African Spokes

BIKES & ACCESSORIES

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. Always expect a mixture of riding from smooth flat tarmac roads to rough muddy tracks and everything in between. Choose a bike for the Be spoke trip you book.

 

What type of bike should i bring?

A hard tail mountain bike with front suspension is the most versatile choice for XC/Trail.

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. This is the bike for the road trips and the gravel safaris.

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. Bring spares

Questions? E-mail us.

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?

Carry daily:

  • Pump

  • Spare tube

  • Puncture repair kit

  • Multi tool

  • Chain link repair

  • Chain lubrication

Pack:

  • 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.