Travel using the bicycle as a means of transportation. This is the definition of cycle tourism, healthy activity, economic and ecological, that every day more followers in Brazil incorporates. Very common activity in Europe, tourism with bike allows you to know better the places where is going on and see other cultures, customs and landscapes.
To practice cycling, the main item is the bicycle, which should be comfortable, strong and allow access to any type of floor, either asphalt or dirt. Ensure your upkeep with regular reviews is essential. In addition, it is necessary to have the basics of how to assemble it and take it, learn how to adjust the chain, adjust brakes and fix tires. Each item in the bike must have a special care. For example, any type of extension on the handlebars is welcome since it is common to stay several hours a day pedaling. The more better placement options.
The cycling is an activity that requires autonomy, although practiced in a group. So, to enjoy all the advantages that the activity is essential to have a good planning before leaving. The greater the care in preparation of a trip, the greater the chance of it occur smoothly. There is no mood to resist the baggage falling all the time, the lack of proper tools or a physical breakdown. Inform yourself about the script that you want to do, about the relief of where you want to spend, especially if it is your first time. It will be essential for your planning.
One should not load anything on the back, the bike must be able to behave all the baggage and equipment that will be needed on the trip. In addition to prevent the cyclist to relax the neck and shoulders, a backpacking may cause a fall, tip the rider on a curve or quickest maneuver. In addition, a simple pouch can be a nuisance after many hours of pedaling.
It is not necessary to be an athlete or an experienced cyclist to travel by bike, just keep a good physical conditioning, not be sedentary, slow down, respect your own limits, drinking water and feed at the right time. The script must be in accordance with your conditioning. For beginners, it is recommended that you start pedaling little in the early days and go increasing until you find a good daily average. On long trips, from the second week I’ve noticed improvement in yield. To improve the physical preparation before the trip the best tip is pedaling a lot.
Almost more important than the physical preparation is the psychological preparation to face distances and discomfort. After all, you are completely out of your life, food, sleep and comfort of home, especially if you are camping and cooking their own food. Of course there is always the option of cycling with support, through the hiring of specialized tourism companies that provide all the infrastructure: Roadmap, lodging, food, transportation of your belongings and guide.
Cycling isn’t competition, there are no winners or losers, so we recommend that you take advantage of the full path and not only the time of arrival. Bike has always been associated with freedom. Nothing more natural, go around getting to know new places pedaling. This is the beginning of the cycle tourism. The locations can be from the neighborhood, the nearby city or the world. The trip can last a week or a month, what changes is the preparation and logistics.
As stated by Antonio Olinto, mastermind of the Cycling project in Brazil, the cycling will be considered an extreme sport each time the path chosen go through desolate regions or at high risk. “In addition to developing the man courage, it causes a very great insight. The pedal Cadence is like a mantra being repeated constantly and rhythmic. When we crossed a plain soon we’re in meditation. The introspection caused by sailings in isolated areas takes the adventurer to a knowledge that is far beyond new languages, customs and people. Take the man to a journey of self-knowledge. More than the world’s challenges cicloturista faces himself. For me the man is his last frontier “.
Bike – without doubt, cycling is the main cicloturista equipment. She must be appropriate to the script you want to face, and characteristics of the cyclist. Due to the road conditions in Brazil, and because they usually roam roads with dirt, rock and sand, the cycling here is done almost exclusively in mountain bikes. If the trip is only on highways (which is rare) so could another kind of bike. Still, there are holes to be faced along the way. It is essential to bring accessories for patching tires and tools for possible repairs. The frame size must be appropriate to their height, remembering always the proportions of the leg, arms and torso. Currently the aluminum bikes are the most commonly used for weight saving account. A comfortable saddle is essential, preferably with a gel! Brakes, gears, ratchets, and bike lights are other items that deserve attention. Click here and check out.
Odometer – the more simple, with basic functions to measure speed, distance and partial, is enough. It is very important that the rider has their own markup because the distance information received by the way don’t always match.
Trunk – Serve to accommodate an amount of baggage that would be impossible to carry on the back. Your fixation on the bike must be very well done so that it doesn’t get in the way of the pace or withdrawal of wheels. There are front and rear racks, the latter being the most used.
Saddlebag -essential for the weight to be placed closer to the ground, giving greater stability to the bike. There are several models on the market, made in different materials. Your storage should be made carefully, so that the most used items stay within easy reach, at the top.
Caramanholas – help maintain an adequate hydration during the trip. It is recommended to have at least two, installed in the center of the frame. The light colors leave fresh water any longer.
Rear-view mirror — and required by law, it is essential for safety and better rider pedaling.
Cranksets -also known as foot firms, increase efficiency and help keep a better pace. The footwear to be used must be suitable for them.
Headlight and rear light -even if the intention is not riding at night, are safety equipment that can not miss. And the light can still be used as a flashlight. In addition, the use of reflective stickers, on the bike and in the body, is highly recommended.
Helmet -although not required, it is another essential safety item.
Clothing -cycling shorts is very important to prevent diaper rash between her thighs. They have a padding that help minimize the pain in the buttocks. Remember that you can always rain so bring an anorak is fundamental. The Trails & Directions has several options to deal with the rain.
Camp -for trips requiring camping, it is recommended that you take items such asa tent, sleeping bag, thermal insulator, stove (for cooking), preferably the lighter models, not to greatly increase the weight on the bike.
Where to practice
There are beautiful crossings of the Sierra to be travelled with bike: the Parati (SP-RJ); São José do Barreiro to Angra dos Reis (serra da Bocaina); the pampas Gauchos; Serra da Canastra (MG); Estrada Real (MG), Chapada Diamantina (Bahia); Serra da Mantiqueira (MG-SP-RJ); Lençóis Maranhenses (MA); the Paraíba valleys and Ribeira (SP); Vale do Itajaí (SC) and also many places in the interior of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
Abroad, the bikers also choose like trekking destinations, like the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (France-Spain); the Rocky Mountains (Canada); California (Usa); Tibet (China); Easter Island (Chile); Patagonia (Argentina); Australia and New Zealand. Or urban itineraries, such as the French and Italian villages, apart from Luxembourg and Belgium.
Tips and precautions
Some precautions must be taken to ensure a successful cicloviagem:
-The dirt roads are more cozy and deserted. Vale choose to them when there is a possibility. However, if you need to ride the roads, take care because of the bad condition of the roads and the little care that drivers usually have with cyclists.
-Always keep family or friends informed of its location and road map. Today, with the convenience of mobile phone, it is possible to maintain continuous contact about his whereabouts.
-If you are traveling in a group, choose your partners because you can spend many days in cohabitation with them, especially on longer trips. In addition, decisions need to be taken collectively, so that all feel comfortable: where to stay, how much pedaling each day feeding schedules.
-Always take a good first aid kit. You never know what can happen.
-Watch your weight on it will load into your trip. The more light, the better.
-About your route and relief, technology today allows easily using GPS or phones with access to Google Maps. If you do not have this availability, it is recommended that you bring compass and printed itineraries.
– See the distance between the places where you will be supported (Bank, supermarket, restaurants, pharmacy …) so that in the intervals do not pass any need.
-On average, the full baggage including camping supplies and food, is around 30 to 35 kg, not to mention the bike. In very long crossings (months), and in very cold places, that require greater amount of equipment, this comes weight 45 kg.
-The storage of luggage on bike is an item that deserves attention. The ideal arrangement would be 30% front, 60% in the trunk in the trunk and rear 10% spread between the smaller bags: saddle, handlebars and frame (triangular pouches).
-Take the saddlebags and covers many plastic bags in case of rain. Even within the saddle bags, bag everything that is very important to stay dry (clothes, movies, maps, documents, and other).
-The best rest for a pedal stroke much pulled is a lightweight bike ride the next day. The effect a lot better than standing still.
-Always remember that the difference in speed between the rider and the other vehicles is large even in access or exits. Always signal your intentions.
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