Touring through places in your bike is an amazing experience, allowing you to develop both as a person and as a cyclist, that’s why bike tourism is constantly growing. In this article, you’ll find steps to plan your bike trip in order to have an unforgettable journey, no matter where you travel to.
WHY TRAVEL BY BIKE?
If you’re the type of person that worries about the environment, then the answer is simple. Without fuel, there’s no harm to the environment.
But even if we don’t factor in the environment, bike touring has lots of advantages like providing a different view of the places you travel to, enabling you to enjoy the simple things in life (nature, wild life…) and it helps improving your physical attributes by burning fat and increasing your stamina.
STEPS TO PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
1 – Do a first aid course- You might as well prepare yourself for aworst-case scenario. It is better to know how to act than to not know at all. Prevent yourself by keeping it safe and ride with a helmet, protective goggles and gloves, but if an accident does happen we have 5 First Aid Tips For Cyclists.
2 – Choose a city, a country or even a continent – Get to know the most common terrain types of the place you’re going to, as well as markets, different accommodations, and other places that you think might be necessary to know about.
3 – Choose a bike – As you may already know there are different bikes for different activities and terrains, so, according to what you already know from the location you chose to travel to, pick the most suitable bike for you and remember that comfort will be important, as this bike will be your new best friend for some time. Find out more in 5 Tips For Buying a Bike.
4 – Do a bike checkup- Verify if everything in your bike is in perfect condition and check with your bike specialist if the bike has good components for the trip you’re planning. Also, try to learn some basic mechanic repair, just in case. In this article you’ll find some useful tips: Tips for Bicycle Maintenance.
5 – Assemble your luggage- Make sure you have everything you need for the trip, including bicycle tools, map or gps, medical supplies, a tent and a sleeping bag if you’re planning to camp outdoor, and remember to stay hydrated, take lots of water with you.
6 – Spread the weight- You’ll want to keep the bike balanced in terms of weight. Overstressed wheels or brakes are dangerous, and may cause avoidable accidents. Equip your bike with a rack and even some side panniers if needed.
7 – Know your limits – Keep in mind that everyone has their limits, don’t push yourself to the max otherwise you might get an injury that may stop you from continuing your journey. As well as with the weight of the bike, keep a balanced rhythm, one that fits you and that enables you to progress consistently.
-Backpacks can grow uncomfortable and may damage your back;
-You don’t need to ride at the speed of light, make sure the speed that you’re going isn’t too risky and allows you to appreciate the view;
-Pick the right seat for your bike, you’re going to be sitting in it for a long time;
-Stay vigilant of your surroundings;
-If riding at night, make sure to wear reflective clothes and equip your bike with lights;
-In case you’re travelling alone make sure to keep your family and/or friends informed about you.
Take care of these steps beforehand so you can enjoy your trip without any concerns.
After all these instructions, you’re set to go. Remember that the goalis to have fun and by cycling you can just forget about most of the issues of travelling, like documents and fuel. You’ll be independent and totally free to stop, rest, observe the lands and relish on the fresh air and nature. And when you take a look back at this trip you’ll remember the thrills of cycling. You can always travel with your friends, and to make the most out of the tour experience you can always count with our team.