What to Pack for the Ride
Here are a couple vital items that may not seem obvious at first, but...
Your Bike Shoes
If you are riding clip-in pedals, please double-triple-extra check that you have packed your bike shoes. Every single trip someone forgets them, and...
There will be a couple opportunities to go on SHORT, fun, night-time rides to dinner. (If you don't want to pedal to dinner we are happy to give you a lift). If you are pedaling at night (or even think you MIGHT) you MUST have some lights on your bike. At the MINIMUM that means a blinking red light in the rear and a blinking white light up front.
Sure, towels are provided at all of our hotels. BUT... the ride ends at a big pool party, and for reasons that elude me, they do NOT provide towels. Be sure to pack one, which we will be happy to transport to the pool party for you so you don't have to carry it all day. Lots of folks just jump in the pool in their bike clothes, but if you prefer a bathing suit we will transport that for you too.
Some Warm-Weather Clothes In Your Carry-On Bag
On our first day in Miami we'll be meeting at our hotel's lovely rooftop pool for some drinks and snacks. Details here.
Pack some warm-weather clothing in your carry-on bag so you don't have to wear your winter coat poolside if your hotel room isn't quite ready yet.
You must wear a hard bike helmet at all times on the ride when you are pedaling.
No helmet/no ride/no exceptions.
Bring TWO water bottles with you or you will dehydrate and die. Have a nice day! If you prefer to carry a Cambelback or similar hydration pack instead that’s fine, but NO ONE should be out with just one water bottle.
EVERYONE should have these items with them on the bike at all times while pedaling:
• A cell phone
• A small tire patch kit
• Inner tubes that fit your bike For this five-day trip I would pack at least five inner tubes in your luggage! You should have TWO inner tubes with you on the bike at all times. If you are riding an unusual wheel (650cc, recumbent, sew-up) you should REALLY stock up -- we won’t be anywhere near a shop that will have that stuff. Yeah, if the flat-tire gods are with you, you won’t use a single extra tube on the entire trip and that’s great -- you can stash them away for next time. And IF you are riding that unusual size wheel, you should have an extra TIRE in your suitcase too -- we will NOT be able to find a replacement if a tire goes bad.
• A small tire pump or CO2 inflator. (If you're using CO2 pack the cartridges in the luggage that we will drive to the ride for you. The airlines may not let you bring them on board in checked or carry-on luggage).
Even if you don’t know how to use this gear you should still be carrying it. If you get a flat (and ALL bicycles get flats...) you can be back on the road in 10 minutes if you are carrying this stuff. It can be an hour or longer (MUCH longer) if you aren’t carrying the right gear.
If you are headed off on your own you may want to bring one. When you’re traveling with the group we’ll have someone to watch your bike whenever we dine or drink, so you won’t need to lock-up then.
GPS for Your Bike
Fun but NOT required. We will have digital files available for your Garmin and your smartphone.
All Your Charging Cables
No; we do not have an extra charger for a 1999 Blackberry, and we don't know where to get one.
You may not want to put your life in the hands of the hotel’s wake up service.
Dress is always casual on this trip, but you're not going to want to wear your bike clothes ALL the time.
Even though we’re in sunny Florida, it CAN rain, and we could run into a cool evening. ‘nuff said.
If you ride bike shoes with cleats that’s cool, but you’re going to want to wear something else for walking around.