My family and I are off to the north shore of Ohau in late January. Though the vacation is not based on it being a cycling vacation, my road bike is coming with me and there will be some rides.
A few questions that maybe someone can answer:
1. Any advice on any particular roads/routes? (yes please to climbing) I will have a Garmin 810 on hand.
2. Gearing? My bike runs a 50/34 compact with 11-28 cassette. Will this be enough? If not, will I need a 11-32 cassette? Will it fit a 5700 105 Short cage derailleur?
3. Bike shipping. I have gotten myself a cardboard bike box from my LBS. Any tips or packing list ideas?
What else am I missing here?
My fitness is pretty good at the moment as I have been riding 3-4 times a week for a minimum of 1 hr per ride, up to 3.5 hr rides. Usually average 31-32km/h. My local terrain is fairly flat, but I've done some decent climbs before and enjoyed the suffering.
Thanks for your help!