David Olle and Emma Colson

An Australian company, Topbike has a fully equipped European base and its own fleet of high quality hire bikes and E-bikes.

We specialise in quality cycling tours with small groups and are famous for looking after our clients.

+61 (0) 3 9419 2040
+61 415 866 061 (mobile)
PO Box 1717 Collingwood VIC 3066 AUSTRALIA
holiday@topbike.com.au
- SINCE 1997 -

Bringing Your Own Bike on a Topbike Tour

Bringing Your Own
Bike on Tour with Topbike

How to prepare and pack your bike for travel
Bringing Your Own Bike

How to Pack Your Own bike

Using a Cardboard Bike Box

The best packing for your bike is a cardboard bike box.

These are free, light and collapsible (for taking on tour). If you do not feel confident packing your bike this way, then contact your local shop who will be happy to do so for you. Collapsible material ‘Scicom’ type bags are a little easier for you to pack, but do weigh more.  Full hard cases are very heavy and take up a lot of luggage space. If you wish to bring one of these along you will need to check with us prior.

Gearing for Your Own Bike

No matter how fit you are you can always do with more gears! Riding hills day after day is very different on the legs to just riding Saturday and Sunday in the hills. Hence low gearing is recommended ie. a compact crank set on the front (speak to your local bike shop if unsure) and a climbing cassette on the rear. The simpler and more basic your equipment, the easier it is to service in Europe (and the less likely it is to give you problems).

Extremely lightweight wheels are discouraged as they can become fragile with all of the descending and cobblestone streets of European villages.

Ensure your Bike has had a Full Mechanical Service

Please make sure your bike has had a full mechanical service prior to coming on tour with new brake pads and new tyres.

Ensure you have new brake pads and new tyres

Make sure you have a small spares kit on your bike and front and rear lights.