Having the right equipment and clothing has a major impact on the enjoyment of your holiday. We are happy to provide further advice based on our experience, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Footwear: it is necessary to use specific mountain bike shoes. Shoes and flat pedals are particularly recommended for the Gran Canaria trails. You will appreciate shoes that balance cycling performance with sufficient flexibility to make them comfortable for the inevitable walking sections that accompany the great mountain tours. In this category stand out Northwave with Vibram sole, Giro Terraduro, Pearl Izumi X-Alp range, Mavic Scree, Shimano MT (Shimano Mountain Touring) series and Five Ten, especially in the high version.
Legs: we recommend two cycling under-shorts with padding (underwear), plus two comfortable cut cycling shorts to wear on. 3 pairs of specific moutain bike socks.
Upper body: Expect to bring 3 cycling jerseys, including at least one long-sleeved shirt. A light windproof vest, a light waterproof jacket, any arm warmers.
Head and hands: helmet, long finger gloves, transparent glasses or interchangeable sunglasses (with 100% UVA and UVB protection), knee pads. All these items are mandatory. Also recommended elbow pads.
A medium capacity backpack is recommended. In order not to carry a lot of equipment, but enough for the daily necessities while riding, the most suitable backpacks are models such as FR Enduro Blackline 16L and Evoc FR Trail Blackline 20L. Including a 2-liter water bag.
Sun cream and lip balm: recommended SPF 50+ protection factor (NOTE: the MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP service also includes a 50ml pack of high quality SPF 50+ sun cream).
Video camera with spare batteries, battery chargers and memory cards. We have achieved good results with the GoPro Black or Silver versions.
Compact and robust digital camera.
Clock with alarm
Energy bars and / or gel for support during excursions. NOTE:1 DAY MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR and MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP include a daily supply of energy bars, but we suggest you take some extra bars of your taste with you.
Isotonic powder to be mixed with water to effectively quench your thirst and replenish essential minerals and electrolytes lost through sweat. NOTE: the daytime temperatures in Gran Canaria are often quite high and there are no sources / fountains on the trails. Water autonomy is therefore fundamental.
Salt tablets and / or magnesium supplements, if you use them regularly. Be sure to bring only products that you have tried in advance, as some people may find that they do not work or work negatively.
FIRST AID PERSONAL KIT
The guides are equipped with first aid kit, but it is advisable to have your own personal kit. We advise you to equip yourself with the following items:
Plasters, bandages, tape
Scissors, tweezers and safety pins
Anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. ibuprofen
Analgesics: e.g. Aspirin
Salts for rehydration
Antihistamines (if necessary)
Contact lenses and glasses (if necessary).
If you rent a bike: our guides carry some spare parts (inner tubes, patches, shift cables). However, each participant must have his own complete personal repair kit, especially in the unlikely event that our guide is not available to help you in case of mechanical problems.
If you use your mountain bike: while our guide will have a certain number of spare parts and tools for first mechanical intervention, it is essential that your mountain bike is fully functional before leaving. If you have any doubts about the condition of your bicycle, please take it to a bicycle shop of your choice for complete maintenance before traveling. It is recommended to partecipate with new and already tested brake pads. Bring enough spare tubes for your bike and replacement pads to fit your brakes. Carry a gear dropout suitable for your bike model. This is an essential, personal item for every bike and must be part of your standard equipment.