20 Tips and Tricks that can save your life on Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip
The leh ladakh bike tour is the ultimate challenge for adventure seekers. Often bikers are in trouble due to craggy terrains, high altitude, temperature and so on. It is very essential to be well prepared to tackle any kind of situation. These 20 tips can save your life on the leh ladakh bike trip.
In case your bike has a hole in the tank or if the tank has any leakages, then you can use regular soap to fill the hole temporarily.
Tip #2 – Zip Ties
If you have lost a nut or a bolt during your ride, use zip tie instead of a thread or a wire. So always carry spare zip ties for you and your group.
Tip #3 – Silk scarf
Carry a silk scarf. It can be used for various purposes on your ladakh bike trip, it can be used as a water filter by folding it 3-5 times, you can wear it while riding during extreme cold temperatures covering your neck and face, or it can be simply used to tie something.
Tip #4 – Hydration bag
Carry a hydration bag. You can easily sip water or any other energy drink even without stopping your bike. It is easily available and worth investing in one. A hydration bag also retains the temperature of the liquid inside to a large extent.
Tip #5 – The Sun
Don’t underestimate the sun. Always keep a sunscreen handy and wear UV protected sunglasses whenever possible and buy a UV protected helmet visor There is a chance of suffering from sunstroke and sun burns as the sun will be very bright in the mountains.
Tip #6 – Possibility of cramps
There is a possibility of suffering from cramps due to intense riding, always carry salt tablets and Oral rehydration salts (ORS) drink for cramp relief.
Tip #7 – Wet wipes
Always carry wet wipes (Baby wipes are a cheaper option). It can be used to clean your face, hands, rear view mirror, headlamps and the helmet visor without water and is hassle free.
Tip #7 – Energy
Carry energy bars, dry fruits, candy for an instant source of energy.
Tip #8 – Rehydrate rehydrate rehydrate!!!
It is not only important during the ride, it is also important to train the body to retain water 2 weeks prior to the ride.
Tip #9 – Keep dry
Always keep the feet and hands dry. Change the socks if it’s wet as soon as you cross a water crossing to prevent from fungus infection or commonly know as Athlete’s foot.
Tip #10 – Early start
Start early in the day, by 5:30- 6 AM. The sunlight will be there for at least 15 hours in a day, make the most of sunlight, ride as much as possible in the sunlight. Never ride after the dark. The roads will be new to you and there will be too much of truck traffic.
Tip #11 – Cold weather
In case of unbearable cold, get off the bike and exercise arms and legs vigorously. It will increase blood flow and warm your body.
Tip #12 – Stop for the day
Stop for the day should be at the lower altitude in the region to avoid altitude sickness or AMS (Acute mountain sickness) . If you are hit by AMS rapidly descend to a lower altitude. That is the only solution to AMS.
Tip #13 – Army vehicles
Always give right of passage for army vehicles.
Tip #14 – The Plan
Plan the day right every single morning, the avg speed is 25 – 30 kmph in the mountains, if you have to cover 100 kms minimum ride time will be 5 hrs including breaks. Remember that the journey is as important as destination so take adequate breaks and soak in the destination before moving on.
Tip #15 – Riding across a water crossing
Get down from the bike and inspect the water crossing and the possible path. One advantage is you can decide the easiest path, and the other advantage is it gives time for the brake disc to cool down hot disc + cold water = cracked disc.
Tip #16 – The fall
It is expected and okay to fall from your bike, don’t lose confidence. Be very careful while picking up the bike. Take help if possible or be in a better position to pick up your bike, do not be in a hurry, otherwise you will hurt your back. Learn basic first aid information and treatment procedures and instructions.
Tip #17 – Fuel additive
Petrol quality might not be good sometimes so it’s better to carry fuel additive rather than have a blocked carburetor.
Tip #18 – Tarpaulin sheet
It is advisable to carry a single tarpaulin sheet (enough for 1 group) uses of a tarpaulin: u can put it on the ground while working on your bike in case of any breakdowns or make a temporary shelter during unexpected rain or snowfall.
Tip #19 – Dry clean spray
Carry a dry clean spray to clean essential parts of your bike.
Tip #20 – Don’t fall asleep
There are so many cases where people fall asleep while riding. Chew a gum when you are riding to prevent from falling asleep while riding or just take a break and take a quick nap.