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Plan your cycling trip

Plan your cycling trip

Some handy pointers for planning a successful trip and taking some sensible precautions. 

1st condition for a successful cycling trip: make sure you have a bike in good condition, and if possible of good quality!

Get your bike ready

Equipment to check: 

  • brakes
  • lights
  • gears
  • tyres (make sure they're well inflated)

If you're riding on the road, here is the equipment you must have

Advice about bike equipment for a trip lasting several days:

  • Opt for a hybrid bike that is well kitted-out: comfortable saddle, lights, bag rack and at least 21 gears
  • Check the bike is in good condition or get a cycle professional to check it
  • Adjust the bike to your size (saddle and handlebars) and blow the tyres up well
  • Carry a small repair kit with you: equipment in case of a puncture and 2 inner tubes per bike, multifunctional tool, pump and connector that fits your valves
  • A handlebar bag is very useful for putting your guide, map or staple accessories in
  • Don't forget your lock for when you leave your bike to stretch your legs in town
  • If you carry your luggage with you, use panniers that can be attached to a rack at the back of your bike, and which are waterproof if possible. Rucksacks are more appropriate for shorter outings
  • If you're going cycling with small children, why not attach a trailer or "third wheel" (also called a trail gator). This is much more fun and comfortable than a child seat. All of this equipment can be hired during your trip
  • Travel light, only carry your essentials!

Plan your trip

Before you leave, remember: 

  • To pack enough drinks and energy bars to prevent hunger pangs and dehydration.
  • Sunglasses and sun cream for protection. Gloves, cycling shoes and long knee guards are recommended for long trips.
  • Raingear (if possible made from breathable fibres suitable for cycling). A warm jumper for the evening. 

If this is the first time you're going on a cycle trip:

  • Plan your trip properly and choose the right trails for your level of fitness and experience. Opt for the easiest to begin with.
  • People with a normal level of fitness can easily cover 40km a day. If you cover this distance at the leisurely average speed of 10km/h, you'll have time for plenty of breaks and opportunities to enjoy your surroundings. After a few days you'll be able to cover longer distances.
  • Don't overestimate your abilities though, or those of your children. With young children, begin with short stages – 15 to 25km a day are ideal when just starting out.
  • Try and cover the longer distances in the morning and head off early. This way you'll make the most of your day and always have some room for catching up if something unexpected crops up!
  • Make frequent stops and take advantage of these to explore visitors' sites and other tourist spots along your trail.
  • In peak season (15 July – 15 August), remember to book your accommodation in advance. 
  • Always have a plan B up your sleeve, the train for example, if something unexpected crops up.
  • Take the trail plan of your trip along with you (via the topo-guide if there is one, the GPS trace or a paper printout from the website).
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