Now that you regularly do cycling, you might be setting yourself up for some new goals. And I’m sure you’ve heard of the idea of cycling in different parts around the world. It’s a unique way of traveling around – and frankly, taking a tour of the world by bicycle comes with its ups and downs.
To help you have a good and successful cycling tour, I am here to provide you some guides and tips. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and make the whole trip easier as you keep in mind these tips!
- Learn how to handle repairs
Things are unpredictable and circumstances will definitely change as you go down the road. Although there are very skilled staff in local repair shops at different places, there’s also a chance that you might encounter problems in an area with no repair shops nearby. This is why it’s important for you to at least learn how to fix a punctured tire.
To practice any kind of handling repairs and spare parts, you can go to any bike shops offering maintenance classes to help you get you up to speed. Know all the ins and outs of your bike and be able to repair anything that can be broken. This is a way to be self-reliant, too.
- Get the seasons right
Not knowing around climate patterns can possibly wreck your bicycle tour. This is because climate conditions play a big role in the enjoyment of a bike tour. So, it is recommended that before you go out there, search and know more about the weather conditions on where you’ll be passing by.
Though it’s tough to always hit the seasons right when planning, at least give climate conditions some serious thought.
- Set a budget and stick to it
Wherever is your plan to cycle from and to, it’s not too difficult to figure out how long that will take and how much you’ll need to save. The internet is filled with bicycle touring blogs and people who are open and willing to share information about the cost of traveling.
Depending on your financial situation, bicycle touring may entail certain sacrifices in regards to comfort. If you’ve got limited funds, it’s probably best to set yourself on some strict budget rules in the beginning lest you be tempted into soft beds and evenings out of town.
- Find the right companion
Nothing will ruin a tour quicker than an incompatible touring partner. So, you have to be brutally honest with yourself and your potential partner before setting off.
You can take a few test tours with your potential partner under tough conditions (such as purposefully running low on food and water or cycle an especially unpleasant stretch of highway) before committing to a major bike tour. And if nothing works best with others, it can also mean that it’s best for you to go solo.
- Balance out cycling with other activities
Surprisingly, it’s very easy for you to get burned out on bicycle touring if you’re on the road for a long time. It might make you feel unmotivated, too. So, to help with your mental stimulation as to not rot your brain, here are things you can do to keep you balanced on the road:
First, listening to podcasts can make a huge difference in your tour. You’ll feel more connected with the rest of the world and you’ll be able to tune out when faced with an unpleasant situation. Plus, you get to learn all sorts of interesting things and will be entertained while you pedal.
Then, after cycling a few distances, one good way to balance things out is to use your computer. After a tiring day, you can watch the movie you want to watch, check out blogs you’re interested in, journal, or edit your photos. It’s a good way to take a break from cycling.
Well, it will be hard to make the decision of bicycle touring and finally take the leap, but in the end, everything will be worth it. You will finish the tour fitter, both mentally and physically. Along the way, you’ll also learn more about other people and yourself. Wishing you all the best on your bicycle tour!