Bike Aways


Packing list


  • 1- 2 x pair comfortable shorts (padded bike shorts for riding if you want that extra comfort)
  • 1 x pair of long trousers to change into during the evening after riding.
  • 2 -3 x shirts (a synthetic biking shirts dries quickly and wicks moisture, linen also wicks well, normal t-shirts also fine)
  • 1 x Fleece/vest/jumper/hoodie / long sleeve shirt (It may cool at night, or after rain and air-con in train may be dialled up.)
  • 1 x Breathable waterproof jacket or poncho (in case we are caught riding in the rain you will want something to keep you dry while allowing you to vent body heat).
  • 1x Lightweight waterproof trousers. The ones with zips down the sides are excellent, and can almost substitute for your long trousers in warmer months.
  • 3 x Underwear
  • 3 x Socks
  • 1 x Sun Hat/Cap
  • 1 x pair of trainers/sneakers
  • 1 x pair of flip flops/ slippers (optional)
  • Camera
  • Adaptor for recharging phone and camera. US style flat parallel pin Type A, and Australian style three flat non parallel Type I plugs are both standard in China ( any Hong Kong hardware store sells these very cheaply).
  • Sunglasses
  • Money (meals will be covered on the bike trip from Friday night dinner till Sunday lunch but you will need a small amount of money to buy water, beer, sweets, souvenirs and any other personal items along the way – more if you are staying on after 6pm Sunday).
  • Passport and China Visa (double check this ASAP)
  • WATER – staying hydrated is critical. A Camelback type hydration pack is great if you have one. Water can be bought along the way and a couple of small bottles carried at all times. Even though plastic is recycled in China – we do encourage you to bring a water bottle to refill wherever this is possible.
  • Small light-weight day pack to carry water, camera, passport, wallet etc whilst riding.
  • Small personal first aid kit.
  • Powerbars, energy snacks, powdered drink mix (optional)
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries, including:
    • Toothpaste and toothbrush
    • Soap/body wash/shampoo
    • Any required medication
    • Any other personal need items
    • Antibacterial Hand Gel
    • Wet Wipes
    • Flip flops
    • A towel, face cloth.
    • Insect Spray (mosquito spray)
    • Cream (vaseline) for chafing
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste

This is not an exhaustive list. Use your own judgment when packing and KEEP PACKING TO A MINIMUM.

Other Useful Information

  • 220 volt electrical outlets in China are either two prong type “A” outlets like the ones in America or three prong type “I” outlets like Australia. A back up battery pack is recommended if you need your phone or take pictures with it.
  • Phone and Internet: Wifi may be available in the first hotel. Phone and data coverage will not work everywhere in the hills, but in some places is OK.
  • Banking: Change money before hand or at the airport when you arrive. There are no ATM machines in the countryside where we cycle.