What to Pack for the Ride

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


Your Bike Shoes and Pedals

The top-quality rental bikes include flat pedals. If you prefer clip-in pedals, be sure to bring those pedals AND your bike shoes. Our crew is happy to install them for free.


Your Bike?

As noted, a top-quality bike rental is included in the price of the ride. If you prefer to bring your own bike that's fine, but will not change the price of the ride. (Yeah, I'm bringing mine... because I'm a nut...). We can help with all the details on how to pack up your bike for travel -- just ask. When you arrive in Mexico you can re-assemble it yourself, or our pro mechanics will do it for you for $75.  Similarly, when you're ready to go home you can re-pack your own bike, or our crew will do it for you for $75.


Some Poolside Clothes In Your Carry-On Bag

On our first day in Mexico we'll be meeting at our hotel's lovely pool for some drinks and snacks.


Pack some poolside clothing in your carry-on bag just in case you arrive early and your room isn't read yet.  (You don't want to be stuck wearing your winter coat poolside!)


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 NO ONE should be out with just one water bottle.


Gear

If you are riding one of our fine rental bikes, we'll provide free inner tubes in case of a flat (and we'll fix it for you!)


The following items are ONLY for people who choose to bring their own bikes along:


• Inner tubes that fit your bike.  I would pack three tubes -- you can always buy more from our crew at sane prices if you need them.  You should have TWO inner tubes with you on the bike at all times. If you are riding an unusual wheel (650cc, recumbent, sew-up, folding bike, deep-dish rim that requires extra-long valve stems) 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.


IF you are riding that unusual size wheel, you should have an extra TIRE in your suitcase too -- we will NOT be able to find a replacement if a tire goes bad.


• A small tire pump or CO2 inflator.


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.


Bike Computer

Fun but NOT required.  


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.


Bathing Suit


Sunscreen


Clothing

You're not going to want to wear your bike clothes ALL the time! Dress is always casual, but for dinner maybe not that T-shirt you used to clean the grease off your bike's chain.


Even though we’re in sunny Mexico, it CAN rain, and we could run into a cool evening.  ‘nuff said.


Shoes

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