I'm planning to cycle the Great Continental Divide during the summer. So from Montana toward Colorado. This means there will be mountaineous territory but also long stretches of flat road.
What is the best kind of bike to buy?
What are the essential bits and pieces to get to make the journey somewhat more comfortable? This will be a two/three month cycle.
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You definitely need a good quality bike. Invest at least 600 EUR. Look for bikes with Shimano Deore components, but watch out that everything is Deore, not just the front gear shift and the rest no-name (happens a lot). What kind of bike you buy depends on the ground (asphalt or rough terrain) and what you personally prefer. I've got a trekking bike and would happily use it, but others might want a mountain bike, a racing bike or a crosser.
It is essential that you've got a bike that is 100 % comfortable, nothing is more annoying than a saddle or a handlebar that doesn't really fit. You only notice this after about a few hours of riding and sometimes it takes days to find that you need that extra centimeter backwards that another saddlepost gives you.
Good cycling panniers (Ortliebs are best IMO) and good cycling clothing are essential too.
That's really helpful, I think I'm going to have to buy the bike when I get there as I'm travelling for a while before we begin. But I should have at least a month to get used to it before the big cycle begins.
It's a tough one, because Mountain bikes would be best for the mountainous areas, and a hybrid/road bike for the flats. What ratio of flat to mountainous areas will it be? That should help you decide.
Steer well clear of rear suspension. Avoid front suspension if possible, unless you're doing some serious off roading.
If you go for a hybrid bike, 700c semi-slick tyres are the best.
Good panniers, make sure you have ways of keeping your gear dry. Waterproof gloves are a nice addition, a reflective, waterproof jacket, and a travel towel.
Try to go as lightweight as possible and you'll cover a lot more distance!
Beside a high quality bike, i think an amazing hydration waistpack is a must-have for you. Cyclist like you need to stay well-hydrated or else your body will slowly start to fail you.
Studies have shown that people who use waters bottles to drink from are less likely to stay hydrated versus those using hydration packs. --- Ah! Kiss your water bottles goodbye! Hydration systems tucked inside packs are easier to carry and more convenient to drink from.
Good luck with your journey!!!
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