So your adventurous side is getting the best of you and you want to ride your bike away from home. If you decide to do that it is advisable to sit and think about it well. Here are some things to consider before you go for your trip.
Planning is paramount if you want to go for a long distance bike tour without hiccups. Decide on which route you want to take, how long it is in terms of mileage and how far you need to bike each day so as to make your journey. Check for places you can spend the night or rest en route, and where to get more food and water. Also, plan ahead on which sites to see, so that you know whether you need to increase or decrease the mileage per day.
Get the right bike
The bike is a very important element in this because you will be riding it at least 5 to 6 hours on a daily basis when you are on tour. You can get a good mountain bike under 300 if you are on a budget but if splurging is not a problem then a mountain bike under 1000 is the way to go. Test the bikes out before you settle for one. Make sure that your body is comfortable with it; your bottoms should become friends with the saddle because they will be spending quite a lot of time together. The brakes and peddles should be in top notch conditions.
Have a budget
Yes you need to carry money along with you. Even though your bike will be your major mode of transportation you still need to be prepared for any eventualities along the way. You may decide to bike during the day and then camp at night, but as awesome as that sounds you may find that there will be nights that it won’t be possible. So money for hotels or motels will come in handy.
While you are on the way you will come across sites that you may want to check out.
Most of those tourist attractions normally charge for entrance fees. You need to estimate how much you will be spending towards your daily intake of food and water although prices may vary depending on the place you are in. I wouldn’t really advise you to have a lot of cash with you for security purposes, but if you can have a standard amount at all times and then carry your visa cards to withdraw more cash if need be, then that would be a great idea.
Be physically fit
It is advisable to get a doctor’s approval before you embark on your biking adventure. You may find older folk who are as fit as a fiddle and younger ones who aren’t. This is a great precaution since you will be away from home for a while. The doctor’s recommendation is quite important for your health’s sake. If your doctor allows you to go on condition that you take it easy then please do so, otherwise you may end up having unnecessary injuries.
You should start building your lung and heart capacity way in advance before you start your tour and this will only happen if you train frequently for some months leading up to your tour. You should also add some cardiovascular exercises to your biking.
Try to be riding as much as possible before you head out to let your body assimilate to the riding positions and even to the bike underneath it.
Learn how to patch up your bike
Chances are that you are going to get a puncture at some point in your tour and there might be nobody around to help you out. You need to know how to take care of your bike so that in turn it can give you the best service. Adjusting the derailleur, oiling it, changing the tire and general maintenance should be at your finger tips.
Do your research
It is said that there is nothing new under the sun so most likely there are people who have gone on a bike tour before. It is always a good idea to find out what their experiences were, as much as they may differ in some things am sure there are some that are quite the same. This can give you a heads up on what to expect, what to do, what not to do, tips of getting out of tricky situations and much more.
Having this knowledge can make your bike tour more enjoyable because not only will be mentally prepared but you will try and avoid the mistakes that they made.
Don’t forget to pack some essentials with you. Things like a small first aid box containing alcohol swabs, pain killers, bandages, gauze can come in handy in case of an accident. Get appropriate clothes and shoes for your tour. Carry with you a hydration pack, goggles, knee pads, riding gloves and even some sunscreen. A fitting helmet is a must have always.
With all these in mind just say yes to a biking tour and ride away as your wish.
David is an avid cyclist. He’s travelled to over 10 countries with his bike. He writes a lot on bikes and biking at his blog. When not attending to his blog http://bestmtbgear.com/, he’s biking in the neighborhood.