If you’re an adventure seeker, a long bike trip can be one of the most enjoyable activities you can book. Like many other adventures, though, it takes careful planning to pull it off without any glitches. One of the most important things to consider in planning your epic bike trek is where you actually want to go. If you’re not planning to start in your backyard, you’ll need to think about what gear you’re going to bring and how you’re going to get it to your starting destination. Here are some tips to help get you started.
If your trip is going to entail some serious mileage and terrain, you’ll want to pack just as you would for an epic backpacking camping trip. You’ll need the obvious shelter elements like a tent and sleeping bag, as well as cooking gear, food and all the clothing you’ll need for your trip. All of that weight can quickly add up, and that’s not even including the bulk and weight of your actual bike. That’s why it may make more sense for you to leave your bike at home and rent one when you get to your destination. This will allow you to travel much lighter on your way to and from the starting point. However, if you have the means of easily transporting it, you’re probably better off bringing your own bike with you. If you’re hitting some seriously difficult terrain, you’re going to want a cycle that you know will hold up to the abuse and that you’re familiar with should you need to make on-the-trail repairs.
Now it’s time to consider how you’re going to get to the starting point of your trek. Bike trips, by nature, are a pretty “compact” activity, so you can probably squeeze everything into a car if you need to. A truck or SUV obviously makes for a better option, but if you do have to fit everything into the trunk of a car, you’ll probably need to take the handlebars and at least one wheel off your bike. As for the rest of your gear, you can pile it in the backseat or consider adding a gear rack to the roof of your car.
If you’re going to need to travel by plane or train to get to your destination, you’ll need to take some more steps. Checking your camping gear will be straightforward enough—just follow the TSA regulations closely when packing and checking your gear. If you’re going to take your bike with you, you’ll likely need to break it down and box it up in order for it to be easily checked. Make sure to pack all of the necessary tools to put it back together once you arrive at your destination.