For many of us, cycling is a passion. It is not just about getting from A to B, but the joy that taking to two wheels brings us. There is a lot of freedom involved with cycling, and for this reason, it makes perfect sense that whenever you get time off work, you’re going to want to get peddling on your next holiday. Your holiday could be a few days, or a few weeks, but either way there are certain things you must consider before setting off.
Depending on where you’re going to cycle to, and how long for, you’re going to need the right equipment. Consider these as your top priorities:
- Bicycle – Bikes come in all shapes and sizes, but naturally you’re going to want to have the best one that suits your cycling holiday. Most riders opt for a touring bike, as the offer sturdy frames, strong wheels, and a comfortable riding position.
- Clothing – Depending on how long you’ll be cycling for will determine your apparel. But generally speaking, cyclists always opt for lightweight clothing that is easy to carry, and comfortable enough to wear all day. You’ll also need to carry some wet weather gear so you can keep dry in case of rain.
- Gear – As well as decent clothing, you might want to purchase some specialist cycling gear such as gloves, shoes, and compression socks. These kinds of considerations will really help the physical activity of your cycling. Don’t forget a helmet either; not only is it the law to wear one, but it could save your life. A high visibility vest is also a sensible safety purchase for your safety, and interchangeable lenses wraparound glasses are the preferred choice to protect your eyes. If you are going to do any riding at night, then definitely affix a pair of lights to your bike.
- Luggage – Cycling luggage is different from other kinds of luggage you’d normally take on holiday as it must all fit on your bike. You’ve probably seen these kinds of bags before, but usually for cycle touring a popular choice is pannier bags, fixed over the back or front wheels, or both. For this you’ll need to have a special rack fitted to the frame, so make sure your bike is sturdy enough to hold the weight. Other ways to carry luggage on a cycle tour include saddle bags and handle bar bags, which also must be fitted correctly. Most cycle tourists opt for 100% waterproof sacks so that rain won’t ruin their trip.
- Spares – Cycling can be great fun, but don’t forget that the longer you’re on the road, the more likely you are to gain a puncture. Bicycle wheels are susceptible to getting flat, so don’t forget to bring a spare inner tube or two, and a pump, so that you can swap over on the road. Later you can try and fix the puncture with a repair kit you might carry, and don’t forget to bring various tools and Alan keys to make your repairs possible.
There are several other things you might want to bring with you on your cycling holiday, such as camping gear, books, maps, photographic equipment, and daily food. All this will need to fit onto your bike, so as you can see a successful cycling tour starts from the very beginning. Before you’ve even set off on your holiday, you’ll need to consider how you will be transporting all your gear, and first off you should consider carefully what you need to bring.