You know what you usually take on holiday. Just check that you haven't forgotten:
- If bringing your own bike; 3 or 4 spare tubes (we have presta - skinny valve - tubes available at €5 each), spare brake pads, lubricant, a spare tyre (we have some tyres available to buy) and a pump. Tubeless tyres are a huge advantage, to avoid pinch flats. Tyres have to cope with Sierra Nevada's sharp rocks and thorns, so need to be durable, with strong sidewalls, rather than lightweight. See Bringing Your Bike page for info on preparing and packing your bike.
- If hiring a Pure Mountains bike, you may want to bring your own saddle and pedals (hire bikes have flat pedals).
- Please see below for a word on clipless pedals.
- Cycling shoes or sturdy trainers. Hire bikes have flat pedals.
- For bike race trips, a bike computer / GPS
- Helmet. You must wear a helmet at all times while riding.
- Buff / scarf. Skull cap in winter.
- Elbow and knee pads, if you usually wear them (not compulsory). Shin pads are useful to avoid scratched legs from thorny plants.
- Sun hat
- Long cycling trousers and waterproof trousers if you have them (except June to September)
- Long-fingered cycling gloves (short-fingered gloves are not suitable). Warm gloves (September to May)
- Day pack
- Hydration system / water bottle
- Windproof and waterproof
- Cycling shorts / tights
- Chamois cream, if you have a tender behind.
- Mobile phone, charger and adapter
- Laptop / other device plus lead and adapter if you need computer access during trip. Free WiFi is available at the farmhouse.
- Plenty of high factor sun cream and lip salve (the sun is very strong at altitude)
- For European citizens, an in-date European Health Insurance Card is essential and must be carried wth you when cycling.
- Passport / ID card, which must be carried with you when cycling.
- Travel insurance documents, which must be carried with you when cycling. See this page for more details about insurance.
- Small first aid kit (we carry a complete first aid kit).
- Swimming costume / trunks and pool towel (June to September). We sometimes finish the day at the local pool/bar.
- If you are a marmite, tea or golden syrup fan, it would be great if you could find a space in your luggage for any of these popular but difficult-to-find-in-Spain items! English-language newspapers are also much appreciated.
- Some Euros for dinners out and bar stops (€60 should be more than enough). There are cash machines locally. You must carry some emergency Euros withyou when cycling.
- If hiring a bike, the deposit of €150 / £100 in cash.
Clipless / SPD pedals. If you are new to these, or have only used them on non-technical terrain, please also bring a pair of trainers suitable for cycling or flat pedal bike shoes, as well as your dedicated shoes with cleats. You may well find that, on bumpy trails, you are happier and more confident with flat pedals (which we can provide).
You can wash your clothes in our washing machine while you are here. We provide towels and soap.
Hairdryers, straighteners, travel kettles, travel irons and whatnot use huge amounts of electricity in the process of creating heat. A solar power system can't support them, so please leave them at home!