PREPARING FOR YOUR TOUR
The demands placed on you and your bicycle by a multi-day tour are much greater than those encountered on a casual day ride. Use the following checklist and the tips contained on these pages to get ready for your tour.
PREPARATION CHECK LIST
Upon receiving your confirmation packet:
- Please read all materials sent to you from Adventure Cycling. If you have any questions, call the Tours Department at (800) 755-2453 ext. 3, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance.
- Before purchasing non-refundable travel tickets, call the Adventure Cycling office to make sure your tour is a definite “Go”. We determine this at least 60 days prior to the trip start date.
- Ride your bicycle as much as possible!
60 DAYS BEFORE YOU GO
- If you haven’t already started, don’t wait any longer to begin training. Begin with rides of 20 miles or more a day, several times a week, working into longer day rides on the weekends. If weather or other circumstances prohibit this, use an indoor trainer, stationary bicycle or other form of exercise that taxes the cardiovascular system.
- Pay the balance due on your tour to Adventure Cycling.
- Arrange transportation for yourself and your bike.
45 DAYS BEFORE YOU GO
- Continue your training rides. Work up to 40- to 60-mile rides on at least one day each week, depending on the tour for which you’re training.
30 DAYS BEFORE YOU GO
- Make final purchases of clothing and equipment.
- Make certain that all repairs and maintenance, including lubrication, are made on your bike.
- Consider buying an extra pair of glasses or contacts and get a copy of your prescription.
- Continue your training rides, working up to 50- to 70-mile day rides on weekends. (You might try for a century – 100 miles in a day – if you’re taking a trip of more than three weeks.) Seek out hills and varied terrain, attempting to simulate the type of riding you’ll encounter on your tour, and do some rides with fully loaded packs to test for proper weight distribution.
14 DAYS BEFORE YOU GO
- Be certain you’ve used all your equipment and know how it works.
- Make sure your bike is fully tuned and ready.
- Continue training rides; try to do at least one overnight “shakedown” trip with a fully loaded bike. It’s better to discover and take care of problems before your tour begins.
- Pack your bike in a reinforced box and ship it, if it’s not traveling with you.
7 DAYS BEFORE YOU GO
- Fill medical prescriptions to last longer than your trip.
- Leave your route and planned itinerary with your family or friends.
- Put together and carry emergency contacts / who to call information.
- Change your mail delivery or have mail held at the post office.