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Bike Packing Essentials

Intermediate Level - 2 days | Prices from £245.00

Bike packing is an incredible way to explore wild places.  Loading your bike up with all you need to thrive for multi day rides in the back country and heading off into the unknown provides a uniquely rewarding experience.

This course provides you with the skills you need to choose suitable equipment, select inspiring routes and ride with a loaded bike in technical, remote terrain.  As part of the course we plan and execute a bike packing journey.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00

Is It For Me?

This course is perfectly geared towards anyone looking to undertake and enjoy multi day trips on their bike. You may wish to travel solo, as part of a group of mates or even part of an organised group, whatever or wherever, this course will show you all there is to know to have a fun, safe and ultimately rewarding adventure.

Course Aims

You will leave the course with a great understanding of how to plan, prepare and execute great multi-day trips anywhere you want.

Everything from ‘how to,’ ‘what to’ and ‘where to’, as well as different methods of carrying your equipment.

We can supply wild camping equipment as well as bike packing bags for you to try out.

This is all about getting out there and exploring. You’ll learn from experienced bikers with many adventures under their tyres – in this country and abroad.

Course Content

This course will take place whilst on an amazing journey through some of the best biking terrain in Scotland -and maybe the world?!

We will be self-sufficient throughout, journeying on great trails geared towards your level of skill and experience.

We will explore how best to plan a multi-day adventure by exploring everything from what equipment to take (and what not to take!) to how to carry this equipment. How to ride the bike fully laden, what to eat and drink and more importantly where to go.

Breaking this down a bit more topics covered will include:

  • Navigation – simple tips to let you feel confident to explore
  • Trailside repairs – suitable for wilder adventures.
  • Nutrition and fluids – top tips on what works and how to avoid problems.
  • What equipment is needed – for safe and successful adventures at home and abroad.
  • Some simple riding skills – to stop common trailside issues happening
  • What to do if something should go wrong – First Aid and beyond
  • Bike Set up – for your comfort and again to stop potential issues whilst out riding
  • Places to explore – great advice from the tutor’s past experiences
  • Going overseas – again, learn from experience
  • On top of this there will also be many kilometres of great riding to enjoy.

What Will I Need?

To get the most out of your course it is important to be comfortable in your gear and with your equipment. Therefore, it is always best to have your own and have used it before coming along on a course. This isn’t essential however.

We work closely with our sponsors Scott Sports and hold a demo fleet of bikes from hardtail to long travel full suspension. If you wish to use a bike please contact us in advance to reserve one. Our stores are also equipped with a great range of Scott helmets, gloves, rucksacks, jackets and waterproof shorts. Why not visit them at

If you ride normally ride with SPD pedals then consider riding with flats. This will help you gain confidence whilst practising new skills on the bike. We can supply the flat pedals if you bring along a pair of flat soled trainers.
Below is a simple kit list to help you come along prepared for the course.
Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

Should you be missing something then the items below in bold are also available in stores if needs be. Items marked *** are available in our shop to buy – subject to availability.

• Bike – Call us if you don’t have one in advance of the course
• Bike computer *** – optional but useful for navigating.
• Small bike lights front and rear – always a good idea to carry just in case!
• Small Biking Day pack – 25L max
• Helmet
• Eye wear
• Thin woolly hat or Buff for under helmet ***
• Gloves – thin, full finger cycling gloves are perfect ***
• Warmer Cycle friendly Full finger Gloves – just in case its cold ***
• Cycle specific Waterproof jacket and shorts
• Padded cycling Shorts – there really are worth it for comfort!
• Outer Baggy Cycling Shorts
• Thin fleece or similar
• Full leg covering – for cold days e.g. cycle tights or cycling leg warmers
• Warm outdoor wear
• Insulating layers – a variety of base layers are useful to control your temperature
• Small personal first aid kit
• Drink system – hydration pack / water bottle
• Spare inner tube x2 for your bike***
• Spare Brake pads x2 for your bike
• Spare Rear Gear Mechanism hanger for your bike – Call your local bike shop for help with this
• Emergency survival bag ***
• Bike Lock
• Whistle ***
• Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
• Suncream – you just never know! ***
• An alarm clock

We have Laundry facilities here and a fantastic drying room so there is always the option to wash stuff as you go.
Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Remember the price is all inclusive if you book the residential option.

We want all of our customers to know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included.

All transportation on the course, the use of the centre’s facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

If you do book a non-residential option the lunch and afternoon tea and cake is still provided.

What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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