Our travel resources will help you prepare for your next cycling vacation. Find a recommended packing list, advice on how to pack your bike, training tips, and terms and conditions. If you need information you can’t find here let us know.
Before you travel make sure you read through these important resources.
How To Pack Your Bike
Will you be traveling with your bike? Here’s our best advice we have learned from traveling all over the world with our bikes. With a little preparation you will be able to pack your bike in its own container.
Today many customers are unsure if they should travel with their bike, or rent one once they get to their final destination. Packing up your bike can seem like a hard task if you’ve never done it before.
Measure twice: Either with a permanent marker or electrical tape, mark the position of your seat height. Or, use a tape measure and write down the measurements. Also, note the spacer arrangement on your stem so you can replicate it later.
Required Tools: Gather the tools you need to dismantle your bike; most likely 4, 5, and 6 millimeter wrenches along with a pedal wrench. After your bike is packed, wrap your tools in shop rags to prevent your frame from getting scratched and place them in your bike case. Some bike parts may require a unique tool, so make sure that you have the right tools with you to reassemble your bike when you arrive at your destination.
Use a bike box: To prevent damage, we recommend a hard shell case, but there are soft sided cases that can be used as well. If you have a buddy who can lend you a case, try borrowing one first. If not, make a trip to your local bike shop and inquire about renting one. Many bike shops will rent a case for your cycling vacation. Plan ahead and reserve one early. If you need to buy a case check with local bike shops or online retailers. There are many brands to choose from. It’s a good idea to practice fitting your bike in the case to ensure everything fits properly. Also review airline policies for bike case sizes since regulations change frequently and each airline is very different. A few inches too big could mean your bike may be left at the airport.
Packing everything tight: We recommend putting your helmet and cycling shoes in with your regular luggage in case your bike gets lost in flight. This allows you to ride during your cycling vacation, on a rented bike, without interrupting your itinerary. However, we do recommend putting certain items in with your bike; powdered sports drink, extra tubes and tires, tools required to reassemble your bike, etc. Do not pack CO2 cartridges in with your bike. They could explode and damage your bike.
Expect an inspection: The TSA often inspects bike cases. Be prepared for an inspection and make it easy for them to repack the contents of your bike case after an inspection.
Be prepared for riding in Belgium. In the spring expect rain, chilly temps and brisk wind, and in the fall expect mild, sunny temps. Since you will be riding every day, weather permitting, much of your luggage will consist of bike clothes/gear. If you need more casual clothes while traveling, this is a great excuse to buy another cycling t-shirt to add to your collection. Check the weather for Brussels before you leave to get a better idea of what to expect the week you will be there.
A general packing list will help you gather the gear you will need. A helmet is mandatory on all rides. Don’t forget your bike shoes or water bottles! A complete packing list will be sent to you after you sign up for a trip.
Sample items to pack on your cycling trip to Belgium:
- Helmet (mandatory)
- Long and short sleeve jerseys
- Vest or rain jacket
- Full-fingered cycling gloves
- Padded bike shorts
- Arm warmers and knee warmers
- Cycling shoes
- Pants or shorts
- Warm jacket or a fleece sweatshirt
- Long and short sleeve shirts
- Light gloves for spring/fall trips
- Comfortable shoes for walking
- Euros and credit cards
- Small daypack
- Water bottles
- Chargers for all electronics
- Camera and batteries/memory cards
- Compact umbrella for watching races
Credit Cards and ATM Machines
Most major credit cards are accepted like Visa and MasterCard. The chip and pin system is different in Europe than in the United States. You will still need to swipe your card when used. ATM machines are available in all major cities. Google “ATM Locator” and you will find where the ATM’s are before you go. The fees and restrictions may vary from location to location.
Currency and Exchange Rate
Euro notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Foreign exchange traffic is not regulated; there is no limit on the amount of foreign currency which may be brought in or out of the country. When you are exchanging currency prior to departure shop around at local banks. The rate will vary widely.
Belgium is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard time. Daylight Saving Time is observed but on a different date than the United States.