To get the most out of your cycling trip you should be prepared for everything the trails and the weather have to throw at you! The following list is a guideline for what to bring to get the maximum out of your mountain biking or cycling experience. The list is not exhaustive so bring any essentials you think we’ve missed.

Essential Gear for all Biking Holidays

  • Bike in good working order (or hire one from us)
  • Helmet (provided with hire bikes)
  • Cycling glasses
  • Cycle shorts (padded if possible)
  • Base layers or cycling tops
  • Fleece tops or long sleeved cycle jerseys
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Cycling shoes (with cleats) or flat trainers (hire bikes are provided with flat pedals)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Woolly hat and warm gloves
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Small rucksack to wear whilst cycling or panniers for cycling holidays
  • Food and snacks (can usually be bought en-route)
  • Cash for lunches (lunches can usually be bought en-route)
  • Toiletries and medical requirements
  • Casual clothes for evening
  • Rear derailleur hanger (the small structure that sticks out below the rear wheel axel that holds the rear derailleur in place)

 

Essential Gear for Mountain Biking Holidays

If using your own bike please bring a small maintenance kit including:

  • 1 or 2 spare tubes
  • Small pump to carry with you
  • Spare brake pads specific to your bike
  • Approximately 10-15L rucksack with hydration system or bottle and bottlecage

 

Recommended Additional Equipment

  • Waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof overshoes
  • Waterproof socks
  • Your own pedals and/or saddle (if you're hiring a bike)
  • Your favourite sweets/energy bars
  • Camera (waterproof case is a good idea)
  • Sun protection (it's sometimes needed!)
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Torch or head torch
  • Rear mud-guard/fender

If you’re unsure about any of the equipment listed or want more details about likely weather on your trip please contact us for more information.