What to bring for a cycling tour:
Your choice of clothing should be influenced by (1) our comments concerning climate, (2) personal comfort, and (3) space limitation. Although we encourage cyclists to transport the majority of their clothing in our support vehicle between overnight destinations, cyclists should be prepared to carry those articles of clothing essential to changing weather conditions that may be encountered during the course of the day. Those articles that should be carried include rain gear and protective clothing in the event of dramatic drops in temperature (e.g., lengthy mountain descents). Some means of carrying this gear, such as a rear pack, will be needed on your bicycle. (Rental bikes are equipped with rear rack packs.) Again, preparation is the key to a rich, exciting cyclotouring experience. It is not impossible to encounter a 30-degree temperature variation in an amazingly short period of time. Properly prepared and equipped, such dramatic changes will only enhance our total touring experience, rather than detract from it.
The preference always is to bring your own helmet for comfort and fit. If you cannot transport your helmet, contact us and indicate your desire that we provide a helmet for you and we’ll be happy to do so without charge. The following is a partial list of recommended articles
*shorts (comfortable for riding)
*t-shirts or jerseys (both long and short sleeved)
*shoes for cycling (can be a touring shoe, cleated shoe or tennis shoe)
*rain jacket and rain pants (pants are optional but recommended)
*sweater (wool or synthetic, not cotton), light jacket
*warm-up pants, tights or some other form of leg covering
*hiking shoes (particularly for tours that include planned hiking days)
*leisure clothing (for after cycling hours) Informal, casual, comfortable clothing is the rule – e.g. jeans, shorts, etc. Keep in mind that evenings can be quite cool.
*binoculars (great means of viewing wildlife)
- sun glasses
- sun screen (SPF-15)
- lip protection (SPF-15)
- binoculars (great means of viewing wildlife)
- daypack (for hiking)
- National Parks pass – if you have a pass, bring it along
Your bicycle should be a recently tuned up model in good working order and outfitted for touring. If you don’t have a suitable bicycle, or do not wish to transport your bicycle, we can provide a rental for the tour for a fee. Timberline is a Specialized Dealer and our bikes are outfitted for touring,with alpine gearing, with a low gear in the range of 30”-36”, rear pannier rack and rack top bag, pump, tire irons, spare tube, patch kit, toe clips and straps, or equivalent (clipless pedals). Your are welome to bring your own pedals and seat if desired.
Tools and other gear
Our leaders will be riding with a full complement of tools to handle most repairs. Our support vehicle will also carry a wide array of tools and a supply of commonly required spare parts (tubes, tires, brake pads, brake and derailleur cables, etc.). If, however, your bike is other than a conventional model (e.g., tandem, recumbent, wheels that are other than 700c) you will need to bring spare tubes, at least one spare tire, and derailleur and brake cables. We also do not carry Campagnolo spare parts in our vans., but we are aware of the location of bike shops along our routes. If you have any question as to whether we will have the necessary repair parts and equipment for your personal bike, we urge you to contact our office for clarification.
What to pack for hiking tours:
Your choice of clothing should be influenced by (1) our comments concerning weather, (2) personal comfort, (3) space limitations. Note that most of your clothing will be transported in your luggage in our support van. On certain nights, though, for some hiking programs, we will be without access to that support van, and therefore dependent on the carrying capacity of our daypacks for clothing and other personal articles.
Water carrying capacity is vital, and your daypack may be equipped to carry water containers. Other options are a fanny-pack water bottle carrier or a camelback style pack that has both a water bladder (at least 64-ounce capacity) and a separate compartment to carry needed personal belongings. A word about the most important part of your anatomy on a hiking program—your feet! We strongly recommend that you opt to hike in hiking boots or shoes, rather than sneakers or running shoes, which do not provide sufficient support and traction for trail conditions that we will experience. And please, do not show up with a brand new pair of boots that you will be wearing for the first time—be sure in advance that those boots have been “broken-in”, and are a comfortable fit (be aware that a comfortable, snug fit in the store can become agonizingly too tight as your feet swell in the course of an actual hike). Brand new boots can transform a magnificent trek into an excruciating nightmare in an amazingly short period of time. Bring an ample supply of moleskin along to apply to those traditional “hot spots” before they ever become “hot”. We will be equipped to introduce you to the miracle of duct tape.
- Hiking boots and socks (multiple sock layers are discouraged)
- Hiking pants, shorts or zip offs
- Short sleeve T-shirts or synthetic wicking material shirt
- Long sleeve T-shirts (evenings and cool mornings, even for Southwest programs)
- Jacket (fleece, e.g.), sweater or sweatshirt (for warmth)
- Leg tights, warm-up pants
- Rain gear
Hat or other head covering (sun hat and warm hat for higher elevation hiking)
- Gloves – lightweight for some cold mornings
- Leisure clothing, including comfortable shoes for evenings (informal, casual and
comfortable is the rule – evenings can be cool to cold)
- Swimsuit (always)
- Casual shoes like Tevas, Crocs, or sandals
- Daypack, comfortable, but big enough for food, water and clothing
- Water containers or bladder, minimum 2 quart capacity, more in dryer climates
- Sun glasses; Sunscreen and lip protection
- Camera, binoculars
- Moleskin, personal medication and small personal first aid kit
- Hiking (Trekking) poles can be very useful for stability and saving your knees
- National Parks Pass – if you have one, bring it along