The following information will give you a general overview of what to expect and what to bring. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PASSPORT.
Many of our tours travel into Canada. You will not be able to cross the border without a valid passport! Passport cards are accepted and ideal if you have one.
Summer temperatures can be anywhere from 32F, (0C) to 80F, (30C). Be prepared for both sunshine and rain. The mountain passes will be cool and the Canadian interior will be warmer and drier than the coast. Thermal layering of wool or synthetic that wicks moisture is important and be prepared for all weather conditions. On our fully-supported tours, you will have access during the day to personal belongings left in the van.
TRIP GEAR LIST
For nights that we camp, we provide you with a tent, sleeping bag, pad and small camp pillow. Bring your own sleeping bag liner if you prefer. Some people also like to bring a small camp towel and cloth (or wet wipes) for freshening up.
We have screened gazebos for eating and relaxing to keep the bugs at bay when the wind is not blowing. We also provide comfortable camp chairs with side tables and mugs for hot drinks.
Our bikes include a rear rack with a trunk bag, fenders, computer, water bottle and helmet. Our bikes will have basket-style toe clips installed, unless you notify us otherwise. If you ride with SPD’s and shoes, please bring them. If you have a seat you prefer or a helmet, bring those along as well. Helmets are required and are to be worn at all times while biking.
Here is a suggested clothing list. These items are essential for your comfort and safety. Cotton garments are fine for indoors but do not keep you warm when wet or sweaty.
- Long john tops and bottoms - polypropylene, thermax or wool
- Pants – fleece or wool and cotton
- Tights & Shorts - for biking
- Jackets - fleece or wool sweater, windbreaker
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Socks - wool/poly, heavy & med weight
- Hat & Gloves - wool, fleece
- Boots - Hiking, biking
- Personal Items - bring what you need, but don't over-pack. You can buy common sundries and supplies at the local stores.
We also suggest bringing the following equipment:
- Day pack (accessible from van at sporadic times during the day)
- Large water bottle or hydration-pack
- Sun glasses and sun block
- Insect repellent
- Camera and binoculars
- Head lamp or flashlight
- Personal saddle and pedals/shoes if you prefer your own
We will contact you by phone one month prior to your departure for any questions. Please feel free to email or call us at any time. We look forward to showing you our beautiful region!
Self-Supported Tour Information
We have the following camping and cooking gear available for rent along with our touring bike and panniers:
- Tent: 2 or 3 person lightweight backpacking model
- Sleeping bag & inflatable sleeping pad
- Cook set including stove, cookware, and dinnerware
In addition, we include a repair kit for multi-day rentals containing:
- Tire levers, patch kit, tire boot, mini pump, and extra tube.
- A compact chain tool and extra chain link.
- Spoke wrench.
- Small bottle of lubricant.
- Other bike maintenance items can be purchased at our shop before you depart.
Items that are not available for rent, but can be acquired in Haines or Skagway to begin your ride:
- Bear spray: make sure to purchase a model clearly marketed as bear spray as is required by Canadaian Customs.
- Stove fuel: you will need to supply fuel for the camp stove.