Turkish Mountain Bike Delight
(TUMB) Turkey -Turkish Delight
The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for generally warm days with cooler evenings (colder in October). 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
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 (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
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 but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of 26 x 2 inch standard mountain bike 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 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 2.2 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 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.
It is possible to hire bikes for this trip. Our local agent in Turkey hase Scott Scale and Salcano bikes for hire in a range of sizes. These bikes are good quality and in good condition. They have front suspension and disc brakes and are perfect for this trip.
The cost of bike hire is noted in the Bike Hire section of the trip dossier. 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 in Turkey. Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with the hire company in Turkey 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. The bikes are provided with flat pedals and with helmets (although you may prefer to take your own helmet). If you usually ride with clip-in 'spd' pedals, you should take your own pedals and shoes. You might also choose to take your saddle, which will go a long way towards making the hire bike feel like your own 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.