RENTAL DOS AND DON’TS

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Outdoor Bike Lane -

• NOT ALL RENTALS are cre­ated equal, and it pays to do your re­search via the web. My Salsa Red­point was per­fectly main­tained and a plea­sure to ride. Make sure the rental out­let gives you a bike that works – take a test ride around the block be­fore set­ting out, and make sure they tune the sus­pen­sion to your body weight.

• IF YOU’RE RENT­ING while in the US, check which side the front brake is on (it’s usu­ally on the left, while Aussie bikes are usu­ally set up mo­tor­cy­cle style with the front on the right). SRAM brakes can be swapped in a cou­ple of min­utes, but Shi­mano brakes are more of a pain.

• CHECK IF PED­ALS ARE PRO­VIDED, or bring your own pedal and shoe combo from home.

• BRING YOUR USUAL RID­ING GEAR, in­clud­ing a Camel­bak, hel­met and your trail tools (just don’t leave them in your cabin bag­gage!). And do a quick weather check to see what you might be head­ing into. Light­weight body ar­mour doubles as skin in­sur­ance and ex­tra warmth.

• TAKE OUT TRAVEL IN­SUR­ANCE be­fore you leave Aus­tralia. If you’re in­jured in the US with­out in­sur­ance, the re­sul­tant bills could lit­er­ally cost you your house.

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