Travel Logistics & Physical Prep


Getting  YOU  to  Washington  DC:


Getting  YOUR BIKE  to  Washington  DC:

If you are going to be coming from outside of DC, you are going to have to also get your bike here too!


Don’t worry there are several options. The common denominator is that unless you have your local bike shop pack your bike for you (that can be pricey but worth the look) you will be responsible for breaking down your bike and boxing up your bike in a bike box. Check this link for info on what parts need to be removed and how you can protect your bike on its journey to you! Once it’s packed you have several options to get the bike to you.



This is a great resource to get your bike to Washington DC.  It is affordable, easy to access and reliable. Contact your local Amtrak station to find out more about this option.  You will be responsible for packing your bike up for shipping, but you do not have to travel via Amtrak with your bike in order to ship it.  Your  bike will arrive at the Amtrak station in Washington DC approximately 3 days after shipping.



You can bring your boxed bike to Greyhound and they will ship it to your destination. It is not as costly an option(around$50) From experience please call your station to see how much time it will take to get to Washington DC. The website says one thing your local station has the real info. Your bike is an afterthought to folks who are traveling so they can take your bike off, if you are not traveling with it, to accommodate passenger luggage. Expect your bike will arrive  approximately 3 days after shipping. Be sure to identify which Greyhound station your bike will arrive, as there are more than one station in DC.


Ship it via FedEx

This is a great option if you just want your bike to show up at your destination. Just bring your packed bike and they will get it there. RBG ride leaders have used this method twice and were pleased – to ship from Atlanta to San Francisco was roughly $40.


Flying with your bike

Check with your airline to see how much they will charge. The fees vary and range from $50-$175.



How does one prepare for a bike tour? Easy, get a bike, equipment, supplies, train,and ride. Ha, although those steps are pretty accurate it may not be that easy to get it together. So, we got you covered, well sort of. Below you will find some resources to help you prepare yourself for the tour.


  1. The Bike

The MOST IMPORTANT thing is that you have a bike and one works for you. “Experts” will offer a lot of useful information, but in the end you know what is best for you and your body. If you do not have a bike you should start shopping for one now or building your own at a local bike co-op.

Your Bike should:

  • At least a rear rack, if you decide to use panniers (saddlebags.) You can also use a bike trailer if that’s more your style or your bike doesn’t have braze-ons (places to attach a rack).

  • At least be geared with at least 10-12 speeds. This means that while it may be nice to have a bike with three chain rings (the rings in the front, by your pedals), you will probably not have trouble with just two chain rings (giving you ten speeds).


  1. Physical Preparation

Start riding NOW and daily. The truth is you will be best physically prepared for the tour after the tour has been completed, lol. It’s funny and true. However, you can reduce injury, increase endurance and strength, condition your body for long periods of time in the saddle and build a loving relationship with your bike if you start training, like, yesterday.  Bicycle Touring Tales is a great resource on how to do all of the above. Check it out and get to training.

  1. What to Bring

    1. Cycling essentials

      1. A bicycle

      2. Bicycle Helmet

      3. 1 Tire patch kit (patch kit should come with patches, glue and sandpaper. Don’t buy a glue-less patch kit)

      4. 1 Set of tire levers

      5. 3 Spare tubes that match your tire size

      6. 2 Water bottle cages

      7. 2 One liter bicycle water bottles (can be purchased at any bicycle shop)

      8. 3 Bungee cords of assorted size

      9. 1 Durable bicycle cable lock

      10. 1 Three liter water hydration pack (Camelbak or Platypus are two name brands)

      11. Cycling Extras (optional): Cycling computer (for tracking mileage – Cateye is one brand) Rear-view mirror Cycling gloves, recommended!!

    2. Clothing Essentials

      1. 2 pairs of padded Cycling Shorts

      2. 4 T-Shirts (at least 3 should be synthetic/non cotton)

      3. 1 Light/Medium synthetic vest

      4. 1 Long-sleeved synthetic shirt

      5. 1 Medium weight Fleece jacket, either zip or pullover

      6. 1 Water proof jacket (essential) and waterproof pants (optional)

      7. 1 Pair of medium weight Fleece pants (optional)

      8. 1 Pair of regular shorts (preferably synthetic ~ NOT heavy cotton cargo pants or jean shorts)

      9. 1 Quick drying swimsuit

      10. 4 pairs of underwear, 2-3 Sports Bras

      11. 4 pairs of socks (synthetic recommended)

      12. 1 Pair of shoes for cycling (running, all-terrain, tennis or cycling specific shoes with clips are fine)

      13. 1 Pair of sport sandals (Teva, Chaco or similar brand) for off bike, around camp, and swimming.

      14. 1 Baseball cap or sun hat

    3. Camping Gear Essentials

      1. 1 Sleeping Bag with stuff sack

      2. 1 Inflatable or closed cell foam Sleeping Pad (Thermarest is a brand name)

      3. A tent or tarp

      4. 1 Tupperware/Rubbermaid/plastic bowl (6” to 8” ) w/ lid and cutlery (will serve as a plate and bowl)

      5. 1 Travel mug (ordinary plastic mug for hot or cold drinks)

      6. 1 Small LED headlamp


  1. Personal Essentials

    1. Personal toiletry items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, brush/comb, etc. – pack shampoos & conditioners in small travel size bottles )

    2. Small bath, camp or quick dry towel

    3. Sun block

    4. Lip balm (with sun protection)

    5. Insect repellant

    6. A yoga mat

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