Bikes and Accessories
You need a bike that is right for you and the ride that is also in excellent working condition. If you will be using your own bike make sure it has a good comprehensive service before the adventure. Expect a mixture of riding from smooth flat tarmac roads to rough muddy tracks and everything in between. Choose a bike for long distances.
What type of bike should i bring?
A hard tail mountain bike with front suspension is the most versatile choice. It will give you suspension on off roads and with thinner tires and provides a better ride on the tarmac. However it will be slower and less efficient on the smoother roads.
A touring bike, or gravel bike, combines the ruggedness of a mountain bike, with the speed and efficiency of a road bike. These bikes are fast on the good roads. Lack of suspension will be seriously challenging on the rougher off-road sections.
We recommend to riders that the simpler and more durable the bike the better, easier to fix with more widely available spares in remote areas. A steel or aluminum frame is preferred (with simple components, simple suspension, and no hydraulics are recommended.)
One bike we recommend is the Marin Four Corners.
How do i make my bike more comfortable?
- Bikes with no suspension - buy a suspension seat post
- Have a good comfortable seat do some research talk to your local shop
- Have 2 sets of tires (thin slick one for tarmac and thicker grippy ones for off road sections and make sure they fit your rims)
- Consider puncture resistant tires (slim tubes)
How to I carry all the kit required during the day on my bike?
- Use a hydration system
- Have water bottle cages on your bike
- Use bike specific handle bar bags, rear rack bags, etc. such as these packs from Timbuk2
What spares should I bring?
- Spare tube
- Puncture repair kit
- Multi tool
- Chain link repair
- Chain lubrication
- Spare chain
- Spare tubes
- Spare hanger
- Spare brake pads
We can arrange a bike for you to hire, it will cost about $200 to hire a bike for a leg.