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Alaska Craft Beers & Bike Tour


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General Information

What we need you to do

  • Fill out your Guest Questionnaire
  • Make sure you have any necessary visas
  • Spend a little time warming up for the tour

Guides

You will be getting a pre-tour email regarding your guide team prior to departure. In addition to basic info, such as their name, it will also have phone contacts should you need to reach them while in transit or if you can't seem to connect in the airport. You can also relay messages via our main office if you get delayed enroute.

Tipping

While tipping is not mandatory, it is always a nice way to say thanks for a job well done and greatly appreciated by your crew. We would like to offer the following suggested amounts for your crew members, of course subject to how well or how far above the call of duty they went. (suggestions are per guest per crew member)
    Support Crew: $150

Itinerary

Download Itinerary PDF

Travel Needs

Meeting Point & Time

Our tour meets at the Long House Alaskan Hotel in Anchorage Alaska (4335 Wisconsin St, Anchorage, AK - http://www.longhousehotel.com). Meeting time is 9 am.

Special rates are being offered to our guests, book direct with the hotel and receive an additional 10% off their Best Published Rate. Call them at 1-888-243-2133 and ask for the "Pedalers Pub & Grille Rate". You can also fax a reservation request to 1-907-243-6060.

Flight Requirements

The Craft Beers & Roadhouses tour uses Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage as our gateway.

You need to plan your flights to arrive before the time listed below and to depart after wards. The arrival time is earlier than the meeting time to provide the time necessary to clear formalities and claim your baggage. Please note that we can not accommodate flight times outside what is listed, as it would adversely effect all guests on your tour.
    Arrive: Fly into Anchorage (ANC) before 7 am on Day 1
    Depart: Fly out of Anchorage (ANC) after 10 pm on Day 9

Visa and Passport needs

Passports are required for all non-US citizens guests joining the Craft Beers & Roadhouses. Your passport should have at least 6 months validity left on the date your trip starts. Most airlines will not let you board without, so don't show up hoping to talk your way onboard, get your passport renewed well in advance.

Visas are not required for this tour for citizens of the USA and Canada. Citizens of other countries should check with the nearest USA Embassy or Consulate.

Guests are responsible for obtaining a passport and the necessary visas or other travel documents necessary for your trip (including any transit points enroute to or from the tour). No refunds will be issued if you are prohibited from traveling due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents, nor will Pedalers be responsible for any additional costs should you have to change your routing during the tour due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents.

Vaccinations & Health needs

No travel immunizations are necessary to enter the USA.

Destination Info

Currency, Exchange & ATMs

ATMs are available in our bigger stops (Anchorage, Denali, Glenallen). Most take a wide range of cards, Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Plus.

A few things to keep in mind though:
  • Both Local ATM providers AND your bank back home may charge a fee for using the ATM.
  • If you have multiple accounts tied to a single debit card, international ATMs will usually default to your current or checking account.

Cell Phones & Internet

Cellular phone service in the Alaska is available along much of our route. Travelers coming from outside the USA & Canada, need to check if their phone accommodates the North American frequencies (800 / 1900 mHz).

Wifi will be available at a few of our stops. This service is free at some stops and at extra cost at others. While decent speeds will be available in the bigger cities, in the countryside it will be much slower. We suggest that you not plan on any video streaming or other such hi-speed oriented downloads.

Power

Both the USA and Canada use 110 V 60Hz power. The outlets are set up to use flat bladed plugs.

Most modern electronics now accommodate voltage ranges from 110V to 220V, so a power converter usually is not necessary if your camera, phone, laptop have been built within the last 5 to 10 years.

Weather

Summer in the far north is pleasant, with cool evenings and warm days. The later August dates for this tour may see crisp evenings with temperatures dropping down to or below freezing, but warming back up in the daytime.

Tourist Offices & Embassies

United Kingdom:
United States Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ

Australia
United States Embassy
Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600

Netherlands
United States Embassy
Lange Voorhout 102, 2514 EJ Den Haag

Hotel List

Wasilla
Best Western Lake Lucille
Phone: (907) 373-1776

Talkeetna
Latitude 62 Lodge
Phone: (907) 733-2262

Denali State Park
Mary's McKinley View Lodge
Phone: (907) 733-1555

Denali National Park
McKinley Chalet Resort
Phone: (907) 683-6450

Denali Highway
Tangle River Lodge
Phone: (907) 892-4022

Gakona
Gakona Lodge
Phone: (907) 822-3482

Louise Lake
Louise Lake Lodge
Phone: (907) 878-3311

Sheep Mountain
Sheep Mountain Lodge
Phone: (907) 745-5121



The hotels listed here are our first choice properties, but may not be available for all departures. If a substitution is necessary it will be of similar or better quality.


Bicycle Info

Using Our Bike

Please note that Pedalers does not provide helmets or waterbottles. We suggest bringing one large waterbottle to use. Our support vehicles carry plenty of water to refill during the day.

If you ride regularly at home and use clip in pedals or have a favorite comfortable saddle, feel free to bring those with you and our guides will be happy to swap them out for you.

To help our guides have the correct size bikes available, we will need an accurate measurement of your height and inseam. Height should measured while barefooted. Your inseam should also be measured in bare feet and please note that the inseam value listed on your pants is not accurate for sizing a bike, follow the directions below.

Stand with your back against a wall, your bare feet 6 inches (15 cm) apart on a hard floor, looking straight ahead. Place a book between your legs with one edge against the wall, and pull it up firmly into your crotch, simulating the pressure of your saddle while riding. Have a friend measure from the top edge of the book to the floor. Repeat two or three times, for consistency, and average the results to get your inseam length.

Bringing Your Personal Bike for the Tour

If your bicycle hasn't had its annual overhaul, now is the time to do it !!

We expect that your bike will be in suitable shape for this tour when you arrive, as we strike out on tour the morning after you arrive and don't have time to overhaul your bike for you. Take your bike into your favorite shop and ask them to do a complete overhaul, so you can enjoy your tour with us.

Some items that they should be doing during the overhaul:

  • Check, clean & repack all bearings
  • Check tires, replace if dry-rotted or worn tread
  • Check, adjust or replace all brake and shift cables
  • Check, clean & oil chain
  • Check, clean & adjust brakes
  • Check all nuts and bolts holding accessories

While our guide teams try to have a wide variety of spares, such as cables, inner tubes, etc, it is always advisable to bring at least two or three spare inner tubes that fit you bike with you to the tour.

To prepare your bike for the flight, first shift your front and rear derailleurs to their inner most position (smallest gear in front, largest cog in back). This brings the derailleurs inside the protection of the frame.

Next loosen both your stem and handlebars, so that you can turn them to the right and then rotate the handlebars down, so that they end up curling inside your frame. Then re-tighten the bolts. This will protect your brake levers during shipping. Finally, loosen and remove your pedals. We suggest putting them in a plastic bag and packing them in your luggage.

In this form your bike will fit inside the boxes provided by the airlines or will fly as is (our guides send their bikes without boxes this way quite often). If your airline does not provide boxes and will not accept the bike unboxed (check when your book your tickets), then ask your local bike shop for a box (as big of one as they have). Disassemble the bike as little as possible, hopefully you can get away with only removing the front wheel and seat/seatpost. If you have to remove the wheel(s) take out the quick release skewers, as they will get bent otherwise. Be sure to put any small parts in a plastic bag and attach it to the bike frame.

Clothing & Equipment

To Wear

Cycling Gear
  • Cycling Shorts
  • Jerseys / T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Rain Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle

Cold Weather Cycling Gear
  • Tights or Leggings
  • Pile vest
  • Midweight Gloves (poly-pro, pile or wool)
  • Arm warmers
  • Balaclava or helmet liner
  • Wind or Rain Pants

Glacier Walk
  • Sturdy Walking Shoes or Hiking Boots*
  • Day pack

After Riding Clothes(casual wear)
  • Pants / Shorts / Skirts
  • Shirts
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Undergarments
  • Lightweight Pile Jacket or Sweater
  • Ski hat or cap


To Use

  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle (large for bike)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera & spare batteries
  • Memory Cards
  • Favorite Energy Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Notepad or journal
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Scarf or Bandanna
  • Medications and Hygiene needs
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Travel Clock
  • Guide books and/or Language guides

Baggage
  • Duffel or softside suitcase
  • Fanny Pack or Day Pack
  • Passport wallet


*limited numbers of loaners are available from the glacier guides if you do not have a pair

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