"Mountainbiking Trip Packing List" Rhön Packing List Tip by Weissdorn

Rhön What to Pack: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Proper outfitting is important for mountain biking
by Weissdorn

Luggage and bags: Backpack and/or panniers - with approx. 30-35 l (60-60 lbs) volume and rain protection
A handlebar saddlebag - for carrying your gear with rain protection

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Helmet - best life insurance policy for mountain bikers
3 pair of functional underwear - Lycra or Microfiber. 100% cotton is not recommended.
2 pair of biker shorts with pad lining
2 short-sleeve & 1 long-sleeve biker shirts
- 100% cotton T-shirts are not recommended
Biker shoes or sneakers - depending on your pedal type
3 pair of water-proof socks
Windbreaker jacket and/or vest - the kind you can fold up to the size of a fist
Rain suit - a must - it rains every 3 days on the average in Germany
Biker long pants - with or w/o pad lining
Gauntlets and/or gaiters - they should be in addition to the windbreaker
Glasses - not just for sunny weather, but for insect & cold wind protection
1 change of comfortable clothes - to relax in after a hard day of biking
Biker gloves - Gortex are good for sweaty palms

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Personal hygiene kit - remember NO glass bottles
1 tube of dissolvable isotonic tablets - magnesium, calcium or multi-vitamine - available in any German market or drug store.
1 small tube of hand cleaner - to clean the grime off your hands w/o water
1-2 packages of tissues
Insect repellant
1 pen of after-bite lotion for wasp stings and mosquito bites
Tick tongs - available in all German pharmacies
Towel & shower shoes
Sun-screen at least LF 12 if not 30 and zinc lipstick is also a good idea

Photo Equipment: You should remember to provide weather protection and shock adsorption for you camera.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Water bottle - at least 1 liter; Germany doesn't have drinking fountains
Tool kit - should include wrenches, screwdrivers, Allen keys, a chain tool, tire spoons, a spare innertube, innertube repair kit, spoke key, spare chain links and pins, chain lub spray/oil and a rag to clean the grime
Tire pump
Biker's first-aid kit
Bike lock - anything other than the simple cable locks are just too heavy
Night light / flash light - the battery-operated ones are the best
Pocket binoculars - to enjoy the view

Miscellaneous: ID, credit cards, ATM cards & cash - you should always have a small amount of cash with you
Medical insurance documents - remember that German doctors will not treat you without medical insurance documents unless it's a life or death situation, and a broken arm or leg is not necessarily a life or death situation.
Cell phone - with the local emergency numbers programmed into it: 110 for the police and 112 for rescue services
Maps - good mountain biking maps are available in better German book stores
Guide book - so that you will know where the local sites are

Website: http://www.adfc.de

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2006
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