Quick Cycling Cycle Tips for Beginners – by Claudia Franco

When someone talks about a trip around the world, invariably almost nobody thinks about using a bicycle, right? But the bike can take you to many places. And you do not have to be a professional athlete to pedal from the streets of your neighborhood and get to the roads in China!

It may seem scary to feed the idea of ​​being the very engine of a seemingly fragile and uncomfortable vehicle that will carry you for miles. But those who have traveled by bicycle guarantee that it is the coolest way to enjoy nature and all the places that go by, besides, it is ecologically correct and a great way to keep your body and mind in shape!Fortunately, traveling by bicycle is not so difficult and you will have to venture out without knowing much about it. There is a lot of information, resources, publications, courses and even operators specialized in the subject. Just search and plan.

To Get You Started, Here Are Some Tips You Need To Consider:

 1- How much time do you have? You will easily find many blogs and websites that will tell you about cycling trips around the world. But of course few people have the time and resources for an adventure like this. Find out that there are numerous options for short trips, can be from a month, a few weeks or even a weekend. As with any other trip you need to make sure that the time you have is enough for the desired route, if not, review the route.

2- Where do you want to travel? First choose a destination. In Brazil there are numerous route options for cycle routes. There are plenty of maps, organized routes, groups that organize guided tours, because for many years cycling in Brazil has been practiced. Due to the abundance of options you only have to choose a circuit appropriate to your experience with riding a bike and also with your fitness. It is very important to consider the weather conditions of the time of the year in the region to which you want to travel.

3- What kind of course do you want to go? It is important to note the type of course you will find in your cycle path. Pedaling for 70 kilometers of dirt track is very different from riding on asphalt roads. If you are not used to pedaling for long distances, start a training before your trip. It is important to be in good health and well conditioned. Strength training and cardiorespiratory training will be very helpful. No matter what your age, just train, prepare and during the trip respect your pedaling pace. Plan the distances to be traveled according to your physical capacity. Of course, during the trip, your conditioning will try to get better and better, and the pleasure of cycling through breathtaking landscapes will ease the discomfort and wear that you may have.

4- Hotels, hostels or camping? If you are planning your first bike trip, I recommend that you plan the accommodation in hotels or hostels. Camping on a first cycle tour can be a lot more laborious and exhausting due to inexperience, you will have to worry about much more detail, with bigger luggage and fundamental items like food.

5- What to take on a cycle tour? The definition of the items to be loaded with you will depend on the type of cycling you will do. If you are going to make a self-sufficient trip or if you have a support car, if you stay in a hostel / hotel or if you go camping, that is, what to take depends on the circumstances of your trip.

6- How much does your luggage weigh? It depends on how you will cycle your bike. It is important to remember that the more items you carry the more weight you will carry, the bike engine is yourself. Make sure that your bike carries the weight of the luggage and that you will carry the weight of the luggage plus the weight of the bicycle. That is why if you are a beginner it is better to start practicing staying in inns or hotels, which will reduce the luggage substantially. Another tip is to go through a route where there is easy access to food and liquids, so your food and water supply may be only for a few hours, or less mileage, because along the way you will get food and liquids. In pre-trip training, include your luggage, do workouts carrying the same weight as you will take in your cycling. This will help you determine how much weight you are willing to carry during the trip.

7- How is your bike riding technique and your knowledge of emergency mechanics? No one needs to be a professional rider, but it is important to have a thorough bike riding technique, whether your bike ride is by asphalt road or dirt tracks. Each situation demands a good knowledge of the rider to avoid unwanted situations especially if you are planning to travel alone. In addition, knowing a little basic mechanics is also important, for example: know how to change a tire camera, fix a chain, adjust a brake or gearbox.

8- Visit a store. After planning the cycling visit specialized stores for the purchase of items suitable for travel. Do not skimp! Nothing worse than a luggage rack or saddlebag falling off the bike or a headlamp that does not light enough. Talk to experts, with store professionals, with other cyclists who frequently practice bicycle riding.