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Bike tours - This is how it works with a cycling holiday on two wheels

Cycling trips offer you the opportunity to enjoy nature to the fullest and explore new places. At the same time, cycling holidays can also become a sporting challenge. To make your bike trip an unforgettable experience, there are a few aspects you need to take into account and plan your adventure well in advance. In this article we provide you with valuable tips on cycling trips.

Equipment for cycling trips - You need more than just a bike

The right equipment is the key to the success of your bike trip. Consider whether your current bike is suitable for the planned route or whether it makes sense to invest in a special touring bike. Travel bikes are designed for comfort and luggage transport and can make riding long distances much easier.

Also think about the right clothing for different weather conditions. Breathable and weatherproof clothing is essential to be prepared for changing conditions. A comfortable saddle that fits your buttocks as well as ergonomic handles ensure that you are still comfortable on the road even after many kilometers.

Robust and waterproof bicycle bags, for example from Vaude or Ortlieb, are suitable for transporting luggage. In order to transport as much as possible and distribute the weight ideally, you should use at least four bags. Two on the front wheel and two panniers on the rear luggage rack. If not available, you should retrofit a lowrider luggage rack on the front wheel. A handlebar bag and a rack pack are also available. When packing, make sure that the weight is distributed as evenly as possible.

Suggestion for distributing luggage on the bike:

It's best to put heavier and less frequently used luggage at the bottom at the back - lighter and more frequently used luggage at the top.

  • Handlebar bag: keys, papers, money, map in the window, medication. Everything that should be immediately at hand.
  • Front pannier: tools, spare parts, tent
  • Rear left pannier: sleeping bag, sleeping mat, shoes, rain gear
  • Rear right pannier: clothes, dishes, towel
  • Rack Pack: Food, Water, Camping Stove

Your equipment should also include tools and spare parts to carry out minor repairs on the go. A bike pump, spare tubes and a multi-tool are essential to be prepared for unforeseen problems. Chain oil is a must for longer journeys.

Overall, thoughtful planning and preparation is the key to a successful cycling holiday. Follow these tips and you will not only celebrate your sporting progress, but also enjoy the freedom and beauty of nature to the fullest on your bike trip.

Your health should also be the focus of your cycling holiday

Your health comes first. Before you start your journey, it is advisable to have a quick check-up with the doctor to ensure that you are fit enough for the long cycling trip. The health check-up is free every three years for those with statutory health insurance aged 35 and over. A small first aid kit with basics such as painkillers, plasters and possibly medication for insect bites can also be useful.

Don't underestimate the importance of taking breaks and getting enough sleep. Allow enough time for recovery and make sure you drink enough fluids during the trip. A good sunscreen is essential, as is effective mosquito repellent - especially if your cycling trip takes you through rural areas.

Route planning for unforgettable cycling holidays

Choosing the right route is crucial to the success of your bike trip. Start with thorough route planning, which also takes your fitness level into account. Be sure to plan interesting sights and highlights along the route to make your adventure even more memorable. Also plan alternative routes in case you encounter different conditions, whether due to weather or road conditions.

Preparation and planning of the route should include not only the most efficient route, but also a consideration of the scenic beauty and cultural attractions along the way. Don't underestimate the importance of a well-planned route that will make your bike adventure a true experience.

The Komoot app is a good aid for route planning. This is specially developed for hikers and cyclists and offers you easy route planning and navigation.

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Nutrition on long cycling trips

A balanced diet is the key to energy and endurance during your cycling trip. Plan in advance where you will shop for food, especially if you are driving through remote areas. Energy bars, nuts and dried fruit can be served as snacks and are easy to transport.

Don't forget to bring enough water and at least two large drinking bottles, especially in hot temperatures. In some regions you may not always find water sources on longer journeys, so it is important to be well prepared. Alternatively, a small water filter can also be a good solution so that you can drink from a stream, for example, in an emergency.

Individual cycling trip or all-inclusive cycling holiday?

An individual cycling trip gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility because you design your own route and breaks. The individual cycling trip offers you a personal adventure, but requires more planning and organization.

In contrast, an all-inclusive organized cycling trip offers you convenience and predefined routes, which is ideal for you if you have less experience. However, it can limit your spontaneity and leave less room for individual preferences.

So the choice depends on your personal preferences: the independence of an individual trip or the convenience of a pre-organized tour - which do you choose?

Get to know new people on your cycling holiday

Cycling trips can be both solitary adventures and shared experiences. When you travel alone, it can be exciting to maintain social contacts. Exchange ideas with other cyclists, be open to new acquaintances and share your experiences.

For those who choose guided cycling tours, there are great opportunities to meet like-minded people. Share common experiences, exchange tips and be inspired by the group dynamics.

Plan accommodation for your cycling trip in advance

Make sure in advance that you have a comfortable and safe place to sleep after a long day in the saddle. In popular regions, it is advisable to book accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment on site. Consider which type of accommodation best suits your style. Whether camping, youth hostel or guesthouse – each option has its advantages and disadvantages. If you're traveling with an e-bike, don't forget to look for charging options to recharge your batteries. Safe storage for your bike is also important to avoid theft or damage.

Choosing the right accommodation not only contributes to a good night's sleep, but can also provide an opportunity to meet other cycling travelers and exchange experiences.

Preparation and training for successful bicycle trips

To ensure that your cycling trip is a complete success, appropriate preparation and training is essential. Improve your basic fitness sufficiently before the trip to be able to cope with the demands of cycling over longer distances. Take test rides with the bike fully loaded to get used to the weight and handling. Plan endurance and muscle training sessions to better cope with the rigors of the trip.

Good physical condition not only contributes to a pleasant driving experience, but also minimizes the risk of injury. Make sure your training includes elements of cycling on varied terrain to best prepare you for the variety of routes that await you on your cycling journey.

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