Kit List – European Road Biking Holidays

This kit list is intended as a simple aid memoire to assist you when you’re packing for your holiday.  When packing, please be mindful of the baggage allowance that is applicable with your chosen airline.  However, we believe that it is always better to have gear in your kitbag and not need it than the other way round – this applies especially to wet / cold weather gear.

Please note that your bike should be both serviced and cleaned prior to packing.  We recommend using a soft bike bag or a cardboard bike box for transporting your bike.  If packed correctly both these options offer good protection for your bike and are easily packable in our baggage van.

Riding Wear

Head 

Helmet – mandatory when riding
Cap or Buff
Cycling Glasses / Sunglasses

Hands

Track Mitts
Long Fingered Cycling Gloves

Feet

Cycling Shoes – Road or SPD
Socks (x 3 or 4)
Overshoes

Upper Body

Wicking base layer (x 2)
Cycling Jersey short sleeved (x 2)
Cycling Jersey long sleeved (x 1)
Cycling Gilet
Outer Shell Jacket – bike specific water / wind proof
Arm warmers

Lower Body

Quality Cycling Shorts (x 2 or 3)
Cycling Longs (x 1)
Leg Warmers

Riding Kit

Some people prefer riding with a small Camelbak type pack whilst others prefer the more traditional roadie style of water bottles & some spares in a small saddle pack. Choose whatever works best for you and allows you to carry the following items comfortably, if necessary:

Water Bottles (750ml x 2) / Hydration Bladder (2L)
Outer Shell Jacket or Cycling Gilet
Leg & Arm Warmers
Basic First Aid Kit
Bike Specific Multi Tool
Chain Tool

Chain Powerlink
Inner tubes (x 2)
Tyre Levers
Pump
Puncture Repair Kit & Tyre Boot
Spare Gear Hanger
Sun Cream
Small Bike Padlock (e.g. Abus Combiflex)
Camera

Off Bike Wear

Head

Hat / Cap

Hands

Long Fingered Gloves

Feet

Training / Casual Shoes
Flip Flops / Crocs – keep handy in vehicle for stops
Socks

Upper Body

T Shirts (x3)
Fleece
Warm Jacket (e.g. Duvet Jacket)

Lower Body

Jeans / Casual Trousers
Compression / Recovery Tights
Underwear

Main Bag Contents

Compression bags are useful to separate clean and dirty clothes. Your main bag will be used to carry whatever kit you’re not using plus:

Toilet Bag & Personal Toiletries
Equipment Spares & Tools*
Headtorch
Holiday Reading
Phone
Phone & Camera Charger
UK – Europe Electrical Adapter

*Equipment Spares & Tools – A lot of cycling equipment now requires spare parts and tools that are specific to a model, year or type.  We strongly recommend that you bring the following specific spares and tools with you that are compatible with your equipment as well as the more generic spares listed:

  • Spare Cycling Shoe Cleats & Fixing Bolts
  • Spare Gear Hanger
  • Spare Spokes, Spoke Nipples & Compatible Spoke Key
  • Chain Powerlink
  • Inner Tubes (x4)
  • Spare Rear Gear Cable Inner (x 1)
  • Spare Rear Brake Cable Inner(x 1)
  • Any non standard bike specific tools

We carry spare wheels (Shimano and Campagnolo 10 speed compatible) and commonly used generic spare parts (700c HP tyres, inner tubes, rim tapes, handlebar tape & 10 speed chains) are carried on the baggage vehicle.  All spares are available on a for sale basis.

In addition we carry a comprehensive toolkit on the baggage vehicle and have not yet been stumped when it comes to en-route repairs.  If we need outside mechanical assistance we will do our upmost to source a bike shop that can assist.