Equipment for Bike Safaris in the Himalayas

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					(INMB) India–Leh to Manali Traverse

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for
predominantly cool climatic conditions and 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.

Feet: Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s                     Neoprene bike overshoes for extra warmth

Torso: Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)           Mid-layer- long sleeved cycling top (x 2)
          Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket        Warm Fleece jacket or jumper
          Down Jacket (for evenings)

Hands: Regular biking gloves                                 Winter biking gloves or warm overgloves

Legs:     Padded cycling shorts (x 2)                        Warm Cycling tights or tracksters

Head: Eyewear - Biking glasses                               Cycling helmet – mandatory
          Fleece headband                                    Buff

Daypack and contents: A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 20 litres carrying capacity is recommended
Water bladder - min. 2 litres capacity                       Lightweight waterproof top
Basic First Aid Kit                                          Multi-tool
Puncture repair kit                                          Inner tube(s)
Pump                                                         Camera
Sun cream (inc total bloc for lips/nose)                     Small roll of gaffer tape
Warm Fleece Jacket or Jumper                                 Lightweight loose trousers to wear over shorts for modesty

Trek Bag Contents:                                           Travel and après biking clothes for predominantly cold conditions
Training/Leisure shoes for après biking                      Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
Warm hat                                                     Insect repellent (75 – 100% DEET)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)                             4 Season Sleeping Bag*
Thermarest/Camping Mattress*                                 Headtorch/Headlamp

* Items can be rented through KE Adventure Travel


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. changing an inner tube, fixing a puncture. 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: You will need– 1.9”semi-slick tyres suitable for mostly dry tarmac/dirt road conditions.

Pump                                                         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                     Spoke key
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)
2 x 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).

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.

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