Mountain Biking Trip Checklist

PROVIDED BY HOLIDAY RIVER EXPEDITIONS

  • EATING UTENSILS, PLATES, & CAMP CHAIR
  • FULL COURSE MEALS: lunch the first day through lunch the last day
  • BIKE REPAIR KIT sufficient for common road repairs on standard mountain bikes. If your bike has nonstandard components, come prepared.

Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15–20 lbs.

GEAR YOU MUST BRING OR RENT FROM HOLIDAY

  • CUP (for morning hot drinks and/or evening cocktails—plastic mugs work well)
  • LIGHT TENT (backpacker style, not bulky or heavy)
  • PONCHO/RAIN SUIT (high quality)
  • SLEEPING BAG (compact and warm)
  • SLEEPING PAD (compact)
  • BIKE (must be in good repair)
  • WATER BOTTLE (included with BIKE RENTAL only)

You can rent most of the items listed above in our Rental Sleeping Kit. We offer two varieties: our basic sleeping kit, which consists of a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, small pillow, rain gear, and plastic mug for $40.00; or, the same basic sleeping kit plus a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance. Water bottles and mugs are available for purchase in our store. Water bottles are not included in the Rental Sleeping kits. 

Holiday rental bikes with helmets are available for $180.00/bike. If your personal bike fails to meet our minimum safety standards we will ask you to rent a Holiday bike. Bike rentals include a water bottle. Holiday rental bikes come with platform pedals only. If you have clipless shoes you MUST bring your own pedals.  

 

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING & GEAR

  • SHIRT(S): short-sleeved (i.e., T-shirts or bike jerseys)
  • SHIRT(S): long-sleeved, for sun protection
  • SHORTS: quick drying
  • LONG PANTS: quick-dry for sun protection, warm/comfy for night time
  • SHOES: one pair for camp or hiking (i.e., durable sneakers, sandals, or light-weight hiking boots)
  • HAT: for sun protection
  • SUNGLASSES: with retaining strap
  • SOCKS: several pairs, 1 cotton, 2 synthetic or wool
  • UNDERWEAR
  • SUNSCREEN: SPF 15 or higher
    • (Pro tip: if you bring spray sunscreen, please be considerate of your fellow passengers and guides and do not spray it where others can breathe it in.)
  • WARM JACKET: fleece- or pile-lined with wind/rain resistant shell
  • CHAPSTICK with sunscreen
  • HAND LOTION non-fragrant
  • BIODEGRADABLE SOAP: available at outdoor specialty stores, or ivory soap
  • TOOTHBRUSH/PASTE
  • INSECT REPELLENT: DEET concentrate in small bottles works best
    • (Pro tip: bring lightweight, long-sleeved pants and shirts and spray the repellent on the clothing instead of your skin. Sarongs are also great for keeping bugs off your head and shoulders.)
  • COMB or HAIRBRUSH
  • TAMPONS/ZIPLOCK BAGS: 1 bag per day
  • WASHCLOTH
  • TRAVEL TOWEL: quick drying
  • MEDICATIONS: aspirin/ibuprofen/Tylenol and/or personal prescriptions
  • FLASHLIGHT or HEADLAMP WITH RED LIGHT SETTING: small with extra batteries
    • (Pro tip: Our eyes are remarkably adapted to see in the dark, but white LED lights wreck that night vision and make it harder for you and everyone else to see the stars. Red lights preserve night vision and attract fewer bugs.)
  • TISSUES: small travel pack
  • STUFF SACK: to keep wet/dry clothes separated (i.e., pillow case or plastic bags)

BIKE-SPECIFIC CLOTHING & GEAR SUPPLEMENT

  • HELMET: required (no exceptions), ANSI or SNELL approved
  • PADDED BIKE SHORTS
  • BIKE GLOVES
  • WATER BOTTLE(S) or HYDRATION PACK
  • TUBE PATCH KIT
  • SPARE BIKE TUBE (Mr. Tuffy/Kevlar thorn strips are nice)
  • GEL BIKE SEAT or GEL SEAT COVER (optional)
  • RIDING SHOES (optional)
  • CHAMOIS CREAM (optional, but highly recommended)

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • WARM LAYERS: long underwear tops and bottoms (wool or synthetic), especially for early- or late-season trips
  • CAMERA (at your own risk): extra memory cards, batteries, and waterproof case
  • EXTRA BEVERAGES (NO GLASS PLEASE): liquor, boxed wine, canned beer, specialty pop, juice, etc.
  • HYDRATION PACK, DAY PACK, or FANNY PACK: for hiking
  • EXTRA SNACKS: for small children and people with dietary concerns or health issues such as diabetes
  • BINOCULARS (at your own risk)
  • GROUND CLOTH: for sleeping under the stars.

Things not to bring on your trip: glass-bottled beverages, radios, speakers, firearms, pets, and large amounts of cash beyond what you’ll want for your guide’s gratuity. Do not bring expensive jewelry, watches, or electronics (i.e., cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.). If you do choose to bring a cell phone for taking pictures, we strongly suggest getting a protective case.

Warning: In the event of a loss—regardless of fault—our insurance will not cover these expensive items. If you do decide to bring any of these items along with you to the meeting point for your trip, the most secure location to leave them behind would be at your hotel in their safe or locked up in the trunk of your vehicle. As a last resort we have a non-secure location at our headquarters, but we cannot assume responsibility for these items.

 

EARLY OR LATE SEASON SUPPLEMENTS (May, June, and September on all trips)

  • WARM STOCKING CAP: wool or synthetic
  • WARM GLOVES: lightweight, wool,  or synthetic
  • PILE OUTERWEAR: in addition to a quality jacket, synthetic pile pants
  • LONG UNDERWEAR: tops and bottoms, medium weight, wool or synthetic (fleece)
  • RIDING TIGHTS for cold weather riding

Although there is a greater chance of inclement weather on early and late season trips, a well-prepared biker will be able to appreciate the many advantages of these trips. Having the right clothing is essential. Wool, fleece, pile, Capilene, and Smartwool are natural and synthetic fabrics that retain their ability to insulate when wet (please note: cotton will not keep you warm when it is wet!). Adding to these inner layers with good rain- and wind-resistant jackets and pants will keep you warm, dry, and most importantly, happy. Your comfort on the trip starts with finding the right type of synthetic under- and outer-wear and quality rain gear. We recommend Gear.com for your additional river trip needs. They offer a wide variety of gear to help you dress for success while on your bike trip. A prepared traveler is a happy traveler.

Some items can be purchased from our store: HOLIDAY RIVER STORE or at GEAR.COM.