Mountain Bike into the Copper Canyon
Mexico Copper Canyon (MXMB)
The following is a basic check list to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm days and cooler/cold evenings . 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 2)
Mid-layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
Warm Fleece jacket or jumper
Regular biking gloves
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Cycling tights or tracksters
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet mandatory
Daypack and contents
Cycling daypack of at least 20 litres is recommended
Water bladder (e.g. Camelbak) min. 2 litres
Puncture repair kit
Fleece jacket or jumper
Lightweight waterproof top
Small roll of gaffer tape
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Trek Bag Contents
Travel and aprEs biking clothes (inc some warmer clothing items)
Training/Leisure shoes for aprEs biking
Antibacterial hand wash
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Wash bag, Towel and toiletries
Insect repellant (75 100% DEET)
PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES
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.
You will need 1.9”2.1” cross-country tyres suitable for mostly dry conditions.
Small tube of grease
1 rear gear cable
2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
4 x inner tubes Spare chain links
Multi-tool with Allen keys
2 x puncture repair kits
Spares specific to your bike **
Plastic tyre levers
1 rear brake cable
Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
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
We do provide 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.
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.