What to Bring
Bicycle Rides Northwest rides are on asphalt roads that vary in smoothness, steepness and length. We also camp every night. Having the proper gear will help you to have the most enjoyable trip.
Below are a few recommendations to make your trip the most comfortable and enjoyable. When you sign up for a trip, we will provide a more specific packing list.
Our riders have brought all types of iron horses to our rides—tandems, recumbents, road bikes, hybrid bikes and everything in between—but most guests ride a road bike. While we don’t discourage any type of bike, we do recommend a bike that is suitable for 70 miles a day on roads for seven days in a row!
Proper fit is the most important thing for those long days in the saddle. Poor fit can be more painful than poor training, so spend the time and money to get a good bike fitting if you aren’t sure how your bike should fit.
You’ll want two water bottle cages and bottles for adequate hydration while riding. Handlebar bags, GPS devices and other accessories are optional.
Our goal is to keep you and your bike on the road. Here are some things you can do before the ride to help accomplish that:
- Get your bike a complete overhaul before you come. This would include a new chain and fresh grease in the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset. New tires are also a good idea.
- Be prepared to do your own flat repairs. Carry a frame-mounted pump, one or two spare tubes, a patch kit and tire levers. A chain tool and allen wrenches may also come in handy. If your bike has an uncommon tire size, please bring your own spare, or check with us prior to the ride, so that we can make sure to have one.
- Our rides vary in length and steepness of hills, but we can always say that there WILL be hills! If you want the hill climbing to be more pleasant, consider a triple or compact double crankset.
We can help you ship your bike. See our bike shipping page for more information.
Helmets are absolutely required for all of our rides. We sometimes see helmets that don’t fit or have loose straps. A helmet will protect your head only if it stays on your head, so tighten those straps up!
Think layers and decent cycling-specific clothing for the rides. We also recommend cycling jersey-style shirts that have pockets in the back. It can be chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon, so it’s nice to have a place to put a few extra pieces of clothing.
We do camp on these rides, so choose comfortable clothes for lounging, hanging around camp and in towns. Weather can vary, from hot summer days to thunderstorms at night.
You’ll need a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, headlamp and whatever other camping gear is necessary for a good night’s sleep.
We have a Tent & Porter Service that includes tent rental. Find more information here.