For cycling enthusiasts, being able to travel the world on their bikes is a dream. Not only is it great exercise, but it’s also one of the best ways to explore foreign lands. Cycling in another country can be intimidating at first, but there are a few things to know before taking off. Take a look at some of these tips:
Before you begin your cycling expedition, be sure to do lots of research. It’s important to know the bike trails, maps, and traffic situation of a foreign country before getting there. Especially if you’re planning to travel from country to country on a bike, get all the information you can on border crossings, visas, and the best season to travel. Doing this research ahead of time can save you a lot of confusion or frustration.
If cycling is your passion, chances are you already pretty good at it. However, it is never a bad idea to start training more. Cycling in countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, or even Germany can be difficult and sometimes dangerous. Up your endurance in order to not get as tired on long stretches and not need as many breaks. Put in the time to cyle and practice every day.
Invest in Equipment
Every cyclist will have the basic equipment they need, but when bicycling in another country, it’s a good idea to have more advanced equipment. Instead of wasting all your money on a fancy touring bike, invest in cycling equipment. This includes cycling shoes, a helmet, rain gear, tights, and cycling gloves in order to stay as comfortable as possible. Other equipment that some cyclists will tend to forget while bike touring but are very important are spare bike parts, cooking equipment, fuel bottles, and food. Depending on your route is will determine what you will need.
Plan Your Route
Planning your route is just as important as doing extensive research. It could be tempting for the more adventurous cyclists to simply take off, but that’s not the best idea. Planning your route will help you avoid getting lost and will also let people know where you will be. When traveling to a new country, safety needs to be a priority. In order to be as safe as possible, it’s imperative for you to plan out your route ahead of time.