Cuba Cy­cling Tips

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - MAINTENANCE -

Avoid vis­it­ing in hur­ri­cane sea­son be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber. De­cem­ber to May is best, but still hot.

Pre­pare for in­tense heat. Pack elec­trolytes and high spf sun­screen. Dip into the ocean as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

Ride a locally sourced hy­brid, or bet­ter yet, bring your own gravel, en­durance or hard­tail bike. Rental bikes are poor qual­ity and paved roads are patchy.

Stay at casasp ar­tic­u­lares. The in­ex­pen­sive fam­ily-run ac­com­mo­da­tions also have some of the best food in the coun­try. Book ahead or look for a blue an­gu­lar sym­bol on homes. ( cas­apartic­u­lar.com)

Bring your own tools, parts and other spe­cial equip­ment. Get­ting bike parts or tools in Cuba is dif­fi­cult, if not im­pos­si­ble. When you leave, do­nate your used equip­ment.

Pack enough food and sup­plies for a day. Shops are scarce on some routes.

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