Bringing Your Bike

You can hire a bike from us for the duration of your mountain bike holiday. If you decide to bring your own, you'll need a well-maintained mountain bike with, at least, front suspension and disc brakes. If you have any doubts about your bike's suitability, do ask us. See the Kit List for advice on spares and accessories to bring with you.

We have a fully-equipped bike workshop, staffed by super-mechanic Tim, and are happy to help you keep your bike running smoothly while you're here.

Bike Preparation

Before you bring your own bike on holiday, here are one or two things that are worth doing:

  • Have the bike serviced by your local bike shop. Remember you're going to be riding it hard for several days on challenginig trails.
  • Check the wear of the brake pads. If worn to the metal, replace them and bring two spare pairs.
  • Check the wear of the tyres. If there are signs of the fabric under the rubber on the sidewalls then replace them. See our Kit List page for advice on appropriate tyres.
  • Check that there are no leaks from the forks or the shock.
  • Hold the cranks (the arms that connect the pedals to the frame) and push them in towards the frame - any movement and the bottom bracket is loose and could need tightening/replacing.
  • If using clipless pedals, then check the cleats are not too worn - unwanted unclipping is usually a sign.

Packing Your Bike To Fly

Using a box. NB Guests from the UK can claim a £5 discount when hiring a rigid bike box from bikeboxonline.

  1. Use a special rigid bike box or get a cardboard bike box from your local bike shop. Usually they are happy to set one aside for you. Then follow these steps, or ask your bike shop to pack the bike up for you.
  2. Remove the front wheel and pedals. If you have disc brakes, place a small piece of card between the brake pads to keep them apart.
  3. Remove the front and rear quick release skewers as they could pierce the box and tape them to the frame, leaving the rear wheel in place.
  4. Lower the seat post to its minimum height.
  5. Detach the handlebars (not stem) and tape/ziptie them to the top tube.
  6. Turn the front forks rearwards and fit plastic fork brace (ask your bike shop for one).
  7. Move the rear derailleur so that the chain is on the largest sprocket at the back, and the front derailleur so that the chain is on the smallest chain ring at the front (this is to protect the derailleurs).
  8. Wrap the front chain rings and rear sprockets in bubble wrap.
  9. Partially deflate the tyres.
  10. Place the bike in the box and place the front wheel alongside the frame.
  11. Pack spaces in the box with clothing/camelbak/helmet etc (unless this is prohibited by the airline's conditions).

Using a bike bag: as above, but

  1. Remove disc rotors and carry separately.
  2. Protect all exposed areas with bubble wrap.
  3. Place bike upside down in bag.

It's a good idea to line the bag with a cardboard bike box for extra rigidity if it's a floppy bag.

Don't forget to check with the airline at the time of booking what their conditions are on bike carriage. They do vary in terms of booking, cost and packing requirements.