Overland Summers
OVERLAND
THE RIGHT BICYCLE FOR YOUR OVERLAND TRIP
CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS, VERMONT, NEW ENGLAND COAST AND NOVA SCOTIA & ACADIA: A touring bike, a hybrid, a
mountain bike or a sturdy road bike with the right components will work well. You can also choose to rent a bicycle from Overland
for use on one of the above programs. You will indicate your preference later, as part of the enrollment process.
PACIFIC COAST, CANADIAN ROCKIES & MONTANA AND CALIFORNIA: A touring bike or a hybrid will work well. Mountain bikes
are not allowed. If you are considering doing the American Challenge or European Challenge in the future, please see the below list
for acceptable bikes. You can also choose to rent a bicycle from Overland for use on one of the above programs. You will indicate
your preference later, as part of the enrollment process.
PARIS TO THE SEA: A touring bike or a hybrid will work well. Mountain bikes are not allowed. If you are considering doing the
American Challenge or European Challenge in the future, please see the below list for acceptable bikes.
AMERICAN CHALLENGE AND EUROPEAN CHALLENGE: One of the following bikes is required: the Trek 520, the Surly Long Haul
Trucker, the Fuji Touring, the Jamis Aurora or the Novara Randonee. The bike must be in excellent condition and have been purchased in the past 48 months. Other bicycles will not be accepted.
Please note: performance road or racing bicycles are not acceptable on any Overland bike trips.
TYPES OF BICYCLES
All bicycles must have a triple chain ring in front and 24 or 27 gears, quick release front and back wheels, two water bottles cages
(with water bottles) attached to the bicycle frame and a good quality rear rack designed to carry 40+ lb loaded panniers. Mechanical
disc brakes are acceptable, but not preferred. Hydraulic disc brakes are not acceptable.
In addition, each type of bike must have the following:
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MOUNTAIN (Only acceptable for Cape Cod & the Islands, Vermont, New England Coast and Nova Scotia & Acadia): Mountain
bikes should weigh 30 pounds or less and have 28 mm (or wider) road tires (not knobby off-road tires), full-suspension mountain
bikes (those with shock absorbers on the front and rear wheels) are not acceptable because racks do not fit over the rear wheel
with shocks. Mountain bikes with shocks only in the front are acceptable. Please note: mountain bikes are heavier than hybrids,
road bikes and touring bikes. On a longer trip the difference in weight is noticeable.
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TOURING: These bikes are designed specifically for touring. Touring bikes must have sturdy rims and wide tires (typically 3235mm). These bikes rarely have tire or wheel problems.
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HYBRID: Be sure the hybrid you are considering has 28mm (or wider) tires.
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ROAD: Only sturdy road bikes with 28mm (or wider) tires and sturdy rims with plenty of spokes (i.e. not reduced spoke rims) are
acceptable. If a bicycle has tire widths less than 28mm or a reduced number of spokes, the bicycle will have problems carrying
the weight of packed panniers (e.g., flat tires, broken spokes and bent wheels). Please, no high-end performance bikes or racing
bikes as these are not designed to carry extra weight.
IF YOU PLAN TO PURCHASE A NEW BICYCLE
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Look for a quality bicycle. A quality bicycle runs between $500 to $1000 (touring bikes are more–$1050 to $1450).
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Choose a bicycle that fits you. Visit a bike store and have them fit you correctly.
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Pick a bicycle you like. In addition to differences in design, all bikes have different features (handlebars, seats, pedals, etc.). Try
a number of bicycles to see what you prefer—comfort and features matter.
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If you are considering doing the American Challenge and European Challenge in the future, please note that specific bikes are
required (see above).
Questions? Concerns? If you have any questions or concerns about a bike you are considering, or about the appropriateness of your
bicycle, contact Alec Norton at [email protected]
P.O. Box 31, Williamstown, MA 01267 ph. 413.458.9672 fax 413.458.5208 [email protected]
OVERLAND
TRAVELING WITH YOUR BICYCLE
HOW DO I BRING MY BICYCLE ON A BIKING TRIP?
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If you are flying to the start of your trip, airlines will carry your bicycle as a piece of luggage for a fee of approximately $75 to
$200 each way.
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Prior to purchasing an airline ticket, advise the airline that you will be flying with a bike. Confirm that your bike box can be
accommodated on each flight segment.
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To box your bike, you can either follow the instructions below or bring the bike to a bike shop where a mechanic will break
it down and box it for about $50. Please make sure the mechanic leaves the cables attached and protected and does not
remove the rear derailleur.
Overland leaders and staff will help arriving students assemble their bicycles and on departure will assist with the boxing of bicycles.
Most bicycle boxes are recycled at the start of the trip and new ones are obtained by Overland at trip end; on trips outside of New
England, therefore, it is difficult for us to accommodate hard-shell protective bike boxes. So please use a cardboard box instead.
HOW DO I BOX MY BIKE?
Box your bicycle at home before you travel to the airport. To box the bicycle you will need a pedal wrench (or a long handled wrench
that fits the pedal bolt) and an allen wrench. You will also need a cardboard bike box. You can often obtain a box from your local bike
store (they give them away for free).
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Remove the seat and seat post as one unit by loosening the bolt at the neck of the frame.
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Remove the pedals and mark them as left and right. Both pedals loosen in the opposite direction that the pedals rotate (lefthand pedal is not lefty-loosey).
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Place the pedals in a plastic bag for safe-keeping.
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Remove the front wheel and take out the quick release axle.
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Put the quick release axle and its springs in the plastic bag along with the pedals.
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Detach the handlebars by removing the four screws and bracket that hold the handlebars in place (put the screws and bracket back on for safe-keeping in transit). The handlebars will still be attached to the brake and gear cables. Please do NOT
disconnect any cables.
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Turn the handlebars sideways and place them over the top tube of the bicycle (the top tube is parallel to the ground and runs
from the handlebars to the seat post). If you have the curved “drop handlebars” you may want to place the handlebars around
the front fork (where the front wheel goes).
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Place the bike in the box along with the seat and seatpost, front wheel, plastic bag (with pedals and quick release axle) and
anything else you removed from the bike.
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You can use scraps of cardboard to reinforce the sides of the box or place around the frame of the bike to prevent scraping
from detached parts.
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Write your name, address and phone number on the outside of box.
P.O. Box 31, Williamstown, MA 01267 ph. 413.458.9672 fax 413.458.5208 [email protected]
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