(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. PERSONAL CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES 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 PERSONAL TOOLS & 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. 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.