What and how to pack for your cycling holiday

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 3:26pm
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What and how to pack for your cycling holiday
If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to ride in warmer climes, whether on a full-on downhill mountain bike adventure or a more sedate road cycling tour, there are a few vital tips you’ll need to take heed of to make the best of your time.

We’ve put together a few checklists and hints to help you on your way. If you’ve got anything to share with us and your fellow riders, please add your comments below.

This is the kind of riding you could be jetting off to!

Things you’ll need to pack

Just because you’re used to popping into your LBS or placing an order for a super-quick delivery from CRC, doesn’t mean the same applies when you’re away. We’ve had a few shocking moments at the price of parts, clothing and other bits and bobs on our previous riding trips, so stock up on kit, tools and accessories before you leave – that way you’re in control.

Mountain bikers
Goggles or glasses
Armour – knee, elbow etc
Hydration pack
Tools – multitool, tyre levers, allen keys, pedal spanner
• Replacement brake pads – the more the better
Rear mech
• Replacement gear hanger
Nutrition – gels, powders, bars
Clothing – prepare for all weathers
Compression wear
• Sun cream
Chamois cream
Helmet camera
Road riders
• Riding glasses
Gloves or mitts
Water bottles and extra bottle cage if necessary
Tools – multitool, tyre levers, allen keys
• Patches
• Nutrition – gels, powders, bars
Clothing – prepare for all weathers
Compression wear
• Sun cream
Chamois cream
GPS/bike computer

What and how to pack for your cycling holiday

You’ve got a fair idea of what you’ll need to take, so you might be wondering now how you’re going to pack your pride and joy ready for when it’s in the clutches of the baggage handlers…here’s how:

There are a number of bike bags and carriers on offer, and we’d recommend you go for the best you can afford. Some have a hard shell case, others have a softer exterior with toughened inner sections. Here’s a little idea of what’s out there:

Padded bags
These type of bags are perfect for keeping your beloved bike safe in the hands of airport staff.

This particular bag features eight separate internal compartments to allow for safely stowing your clothes/ pedals/ seat, seatpost and other items separately and safely away from the bike eliminating the chance of loose components rattling around inside the bag.

A tool roll comes as standard for safe storage of your essential spanners/allen keys and screwdrivers. The padded shoulder strap is attached to the bag by metal QR clips which are secured into metal eyelets on the main bag for added security. The bag features four horizontal zippers at the top of the bag (two on either side) allows the bag to be safely hung on a bike rack for easy transportation.

It also comes with two wheel bags which can be used independently with the included shoulder straps or stowed inside the main compartment.

 Increased protection bags
Moving up the scale, these type of bike bags offer more protection and added features than padded bags. With this particular bag, only your handlebar, pedals and wheels need to be dismounted.

Other features include a reinforced fork adapter: the tubes are supplied with two extra buckles and padding which are mounted on a rigid-foam block; the fork ends are provided with double protection from below by means of a specially reinforced plastic plate. Extra wide carriage: tilt-protected, impact-resistant carriage with durable, soft skate wheels and sealed bearings. Side wheel compartments: pressure and impact are distributed to the tyres and rims by means of tube struts, so the brake discs are protected from warping.

Hard shell bike cases
The toughest option on the market, this hard shell bike case offers total protection for your bike.

This specific model has a clam shell moulded design, internal foam padding for bike protection, lockable bike wheels for security, four lockable draw latches and castor wheels for ease of movement.

Want to explore all the options on offer for transporting your bike and bits? Click here.


Now you’ve got a bag, what’s the best way to pack it?

The process for packing your mountain or road bike will depend a little on the bike bag you’re using, but the general method is the same:
• Remove the pedals
• Remove the stem face plate and drop the bars out of the stem
• Remove the wheels and wheel skewers, fit a fork and frame spacer
• You might want to remove the disc rotors too, fitting caliper spacers for transit
• Detach rear mech, just let it dangle
• Fit as much padding as you see fit, depending on the case you’re using – bubble wrap is our material of choice, though you can use old riding tops or the like.

Are you jetting off on a cycle holiday this year? Is there anything we've missed? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

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