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...
We transport your luggage for you free. A couple simple tips:
* Read this twice! Pretend you are checking your bag in at the airline ticket counter. That means that all bags must be 100 percent closed. No open-top tote-bags, no shoes or jackets tied on to the outside, no open purses.
* You can bring as many pieces of luggage as you wish. Lift each bag over your head -- if it's too heavy for you, it's to heavy for us! Please split the contents into two bags.
* If you are carrying a laptop or other fragile gear that's fine. Please be sure to tell the crew and hand it to us. (Don't leave it for the bellboys). We will put it in a safe place -- we don't want it mixed in with the other luggage.
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 and you'll probably want cycling shorts and a short-sleeve jersey, but that first morning at the Grand Canyon is likely to be chilly -- you're going to need 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 with you on the bike.
Flip-Flops or Similar
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 Casual Shoes
You're not going to want to wear your bike shoes ALL the time!
We understand that to some wearing a helmet is a personal choice, but our insurance company respectfully disagrees. 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 on your bike 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...
Of course the hotels will all have towels, but if you want to swim or sun at the natural water slides in Sedona, you'll definitely want to bring your own towel with you.
A Small Bag
For days such as our trip to Sedona we will ask you to give us a small bag with your towel and flip-flops. We'll drive it for you so you don't have to carry it. Nothing fancy needed here -- a day back, gym bag, even a plastic bag from the supermarket, but it MUST be fully closed -- no open-top bags please.
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 five-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 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 in your luggage.
• 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 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 them.
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.
On at least one night in Vegas we'll be going to a fine-dining restaurant. If you've been to Vegas before you know that just about anything goes for attire. Having said that, here's the dress code from one restaurant, and I think it's useful no matter where you choose to go on our fine-dining night:
"We do not allow beachwear or gym attire including sweatpants, sweatshirts or hoodies. Athletic apparel, jerseys, hats, beanies, bandanas, ball caps, oversized or baggy clothing, tank tops, and sleeveless shirts are prohibited. No excessively revealing clothing will be allowed. Clothing emitting offensive odors is not permitted to be worn anywhere on the property."