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What to Bring

It is important that the clothing and eqipment you take on your cycling holiday is appropriate for the trip you have chosen. There is a fine balance between taking too much and too little, especially considering that you need to equip yourself for differing levels of physical exertion and also for a range of climatic conditions. If you have been on multi-day tours previously, you will know that importance of having a well thought-out bag of kit on hand. While we always hope for great weather, sometimes it is beyond our control, but as the old Belgium cyclist’s motto states, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

RideJapan recommends you bring the following items with for all tours, no matter the season.

Essential items:

  • At least two complete kits in good repair. bibs, SS jersey, socks
  • Cycling shoes with new cleats
  • Sunglasses
  • Helmet

Non-optional standard kit including:

  • Cap
  • Winter/summer base layer
  • Head/neck warmer
  • Gloves (both short and long finger)
  • Arm/knee/leg warmers
  • Wind/rain vest or jacket
  • Winter or warm up jacket
  • Shoe or toe covers
  • Chamois cream and other recovery/comfort items.

Not all these items will be required, but it is good to have them on hand, especially when descending at altitude as even in high summer, temperatures and wind chill can be extreme.

For the bike:

  • 2 x Bidons
  • Garmin or similar
  • Pedals (if renting RideJapan BMC)
  • Spare Derailleur hanger
  • New Front and Rear Tyres & new tubes (no patched tubes)
  • Bike recently serviced and checked for by LBS
  • New or recently new drivetrain with appropriate gearing ratios.
  • New Brake Pads F&R
  • New Bar tape (no rips or tears)
  • Headset and BB bearings new or reasonably new
  • Braking surface on alloy and carbon wheels checked wear, check for play in bearings
  • Check wheels are true and spokes and in good repair.

Remember that your RideJapan tour experience and safety is a priority of ours and a lot of this rests in the hands of your machine; take the maintenance of your bike seriously.

Any bike specific items that you feel may be needed (please contact RideJapan if any unsure and especially manufacturer specialist items).
For Alpine Tours and tours involving high mountains, please make sure that you DO NOT bring wheels with carbon braking surface. On long steep descents, ALL of these wheels are prone to delamination that can result in injury. Contact RideJapan for more information regarding this.

RideJapan will provide free mechanical assistance in the event of an issue, but will bill for any parts required at a reasonable rate with any outstanding monies to be settled at the end of the tour. On longer tours (5-7day) we have the ability to order broken parts for delivery, but please make sure all bikes, clothing and accessories are in good working order.