FAQs

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Our bikes are in excellent condition and they are meticulously maintained.  Our riders expect high-quality bikes and we do not disappoint them.

We have a fleet of more than 70 “Marin Larkspur CS3” Hybrids that are comfortable and great for long distance tours.  See Bicycles & Equipment

Benefits include: no extra baggage charges, no damage to your bike in transit, no packing and unpacking  your bike, free basic maintenance with our rentals, free replacement tubes & tires with rentals, free bike cleaning & lube on days off, and no travel and storage issues in Thailand before and after the tour.

The Marin Larkspur CS 3 2018 Features are:

Frame: Series 1 City + Sport, 6061 Aluminum, 700C Wheels, Rack and Fender Eyelets

Fork: Aluminum, Straight Blade, Rack and Fender Eyelets

Headset: FSA, Threaded

Bars: Marin Alloy, 30mm Rise

Stem: Marin Adjustable Height & Angle

Shifters: Shimano EF510

Front Mech: Shimano Altus

Rear Mech: Shimano Acera Shadow

Speed 27

Chainset: SR Suntour XCR6, 48/36/26T, Ring Guard

Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge Bearings, Square Taper

Cassette: Sunrace 9-Speed, 11-36T

Chain: KMC X9

Front Brake: Forged Alloy Linear Pull w/ Power Modulator

Rear Brake: Forged Alloy Linear Pull

Rims: Marin Aluminum Double Wall, Machined Sidewall

Front Hub: Forged Aluminum Alloy, 32H

Rear Hub: Forged Aluminum Alloy, 32H

Spokes: 14g Black Stainless Steel

Tyres: Schwalbe Road Plus, 700Cx40, Reflective Sidewall, Kevlar Puncture Protection Front – Schwalbe Road Plus, 700Cx40, Reflective Sidewall, Kevlar Puncture Protection Rear

Seatpost: Alloy Suspension Post

Pedals: Commute Platform

 

 

Any bike training will help, including riding a stationary bike and/or “spin classes” at the gym.  It is important that the bike is comfortable, and mechanically sound. Accumulating as many hours as possible in the saddle will benefit immensely during the tour.

You should not be experiencing back pain due to bicycle riding.  If you suffer from back ache and fatigue after riding you may only need to make some minor adjustments to your bike.  You should speak with someone locally who is experienced in bike fitting to solve this problem.

This type of prevention must be addressed prior to joining one of our rides.  For starters, the more training you do the more “broken in” your sensitive areas will be.  We recommend proper bike sizing (see a local professional), a seat that you are familiar with, properly padded bicycle shorts (no edges on the seams to irritate your skin), a lubricant to minimize friction, and minimal movement on your seat while riding.

It’s never too early to register and the earlier you register the better it is for everyone because we can ask sponsors to support promotional items, etc.  Late registrations can be problematic for us because hotels tend to fill up quickly here in paradise. Your Content Goes Here

We ask that each rider bring a maximum of 2 medium-sized pieces of luggage with a total combined weight of not more than 55 lbs. (25 kg.).  Yes, the large hiking backpack style or duffel bag is somewhat ideal and can be easily loaded into the support vehicles each day along with the other luggage and supplies. Most riders bring one medium/large piece of luggage and one small/medium (backpack/carry-on type). Keep in mind that you may have to carry your luggage up and down some steps at some hotels.

Our rides are not yet large enough to have a full-time medic traveling with us.  However, we carry First Aid Kits in each of our support vehicles and we are usually less than a 45 minute drive to a local hospital.

All breakfasts are included with the accommodation every day of the tour.  All lunches are included on cycling days, but not on “days off” from riding.  Dinners are usually included during the tour but not on “days off” and sometimes in large towns overflowing with options that riders want to check out on their own.

Tour de Asia does not normally handle the charitable donations.  Donations need to be made directly to your local Rotary Club or directly to the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin and the rider must provide evidence to show us the funds were raised. There will be more information on how to handle this in your Rider Package once you register.

We stop for water and snacks every 20-25 KM (13-16 Miles), which for most riders is about an hour or less of riding.

We typically give the last rider arriving at the water stop 10 – 15 minutes to refresh before riders depart. This keeps our group somewhat compact and not too spread out over the day’s course.

Most days we have breakfast starting at about 6:00 – 6:30 am and we ask that our riders check out of their hotel rooms by 7:30 am to get ready to go.  We like to have “Roll Off” at 8:00 am.

Absolutely, and we encourage it.  We only ask that you do not spend too much time stopping and getting off the bike because most days we have a lot of ground to cover.  You will be able to take literally hundreds of photos on any of our tours, including during our “days off”, and we ask our riders to consider sharing their digital memory cards so that everyone gets lots of great photos.

Yes, but we do not recommend them for our rides.  Though the hydration packs are really convenient and ideal for long distances when access to refreshments is an issue, we have water bottles and plenty of refreshments available at all times.

Chiang Mai
Ayutthaya
Ban Krut
Krabi
Udon Thani
Ubon Ratchathani
Bangkok
Koh Chang

The routes is primarily flat with some gently rolling hills.  Some days we encounter moderate hills and just a few days have more strenuous but short climbs.

Almost every hotel we stay in has wireless internet and/or computers with internet.  If internet is a must every day and for some reason it is not convenient to where we are staying we can help you get to a computer with internet or wireless access if you brought your own computer.

Basically, if you can ride 50-60 kilometers and still have energy for a few beers with friends afterwards you will be fine doing 100-plus kilometers with us.  It is much easier to ride with a group of like-minded riders that pass the time taking pictures, talking amongst each other and making scheduled stops every 20-25 km for water, snacks, Electrolyte drinks, and just to say “hi” to the locals.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  We recommend that riders register as soon as they are able to and if there are any scheduling problems or concerns Tour de Asia is more than happy to help.

We do recommend “Clip-less” pedals to help maximize pedaling output and save anywhere from 10% to 25% of your effort.  Please make sure that you get plenty of practice with clip-less pedals/shoes before joining one of our rides. You don’t want to be trying them out for the first time on a group ride.

With the use of our bikes then all basic maintenance including tires, tubes, and the changing of is included in the tour package. The bikes will also be cleaned, lubed, and tuned up on the day off.

While we don’t want riders to have to make the donation themselves, we do feel that our donation requirements are rather low and easily attainable.  Let us know if you are having problems and we can see if we can help with ideas. Each rider will be required to reach the minimum, but there are some other options rather than just paying it yourself.

Riders will need to meet up with Tour de Asia the day before the ride starts and this should all be clear in the Itinerary.  The hotel and other specifics will be given to riders closer to the start of the ride as some information may change depending on sponsor requests, group size, etc.

There is no need to carry anything other than your camera and maybe some small money for additional snacks or souvenirs. Our tours are fully supported and all of your gear will be transported from one hotel to the next. We recommend that your luggage consists of one medium to large bag that can be packed away each day and not seen again until we get to the hotel, and one small bag that you can keep your valuables and items you may need to get to while on the ride (medication, camera, cash, etc.). The small bags will all go in a designated support vehicle that can be accessible at water stops or lunch.

Many women have been on our charity rides, however male riders usually outnumber female riders (about 60/40).

We are happy to arrange it for you if you like but transfers are not included. Airport transfers in Thailand are very inexpensive compared to most Western countries and we will give you easy instructions on how to get to the rides.

Tour De Asia provides Thai and English speaking staff.  Translation services will be available at all times and many Thai people in the service industries speak English so an inability to speak Thai will not be an issue.

Support Crew Volunteers are welcome to join at the same price as riders only they will not need to fulfill the fundraising requirement.  If you would like to be a volunteer please Contact Us to apply. We will only be able to accept a few volunteers, and partners/spouses/family of riders will get first consideration.

There is a registration/tour cost for the ride and a minimum fundraising requirement.  The registration/tour cost is 55,000 Thai Baht for each of the Tour de Thailand – Rides 4 Rotary. The fundraising minimum for each ride is 100,000 Thai Baht. To register for the ride we require a 10,000 Thai Baht Deposit at time of registration. The remaining 45,000 Thai Baht is due 45 days before the start of your chosen ride. Your fundraising minimum is due 30 days before the start of your ride but many riders continue to raise additional funds during the ride.

For groups of 6 or more we can discuss a discount.  For more information Contact Us directly.

Groups or teams of 2 or more can pull donations together in order to help everyone in the group meet the minimum fundraising amount

Other expenses should be minimal and may include:  souvenirs, transportation to and from the tour, massage, alcohol, other food and drinks not provided (as discussed elsewhere), and expenses that you may incur before and after the tour.

Approximately 95% of the roads that we ride on are well sealed scenic back roads and relatively free of debris. We are extremely focused on finding the best routes we possibly can that keep us off the highways and provide safe, enjoyable cycling. There are some short sections that will be on dirt and gravel roads for scenic purposes. Many of our customers comment on how much better the roads (and driver’s attitudes towards cyclists) are here in Thailand than back home.

On average 100 km /65 miles per day, but sometimes it’s as few as 70 km and occasionally we ride as far as 135 km / 85 miles.

Accommodation will be comfortable and clean (3-4 star). Hot showers, air conditioning, and good meals will be available each night and in most cases a swimming pool for that much needed refreshing dip after a long day on the bikes.

Temperatures will be in the mid 20’s to low 30’s Celsius (high 70’s-90’s Fahrenheit) and humidity high at times. When you are riding it is not so bad because you have the breeze in your face and when we stop at water stops there is always shade, ice cold bottled water, chilled fruit, ice, and more to take your mind off of it.

While the intent of every rider is typically to ride the complete distance each day, support vehicles will be available for transport in the event a rider elects to “call it a day” at any point of the ride. If you have any doubt at all we encourage you to side towards taking a break rather than pushing yourself too hard.

Raincoats or ponchos are probably not necessary.  Pack light, you will be happy you have room to take stuff home and not want to carry too much.  If we get lucky enough to have some rain it will be very refreshing while riding and likely stop within an hour or two.

Rest assured that all of our hotels have modern, clean, western-style bathrooms and toilet facilities but the local restrooms along the route can be somewhat limited.  Thai’s usually use “squat toilets” with pales of water to rinse and flush with.  Tissue will always be available in the support vehicles and men will often release fluids behind a tree somewhere.

Yes, sunscreen is a must as we will spend many hours in the sun each day and sunscreen can be rather expensive here compared to the U.S. or other international markets.  We recommend some sort of “Sport” type with a 30 SPF or higher because it stays on well even when you sweat.

Insect repellent is more of a personal choice.  Some prefer not to use it, but others can’t live without it, so it’s really up to you whether you wear it or not.  If there is a brand you prefer bring it from home, otherwise, there are many inexpensive brands available for purchase here.

We feel that Thai food is some of the best cycling food with plenty of carbs and proteins, but if you feel you have to have Power Bars or another type of energy supplement feel free to bring them.

We provide plenty of electrolyte mix during the rides and suggest that you at least have one packet a day when riding to limit water loss with all the cycling in hot temperatures.  Unless you have a certain brand that you have to have or a flavor that is preferable we recommend using the mix we provide or going to 7-eleven and getting Gatorade or another local brand.

Yes, our assistant tour leader is one of the best bicycle mechanics around and any of our staff are willing and able to handle tire changing and other minor repairs.

Breakfasts will vary from day to day.  Some hotels will have a very nice buffet with all of your hearts desires, and others will have a more basic Western/Thai breakfast.

No.  Many people have allergies to various foods, medications, etc. but this should not be a problem as long as you let management know ahead of time no matter how trivial it may seem.

Yes.  As a touring company we carry basic medical insurance for all of our customers, but we require that you have a Travel Insurance Policy that will cover you for any unforeseen problems during your trip.