Jordan biking - Dead 2 Red
(DRMB) Jordan Dead 2 Red Mountain Bike
The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. 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)
Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Lightweight waterproof jacket
Lightweight Fleece jacket or jumper
Thin buff/neck scarf
Regular biking gloves
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Cycling tights or tracksters
Baggy overshorts for modesty
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet mandatory
Trek Bag Contents
Travel and apres biking clothes
Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
Wash bag and toiletries
Sheet sleeping bag (bedding is provided at the fixed camps)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Headtorch or small torch
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
Small roll of gaffer tape
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).
At the time of our November and December departures it can be quite cold early and late in the day, especially in the desert. You should make sure you have a warm fleece jacket or even a lightweight down jacket or gilet and also take some warmer full-fingered biking gloves.
PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES
Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares just a pump, repair kit and a couple of standard 26 x 2 to 2.25 inch inner tubes with Presta valves.
If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with 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 being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.2 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for mostly dry tarmac/dirt road conditions.
Plastic tyre levers
2 x inner tubes
Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
Multi-tool with Allen keys
Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
2x puncture repair kits
A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train
Spare chain links
Spares specific to your bike if applicable
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 ensure you bring any bike-specific spares, which might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.
Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars
Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.
It is possible to hire bikes for this trip. Our agent has a mix of Trek 4400 and 4300 mountain bikes (sizes 16, 18, 19.5, 21 and 22.5 inches), with front suspension, V-brakes and Shimano gearing. Please refer to Bike Hire in the trip dossier for hire costs. When you request bike hire, KE will ensure that a suitably sized bike is available for collection and you will collect and pay for the bike directly on arrival in Madaba. Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with the hire company in Jordan and not with KE. Please inform us in advance if you wish to hire a bike for this trip and let us know your frame size. Please note that the hire bikes have flat pedals. You will need to take your own SPD (or similar) shoes and pedals, as well as your own saddle and helmet.
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.