Looking at doing the Cycle Indochina & Angkor Wat trip in April.
Debating hireing a bike locally or from the UK (additional £35 + airline hassle)
... Anyone been on the trip and have opinions or anything negative to say about the local bike s?
Most people took personal preference things like saddles, toe clips, cleats etc. with them if they preferred to have them. You will be cycling about 300 miles during the trip so it is worth taking these with you if you do have a preference. The local crews will then put them on for you. I forgot to take my toe clips but my bike was fine without them, I just got used to not having them.
Local bikes are fine, we had different one's when we got over into Vietnam and those were not so well looked after, but no problems. As mentioned take your own saddle if you have a preference, but all of us suffered saddle sores due to long hours in the saddle and perspiration so I'd recommended plenty of changes of shorts/short liners and some sort of cream - I've not used creams myself but I think some people recommend vasaline, or I think there's dedicated creams to deal with that sort of thing?
It's a fantastic trip, I'm jealous, I'd happily do it again, superb acommodation backup and guides ... you'll want to stay forever!
Just come back from the March trip. Bikes hired locally were excellent. No one brought their own bike, though some did bring saddles/covers/clips. Only issue I had with the bikes was the lack of end bars as this led to too much of the same position with the hands, causing quite severe numbness.
Saddle sores were a slight problem, but think you'd get that with any bike + 300 miles + extreme heat :)
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