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The most complete list for your cycling adventure
Need for a cycling are many things, many things are convenient, but many other things are unnecessary. Yet you can not escape to take your bike equipment for Costa Rica adventure equally critically. If you often go cycling it is smart to let you buy are of good quality so that you have of equipment failure minimize burden. Note that it is important that as universal as possible and let you not prevent your choice whether or not to go cycling influence. It can also spend a little less!
Panniers If you want to buy panniers, it is important that they are sturdy and waterproof!
Individual bags are easy to attach, sturdy attachment points are important. Not fitted loose bags are swabbing and your bike also. A attachment system with ‘clicks’ is sufficiently robust. Every extra pound that you take with you will be a burden going mountain so traveling light and easy is important.
A handlebar bag is very convenient because it easy to attach and convenient to keep your papers and important things ad hand. In addition, a handlebar bag can be used as a map standard. Among others Ortlieb makes nowadays fully waterproof handlebar bags. If your bag is not waterproof, think of a plastic bag for your camera and your passport.
Except panniers there is also a possibility to use a light trailer or bob yack, but given the mountainous area of Costa Rica, we do not recommend it.
Shoes and clothing
When some swear by special cycling wear, others find a simple T-shirt and comfortable shorts the better bike clothing. Most importantly, the clothes have the right fit and provide you with enough libertay to move you. For those who prefer not to wear tight shorts are also more bagy fashionable shorts with the benefits of cycling shorts.
The same goes for cycling shoes. Although you transfer more force with the click on shoes it is impossible to take a long walk with these. A alternative can be special mountain bike shoes that you can dboth just fine. Of course normal shoes on ordinary paddels wil do just fine.
Packing The most complete checklist for your Costa Rica vacation bike! You do not want to take too much with you but do have will have to be prepared of course. If you are cycling and camping you will take considerably more with you than described below. Youre camping and sleeping gear will take a lot of space and you propably will need to mount youre front banniers as well. We limit ourselves at this time to cycling in Central America and Costa Rica in especial, where we assume that there are usually engough backpackers and lodges and we use to have a average temperature 15 degrees.
Bike Accessories (mounted on the bike). It is important that you pack your luggage well, so you do not have to open bags in the rain or have everything laying arround on the street exposed just to get your photo camera. Because you only have a limited number of bags it is useful to divide the bag into the top and bottom half. In the bottom half perhaps in a plastic or linnen bag, the extra clothing you bring for your trip. The upper half of the things you probably would want to use on the road like a toilet or first aid bag, a pouch with some travel documents or vouchers perhaps the bag with some spares and tools. You can optionally attach a third loose bag on your mount where you have a sweater, a raincoat, or extra dry shirt, camping towel or something to eat.
It might be smart to divide the luggage of your travelcompanion and your self aswell, divde on the others bag a set of clothes. It is especially useful if the one bag with all the clothing was n’t as waterproof as you thought or incase of loosing a bag.