Whether or not you’re a cyclist, traveling by bicycle may be on your list for your next adventure. As you first need to learn the fundamentals of bicycle travel, I’ve gathered information about the cycling basics you should know before you get on your bike.
Bike travel is a fun, healthy and more eco-friendly means of travel compare to traveling by bus or in a car. You move at your own pace and get where you want, when you want. You venture off the beaten path and get away from the crowd. You exercise instead of sitting in a car or on a bus. You meet the locals and enjoy the benefits of slow travel in a nice, relaxed atmosphere. You simply live in the moment something you rarely get to enjoy on a daily basis.
Even though, traveling by bike is a sport that provides many advantages, it has some disadvantages as well. Unfortunately, you don’t control the weather and you better prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Depending on your destination, be prepared for hot days, rain, thunderstorm or even freezing temperatures. Sometimes, you might also have to ride in traffic so make sure to learn some “Rules of the road”.
Before you leave for your first bicycle tour, learn how to navigate using a map or a GPS. Encourage your travel companions to do the same as you might sometimes need some help finding your way.
Because of the sport, make sure to wear the right clothing and equipment. Always wear padded shorts to avoid soreness. In case of bad weather, be dressed with warm clothes and don’t forget your rain jacket. No matter your destination, make sure to wear reflecting clothing to be seen.
Remember that you’ll be cycling over varied terrain so make sure to be in good physical conditions. Before you leave, follow a training program. If you’re not a cyclist, start by riding 5-miles 3 or 4 times a week and work up to 40 miles over the course of a few weeks. A rule of thumb to avoid dehydration and low energy levels is to drink and eat regularly during your rides.
Your safety should be your priority while on the road. Make sure to learn some “Rules of the road” like safety signals and sign post meaning in the country your traveling to. Don’t forget to contact your insurance to verify that you’re insured in case of injury or medical issues.
From cycling clothing to bike accessories, you must buy the proper equipment. However, don’t take too much but make sure to buy what’s essential. Here is what I think you should take with you on your cycling vacation:
We all know about occupational safety and best practices, however before you jump on your bicycle and explore the world, you must learn the bicycle safety best practices. When an accident occurs, you’re most likely to be injured but a large percentage of accidents could be avoided if cyclists and drivers watch out for each other. For that reason, you must learn some basic safety rules of the road:
From weight training to cardio and nutrition, traveling by bicycle requires you to be in good physical condition. Before you leave, try to follow a training program. You may decide to only focus on cycling or participate in any other physical activity. However, try to spend as much time as possible on the saddle. In case of bad weather, you may try a spin class. Remember, training in challenging conditions will help you get ready for the worst during your trip.
Before you leave, make sure to be covered by your insurance against physical loss, damage, theft and liability. Call your insurer or insurance company and check the followings:
You’ll find below some of my favorite travel quotes that will inspire you to live life to the fullest. Here are two true wanderlust quotes:
“Have fun, be active. Ride a bike instead of driving, for example.” Dan Buettner
“When you choose to take the road less traveled, it can sometimes be a bumpy ride along the way, but if you’re doing it for the right reasons, then the reward is so great.“ Gretchen Bleiler
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.