The Route of the Conquistadores - Bike Guatemala
Guatemala, Bike - Fat Tyre, 15 days - from £1,545 (land only) - from €1,930 (land only) - from $2,575 (land only)
(GUMB) Guatemala - Ride on the Wild Side
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 / SPD shoes
Base layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
Mid layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
Long sleeve baselayer top
Warm fleece jumper/jacket
(it can be cold in the evenings in the Cuchumatanes)
Regular biking gloves
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Cycling tights or tracksters
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet - mandatory
Daypack and contents
A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15 litres total capacity is recommended
Water bladder - min. 2 litres
Lightweight waterproof top
Puncture repair kit
Small roll of gaffer tape
Fleece jacket or jumper
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Trek Bag Contents
Travel and apres biking clothes
Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
Wash bag and toiletries
Antibacterial hand wash
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Chamois cream (e.g. Assos/Ozone)
PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES
Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares just a pump, a repair kit and a couple of standard 26 x 2 to 2.3 inch inner tubes. Note that the newest Cinder Cone hire bikes have 27.5 diameter wheels.
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 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.
Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.25 inch cross-country tyres suitable for mostly dry conditions.
Plastic tyre levers
Small tube of grease
1 rear brake cable
1 rear gear cable
Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
4 x inner tubes Spare chain links
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.
Spares specific to your bike**
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 that 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 ground agent in Guatemala hires out Kona Caldera and Kona Cinder Cone bikes, equipped with disc brakes and Shimano components. These are hardtail bikes and the newest of the Cinder Cone bikes have 27.5 inch wheels. Please refer to Bike Hire in the trip dossier for an indication of hire costs. When you request bike hire, KE will ensure that a suitably sized bike is available and ready for you to pick up on arrival. You will pay the hire fee to the tour leader. Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with our agent 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. If hiring a bike we recommend that you bring your own saddle and pedals, as well as your 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.