Here are a couple vital items that may not seem obvious at first, but...


Helmet

You must wear a hard bike helmet at all times on the ride when you are pedaling.


No helmet/no ride/no exceptions.


Really.



Water Bottles

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 it is going to be toasty in some places where we’ll be riding.  NO ONE should be out with just one water bottle.


Gear

EVERYONE should have these items with them at all times while pedaling:


• A cell phone


• A small tire patch kit


  1. 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. On some days we will NOT be near bike shops!  If you are riding an unusual wheel (650cc, recumbent, sew-up) you should REALLY stock up -- we won’t be anywhere near a shop that will have that stuff. 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.


• A small tire pump


Even if you don’t know how to use this gear you should still be carrying it.  If you get a flat (and ALL bicycles get flats...) we can get you back on the road in 10 minutes if you are carrying this stuff.  It can be 45 minutes or longer (MUCH longer) if you aren’t carrying this stuff.


Lock

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 whenever we dine or drink, so you won’t need to lock-up then.


Lights

There are a couple opportunities to go on modest night-time rides.  If you are coming on the night rides (or even think you MIGHT go) you MUST have some lights on your bike.  At the MINIMUM that means a blinking red light in the rear and a blinking white light up front. 


GPS for Your Bike

Bring it if you have it -- we will have GPS files for all of the routes. If you don’t have a GPS don’t worry. All routes will be marked and we’ll have route sheets.


Bathing Suit AND Towel

We’re going to stop at Slide Rock on our way to Sedona for a picnic and a swim.  We can carry your bathing suit and towel in the van so you don’t have to pedal with it, but we think you’ll want it when you arrive. Of course if you’re swimming at the hotel pool they’ll have towels available, but there will be NO towels provided at Slide Rock.  Pack one!


Luggage

Each person should have ONE main piece of luggage that we’ll transport every day to the next hotel. Some folks like to bring a small daypack or gym bag too and that’s fine. Don’t bring too much! Rule of thumb: you should be able to lift your main bag above your head. If it’s too heavy... then it’s too heavy! All of your stuff should be safely packed INSIDE your bag. (No sneakers or plastic bags tied to the outside please...)


Alarm Clock

You may not want to put your life in the hands of the hotel’s wake up service.


Clothing

You’re not going to want to wear your bike clothes ALL the time.  This is a pretty casual trip but you may want to wear something nicer for dinner our second night in Vegas. That does NOT mean a suit and tie or dress and heels (unless you want to).  What it DOES mean is that you won’t want to be wearing shorts or a T-shirt.


We’re traveling through the desert -- that means as high as 90 in the daytime (when we’re in Las Vegas) to lows in the 40s in the morning at the Grand Canyon. We strongly recommend that you have some warmer clothes you can wear over your cycling gear -- you can always strip it off and give it to us to carry for you.


Even though we’re in the dessert, it CAN rain. ‘nuff said.


If you want to go on any of the short optional night rides you may want some warmer clothing.


Shoes

If you ride bike shoes with cleats that’s cool, but you’re going to want to wear something else for walking around.


AND...


If you are doing our optional mountain bike ride on the last morning you should NOT wear bike shoes with cleats.  Any sort of sneaker will be better.  No sandals or flip-flops.





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