Backroads of Cambodia
The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm climatic conditions during the day. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
Bikes are provided on this holiday
Bikes are provided by our local agent within the cost of the holiday. These are Trek or Giant mountain bikes with Shimano components and front suspension.
Taking your own bike
If you take your own bike, this needs to be at least a mid level mountain bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is recommended. Your bike should be fitted with 1.9 to 2.1 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for mostly dry with occasional wet conditions. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.
PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPDs
Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 1)
Mid-layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
Regular biking gloves
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Baggy overshorts for modesty
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet - mandatory
Travel and apres biking clothes
Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
Insect repellent (75 - 100% DEET)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Daypack and contents
Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended
Water bladder - min. 3 litres
Lightweight waterproof top
Puncture repair kit
Lightweight loose trousers to wear for modesty in villages
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES
Appropriate spares, puncture repair kits and pumps are available for the provided bikes and these are carried by the guide or in the support vehicle. You do not need to bring any spares other than a couple of 26 x 2 inch inner tubes with Presta valves.
If you are bringing your own bike, you need to bring any spares that are specific to your bike, such as a couple of front and rear wheel spokes, spare chain links, disc brake bleed kit, shock pump etc.
Ideally, you should know how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
KE tools and spares
On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike.
Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip dossier.