six-day trip I would pack at least six inner tubes in your luggage. You should have TWO inner tubes with you on the bike at all times. Yeah, if the flat-tire gods are with you, you won’t use a single extra tube on the entire trip and that’s great -- you can stash them away for next time.
If you are riding an unusual wheel (650cc, recumbent, folding bike, sew-up) you should REALLY stock up on tubes in advance -- we won’t be anywhere near a shop that will have that stuff.
IF you are riding that unusual size wheel (see above), you should have an extra TIRE in your suitcase too -- we will NOT be able to find a replacement if a tire goes bad, and on every trip we see at least one tire go bad. You don't need to pedal with that spare TIRE everyday -- just be sure it's on the trip with you.
• A small tire pump or CO2 inflator. (If you're using CO2 you know who you are -- pack the cartridges in the luggage that we will drive to the ride for you. The airlines may not let you bring them on board in checked or carry-on luggage).
Even if you don’t know how to use any of this gear you should still be carrying it. If you get a flat (and ALL bicycles get flats...) you can be back on the road in 10 minutes if you are carrying this stuff. It can be an hour or longer (MUCH longer) if you aren’t carrying the right gear.
If you are headed off on your own you may want to bring one. When you’re traveling with the group we’ll have someone to watch your bike, so you won’t need to lock-up. Popping into a store for just a second? You can probably get a friendly cyclist to watch your bike for you.
GPS for Your Bike
Fun but NOT required. We will have digital files available for your Garmin and your smartphone if you want one.
All Your Charging Cables
No; we do not have an extra charger for a 1997 Blackberry, and we don't know where to get one.
We have some but you may wish to bring extra. Your call.
You may not want to put your life in the hands of the hotel’s wake up service.
Dress is always casual on this trip, but you're not going to want to wear your bike clothes ALL the time.
Occasionally we'll be in a restaurant that is STILL casual, but a bit nicer, so you may not want to wear that T-shirt with the chain grease stains on it.