Some handy tips about what to pack for a long distance cycle in Ireland. Think light, you'll be carrying it for a while!
Interested in cycling part of the Wild Atlantic Way? Here's a great starting point!
Pack any items you need often, such as cell/mobile phone, camera, map/GPS close to hand - in front bag on handlebars if you have one. All other gear should go in a large ziplock bag or bin liner to protect against showers. Put all heavy gear at the bottom of your bags. Keep some snacks in side pockets so you can grab them on the road! Another handy tip is to pack each days clothes in a large ziplock bag. This means they’re watertight and saves a lot of rummaging in a bag at the end of a tough day.
For ‘on the bike’ bring two full sets of biking clothes:
Shoes, clip in if you have them or comfortable shoes with a hard sole. (Don’t forget your own pedals if you are bringing clip shoes!).
Socks, waterproof if you have them.
Cycling shorts or leggings, padded.
Long sleeve cycling top.
Short sleeve cycling top.
Underwear if you wear it under padded shorts. (Yes, I know you’re not supposed to….). Ladies, bring a sports bra.
Light hat or buff to fit under helmet.
Rain jacket & bottoms.
*High vis vest
Snacks - high energy granola bars, nuts, bananas etc. Glucose sweets for low energy emergencies
One full change of comfortable clothes, including warm top and hat
Cell/mobile phone, camera plus chargers and batteries
Camping gear, if you’re planning to do this.
Biking Specific Accessories:
* Water bottle holder
* Gel coat saddle cover
* Basic tool kit: Pump, 1 x spare tube (bring extra if your tyre is non-standard dimension), tyre levers, multi-tool.
I also bring a small pack with the following:
Chain lube, chain connectors, cable ties/zip ties, duct tape, spare set of brake pads, puncture repair kit, set of small emergency bike lights etc.
*Supplied as part of standard rental when you rent from Wild Atlantic Sports.