Equipment

You will need to be self-sufficient for the ride. Unfortunately there are no bike shops along the trail so if you suffer a mechanical you will need to make sure you have what you need to keep your two-wheeled friend going for five days. Shopping options are very limited so don’t expect to be able to stop at a local shop and get something you forgot to bring or didn’t think you would need.

The amount of equipment  you bring on the Challenge will depend on a number of things such as; what you have, how much room you have in your car/trailer and how much you want to spend. Some people will want to bring the kitchen sink, while others will only take the bare minimum and are happy to rough it. Here’s what we recommend you pack for a  comfortable trip:

Bike – spares & maintenance

  • CO2 canisters or a small bike pump
  • Bike cleaner and a hand pressure washer (garden weed sprayers are perfect)
  • Bike stand (it will make cleaning and maintenance so much easier)
  • Brake Cleaner
  • Cable ties (assorted sizes)
  • Chain lube
  • Duct tape
  • Floor pump (a good quality pump is a worthwhile investment)
  • Front and rear lights
  • Hangar (unique to each bike)
  • Quick link for your chain
  • Rags and cleaning cloths
  • Slime for your tyres
  • Spare sealant (if running tubeless)
  • Spare tubes & repair kit
  • Spare tyre(s)
  • Spare wheels (each team should carry a couple of spare wheels)
  • Stiff nylon brush/chain cleaner
  • Tyre levers/patch kit

 

Riding Gear – on the bike

  • Cycling kicks or shorts (you will appreciate that padded protection after 5 days, trust us)
  • Bandannas (for dust and sweat)
  • Bicycle helmet (must be Australian standard and approved)
  • Camelbak & drink bottles
  • Chamois cream (your bum will thank you)
  • Cycling shoes or running shoes (dependent upon pedal types)
  • Padded cycling gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Riding jerseys (Pipeline Challenge or get a custom design made for your team)
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun sleeves/arm warmers

 

Non Riding Gear – off the bike

  • Compression clothing / skins / under armour (for after ride recovery)
  • Hat/cap/beanie
  • Jumper / hoodie (it can get cold overnight and early in the morning)
  • Sandals, thongs or lightweight shoes and socks
  • Shorts
  • Tracksuit / trousers / jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear (clean ones!)

 

Miscellaneous

  • Bike lock and long cable to secure bike overnight
  • Camera (you will want to remember this epic adventure!)
  • Deep Heat or Dencorub
  • First aid kit (we recommend St John’s Small or Medium Leisure Kits)
  • Insect repellent
  • iPod and charger (for relaxing night tunes, not for use on the bike)
  • Medication (any personal scripts, supplements)
  • Multi tool/Pocket knife/Swiss army knife
  • Permanent marker to label (name) your clothes
  • Rope and pegs
  • Rubbish bags (If you take it in, you take it out)
  • Sewing kit (for running repairs, not for Rambo style medical treatment)
  • Sunblock (30+ minimum. It does not need to be hot or sunny for you to get burnt)
  • Toiletries
  • Torch (headlamps are ideal as they keep your hands free)
  • Towel/shower chamois (quick drying)

 

Camping

  • Camping chair
  • Insect/fly screen or mozzie dome
  • Lantern and spare batteries
  • Laundry bucket & detergent (bush washing machine)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat/mattress
  • Swag
  • Table
  • Tarpaulin (great as ground sheets and extra protection if it does rain)
  • Tent (easy to erect and light to carry)

 

Support Vehicle

  • Air compressor
  • Bike rack
  • Car seat covers (trust us, you will need them)
  • Esky or car fridge (to keep your lunches and drinks cold)
  • Flashing amber light
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Jerry cans
  • Roof rack
  • Ropes / straps
  • Small shovel
  • Spare wheel (2 if possible)
  • Thermos
  • Toilet paper
  • Trailer
  • UHF radio
  • Vehicle jack and wheel brace (check suitability)
  • Water container (20 litres minimum)
  • Wet ones / wipes (refreshing and keeps your car cleaner)